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Bishop Blake: Your Power, Your Authority

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. reminds us to use the badge of power, authority, and strength found only through Jesus Christ.

 “Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do…If you ask anything in my name, I will do it” –  John 14:13-14

There are some who try to impersonate officers of the law. They will paint their cars as close to that of a police officer as they can, putting on some kind of phony uniform, trying to act like they are an officer of the law. But listen…trying to act like an officer does not make you a policeman  A true deputy is a person appointed as substitute. He is someone who has the power to act.

It is an impressive thing when you read the scriptures that imply that we are deputies of God and of his son Jesus Christ. All these privileges, powers and rights are conferred upon believer,  and you cannot confer authority upon others unless you have established authority within yourself.

“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” – Luke 10:19 (KJV)

Who gives us our power? What gives us our authority? Our authority comes from:

  1. God. Jesus Christ gives us our badges. Our badges imply that we are empowered and authorized to act on His behalf. Don’t try to walk the earth on your own authority. People and devils will not respond to us. But when we go forth in the name and the power of Jesus Christ, we can change our situation.
  2. The Word. The power of your authority is in the Word of God; the Word is power! If you stand on the word, the devil has got to back up and step aside in the name of Jesus!
  3.  Prayer. Prayer is the key to the kingdom, and faith unlocks the door. Sometimes our answer is detained; sometimes the miracle we want does not happen right away. He may not come when you want Him, but He’ll be right on time. Hold on to your faith. Hold on to your badge.

    Your Power, Your Authority: Bishop Blake praises the Lord.

Is there anybody who needs to change their situation? Is there anybody who knows that God can change things? If you’re a saved person, you’ve got authority. You are an agent of the Kingdom. You are somebody. Don’t live beneath your privilege. Don’t let problems discourage you. Use your badge!

Holy Ghost power is what we need in this day and time; the Holy Ghost is our back-up! Raise your hands and say,

“Father, I stretch my hand to thee; no other help I know. Lord, I need your power! I need your might! I need your anointing!” 

You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. If you use your badge, God will show up in your life. You are an agent of the Kingdom!

Hallelujah!

Adapted from the sermon titled, “Use Your Badge,” at West Angeles Church of God In Christ.This entire sermon and more is available HERE, at West Angeles Gospel On Demand

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SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – John 14:12-14, 16:15; Luke 9:1, Mark 16:15-17, Matthew 10:1-7; Luke 10:19, Matthew 16:19, 18:20, 10:40; Ephesians 6:16, Exodus 12:23, 1 Corinthians 1:18, Revelations 1:5, Matthew 6:31, Acts 19:13, Luke 9:23, John 13:34, Judges 16, Daniel 10, Hebrews 14:12, Matthew 22:29, Ephesians 3:20, Acts 1:8, Romans 8:31, Acts 4:13-31, Jeremiah 33:3, Daniel 3:19-26, Isaiah 41:10, Psalm 34:7, Isaiah 40:31.

 

Hear the West Angeles Youth and Young Adult Choir sing,” We need your power”, featuring Darius Maxey. At WEST ANGELES CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST.

Bishop Blake: Confident Living

Are your worries and fears closing in on you? Do you feel that the world goes against all you believe in? In this sermon from 2012, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. gives us the Kingdom tools for living confidently within the power of the Word of God.

Romans 8:37 – Yet in all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

“Our text for today provides for us a foundation for living with confidence, and living without fear.”

“There are many Christians who do not live confidently. Our father has given us the Kingdom, but we sometimes think and act like paupers.”

“Omnipotence awaits our very beck and call, but we are filled with fear and intimidated by it all.”

“Those who would manipulate you, those who would control you, those who would imprison you emotionally, will do so by capitalizing on your hunger and on your fear.”

“Don’t tell folk your business; don’t tell folks your insecurities and fears – unless you know they love you.”

“If you look to people as a source…and if you strongly desire what people can give you, they may use you and your hunger to accomplish their goals and aspirations, rather than your good.”

“By holding up what you desire, they will lead you in directions that you should not go.”

“Be careful of who you reveal your insecurities to.”

“Fear will cause you to turn away from a very righteous agenda.  When people know you are afraid, they will use your fear to make you step aside and be silent, when you ought to be speaking out.” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“You’re never better off when you’re content.”

“Don’t be hungry for things…live in, drive in, and wear what you can pay for.”

“Don’t live on credit, because if you live on credit you’re going to live hungry and afraid.”

“If there’s unavoidable hunger and there’s unavoidable fear, reveal it to God.”

“The devil and the wicked will use your hunger, use your fear as handles by which they will guide you and control you and keep you in bondage.”

“If we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, then we are justified.”scripture-graphic3

“It’s good to base your actions on what you know about the Word of God.” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“Grace is something wonderful to be under because grace is God’s righteousness at Christs’ expense.”

“Jesus paid it all!”

“Stop downing and condemning yourself: start praising God!”

“Start believing what God’s Word says, and you shall become what God’s Word says you can become.”

“Aren’t you glad to be a child of God?”

“Look over at your neighbor and say, ‘It’s working out!’”

“You’re dealing with something that’s bigger than you can handle; overwhelming you, driving you down into the dirt, but I want you to know, just keep on loving and serving God…it’s working out!

