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SERMON: Bishop Blake Discusses Solomon’s Wish

“If you’re one of those who have given up on yourself, this message is for you: special delivery from the Holy Ghost Himself.” – Bishop Charles E. Blake

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake drew inspiration from 2 Chronicles 1:7-12 for his April 12 sermon titled, “Solomon’s Wish.” In the scripture, God said to King Solomon, “Ask: what shall I give to you?” Solomon, honored that God had chosen him to succeed his father King David, asked for the wisdom to lead his people.

Said Bishop Blake, “My intention had been to commend Solomon’s request to God, but the more I prayed, the more I dug into it…I realized I would be making a mistake.

“Solomon made a mistake in what he asked for… His request was not a bad or an evil request; it was a good request. But my contention today is that it was not the best request that he could have made.”

To see this entire sermon, click here for West Angeles’ Gospel On Demand. Highlights from the sermon follow:

“God has given us free will…God has given us the power to make choices; the power to choose.”

“What you really love, you set free.”

“You can’t make anybody love you.”

“If she says she doesn’t love you, brother, go on about your business; leave her alone. If he says, ‘Sister, stop calling me, I don’t love you,’ leave the man alone!”

“There’s somebody on this earth who will love you. If you waste your time looking at folk who don’t, you’ll never find the one that does.”

“Only those who are free not to love can really choose to love.”

“Stop blaming other folks for the choices you made. You made the choice. You made the decision. Deal with it.”

“It’s God’s nature to love and it’s God’s nature to give.”

“I know folks are turning you down and turning you away, but it’s God’s good pleasure to Bless you and to give you the Kingdom.”

“God loves us and wants to give good things to us.”

“Past failures, past sins, past disgraces, do not cancel the grace of God.”

“Don’t be discouraged that there’s darkness in your past. Don’t feel that there’s no hope for you…God loves you and God wants to Bless you.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

“No living, no doing, no being, without God.”

“God loves difficult cases, and you sure were a difficult case!”

“God does not give up, even on those who have given up on themselves.”

“Your wish is the single-most important factor in determining the nature of your life. Your wish is your master.”

“Everybody gets just one… one main wish, one real goal, one real purpose for your life.”

“No, it is not wrong to want to do your best at your profession. It’s not wrong to be excellent in your professional pursuits. That’s a good wish, but it’s not the best wish.”

“God is more important than anything He gives to us.”

“In pleasing his wives, Solomon displeased God.”

“The assigner is always more important than the assignment.”

“The good can be the enemy of the best.”

“Every wish that does not include God is a poor wish. And it is bound to fail.”

“When God asks us the question, we ought to say, ‘Lord, whatever You say the answer is. I want what You want’…That’s the answer.”

“Solomon made a good wish but there was a better wish…Solomon should have said, “I just want a relationship with You.”

“Lord, I just want to know You better every day!”

“Loving God is more important than serving God, because God is not looking for servants. God is looking for sons and daughters.”

“You are no longer a slave…you are a son, or a daughter. And if you are a son or a daughter, you are an heir through Christ Jesus.”

“God wants your love.”

“Don’t let the Lord find out that you love anything more than you love Him.”

“If you put God first, God will bless you…Put Him high on your priority list!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – 2 Chronicles 1:7-12; Luke 12:15; Matthew 6:31; 2 Chronicles 1:3-10; Luke 12:32; Matthew 7:11; John 3:16; 1Corinthians 1:26-29; Proverbs 23:7; 1Samuel 16:7; Isaiah 48:22; Romans 6:23; Matthew 6:19; Acts 17:28; John 15:5 Psalm 147:5; I Corinthians 1:25; Proverbs 3:5-6; Psalms73:25, 42:2; Galatians 4:4; Deuteronomy 6:5; Matthew 22:28; Jeremiah 9:23-24; Psalm 27:8; Matthew 6:33, 36; Revelation 3:14-22.