The link between blessings and obedience: Listen to God twice the first time!

When God calls you and speaks to you, do you listen and take heed to his calling?  There is something that He is instructing you to do.  Do you listen and hear him?  When God called and instructed you, did you take heed to His call in obedience and do what He told you to do?

There are many who do not take heed to the call.  They are instructed to do something, but do not follow through.  It is possible that what was asked of them was considered too uncomfortable, too difficult, a demotion, a step backwards, or even involved taking a lower salary.

For those who do not follow through, you are deemed disobedient.  You have been disobedient to God’s instruction.  No matter what the instruction may look like, we have to have faith in and trust in God that there is a blessing in what we are about to go through.  There is no progress without process.  In fact, God often needs to show something to us or to bring us higher in our thinking, actions, etc.  There may be personal growth to come out of what we are about to go through that will help us to maintain the blessings that we receive.

Deuteronomy 1:35-36 states, “Surely, there shall not one of these men of this evil generation see that good land, which I sware to give unto your fathers, Save Caleb the son of Jephunneh; he shall see it, and to him will I give the land, that he hath trodden upon, and to his children, because he hath wholly followed the Lord.”  Clearly, our obedience is tied to our blessings. We must follow the Lord and keep the Ten Commandments with obedience.  It is well that at least one in the generation see blessings; move on them with obedience and faith in their heart following the Lord in order to allow God to bless them.  Will you be the one or two of your generation?

In Deuteronomy 1: 41-45, Moses speaks to the people of Israel as to how he gave them the Lord’s instruction not to go up to fight the Amorites.  It was explained that He would not be among them and that they would be smitten before their enemies.  They didn’t listen; didn’t take heed to instruction.  They were smitten and destroyed to return and weep before the Lord, but He would not give ear to them or hearken to their voice.  They had instruction, but didn’t listen.

Many of us do the same.  We go into the wilderness, making moves and doing things on our own accord.  We run our own agenda instead of listening to what the Lord wants us to do. We put ourselves in places where God didn’t intend for us to be and then wonder why things go wrong.

However, God is faithful and merciful still, even when we are undeserving.  In Deuteronomy 2:1-7, the Lord instructed the people of Israel to go into the wilderness by the way of the Red Sea.  They decided to listen; moving in obedience.  They followed His instruction.  They moved with God toward their blessings.  Yes, God will call you again.

Will you take heed to His call when the Lord calls you again with instruction?   Listen to God twice the first time to move in obedience and receive your blessings! Hearken to His voice!

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D.M. Blake is an evangelist, author, editor, copywriter, screenwriter, and freelance writer with 22 years of experience in the publishing industry.   She manages Mauldin Publishing & Literacy House, a subsidiary of Naypree Enterprises, LLC and the first African-American-owned and operated publishing house in Aurora, CO. She is the author of First Love, First Kiss, a romance novel published in collaboration with AuthorHouse in 2003.  She published Achieving Success with Faith In God – The Concept of Faith-Based Perseverance in 2007.  To learn more about her other literary works, visit the Official Website of D.M. Blake, Author & Evangelist by clicking the link.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Successful Politician: One Who Most Closely Holds God’s Agenda

The 2016 Presidential election has already proved itself to be epic indeed not only in consideration of our candidates, but also the many unique social issues of today.  One may ponder what makes an individual even decide to become a politician.  It would seem that a politician can’t win for losing.  Without winning, how can they be successful?  Yes, there is the support of the people in the exercise of the right to vote in this land of democracy.  What about their agenda?  Is it for the people and does it line up with the things of God and what He wants for His people?

I have come to believe that the most successful politicians will be those whose agenda most closely lines up with the things of God.  As with all things, it is a must to keep God in the equation.  God wants the best for His people.

Aren’t politicians children of God as all of us?  Yes.  Are politicians perfect?  No.  Do they have all the answers?  No.  Is everything going to go as planned for their agenda?  No. However, there will be victory all in all as the children of God are victorious in all things.