“God is going to bring you over! God is going to bring you out!”

“It’s good to base your actions on what you know about the Word of God.”

“Some of you are worried about the forces that are against you…You’re worried about a situation the environment that is…but you ought to rejoice because the Bible says, ‘If God is for us, who can be against us?’ Hallelujah!”

“The Bible says that God has created all things…How can something that God created and controls be against us?” Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“Don’t worry about what seems to be against you. Just keep on trusting God. You’re going make it. You’re going to come through it.”

“The psalmist says, ‘Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, thou art with me!’”

“When God shows up, I don’t care who else shows up: there’s nothing that God cannot deal with!”

“Break for praise! Clap your hands and give praise to God for all that He is!”

“We can live confidently because if God is for us, the world cannot come against us stop us block us.”

“If you’re looking for love, you’ll find it in God.” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“If you looking for someone who cares about you, if you’re looking for someone to trust with your fears, open your heart and say, ‘These are my challenges; these are my fears, my hunger,’ you can do so with God, and He will help you.”

“Stop walking in inferiority…All of us need the mercy of God. Come boldly to the throne of Grace.”

“You don’t have to live in defeat. Position yourself in Christ and you’ll be more than a conqueror.”

“Jesus conquered demons; He made them tremble and He made them obey Him…He destroyed principalities and powers. Through death and resurrection, Jesus was more than a conqueror.”

“The same spirit that raised Him up from the dead is in you to conquer and to overcome.”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Romans 8:31-37, Genesis 25:19-34, 50:20; 1 Timothy 6:6, 2 Timothy 1:7, Philippians 4:11, Hebrews 13:5, Psalm 23:4-5, Psalm 27, Roman 3:28, John 3:16, Hebrews 4:15, Proverb 16:32.


CONFIDENT LIVING: Be blessed by this inspiring sermon from 2012 titled, “Confident Living”.  See this sermon it in its entirety HERE, on West Angeles Gospel On Demand. 

SERMON: God’s Motive and God’s Objective

For his Sunday April 10 sermon, Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. continued a series he began on Sunday April 3 which is taken from his book “Encountering God: Pathway to His Presence.” Bishop Blake’s often humorous delivery of his sermon, titled “God’s Motive and God’s Objective,” was met with laughter as he compared God’s relationship with us to the relationships we have with others.

“God loves you, He’ll do anything for you,’ said Bishop, “but He’s got to have His R-E-S-P-E-C-T!”

Last Sunday Bishop Blake was led to speak about the Arc of the Covenant and its symbolic significance in the NT and for our life in God even today.

“Years ago when I began to study about the Arc and the other furnishings of the tabernacle; the holy days, the high priests and the various sacrifices, all of these things came to my attention…The Tabernacle was a symbol; an image of Jesus Christ.”

This entire service and more is available HERE, at West Angeles Gospel On Demand. Highlights from the sermon follow: 

“The study of the Arc of the Covenant and the Tabernacle present to us Old Testament examples and shadows of New Testament realities.”

“If you study the history of a person or a relationship, you will better understand that person…and the nature of that relationship.”

“The understanding of a person’s history will help you deal with that person.”

“Jesus frequently said that He came to fulfill the law, and the Bible frequently affirms that the Old Testament, the Tabernacle, the priesthood and the sacrifices served as shadows and examples of heavenly things.”

“What was it that God wanted? What motivated Him to reach out to man? What was God’s objective?”

“In order to live effectively with a person, you need to know your objectives for dealing with that person, and you need to know that person’s objectives for dealing with you.”

“It’s very wise to ascertain the expectations the other party has of you, prior to committing to a relationship.” –  Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“Everybody that smiles at you…who treats you nicely, does not want a relationship with you.”

“Everybody who treats you rudely or harshly is not responding to something you are or even something you have done. Some people are just rude; some people are just harsh…and they are that way to everybody they meet.”

“Most people are just trying to get from one day to the next day.”

“Maybe to your great disappointment, you need to know that everybody does not spend a great deal of time thinking about you.”

“Some will want to be your friend, but others will desire a favor from you; a loan, or some benefit from you.”

“There has been a tremendous amount of pain and confusion in the world because people who want relationship have been dealing with people who only wanted relations.”

“If you want a Godly, honorable relationship, you’ll have a terrible time dealing with somebody who only…wants to use you and throw you away.”

“If you are to deal effectively with a person, you need to understand that person…You need to know their goals; their objectives.”

“God will do anything for you, but He’s got to have His R-E-S-P-E-C-T!” Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“It’s tough to be with a person who mistreats you, who doesn’t care how you feel or what you think.”

“Some folks wear you out just being around them.”

“You need a good understanding of yourself. Ask your neighbor, ‘Do you understand yourself?’”

“Don’t be tricky. Don’t be deceptive.”

“If you’re struggling with homosexuality brother, don’t mess up some poor lady’s life. And lady, don’t marry somebody, thinking that you’ll be able to change him from gay to straight.”

“There’s got to be mutual admiration and respect. This is absolutely necessary and essential for a lasting, satisfactory relationship.”

“Relationships that are deficient in communication are doomed to much unhappiness and failure.”

“People need to talk – and people need to listen.”

