Providing respite from the storms and pestilence which plague our world, Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. preached an inspiring sermon titled, “The Message of the Manna” at West Angeles Church of God In Christ. The sermon is based on Exodus 16, where God sent manna to sustain the children of Israel for 40 years.
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not. 5 And it shall be on the sixth day that they shall prepare what they bring in, and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.” 6Then Moses and Aaron said to all the children of Israel, “At evening you shall know that the Lord has brought you out of the land of Egypt. 7 And in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord; for He hears your complaints against the Lord – Exodus 16:4-7.
“Someone here today is confronted by trouble,” said Bishop Blake, “but sometimes things go wrong because we have not had the Word of God, according to the Will of God. As a source, God is limitless; capable, dependable, reliable, wonderful. Tell your neighbor, ‘Learn how to hold on to God.'”
Highlights from the sermon follow:
“We’re more self-sufficient in this day. We’re prone to look to people; we’re prone to look to governments, we’re prone to look to employers as our source: rather than looking to God.”
“We turn to God only as a last resort, after everything else has failed.”
“Whatever you get from God, you get it on credit.”
“If God doesn’t do anything else for me, God has already done enough.”
“2080 times, God miraculously preserved the manna for two days. 12530 times, God miraculously sent the manna.”
“The manna had to be a miracle because no other group of people had ever experienced manna before. It had to be a miracle because it has never fallen again.”
“The manna had to be a miracle, and it indicates that God was their source: and we’ve got to remember today that God is our source.”
“We’re prone to look to the government as our source, rather than looking to God.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.
“The terrible tragedy in Houston lets us know that we’re not all that powerful. We’re not all that mighty. We’re at the mercy of almighty God.”
“God is not only in control, God is in possession of everything.”
“As a source, God is limitless; capable, dependable, reliable, wonderful.”
“Though God provided the manna, the people had to actively work to receive and to prepare the manna.”
“The terrible tragedy in Houston lets us know that we’re at the mercy of almighty God.” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.
“Some folk don’t want to do anything…but how many of you know that you’re going to have to do something if God blesses you?”
“In most of the miracles I can think of in the Word of God, God usually asks us to do something before He does what He promised to do. Moses had to stretch out the rod, Joshua had to walk around the wall, the widow had to make a cake first, the woman blood had to touch the hem of Jesus.”
“The Bible does not excuse laziness.”
“God’s blessings must be used or they will be lost.”
“God is not obligated to help anybody.”
“Every step you made, God enabled you to make it. You better point toward heaven and say, God, “By the grace of God, I’ve done what I’ve done.”
“How many of you know God did it? Tell your neighbor, ‘It was God, it was God, it was God!’”
“When we step outside of God’s plan, even our blessings can go wrong.”
“Tell your neighbor, “Don’t hold on too tight!”
“God is not obligated to help anybody.” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.
“God’s blessings are always accompanied by God’s instructions.”
“When we fail to obey the instructions, then things go wrong in our lives.”
“Learn how to hold on to God.”
“God has given to us everything we have, and God wants us to obey Him.”
“When we fail to give back to God with our tithes and offerings, when we fail to give back to God, then God begins to step back and let us be responsible for our own welfare.”
“A world that is doing its own thing discovers that what it has gathered is sometimes filled with worms.”
“When we look to be blessed outside of God’s will, no blessing shall come.”
“Someone here today is confronted by trouble. But sometimes things go wrong because we have not had the word of God according to the will of God.”
When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, 14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 15 Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place – 2 Chronicles 7:13-15
“When you refuse to do the will of God, then God’s obligation to bless you is cancelled.”
“When you do the will of God, God can preserve your resources when you serve Him.”
“Tell your neighbor, ‘God will preserve your manna.’”
“God can make your ‘little’ go further than another man’s ‘much’.”
“You might not be able to see it, but if you could see it, you wouldn’t need faith.”
“Give your neighbor a ‘high-five’ and tell him, ‘It’s going to be alright!’”
“Tell your neighbor, ‘I’m loaded!’”
“Praise Him for today! Praise Him for yesterday! Help me praise Him!”
“God, we’re still relying on you; we’re still depending on you for tomorrow. We can’t make it without you. We can’t deal without you. We can’t go forward, survive, breathe, or see without you. We can do nothing without you! Praise the Lord!”
SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Exodus 16:4-31 , Joshua 5:12, Acts 17:28, James 1:17, Psalm 50:10, Haggai 2:8, Psalm 24:1, 2 Chronicles 7:13, Philippians 4:19, 14:16, Joshua 6:3, 1 Kings 17:13, Matthew 9:20, Matthew 6:33, Psalm 34:15, Psalm 37:25, Isaiah 43:16-19, 2 Corinthians 5:7, Isaiah 40:31, Psalm 103:2, 127:1; Proverbs 3:5, 11:24; Psalm 88:9.
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