In Deuteronomy 4:5-8, Moses spoke to the people as instructed by God stating, “Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the Lord my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it.  Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and  understanding people.  For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the Lord our God is in all things that we call upon him for?  And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?”

This nation was meant to be great.  To be great, this nation must be one under God.  One nation under God.  Clearly, all nations were meant to be “under God” and to follow his commandments as outlined in the Ten Commandments which are part of “all this law” as evidenced by and noted in the scripture. “A wise and understanding people” who follow God’s Ten Commandments.

Therefore, let us exercise care in the election with careful thought of God and the things of God as we head toward the polls.  Yes, we only have two choices.  However, have you figured out which candidate most closely holds God’s agenda?  If not, just look at the fruits (outcomes) of each of them as they spoke and continue to speak throughout this election process and the manifestations of their fruits.  We know our God is good.  All the time.  He is love.  He is peace.  He is hope.  He is joy.  Which candidate most closely represents this? Think. Take heed.  Choose wisely!

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D.M. Blake is an evangelist, author, editor, copywriter, screenwriter, and freelance writer with 22 years of experience in the publishing industry.   She manages Mauldin Publishing & Literacy House, a subsidiary of Naypree Enterprises, LLC and the first African-American-owned and operated publishing house in Aurora, CO. She is the author of First Love, First Kiss, a romance novel published in collaboration with AuthorHouse in 2003.  She published Achieving Success with Faith In God – The Concept of Faith-Based Perseverance in 2007.  To learn more about her other literary works, visit the Official Website of D.M. Blake, Author & Evangelist by clicking the link.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Persevere in prayer: keep on moving toward your next level!

Regardless of the details of your goals and whatever you have set out to accomplish, remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day.  It may seem like it will take forever to fulfill your dreams, but keep your eye on the end of the tunnel as you trudge the road to success.

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Stay in prayer.  Pray for strength.  Have faith that God will see you through and continue to labor in His love.  Deuteronomy 28:12 states, “The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand…”  You know that you serve God in all that you do.  Therefore, He will bless the works of your hands.  Romans 8:28 states, “And we know that all things work together for good for those love God.”  So, persevere and pray!

Job 8:7 states, “Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.”   This scripture reminds me of my favorite quote by Ted Engstrom, “The rewards for those who persevere far exceed the pain that must precede the victory.”  Never ever despise small beginnings.  Keep on moving toward your next level…the increase!

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Be a Mentor Parent: Step Up To Raise A Daniel 1:4 Child

The bible states in Proverbs 22:6 that we must, “Train up a child in the way he should go:  and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

As a parent, you are a “mentor” to your child.  The Merriam-Webster definition of mentor is “someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced and often younger person.”  God has placed the child in your care.  We are all God’s children, but he has charged you to watch over this child.

This holds true in particular when it comes to teaching your child about God and His word.  Again, we must “train up” the child.  If we are taking the time to teach our children about the word of God, we allow them to be “trained up” by us, not the world.  What better way for them to learn by learning about it all from you?  After all, is this not the best way for them to learn it? They should hear it from you.

Teach them:  1. About God’s commandments that they may follow them to have God’s love perfected in their hearts, 2. About God’s word, the Bible, that they may be both hearers and doers of His word, and 3. About Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior that they will have salvation and understand why Jesus is The Way, The Truth, and The Life.

Let every child become a Daniel 1:4 Child; the likes of Daniel a.k.a. Belteshazzar and his three close friends whom we all know so well; Hannaiah a.k.a. Shadrach, Mishael a.k.a Meshach, and Azariah a.k.a. Abednego. Those Hebrew boys who went through the fire and came out untouched!

Imagine how different the world that we live in would be to have a world full of Daniel 1:4 Children; that level of knowledge, wisdom and strong faith.  It is possible.  Daniel 1:4 describes these four boys and their group, “Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skillful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue…”

Worship the Lord your God with your children.  Let them see you living it.  Take them to church especially to meet other God-fearing children. Read and study the bible with them.  Don’t rely on your church or the world to teach your children.  Invest the time to teach your children about God, His commandments, His word, and Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  Be sure that they learn The Truth!  They will not depart from it!