“Some people – even friends – have a big ol’ orangutan of a problem sitting right in the middle of their relationship and they won’t recognize that it’s there.”

“You can’t just look at people and know people…Can I get a witness?”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘Try again…and again, and again.’”

“Don’t let your emotions and your animal drives cause you to make a fool of yourself.”

“Remember that personality and character do not frequently change.”

“The best way to tell what a person will do is to look at what a person has done, and that will tell you what you can expect.”

“In discussing God’s purpose regarding His relationship with us…the principles are the same whether with God or with men and women.”

Deuteronomy 28:1 (NKJV) Blessings on Obedience –  “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.”

“Down through history, God’s purposes regarding his relationship with mankind has been the same…but because of our sin…God has chosen to deal with mankind in different ways during different periods.”

“After 400 years of slavery (in Egypt), God delivered Israel from Egypt. This was, in essence, their introduction to the Lord. Four hundred years of domination by Egypt had almost erased the every memory and image of God from their minds.”

“Even Moses himself knew so little about God, he had to ask God, ‘What is your name?’ And he had to teach the people how to do the same.”

“God’s motive for dealing with us is love.”

“I don’t care who you are…I don’t care what you have done, God is in love with you.”

“Most parents don’t want anything from their children. They just want to see their children to do well; to succeed. They want them to be prosperous. And their great despair is after they’ve invested so much into their children, they often see them waste and ruin their lives.”

“That’s all God wants for you. He wants you to be productive. He wants your life to be fruitful. That’s why God came into your life in the first place, ‘that you might have life, and have it more abundantly.’”

“God loves us, but if we’re going to have a relationship with Him, we have to know who He is.”

“God’s motive for dealing with us is love” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“It’s alright for you to come to God, but when you come, don’t bring mess and sin into the presence of the Lord.”

“Whatever you do for God, it ought to be greater. It ought to be more. It ought to be higher!”

“God said, ‘I am a jealous God…Don’t worship me today and Allah tomorrow!’”

“God’s objective is to love us, and to be loved by us.”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘Neighbor, I’m blessed going in and coming out. I’m blessed by the power of God!”

“There’s nobody like God!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Deuteronomy 7:6-11, 6:4; Amos 3:3, Exodus 3:5, 13-15; Jeremiah 31:3, John 3:16, Psalm 35:27, 149:4; John 10:10, Isaiah 6:3, Revelation 4:11, Psalm 150:6, 1 Peter 1:16, Psalm 136:1, Deuteronomy 28:1-14, Jeremiah 29:11,  Psalm 100:4.


 

  • Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.’s book, “Encountering God: Pathway to His Presence” is available at the West Angeles Christian Emporium. Address: 3021 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016. Phone:(323) 731-3012
  • To read highlights from last week’s sermon titled, “Components of a Testimony,” please click HERE.
  • Is Ethiopia the site of the Arc of the Covenant? Watch as COGIC’s International World Missions President Vincent Matthews shares historic facts about Ethiopia’s Christian heritage:

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SERMON: Presiding Bishop Blake, “Components of a Testimony”

On Sunday, April 3, 2016, Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. began a new series, teaching from his book, Encountering God. The sermon was taken from scripture surrounding the Arc of the Covenant, the tabernacle of Moses, and the Israelites, who did not trust God in spite of miracles He performed on their behalf.

“Sometimes we’re losing because we don’t trust God,” said Bishop Blake. “The God that we serve has already made a way…God will take care of you if you only believe.”

This entire service and more is available HERE, at West Angeles Gospel On Demand. Highlights from the sermon follow:

“The Arc of the Covenant was in the Tabernacle of Moses. In the court of the Tabernacle it stood before the Brazen Altar where the sacrifices were offered up to God to atone for the sins of the people.”

“The Bronze Laver [is] where the priests were first washed by Moses and where subsequently they washed themselves as they performed the various rites of sacrifice in the courtyard.”

“The showbread…was made from wheat. It symbolized God’s people in His presence, and in fellowship with Him and one another.”

“The lamp stand, with its seven flames…symbolized God’s spirit at work…It symbolized God’s Word. It symbolized Jesus Christ. It symbolized the church of Jesus Christ.”

“The golden altar of incense…ignited by God’s fire, represents the praises and the worship of God’s people. It also represents the pleasure that the praises of God’s people bring to God.”

“God enjoys our praise.” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“Behind the veil is the most Holy place or the Holy of Holies. Within the Most Holy place is the Arc of the Covenant, which is also called ‘The Arc of the Testimony.’”

“The Arc of the Covenant was a wooden chest or box…This wooden chest was overlaid with sheets of pure gold, both within and without.”

“On the lid of the Arc was a plate of pure gold…That plate was called the mercy seat. At the ends of the Mercy Seat were two statues of golden angels.”

“For many reasons, the Arc of the Covenant is the most important piece of furniture in the tabernacle. It’s important, as far as I can tell, because the Arc…is the only item of tabernacle furniture that will be in heaven.”

“I don’t really understand how the Arc of the Covenant will be in heaven – whether it will be there materially or spiritually –  but the Bible says it will be there. And if God will retain the Arc of the Covenant alone for Heaven, then the Arc of the Covenant must be very, very important.”

