Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. offers words of encouragement, hope, and fortitude in difficult times in his September 13, 2015 sermon titled, “God Has Your Back.”
“One of the greatest joys of my life was early in the administration of Barack Obama,” Bishop Blake explained. “I was able to have a private meeting with the President in the oval office and sit and talk to him, and to be in his presence and to let him know how much I appreciated the opportunity. What had been set aside for a 15-minuute conference turned out to be a 1-hour conference, and as long as I live I’ll never forget sitting in the Oval Office, talking to Barack Obama.
“But I’ve got a greater honor for you today. We have the privilege of coming into God’s house, sitting before Him, lifting our hands to our Almighty God, letting him know how much we love Him and appreciate Him.
“What a privilege it is to worship God. God of miracles is here. God of power is here. God that is able to go inside your psyche, inside mind, your spirit, and set things right…Clap your hands and give praise to God!”
Bishop Blake’s full sermon titled “God Has Your Back” and the entire September 13, 2015 service is available HERE, on West Angeles Video On Demand. Highlights from this mighty and inspirational sermon follow:
“What do you do when your expectations crash on the rocks of despair…What do you do when it seems that God has changed His mind about you?”
“Sometimes God can so Bless us that we think we’re in some kind of special category of Blessing…Then on the other hand, sometimes it seems that God begins to snatch back Blessings formerly given to us.”
“Sometimes it seems that God does not behave like we expected God to behave.”
“I’m hearing from a lot of people who feel that God was just not there when they needed Him. They experienced repossession…foreclosure…death of a loved one or loss…Under circumstances like these, some people begin to wonder, ‘Where is God when I need Him?’”
“What God has provided for you is just what you need.”
“Learn to allow God to lead. Learn to allow God to choose what He chooses for you. The best prayer you can pray is ‘Thy Will be done.’”
“When you can see a miracle, it’s easy to believe God for another miracle.”
“There’s always an ‘after a while.’”
“Some people may begin to wonder, ‘Where is God when I need Him?’” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.
“Isn’t it amazing how the things that we escape from try to recapture us and entangle us again?”
“Have you ever been in that place where you needed to feel the presence and the anointing of God in a special way? Jesus went through that kind of time.”
“When God moves, some people interpret ‘move’ to be ‘leave.’”
“You know, most people don’t do ‘different’ very well.”
“I’ve got a word of encouragement for you today. I’ve got a word of Hope…God has not moved to punish you. Sometimes God just moves because He’s God.”
“Sometimes God moves to develop unexposed powers and abilities …within us. He wants us to trust Him, to expand into a new area, give us a new testimony. Sometimes God wants to bring glory to Himself in a special way. Sometimes he moves just because he wants to test our faith.”
“The greater the level to which an individual is to rise, the greater the trial God takes that person through” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.
“God does not change in his essential nature. God never changes in His purpose. But he changes in the methods and in the processes by which He perfects His children.”
“God’s trying to make something out of you.”
“God, I can’t see it. I can’t feel it. But I’m going to praise you anyhow!”
“Sometimes we need somebody to watch our back…God has your back.”
“Sometimes you can see God best by looking back.”
“Sometimes God goes behind you because there are things in your past trying to recapture you.”
“The devil always wants to remind you of your past.”
“You are not what was done to you…Stop holding on to that pain…Stop focusing on those kinds of memories that poison your present and poison your future.”
“Sometimes you can see God best by looking back” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.
“God’s gonna help you get over it.”
“Child of God, you can go out onto the back porch of your life and see where God has brought you from.”
“If you knew what God has in store for you, you’d be jumping and shouting and praising the Lord!”
“God will never leave you.”
“Lord, I thank you…you’ve been so good to me! Hallelujah!”
SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Exodus 14:19-31; Isaiah 52:12; Exodus 12:37-38; 13:20-22, Matthew 27:46; Isaiah 43:19; Isaiah 54:17; Deuteronomy 28:2-3; Psalm 23:6; Deuteronomy 31:6-8; Psalm 34:7.
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