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D.M. Blake, Author & Evangelist, is the author of the e-book entitled “The Single Parent Handbook:  10 Steps to Single Parent Success.”  To learn more click this link The Single Parent Handbook: 10 Steps To Single Parent Success by D.M. Blake.  D.M. Blake is available for speaking engagements, webinars, seminars, and other events.   Visit her website at The Official Website of D.M. Blake, Author & Evangelist

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A Big Punch In The Fight Against Pancreatic Cancer: A Possibility For Early Detection

Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer and has been primarily because it is often found late.  There have been no means of detecting it early enough to allow time for intervention to save lives.   According to an article published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), it is predicted that 50,000 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year with only 7% likely to survive for five years.  It is very often insidious and fatal.

It is strongly linked to cigarette-smoking; likely due to the nicotine which is a known cancer-causing agent.  In fact, it is found high numbers of cigarette smokers.  It has also been strongly linked to diabetes; likely related to the role of the pancreas in the control of diabetes.  With type-1 diabetes, there are no beta cells functioning in the pancreas to release insulin for blood sugar control in the body. With type-2 diabetes, there are some functioning beta cells.  Tumors called bezoars are found on the pancreas.  Consider also the fact that many artificial sweeteners have a warning on their packaging stating that they have been known to cause cancer in laboratory test animals.  The development of pancreatic cancer itself may arise from a combination of the two:  cigarette-smoking and diabetes.  Also, diabetes is an illness which tends to have high numbers among African-Americans; even gestational diabetes which is found during pregnancy. Research continues.

However, the same NIH article gives an array of hope for early detection.  It highlights the results of a recent research study which found and tested fluid-filled sacs called exosomes released by cells.  They tested both normal cells and cells with cancer.  They found a substance marker called GPC-1 common to the cancer cells which was noted to be in high numbers in late pancreatic cancer and lower numbers in early pancreatic cancer. In one instance, this marker was detected in pancreatic cancer when no tumors were noted on imaging.

This is ground-breaking!  Pancreatic cancer has been found so late that no chemotherapy, radiation, or surgical intervention was even feasible. Researchers note in the article that having such an early means of finding pancreatic cancer can lead to having more time to treat with more treatment options.

Mauldin Publishing & Literacy House will keep you posted of any updates on this huge punch in the fight against pancreatic cancer.  Stay tuned also to the Official Website of D.M. Blake for the next upcoming issue of her AfricAm Health Focus News Journal; which provides up-to-date health information on a personalized level.

In the meantime, stay well.   Avoid cigarette smoking.  Even if you do smoke tobacco, it is never too late to quit.  The beneficial effects on the body begin to take shape as soon as you quit! In fact, the lungs can regenerate themselves if you quit timely, but it will take the same amount of time that you have smoked. They are only beyond repair after twenty years.  There is hope!

In addition, stay active, exercise, and keep a healthy diet low in fat, salt, and concentrated sweets with plenty of fruits, vegetables, fiber, and water.  These actions alone keep your weight under control.  Weight is the number one predisposing factor in the development of diabetes.  Exercise actually helps to control blood sugar because the blood sugar is used during uptake at the muscle level during the exercise.

Let us celebrate the newly found hope of early detection of pancreatic cancer by packing our own punch in the fight against the disease.  Join the fight against pancreatic cancer yourself on an individual level.  Follow all of these healthy tips to stay well!  The fight against pancreatic cancer goes on!

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D.M. Blake, a.k.a. Dana Morris-Blake, is a Family Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nurse, and Medical/Legal Consultant with 22 years of experience in healthcare in a variety of fields including medical/surgical acute care, long term care/geriatrics, primary care, disease management, skilled nursing and rehabilitation, public health, and employee health.  She is in private practice as the sole Family Nurse Practitioner and Director of Beckett-Graves Health & Wellness, a Nurse-Practitioner-run family practice providing primary care.  She is also the Editor-in-Chief of Mauldin Publishing & Literacy House, the publisher of her quarterly AfricAm Health Focus News Journal.