“Arc of the Covenant was the first item of furniture to be described and placed in the Tabernacle.”

“Each of the three items were the result of miraculous occurrences and miraculous actions on the part of God.  Each of the three items were an expression of the love of God”

“The fact that each of these items is a response [of] God to negative behavior on the part of Israel is unfortunate.  Negative behavior caused each of these items to be placed before the people of God.”

“God had just brought them out of a 400-year ordeal of slavery and oppression.”

“God was working through Moses. Moses was obeying God’s directions.”

“God had just brought them out of a 400-year ordeal of slavery and oppression.” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“Moses…was already free. He was already doing well, but he returned to Egypt to bring God’s people out of slavery.”

“Murmuring is offensive and alienating…even a murmurer doesn’t want to be around another murmurer.”

“Murmuring is counterproductive because it makes future favors unlikely.”

“Murmuring is an indication of a lack of trust.”

“You got help and assistance before, what makes you think you have to murmur now?”

“The opposite of murmuring is praise.” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“One of God’s worst judgments came down on Israel because of her complaining…The cause of their complaining in this case was a declining food supply.”

“Your blessing may require some work.”

“Your miracle does not excuse you from working while the miracle takes place.”

“Sometimes what you snatch against the will of God spoils and breeds worms.”

“What you invest in God won’t spoil.”

“How many of you know you have to rely on God every day?”

“They had to rely on God every day because without a miracle they would have been without food. ‘Give us this day our daily bread.'”

“There was manna in the Arc.”

“’ 35 And fire came out from the Lord and consumed the 250 men who were offering the incense,’ and the next day all the congregation of Israel murmured…I think I would have kept my mouth shut!”

49 But 14,700 people died from the plague, in addition to those who had died because of Korah. Look at your neighbor and say, ‘I think God doesn’t like murmuring!’”

They had to rely on God every day because without a miracle they would have been without food.  ‘Give us this day our daily bread.’ – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“So many folks are against you, but God’s going to bless you anyway.”

“If God chooses you, there’s nothing that anybody can do about it!”

“That Aaron’s rod would blossom, that it would bear fruit, is assurance that God can bring dead things back to life again.”

“How do I know God can bring dead things back to life? Because he brought me back to life again! Halleluiah!”

“Jesus was dead. God brought him back to life again!”

“If anything has died in your world, God can bring it back to life again!”

“The tablets contained God’s Commandments for his people. They contained his will regarding their behavior.  But the fact that they were in the Arc was proof that God gave them a second chance.”

“This is the day of the second chance. I don’t care who you are and what you’ve done, God is a God of a second chance, a third chance, a fourth chance.”

“Neighbor, you may have messed up, but God through Jesus is giving you a second chance.”

“Jesus was dead. God brought him back to life again!” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“The arc was a testimony.”

“God will take care of you if you only trust Him, if you only believe.”

“They put the manna in the Arc so you remember that I provided for you in the desert…put the manna in the Arc so you remember that when there was no rain and no sowing and no reaping, I fed you with bread put the manna in the Arc so you remember that when you run out, I step in.”

“If God has done it before, God will do it again. God can heal again. God can provide again.”

“Ask your neighbor, ‘Do you have a pot of manna in your testimony?’ Can you remember a time when God miraculously provided for you?”

“When things seem dead and hopeless, God is still able!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Exodus 16:32 , Numbers 17:10; Deuteronomy 10:1-9; Hebrews 9:3-4, 1 Kings 8:9, Exodus 16:2-32, Revelation 11:19, Numbers 16, Numbers 17:1-4, Romans 17:8, Exodus 31:18, Psalm 37:25, Psalm 27:10, Hebrews 4:14-16

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Presiding Bishop Charles Edrward Blake, Sr’s book, “Encountering God: Pathway to His Presence” is available at the West Angeles Christian Emporium. Address: 3021 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016. Phone:(323) 731-3012


 

SERMON: Bishop Blake Says “Use Your Badge”

In his March 13, 2016 sermon, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. reminds us to use the power we have in Jesus Christ.

“I’ve got power that you can’t see; I can fight any enemy, because God and me are a majority!” preached Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. during his March 13 sermon, encouraging the congregation to use the badge of power and strength found only through Jesus Christ.

Before the sermon, Bishop Blake, who’d just returned from delivering fresh water to residents in Flint, MI, shared the scripture from Luke 17 about 10 men who begged Jesus to heal them of leprosy as He traveled to Jerusalem.

“They called out in a loud voice, ‘Jesus, Master, have pity on us!’ begging him to heal their bodies of leprosy. They were cleansed; cured at the Word of Jesus Christ. Nine of them rushed in the opposite direction of their families of their jobs. But one of them said, ‘I’ve got to go back and thank God for what He’s done for me.’

“Thank you for being great and for doing great things. Give thanks,” added Bishop Blake. “God does great things…We are blessed.”

This entire service and more is available HERE, at West Angeles Gospel On Demand. Highlights from the sermon follow:

 “Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do…If you ask anything in my name, I will do it” –  John 14:13-14

“A deputy is a person appointed as substitute; with the power to act. It is an impressive thing when you read the scriptures that imply that we are deputies of God and of his son Jesus Christ.”

