Bishop Blake Reminds us to Have Faith
41 And when He had taken the five loaves and the two fish, He looked up to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and the two fish He divided among them all – Mark 6:41
Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake taught a lesson in faith and trust in God, turning to Mark 6 and the miracle of Jesus feeding the multitudes as his inspiration. After witnessing the miracles Jesus performed, even his disciples still “had trust issues,” preached Bishop. But he went on to say, “To doubt God is to doubt God’s power. To doubt God is to doubt God’s promises”.
Highlights from the sermon follow:
“The Bible describes 37 of Jesus’ miracles.”
“The disciples had trust issues. They were charged with being forgetful, thick-skulled, hard-hearted…They did not remember two specific miracles that Jesus had performed by the power of Almighty God.”
“The Bible screams out to the disciples, and it screams out to us, ‘Remember the loaves, remember the fish. Think about the loaves. Think about the fish.’”
“If Jesus was to carry on His work, he would need disciples who trusted Him, who had faith in him.”
“Every person is discontent when another person deems them untrustworthy.”
“If a person cannot trust you, if they cannot believe that you will keep your commitments to them, they will not be confident in keeping their commitments to you.”
“What if you no longer trusted your employer to provide you with a check at the end of your work period? What if you no longer trusted the caretaker who watches over your infant child while you are at work? What if you no longer trusted your wife, your husband, your doctor or your best friend? Life would be miserable if not impossible without trust.”
“This is what the Lord says to the church today. Give people something that will nourish their lives.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake
“The best indicator for what a person will do is what a person has done.”
“Love should also be considered in whether or not you can trust somebody.”
“Much of what we need to learn about trust can be learned from these two miracles.”
“Jesus said to the disciples, ‘You give them something to eat.’ This is what the Lord says to the church today. Give people something that will nourish their souls and nourish their spirits. Give them something that will nourish their lives”
“Child of God, if you came in here hungry for a Blessing, if you came in here looking for a miracle, the Lord Jesus said, ‘I will not send you away fasting!’”
“Everybody ate. Everybody was filled.”
“Worry never helps. Worry never accomplishes anything. Worry incapacitates you…Worry makes life miserable but does not produce anything…God knows what you need, so don’t worry.”
“Stop being afraid! Stop being concerned about your success. God will provide everything that you need and everything that you desire.”
“God is the same in the Old Testament. He’s the same in the New Testament when He raised Jesus from the dead.” -Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake
“It’s your job to obey. It is your job is to trust. God is all-powerful…and God is in Love with you.”
“To doubt God is to doubt God’s power. To doubt God is to doubt God’s love. To doubt God is to doubt God’s wisdom. To doubt God is to doubt God’s promises.”
“God is the same God as He was in the Old Testament; He’s the same God in the New Testament when He raised Jesus from the dead; He’s the same God right now! In the name of Jesus! Halleluiah!”
“The disciples had trouble catching this. They did not know how to chill. They just didn’t get it.”
“Some people are that way. Every time they get a chance to doubt, they doubt.”
“If God did it once, God can do it again!”
“God loves to work with inadequate resources…in fact, God can work with nothing.”
“James Cleveland said, ‘When there’s no food on the table, get your knife, get your fork, and sit down at the table. Say the Blessing, because the God I serve is able!”
“The disciples didn’t know how to chill. They just didn’t get it!” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake
“God loves His children and will meet their needs.”
“God can transcend the natural order anytime He wants to. God is a supernatural God. God is a God of miracles.”
“If God can’t do it, it can’t be done.”
“What’s impossible with men is possible with God.”
“Child of God, I don’t know your need. I don’t know your predicament. But I know God is able to fix it!
“Neighbor, you’ve got to go back to the source. Go back and get your healing. Go back and get your Blessing. Go back and get your miracle. Every day, you’ve got to go back to Jesus.”
“Lord, somebody needs You to change things. They need You to change things in their home. They need You to change things in that hospital room. They need You to change things on their job. Somebody needs You to change things in their finances, in their economic situation. Father, reaching out our arms toward You, if You withdraw yourself from us, where, oh where, shall we go? Let this be a day of miracles, a day of blessing, a day deliverance, in the name of Jesus.
Thank God, Amen.”
SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – Mark 6:30-56; Mark 8:1-9, 14; Romans 8:28; Philippians 4:36; 1 Corinthians 1:27, Ephesians 3:20-21, John 15:3-5; Matthew 5-7; Mark 11:24; John 14:6.
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