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Spread the Good News of the Gospel of Love No Matter What: Learn to shake it off and keep it moving!

As the children of God and soldiers in the Army of Christ, it is expected of us to go forth into the world and preach the good news.  Jesus shed his blood on the cross; was crucified, died, but rose on the third day and is seated at the right hand of God making intercession for all of us.  He who knew no sin took on the sins of the world that we may be made righteous through Him by our faith.  We have been reconciled with the Heavenly Father and given the gift of everlasting life having accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior. We must spread the gospel of love so that it is heard.

Acknowledging the presence, even since the days of the old testament, of the antichrist (anyone who doesn’t accept Jesus as Lord and Savior), various religions, various doctrines of men, as well as various traditions of men; let us realize that the gospel of love a.k.a the good news will not truthfully always be heard.  It is a fact that some will accept it, some will reject it, and some will consider it.

Jesus said in Luke 24:47, “…And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations beginning at Jerusalem.”  In John 21: 17, Jesus spoke to Simon Peter yet a third time saying, “Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me?”  Peter was grieved because he had said it unto him a third time, “Lovest thou me?”  Peter said unto Jesus, “Lord thou knowest all things; thou knowest I love thee.”  Jesus then said unto him, “Feed my sheep.”  3 John 5-8 states, “Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers; Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church:  whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well:  Because that for his name’s sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles.  We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.”

We must not only preach the good news spreading the gospel of love for the teaching of repentance and remission of sins, but also serve as examples of God’s holy ones acting as fellowhelpers to the truth that others may choose to follow the godly sort that we show and represent.

If you ever encounter resistance in the midst of spreading the gospel, know how to handle those who oppose themselves and are resistant to The Truth.  In Acts 18:6, the Apostle Paul encountered such resistance while preaching in Corinth.  He met a group that not only opposed themselves, but also went even further to blaspheme.  The bible states that Paul shook his raiment and said unto them, “…Your blood be upon your own heads, I am clean:  from hence forth I will go unto the Gentiles.”

Remember, some will accept it, some will reject it, and some will consider it.  Like the Apostle Paul, shake it off!  We have to shake it off and keep it moving!  Let it roll off our backs if the good news is rejected and move forward preaching the good news to yet more people…and keep on spreading the gospel of love.

Nothing occurs by accident.  Every encounter happens at an appointed time.  2 Timothy 2:25 states, “”…If God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth…” This means that there will likely be yet another appointed encounter for those individuals at an appointed time.

So, soldier in the Army of Christ, keep doing what you do serving the Lord no matter what!  Shake it off and keep it moving!

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God’s Way or No Way: Do Not Confuse His Great Mercy

In Psalm 145:8, the bible states, “The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.”  Many may confuse His great mercy as a green light to sin, sin, and keep on sinning.  Yes, God will give us mercy.  However, it is God’s command that we do not sin.  In fact, he wants us to turn away from the sin and repent of it.   This means that we stop sinning, confess our sin to the Lord asking for forgiveness, and then turn away from the sin.

It is God’s way or no way.  God will not tolerate your sin.  Don’t confuse God’s mercy with tolerance of your sin.  Mercy is what you get until you have some type of epiphany or realization that you cannot continue with sinning as you have.  You come to yourself, telling yourself that things must change.

It is never too late to turn away from sin and submit to God.  What a beautiful thing to know that God’s love for us is unconditional, so much so that he offers His mercy in addition to his love in those darkest times when we are most undeserving.

Understand God’s mercy during your time of sin as a back-up shield protecting you from the full fall.  He will catch you as you are never falling alone.  Repent.  Turn away from your sin.  Submit to God.  It is God’s way or no way.

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