“All these privileges…powers and rights are conferred upon believers; and you cannot confer authority upon others unless you have established authority within yourself. Our authority comes from God.”

“If Jesus could master death, there’s nothing Jesus cannot do; there’s nothing that Jesus cannot master.”

“I am what the Bible says I am; can do what the Bible says I can do.”

“Jesus Christ gives us our badges. Our badges imply that we are empowered and authorized to act on His behalf.”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘Hello, deputy! You’re authorized to act on behalf of Jesus Christ!’”

“Are you washed in the blood? Are your garments white?”

“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” – Luke 10:19 (KJV)

“There are some who try to impersonate officers of the law. They will paint their cars as close to that of a police officer as they can, putting on some kind of phony uniform, trying to act like they are an officer of the law. But listen…trying to act like an officer does not make you a policeman.”

“There are some conditions around us that will not yield until we command them in the name of Jesus!”

“Individuals respect the badge to the degree that they respect the power behind the badge.”

“Is there anybody in here who needs to change their situation? Is there anybody who knows that God can change things?”

“People and devils will not respond to us. But when we go forth in the name and the power of Jesus Christ, we can change our situation.”

“God can change things. Is there anybody who’s a witness?”

“Samson was guilty of conduct unbecoming of an officer of the law. He laid his head on the wrong lap, and sought after pleasure, rather than the will of God.…he woke up one night and shook himself, but the power was gone. The anointing was gone. God had confiscated his badge.”

“I don’t care what you have. If you don’t have love, you have nothing.”

“If God can love you, if god can have favor on you, if God can forgive you, then you ought to be willing to forgive your bother in the name of Jesus.”

“Don’t try to walk the earth on your own authority.”

“The word is power!” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“You are an agent of the Kingdom. Grab your neighbor by the hand and say, ‘You are somebody. Don’t live beneath your privilege.’”

“If you’re a saved person, you’ve got authority.”

“Don’t let problems discourage you.”

“Sometimes our answer is detained; sometimes the miracle we want does not happen right away.  But I just came by to tell you that He may not come when you want Him, but He’ll be right on time.”

“Hold on to your faith. Hold on to your badge. God will show up in your life. Halelluiah!”

“Our God is a mighty God. Our God can do anything.”

“The power of your authority is in the Word of God.”

“The Lord said, ‘I’m not just going to give you authority, I’m going to give you power! The Holy Ghost is your back-up!’”

“Holy Ghost power is what we need in this day and time. Raise your hands and say, ‘Lord, I need your power! I need your might! I need your anointing!’”

“Child of God, stretch out your hand and say, ‘Father, I stretch my hand to thee. No other help I know. If you withdraw your help from me, where will I go?’”

“Use your badge!” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“If you hold up your badge, Jesus will show up!”

“Use your badge in the face of your troubled marriage…Tell the devil, you can’t have my marriage. Devil…step aside you’re under arrest!”

“Sickness in your body, but use your badge and claim your healing.”

“There might be a habit that’s controlling you, but if you use your badge God will give you control over it.”

“Prayer is the key to the kingdom, and faith unlocks the door.”

“If you stand on the word, the devil has got to back up and step aside in the name of Jesus!”

“If you’ve got a message for the devil, write it on the bottom of my shoe, because the devil is under my feet!”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘I’ve got angels all around me!’”

“I command you, Satan: take up your weapons and get out of here! The Holy Ghost is here! Power is here! Deliverance is here!”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘Hold on! You’ve got the victory: in the name of Jesus…Come on and say it: ‘In the name of Jesus! Be set free! The Lord is here, and when the Lord shows up, everything is alright!’”

“You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. You are an agent of the Kingdom!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – John 14:12-14, 16:15; Luke 9:1, Mark 16:15-17, Matthew 10:1-7; Luke 10:19, Matthew 16:19, 18:20, 10:40; Ephesians 6:16, Exodus 12:23, 1 Corinthians 1:18, Revelations 1:5, Matthew 6:31, Acts 19:13, Luke 9:23, John 13:34, Judges 16, Daniel 10, Hebrews 14:12, Matthew 22:29, Ephesians 3:20, Acts 1:8, Romans 8:31, Acts 4:13-31, Jeremiah 33:3, Daniel 3:19-26, Isaiah 41:10, Psalm 34:7, Isaiah 40:31.


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Bishop Blake: How To Be A Person After God’s Own Heart

Presiding Bishop Blake Charles E. Blake tells us the story of David, and teaches us what it takes to be close to God’s heart.  Click HERE to view this entire sermon on WESTA GOSPEL ON DEMAND.

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake revealed, in a wonderful sermon, what God looks for when choosing those to be close to His heart. Bishop shared passages from the first book of Samuel which tell the story of David, one of the greatest Kings in the Bible; but with all of his wealth and power, David was not afraid to give God undignified praise.

“Folk are so into class. They want to act as if they are a member of the upper class, even if they are not…but when it comes to praising God, ‘class dismissed!'” Bishop proclaimed.

“David was a man after God’s own heart, but in many ways, he was not the model he should have been,” Bishop said. “I’ve got a better model: Jesus was God. He became a man, became obedient and humbled himself.”

