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Worldly people often look at material loss, and think OBEDIENCE requires a high price, not realizing that by being obedient their blessing may be within reach.

Therefore, the bible teaches us in Psalm 27, that we must learn to wait on the Lord: Wait (trust) on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

The Bible speaks truth to power, it is up to each one of us to seek out its truth and be empowered by the knowledge it provides us.  Remember, “OBEDIENCE PUTS YOUR BLESSINGS WITHIN REACH!” When we are filled with sin and wondering why we are lacking in our BLESSINGS, we can always find comfort and strength in the word because it will always speak to our hearts.

Now listen to what it says, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,” (Hebrews 12:1 NIV).

When we are filled with sin, we struggle to move forward towards the prize that God has waiting for us.  The prize has our individual names written on it.  But because we are weighted down by sin, we are called to strip off every weight that might slow us down.  We as Christians must be “SPIRTUALLY TRIM,” and able to run the race unencumbered.  We must run with endurance the race that God has set before us, because we do not select the course, God marks it out.

There are many believers who are willing to humble themselves for the cause of Christ, and conclude that mere material possessions do not come before their desire to be OBEDIENT to the Lord.

Paul sums it up this way:  The very credentials these people are waving around as something special, I’m tearing up and throwing in the trash—along with every-thing else I used to take credit for, And why? Because of Christ; yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, first hand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant, I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by him.  I gave up all inferior stuff so I could know Christ personally, experience his resurrection power, be a partner in his suffering, and go all the way with him to death itself. If there was any way to get in on the resurrection from the dead, I wanted to do it. Let’s keep focused on that goal, those who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that you’re on the right track, let’s stay on it (Philippians 3:7-11, 15-16 Mgs.)


obedience (Photo credit: Aunt Owwee)

God wants to bless you, and He wants to do it right now.  He is your heavenly Father, and just like your earthly Father, when you do well, he rewards you, and when you are disobedient, he punishes you.  When you are OBEDIENT to your heavenly Father, He will open up the windows of Heaven an pour you out a BLESSING that your bank account will not be able to contain.  Now chew on that thought for a moment and listen to how God blesses the person that is willing to be OBEDIENT and follow His instructions, this is what He says:

How well God must like you— you don’t hang out at Sin Saloon, you don’t slink along Dead-End Road, you don’t go to Smart-Mouth College. Instead you thrill to God’s Word; you chew on Scripture day and night. You’re a tree replanted in Eden, bearing fresh fruit every month, never dropping a leaf, always in blossom. You’re not at all like the wicked, which are mere windblown dust–Without defense in court, unfit company for innocent people.

God charts the road you take.  The road they take is Skid Row. Therefore, I say to you, who are continuing to live in sin, let your minds be bathing in the power of God’s word and know that, “OBEDIENCE PUTS YOUR BLESSINGS WITHIN REACH!” “For we may not know what tomorrow holds for us, but we should be glad to know the One who holds our tomorrow.”


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  1. Hola! I’ve been following your web site for some time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Dallas Tx! Just wanted to say keep up the great job!

  2. Someone posted this on facebook, And I stop by to see what it was all about. Now I am glad that I did, because it has truly blessed my soul this day. Thank you for allowing me to leave my comment.

    • Shirley Rhodes

      Thank you Sandra for taking a moment to reply with wonderful words of blessings for my spirit. I am thankful you enjoyed reading this post and I pray Gods’ blessings will flow to and through you in all you do.

  3. Jackie Pearson

    Very impressive, and I will return again to read more of your work, thank you for reminding me of what I must do at all times.

    • Shirley Rhodes

      Jackie I am indeed honored that you took time to read thoughts God placed in my heart and spirit to share, I pray you will be blessed and look forward to sharing thoughts in the future. I think we all at some point desire those words of wisdom designed to lift us to the next level. God bless you

  4. What an outstanding article this really is. Thanks for allowing me to peer deep into your soul, and be blessed by your wisdom and knowledge of God’s word.

    • Shirley Rhodes

      God bless you and I’m humbled you enjoyed reading. May Gods’ grace surround you in all you seek to do in this life. Blessings

  5. Rev. Shirley Mims

    Hi Shirley, and since my name is also Shirley, that makes us Sisters in Christ. I read your article with great interest. I was truly impressed with your presentation of God’s word. It shows that the hand of God is truly upon you. Continue to stand strong with your hands firmly in God’s hands, and he will take you places, that you never imagined you could ever go. You are under the leadership of one of God’s truly great servants. Pastor Davis taught our leadership conference back in 2009, and what an outstanding and spirit filled conference did we have. It was one of the best that I had ever attended in my 20 years as a Minister. We all love him here at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. Give him a big old bear hug from all of us. Keep doing what God has blessed you to do. I am your Sister in Christ, Rev.Shirley Mims

    • Shirley Rhodes

      Rev. Mims, thank you for the encourging words. I have been assigned here for a purpose and as I continue to grow in grace, my prayer is that I will be humble and obedient as God guide my steps in whatever way he see fit to do. I really enjoy reading here as well as posting. Pastor Davis is a strong leader as well as humble. I have grown so much and I know deep within my spirit that for me it is a process just begining to evolve. God bless you.
      Shirley, your sister in Christ

  6. So well said and something we should all try to remember. Thank you!

    • Shirley Rhodes

      This is so true Anna and I’m thankful you enjoyed reading. God bless you

  7. Enjoyed very much. The next to the last paragraph was really special. Thanks

    • Shirley Rhodes

      Thank you for sharing your thought, when we walk with an obedient heart and attitude others are able to see the light of the spirit that dwells within. When words are written or spoken there’s always a purpose behind them, and that is to reach others. I am so thankful you enjoyed this post and I pray you will continue to keep in touch. May your day be one filled with love, joy and peace.

    • I agree…I like that paragraph too… really makes you think and makes a point.

      • Shirley Rhodes

        I’m so thankful you were blessed by the post Lyn, and I pray God will always guide each of us according to the purpose for which we’ve been called. Blessings!

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