BISHOP BLAKE: 3 Things We Gain From Jesus’ Resurrection
Life may be challenging. Changes may happen faster than we can sometimes understand them. The things that we thought we could rely upon and have leaned on for years, all seem to have failed us. But there is one thing that is consistent: and that’s the Word of God.
If you do not know who Jesus is, or of His significance to your life or to the world, then now is the time to seek Him. It is His resurrection which has set Him apart from all others.
Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. shares with us 3 takeaways from the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, and how belief in Him can give you strength like no other.
Most of us will agree that life is becoming more complex and more difficult every day. The ability to endure adversity is a precious, precious commodity. A crusade for unbelief in the Lord has been launched against us. The world does not want us to believe.
Health, wealth, strength, and prosperity, are not the keys to success; they’re not the keys to survival. Unrealistic expectations and foolish and unfounded ambitions can destroy the very life of an individual. So many people today are locked in. So many people are fearful. So many folks have gone backward because they thought the wrong things. When Jesus’ disciples did not believe, they became sad. When they did not believe, they returned to their old way of life.
But those who live most effectively are those who have tapped into an unseen reservoir from which they can gain power and strength: and that reservoir is the power of Jesus Christ.
Jesus’ resurrection empowers you when you:
1. Have faith; believing brings joy and peace. Sometimes things happen that are so wonderful, we don’t even want to believe it, even though it’s standing before us alive and well. The Lord wants you to believe: and you need to believe. Believing brings joy. Believing brings peace. Believing brings hope. Believing brings strength. People who don’t believe; people who don’t trust are miserable and unhappy. But the risen Lord will show up in your life if you have faith enough to invite Him to come in. If you believe, then you’ll walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh.
“The Risen Lord will show up in your life if you have faith enough to invite Him to come in.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.
2. Get to know the risen Lord through His Word. Are you somehow blocked, stopped, hindered, held up; unable to reach your goals? Are you paralyzed by fear, by hopelessness? When you believe God’s Word, it enables you to walk by faith into your future, according to the power of Almighty God.
The Bible is the Word of God; it is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword. When you’re led to the scriptures, you’ve got the key to your future. When you’re troubled, go to the Word. When you’re weak, go to the Word. You are what it says you are. You’ve got what it says you’ve got. You can do what it says you can do. Believe the Word of God, and the same God that raised up Jesus will give you power. Meeting the risen Lord will literally change your life.
“When you’re troubled, go to the Word. When you’re weak, go to the Word.” Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.
3. Receive the Holy Spirit: it gives you life. Clothing protects you. Clothing shelters you. Clothing hides you from the eyes of people. Clothing keeps you from being exposed. Jesus said, ‘You shall receive Power after the Holy Ghost has come upon you. The Holy Ghost is your spiritual clothing. It’s your spiritual adornment.
Life is in the Power of the Spirit; you can be free. You can be delivered in the name of Jesus. If you know Him, if you know the Word of God, if you’ve got the Holy Ghost, then you’re ready for everything that the devil might do against you. Sickness won’t stop you. Trouble won’t stop you. Adversity won’t stop you. Enemies won’t stop you. Getting fired won’t stop you. Losing your job won’t stop you. Running out of money won’t stop you. As long as you’ve got Jesus, you can make it.
YOU’VE GOT HIS POWER
Word of God in Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me.” That means that the same Power that transformed the dying body of Jesus Christ into a living, immortal, resurrected body; the same power that brought Him forth from the grave: it is right here, right now.
The power of God can be great in your life. And if He’s in your life, then just like He rose from the dead, you can rise out of any situation that may come against you. The chain is broken in the name of Jesus. You’re free.
SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: John 11:25; Mark 16:10; Luke 14:15, 21, 25, 30; Romans 15:13; Matthew 16:21; Luke 24:21; John 20:19; Matthew 28:17; Romans 15:13; John 4:46; John 11:25; Luke 24:27-45; Philippians 4:13; Acts 1:8, Act 2:1; John 16:22, 1 Corinthians 15:3, Revelation 3:20, Romans 10:13; John 14:21; Psalm 46:1; Luke 10:19.
Adapted from the sermon titled, “The Resurrection Mentality,” by Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. , at West Angeles COGIC. Join us for RESURRECTION SUNDAY at West Angeles Chruch of God In Christ, April 21, 2019, at 9:30 AM. Hear ‘You Are My Strength’ from Hillsong Worship, below.
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