Bishop believes that God is looking for those even today who are not afraid to worship Him.

“Millions of people will yell and jump and shout at the sight of their favorite team”, he said, “but God has been so good, I’ve got to praise Him!”

Quotes from the sermon follow:

“It would seem to me that a man after God’s own heart would be at the pinnacle of his potential. It would seem that this man would be a good model for all men.”

“God is concerned about quality. He’s concerned about character. God does not start with any old thing in developing His servants.”

“If God, with all of His power, does not start with any old thing, then we, with our negligible power, should not start with any old thing.”

“Even we need to look for quality in the people who are around us.”

“Don’t be so hungry for human relationships that you will accept any old thing.”

“You’re on the verge of accepting something less than the best. Hold on a little while longer! Keep your standards high!”

“There are those who should be models for us; and then there are also those for whom we should be models.”

“There are others who we should never allow to enter into the circle of our friends. Their effect can be nothing but detrimental. Let me assure you that if they’re not pulling you up, they’re going to pull you down.”

“If somebody you are dealing with is a negative influence…then the best thing for you to do is love them at a distance.”

“Really strong people can afford to be humble; really strong people can afford to be kind.”

“Whatever we are, whatever we are to become, God made us that.”

“Be little in your own eyes.”

“It’s better to wait on God than to get ahead of God and make a mess!”

“Place obedience to God over your material advantage.”

“Look unto God; let God be the only power that you rely upon.”

“If you bless what God blesses, God will bless you, too.”

“Everybody ought to want to be a person after the heart of God. People who are on God’s heart are prospered.”

“People who are on God’s heart are protected…So if you mess with them, you mess with God” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

“Has God ever moved you to the front of the line?”

“If God says you’re gonna do something, you’re gonna do it!”

“You better go to God and get an assignment! Tell your neighbor, “I’m going to God to get an assignment!”

“Riches and honor come from God.”

“Lift up your hands and say, ‘Lord, whatever I do, I give you glory; I give you praise.'”

“Child of God, when you’re selecting folk, I know you’re impressed by the outer appearance, but you better check out the heart.”

“If the heart is ugly, if the heart is deceitful, you’re bringing misery into your life”.

“Does your heart need some work?”

“There is a God in Israel!”

“Be strong and be courageous: the God we serve is able!”

“Don’t you worry about taking revenge on your enemies, the Lord said, ‘Vengeance is Mine-I will repay’!”

“David knew how to repent.”

“Do have anybody you have not forgiven? You’d better let that go so God can take you higher.”

“Child of God, the wages of sin is death, and the gift of God is eternal life.”

“You ought to say, ‘Lord, forgive me! Lord I’m sorry! Give me a chance to live for you!’”

“Neighbor, don’t let anything stop you from praising the Lord!”

“God is going to take you higher than you’ve ever been!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: 1 Samuel 13:13-14, Acts13:22 ; Proverbs 16:7; 1Samuel18:5; 1 Chronicles 29:10-14; 1Samuel 16:7; Proverbs 16:1; Psalm 51:10, 1Samuel 17:45-46; 2Samuel16:5 ; Luke 23:34; Romans 6:23, Psalm 34:1-4, 2Samuel 6:20-22, Philippians 2:5.

Bishop Blake Shares the Biblical Principles of Money

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake shares the biblical principles surrounding money, and God’s requirement that we be good stewards of our time, money and resources.

“I have a very unusual sermon for you today,” Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. began, regarding his November 22, 2015 sermon. The sermon was rooted in Luke 16, The Parable of the Unjust Steward, where a worker had been accused of wasting the goods of the wealthy man he worked for.

“John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist church, spoke from this text and said, ‘Gain all you can, save all you can, give all you can.’” Bishop Blake used these three points as the outline of the sermon. “Today,” said Bishop, “I’m going to talk about money.”

The entire sermon and more are available HERE, at West Angeles Gospel On Demand. Highlights from this sermon follow:

“Money is a medium of exchange; it’s a standard of value. Paper money itself has no value except the value we attribute to it.”

“There is a vast world of values that cannot be described in terms of dollars and cents, values like friendship, health, emotional well-being, knowing God, having salvation.”

“Our entrance into heaven is affected by our attitude toward money while we’re on the earth.”

“Wicked people are more shrewd when dealing with their own kind than are righteous people.”

“The Lord was talking about spiritual principles, that we should use our time, our energy, our strength, our resources, to bless God’s work and to bless God. So that when we’re going to eternity, God will be our friend and look well upon us.”

“Knowing God has tremendously high value” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake

“Jesus said, ‘Make friends with money, because with our correct use of it, and by our right attitude toward it, we’ll be welcomed into heaven when you leave this earth.”

“If Jesus talked about money, then I suppose I can give one sermon the title of money…Don’t be afraid. This is not a hold-up!”

“His teachings and His parables are filled worth references toward money, toward stewardship, and the proper conduct of our financial affairs.”

“The Bible does not say that money is the root of all evil. In 1 Timothy 6:10, it says that the love of money is the root of all evil; that while some have coveted after, they erred from the faith.”

“It’s certain that those who live successfully on this earth are going to have to have a wise and systematic approach to money.”

