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Bishop Blake Channels Pharrell in “Happy” Sermon

“How happy is the man who does not follow the advice of the wicked or take the path of sinners” – Psalm 1:1 (HCSB)

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake was inspired by Pharrell Williams’ hit song for his Sunday, February 8 sermon, simply titled, “Happy.”

Within the song’s refrain are the lyrics, ‘Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth.’

“That’s a profound statement,” said Bishop Blake. “But Jesus said in John 8:32, ‘Then you will know the truth, and the truth shall make you free,’ and Jesus said in John 14:6, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’”

Psalm 1 was the scriptural focus of Bishop’s  sermon, where he explored mankind’s ideas of happiness versus God’s true definitions of happiness.

Some of our favorite passages from the sermon are as follows:

“Happiness is something everybody wants. Not everyone agrees on what it is, or how it can be obtained, but everybody wants it.”

“There are those who have everything that money can buy but they still are not happy.”

“One earthly desire fulfilled always creates another earthly desire unfulfilled.”

“When desire governs, it becomes a giant whose appetite can never be satisfied.”

“Happiness is a predominant state and a predominant sense of well-being.”

“We cannot insist or fall into the trap that demands that everything be in precise accord, or falls into our wishes and our desires, before we will be happy.”

“If you’ve got Jesus in your life, then the good overwhelmingly outweighs the bad.”

“You might be in the right place for a miracle!”

“I proclaim by faith: ‘It is well!’”

“God, being the Creator, has the right to tell us how to live.”

“God, who made us, understands us, and is aware of the principles and factors that make for our happiness.”

“God, being all-wise and all-knowing, knows the future and is alone qualified to plot the course of our lives.”

“God, who made us, loves us and wants us to be happy, and His love calls Him to reveal the road and way of happiness unto us.”

“Scornful folk are the ones who practice sin and aggressively proclaim their aversion to God, and their aversion to righteous people.”

“A person who’s involved in evil cannot be happy. A person who’s involved in sin cannot be happy.”

“You might try to drug your conscience…so it will not testify against you, but even your conscience will say, ‘I might be drunk, but you know you’re wrong!’”

“God understands us, and is aware of the factors  that make for our happiness” – Bishop Charles E. Blake

“Sin handicaps.”

“Sin causes thing to go wrong.”

“When you are in sin, you’re alone, all by yourself.”

“The Lord’s Word is more than a list of do’s and don’ts.”

“There’s nothing that God does not know.”

“God has a way of making things fall in place.”

“The Lord knows how to take you higher!”

“The Bible is a map; a way to joy, a way to safety, the way of Gods will and blessing.”

“I don’t know about you, but I’m living in prosperity; I’m praising in prosperity!”

“Put the newspaper down, put the magazine down, and grab the Word, because in the Word, you’ll find Life.”

“Child of God, you stand before an audience of One. Don’t worry about what people say. If you please God, God will take care of everything.”

“Is there anybody who’s happy just to know Him? Happy to do His will? Happy just to walk in His Way? Happy just to hear Him say, ‘Well done?’”

“Child of God, don’t let anything discourage you. Don’t let anything block you. Don’t let anybody tell you you’re not blessed.”

“The safest place in the whole wide world is in the Will of God.”

“I’m happy to know Him, to know His Word, to have His love, to praise Him, to Bless Him! Way down in my soul, I have JOY!”

“Nothing can satisfy but God!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Psalm 1, John 8:32, John 14:6, Proverbs 27:20, Ecclesiastes 2:10-11, Philippians 4:11-12, Philippians 3:8, Matthew 5:1-12, 2 Kings 4:26, Habakkuk 3:17, Proverbs 16:25, Proverbs 3:5-6, 1 Corinthians 1:25, Psalm 147:4-5, Psalm 42:1, Matthew 6:33, Romans 8:28, Job 23:10, 2 Corinthians 5:8.