It Takes More Than Works: Seek God’s Kingdom and Be Obedient to His Word

It takes more than works!

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Don’t ever think that works, deeds, or sacrifice of possessions will be sufficient to enter in the gates of Heaven.  It is better to obey than to sacrifice.  After all, the ultimate sacrifice is that of Jesus Christ; our Lord and Savior.  He took on the sins of the world; having been crucified, died on the cross, rose again on the third day, and is now seated at the right hand of God making intercession for all of us.

It is all about obedience; obedience to the word of the Lord, obedience to God’s commandments and statutes, and walking in obedience to the same in our daily lives.  How would you know God’s commandments and statutes?  How would you know the word of the Lord God?  How would you know if you are walking in obedience to God’s word?

Know the word of God for yourself.  Gird yourself up in…

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It Takes More Than Works: Seek God’s Kingdom and Be Obedient to His Word

Don’t ever think that works, deeds, or sacrifice of possessions will be sufficient to enter in the gates of Heaven.  It is better to obey than to sacrifice.  After all, the ultimate sacrifice is that of Jesus Christ; our Lord and Savior.  He took on the sins of the world; having been crucified, died on the cross, rose again on the third day, and is now seated at the right hand of God making intercession for all of us.

It is all about obedience; obedience to the word of the Lord, obedience to God’s commandments and statutes, and walking in obedience to the same in our daily lives.  How would you know God’s commandments and statutes?  How would you know the word of the Lord God?  How would you know if you are walking in obedience to God’s word?

Know the word of God for yourself.  Gird yourself up in His word.  Do not reject it.  Buy a bible for yourself today.  Join a local church to become connected so that you can be fed; receiving the word of God from the Pastor.  Take notes on every church sermon.  Study the bible and the notes taken in church sermons.

Like the muscles in your body, flex your spirit in strength as you build yourself up in God’s word.  Obedience!  Hearken unto God’s word.  Get into the presence of God; a place of peace, love, and joy. 1 Samuel 15: 22-23 states, “…Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.  For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.  Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee…”  Come.  Enter in His presence.  Hasten to His throne.  Seek ye the Kingdom of God and become obedient to His word!

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The 5 Rules of Christianity-Based Relationships: The Divine PathTo Your Mate

Yes, even your personal relationships should be the subject of prayer and placed in God’s hands. 5 Rules of Christianity-based Relationships.

From the Desk of D.M.Blake: Life, Love, Health, and Thriving in God's Kingdom

Each and everyone of us desires to have a relationship; a feeling of being loved and connected.  Relationships can be difficult; often hard to form and hard to maintain.  They always take not only a great deal of time, but also a great deal of work and energy.

People too often become unsure of themselves turning to desperation; taking anything that comes along, no matter what the situation may be, and often resorting to breaking individual morals and values.  This is a haphazard, accident-prone, and disaster-led approach.  You can avoid this approach by following the five rules of Christianity-based relationships.   In addition, there are tips on dating and more in the ebook The Single Parent Handbook:  10 Steps To Single Parent Success.

Rule #1:  Let God send to you the mate that He intends for you according to His will.  This is part of His purpose for your…

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

Don’t become confused about God’s great mercy and kindness!

From the Desk of D.M.Blake: Life, Love, Health, and Thriving in God's Kingdom

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.

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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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