“Money…is used to corrupt the ideas of the young. It’s used to destroy and devastate lives, and to oppress people. It can be used to build empires of wickedness and sin.”

“Money can be used for evil, but it can also be used for good” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake

“Money can be used to build orphanages and care for the poor, to care for the sick, and care for children who have no one to care for them. It can be used for the under-girding of family life, for building strong families on the earth.”

“Make all you can, but don’t lose your soul. Don’t lose your relationship with the Lord.”

“It’s alright to make money, but don’t make money selling drugs and alcohol, and corrupting the morals of the young and twisting the lives of others.”

“How many of you know that if you’re a child of God, you need to seek God to find out what your quest for life should be?”

“If you’re too busy for God, then you are certainly too busy.”

“Wealth can do many wonderful things in our lives, but there are many things that wealth simply cannot do.”

“We read every day about celebrities, investors and business persons who, frustrated by their predicament or dissatisfied with their lives, are driven to drugs or to literally end their lives. How many of you know that money is not equal to happiness?”

“It takes more than just hard work to succeed.”

“Have good ideas. Let your good ideas work for you.”

“Be the best you can be. If you’re a child of God, if you’re a saint, then everything you do ought to be excellent.”

“It’s not too late to go back to school. It’s not too late to improve yourself. It’s not too late to enhance your skills, to study or learn something new.”

“The Bible says that if a man won’t work, don’t let him eat!”

“The reason some people are not doing well financially is because they are not excellent in their performance.”

“Work hard. Don’t expect someone to come along and put you on top.”

“The world will beat a pathway to your door if you’ve got the right stuff going for you.”

“God gives wealth.”

“1 Samuel 2:7 says, ‘The Lord makes poor, and the Lord makes rich’” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake

“You ought to give God tremendous amounts of your attention; tremendous amounts of your praise; tremendous amounts of your Thanksgiving.”

“If God ain’t in it, work yourself to death, and you’ll still be broke; and if God Blesses you, money will just follow you and overtake you and come into your life.”

“Provide for your needs. Provide for the needs of your family, your loved-ones and yourself, and then provide for the work of the Lord; for those things that are necessary for the doing of God’s Will.”

“The value of money is the use you put it to.”

“God gives you wealth to uplift the life on the face of the earth.”

“There’s an obsession today with the accumulation of things and gadgets and objects; things that will enhance your reputation in the eyes of men.”

“If God ain’t in it, work yourself to death, and you’ll still be broke” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake

“It’s not that you don’t have enough; it’s just sometimes that you’re spending too much.”

“Wanting all you see and getting all you want is not the way to go.”

“The Japanese save about 25% of their income. The Europeans save about 20%. Americans on the average save about 7% of their income. And Blacks? Well, you just tell me, I don’t know…”

“Watch out for pride…Pride will make you go beyond your capacity.”

“Save all you can. Save – God has Blessed you.”

“Save for a rainy day. How many of you have had rainy days that you were not prepared for?”

“Don’t spend to impress others. Save to be independent. ”

“Save all you can, because it’s a good spiritual discipline which smothers pride.”

“God gives us power to gain wealth, but God as He Blesses us want to use us to accomplish His goals.”

“When you are changed and Jesus comes into your life, it impacts every area and every part of your life.”

“Love will make you maximize, not minimize.”

“Child of God, there’s no Blessing like the Blessing that the Lord can give.”

“If you trust Him, God will take care of you.”

“I’ve been talking about money, but I’ve really been talking about your soul, your relationship to God, your life in Him.”

“Make all you can. Save all you can. Give all you can. And if you do, the Lord will reward you in the name of Jesus! Hallelujah!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Luke 16:8 – scorned him; Luke 16-1 Proverbs 11:28; (Prov23:4)NIV, ps37:16, Matthew 13:22, Ecclesiastes5:10, Proverbs 10:4, 1Samuel 2:7-8, Proverbs 11:24-25, Haggai 1:5-10, Leviticus 27:30, Malachi 3:8-11, Deuteronomy 8:18, John 15:8, Luke 12:15 Proverbs 10:5, Matthew 19:16-22, Luke 19:8, 2 Corinthians 5:14, Ephesians 3:20-21, Philippians 4:19, Luke 6:38, John 3:16.

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Bishop Blake Honors Mothers, Wives on Mother’s Day

“It’s a good day to thank God that He gave you a treasure that cannot be evaluated or assessed…That is the treasure of a precious Mother” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake found inspiration in a mother’s love for his Mother’s Day sermon titled, “A Woman, A Wife, A Mother.” He honored First Lady Mae L. Blake’s elegance and wisdom as a wife and mother, and shared some of her many contributions to the life of the church. An author, former principal and teacher at the West Angeles Christian Academy, “Lady Mae,” as she’s affectionately called, also designed the interiors of the West Angeles Cathedral and the North Campus multi-purpose building.

Bishop Blake also recognized every mother’s ability to do the extraordinary.

“Did you all see that mother in Baltimore (who pulled her son out of a riotous crowd and publicly disciplined him)? Thank you for every time you went upside our heads!” Bishop said. “If gangs are ever going to be extinct, it’s going to be because mothers put their foot down, and do like that lady did…She would not let him go, and I believe he’s a different young man now than the young man he was a few days before.”

