Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. shares a lesson on following the most important aspect of our being in his sermon from the book of Luke 15:11-24 title, “The Prodigal Son.”
“The text implies, the Bible confirms, and experience reveals that most are a composite of many selves: rather than just one self.”
“This young man had to bring himself to himself to do the right thing.”
“It’s only when he came to himself that he got his life together.”
“One self was down in the dumps, while the other self, reached out to God.”
“Somebody out there needs a mighty deliverance…you need to be delivered from yourself. Ask your neighbor, ‘Do you need to be delivered from yourself?’”
“Has anybody out there ever been in a situation where one self was crying out, ‘Do it! Do it;’ while the other self was yelling out, ‘Don’t do it!’ and the third self was in the middle of it all: not knowing what to do?”
“All of us have used phrases like, ‘Watch yourself’; ‘He never found himself;’ ‘I’m sorry, I have not been myself;’ ‘He’s trying to get himself together.’”
“Tell your neighbor, ‘Don’t you follow every self…follow the right self.’”
“Wisdom and practice in that day indicated that you did not give your money to your children until you died. At your death, they received their inheritance.”
“Immature saints today want to receive, rather than give…God does not have to give you anything.”
“That ought to be the spirit and attitude of every child of God: not, ‘God, what can you do for me?’ but ‘God, what can I do for you? How can I give your name glory and honor?’”
“So many, in their pride, have an erroneous sense of entitlement…but tell your neighbor, ‘You have no right to make withdrawals, if you’ve made no deposits.’”
“Tell your neighbor, ‘Don’t you follow every self…follow the right self.’” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.
“The deceived self led to a lustful self.”
“Real respect and real commitment are the only foundations for a lasting relationship, and marriage is the only meaningful haven for sexual involvement.”
“If you know the Bible’s right, why don’t you say, ‘Amen!'”
“Marriage is the only meaningful haven for sexual involvement.”
“When the money was gone, the women were gone.”
“There is a friend…who will love you whether you have money or not; clap your hands and praise God for that friend.”
“Listen: God says, ‘Put me first, and I’ll take charge of your life.’”
“I don’t want anything to do with the devil. Give me Jesus!” Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.
“You’ve got to stop and realize you are more than a physical man: you have a spirit and a soul.”
“You can’t depend on folk; the very person you leave the lord for will let you down.”
“The devil is opportunistic. He puts you in situations where you’re weak and feeble, and unable to really rise up for righteousness; then he brings the best arsenal he has, and releases all of his weapons onto you.”
“Today, I want to talk about the most important you.”
“I don’t know about you, but I don’t want anything to do with the devil. Give me Jesus!”
SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Luke 15:11-24, 1 Samuel 30:6, Romans 7:15-24, Mark 12:30-31, Matthew 20:28, Proverbs 16:18, Galatians 6:3, Luke 15:30, 1 John 2:15, Romans 8:28, 1 Peter 5:8.
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