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SERMON: Bishop Blake Preaches on Pride and Humility

“These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, 18 A heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, 19 A false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren” – Proverbs 6:16-19 (NKJV)

Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake taught the congregation about Pride and Humility in his Sunday, September 6 sermon. Inspired by Proverbs 6:16-19, Bishop prayed that God would “eradicate pride from our hearts,” and also preached that humility, in contrast to pride, is like love.

“If Jesus could humble Himself, if Jesus could shed his Blood, if Jesus could die on the cross, how much more should we humble ourselves before God?”

He continued, “I know the way is rough, I know there may be people who look down on you and think they’re better than you, but put your hand in God’s hand. Walk on by faith.”

The entire sermon is available HERE, on West Angeles Gospel On Demand.

“Because we love God and because we need His favor we should seek to please Him in every way.”

“People are prone to identify you with the experiences you bring to them.”

“God loves us all, but it is possible to think and behave in such a way as to lose God’s favor.”

“Someone wrote that pride is the chief and source of all sin and that humility is the box in which all the other Christian graces are contained.”

“What is pride? Pride is a high opinion of oneself. Pride is arrogance. Pride is conceit; smugness. Pride is self-importance. Pride is insolence, egotism, vanity, immodesty. Pride is a sense of superiority. Pride is the opposite of humility.”

“Pride causes a person to have an erroneous sense of entitlement.”

“Pride is associated with injustice and with wickedness” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

“It was pride that caused Lucifer…to initiate a rebellion among the angels, resulting in satan and one-third of the angelic hosts to be cast out of Heaven forever.”

“It was pride in the hearts of Adam and Eve that caused them to want to be more than God had made them to be.”

“If God has shown favor to you, you ought to pay God by praise, and by thanks, and by obedience. Come on, clap your hands and say ‘Praise God!’”

“Don’t you mess with my God! My God is bad!”

“Whatever you’ve done, God enabled you to do it…whatever you know, God taught it to you. Whatever you shall do in the future, it will be by the power of Almighty God.”

“Love is like humility” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

“You better give praise to God…How many of you know He’s worthy?”

“Just as God condemns pride, the Lord commends humility.”

“True humility is the product of the Holy Ghost working in the life of the believer.”

“God blesses us when we humble ourselves and give Him the glory.”

‘Pride can even come strutting up in the church!”

“God saved us. God made us what we are. God taught us what we know.”

“Don’t worry about your enemies. Just please almighty God.”

“A humble person is a loving person.”

“Love is like humility.”

“God lifted me up…I’ve got to praise Him! I’ve got to glorify Him! Yes!”

“It was God!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Proverbs 6:16, 16:5, Isaiah 13:11, Proverbs 16:18, Isaiah 2:12, Genesis 3:4, Exodus 9, 12:29; Proverbs 29:1, 2 Chronicles 7:12-14, 26, 32:25-31; Acts 12:21; 1 Corinthians 8, James 4:6, 9-10; John 8:32, Proverbs 16:7, John 13:34; Psalm 46:1, Philippians 2:3, 5-7.

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Bishop Blake, on Understanding the Power of Service

Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake tells a story from the War of Independence which teaches us about the power of service to others.

There was a corporal during the War of Independence who was leading a group of soldiers, and they came, as they went down the road, to a tree that had fallen across the road. The corporal called to his soldiers and said, “Get this tree out of the way! Come on, hurry up and move that tree!”

Just then, a general rode up and asked what was going on. “We’re getting this tree out of the road,” said the corporal. The general said to him, “Don’t you think you ought to help them out?” But the corporal responded, “What, Me? I’m a corporal! I don’t do things like move trees!”

The general got down from his horse and helped the men move the tree out of the way. He then said to the corporal, “Listen: if you ever need a tree moved, then call on a general like me; I’ll be glad to help you. My name is George Washington.”

Some folks are too holy to be any earthly good. There are many who will only do their specialty; they’ll do only certain kinds of good works. But the Lord Jesus would gladly do a thousand things that his servants are too great to touch.

Jesus is doing some things that we may think we’re too big to be involved in; too big to consider. But Jesus says, “If I’m involved in it, you ought to be involved in it also.” God needs servants who will do whatever needs to be done; general servants who’ll do anything and everything for Him.

Lift your hands and say, “Lord, I’ll do anything and everything for You!”

Adapted from the sermon, “A Believer’s Agenda”: Sunday, August 16th, 2015, by Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. at West Angeles Church Of God In Christ.

See this entire sermon and more HERE, on West Angeles Video On Demand.