Bishop continued by addressing all mothers and wives everywhere.

“Let me apologize to every mother who knows you have not been treated right. Let me apologize to every wife who was left behind…I know it’s been rough; I know it’s been tough, but let me inform you that there’s a God in Heaven, and you would not have made it this far without the Love of God.

“We love you, and we appreciate every diaper you changed, every bottle of milk you warmed…for every school visit you made…Come on, praise God for mothers!”

Below are some of our favorite quotes from Sunday’s sermon:

“The word of God tells us that the last item on God’s agenda of creation was woman. God looked at Adam and then found that none of the things that already existed could provide Adam with the…added aspects of existence that he needed.”

“They are placed on earth as helpers, not as inferior beings…not as mere tools or instruments, but as partners in the matter of life.”

“Woman was made out of man, so that man would esteem her and seek her welfare as he esteemed himself.”

“If he abased her and disrespected her, then he abased and disrespected himself. If he abused her, then he abused himself.”

“We’re supposed to be transformers – not conformers.”

“Men have understanding of the head. Women have understanding of the heart.”

“Within her being is that which correlates itself of the being of God and that which responds to a presence of God and that which cries out for communion with Almighty God.”

“Within her being is that which shall never die, that which is of inestimable value, that for which Jesus Christ died.”

“Brethren, I am prone to say that one of the greatest things that God ever did was to create women.”

“A mother’s love is unconditional…God’s love is unconditional.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

“A man who does not understand and appreciate women cannot understand and appreciate a wife.”

“I don’t care what men say, I don’t care how foolish and old-fashioned the moral codes may seem to be…God’s plan is still the only right plan for regulating the relationships between men and women.”

“The Bible says, ‘Let every man have his own wife – not somebody else’s wife – and let every woman have her own husband.”

“Along the road of life, there is no greater privilege that one can find than having a wife.”

“(Jules) Michelet says, ‘To be a man in the true sense is, in the first place, and above all things is to have a wife.'”

“The man who has the greatest vision and fulfills the greatest dream, is the man whose wife has and sees his vision and dreams his dream with him.”

“The man who enjoys life most is the man who shares it with a lifetime partner.”

“L.M. Stretch said, ‘A good wife makes the cares of the world sit easy, and adds sweetness to its pleasure. She’s a man’s best companion in prosperity, and his best, if not his only friend in adversity. The most careful preserver of his health, and the kindest attendant on his sickness; a faithful advisor in distress, a comforter in affliction. How many of you know that a wife is all those things and more?”2

“A wife is the only one who sees you at your worst, and loves you for the best that is within you.”

“Fella, if you’re one of those guys who said, ‘I’m never going to get married. I’m going to stay single all my life,’ I feel sorry for you! You don’t know what you are missing! Somebody ought to say ‘AMEN!’”

“A woman reaches the highest level of excellence when she becomes a mother.”

“God could have created man by some other means. He could have had us hatch out of flowers or come up out of the water…but instead, God chose the means of a mother to bring us to the earth.”

“It’s on mother’s knee that he learns how to pray, learn how to conceive of almighty God”.

“If [the mother is] nervous and insecure, then to an extent, the child will be nervous and insecure…If the mother is peaceful and serene then the child will gain that same kind of confidence in life.”

“Napoleon said that the future destiny of children is always in the hands of the mothers. Someone else said that the future of society is in the hands of mothers.” 3

“If we’re to overcome evil, it’s because mothers unanimously stand to oppose the tide of evil that’s sweeping across our world.”

“Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. What a miserable place the world would be if it were not for mothers who love Almighty God.”

“Today we ought to look toward God and lift up our eyes to God and say, ‘Thank you for mothers. Thank you for the institution of motherhood. Thank you for mothers who take their roles seriously and do their job well! Halleluiah!’”

“When you think about a mother’s love, you have to think about the love of Almighty God.”

“A mother’s love is unconditional…God’s love is unconditional.”

“A father will get stern on you. A father will get quiet on you…but mother would say, ‘Come on in here for a minute.”

“God says, ‘Child of God, the world may be overwhelming you and turning you away, but come unto me all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.'”

“When folk stepped out – He stepped in.”

“You can’t go so far that the love of God cannot reach you.”

“No matter who you are, where you’ve come from, or where you’ve been, God loves you. Look over at your neighbor and say, “God loves you!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – Genesis 2:20, 3:20, Proverbs 31:30; Genesis 1:27; Romans 12:2, Matthew 19:5; Ephesians 5:25, 28; Hosea 11:1; John 3:16; Matthew 11:28-29.

FOOTNOTES:

1 Jules Michelet; “The People”. London: Charles Edmonds, 154 Strand, 1846.
2 L. M. Stretch ; “Beauties of History; Or, Pictures of Virtue and Vice, Drawn From real Life, designed for the instruction and Entertainment of Youth”. A New edition, Volume 1, London. Printed for J. Brambles, A. Meggitt, and J. Waters, by H. Mozely, Gainsborough. 1808.
3 ”Golden Hours for 1866. A Magazine for Sunday Reading” Edited by W. Meynell Whittemore, D.D.; page 7.

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Bishop Blake: The Best Wish You Could Ask of God

“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 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.

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