Bishop Blake: What To Do When You’ve Lost Everything
Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. takes inspiration from the magnificent life of King David in 1 Samuel 30, and in his power to overcome adversity and devastating circumstances. Highlights from Bishop’s inspirational sermon titled, “Encourage Yourself” follow below.
1 Samuel 30:6 (NKJV) – Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.
There are very few people who are genuinely happy in the world today, and they respond in many different ways when they’re faced with trouble. Some people resign themselves to trouble. Some people blame other people for their distress. There are many elders who dislike young people just because they’re young. And many young people have no use for their elders and think that they know more than their elders do.
Each of us has a battle with ourselves. But those who take things into their own hands soon find out how weak their hands really are. Put yourself in God’s hands and you’ll find no better place to be in all of the universe.
INSPIRATION FROM THE LIFE OF A KING
The life of King David is one of the most spectacular adventure stories ever recorded in the annals of history. David ascended from the care of his father’s flock to the rulership of the flock of almighty God. He was aware that promotion comes neither from the east or the west or from the north or the south. David knew that it is God Who takes down one and puts up another.
In our scripture, David’s town had been burned and his family and possessions were taken away by his enemies. David had to be discouraged. He had to be sick at heart. David had to be depressed but these are feelings that are also common in our day. Bible says, however, that David encouraged himself in the Lord; he strengthened himself, praying to God for guidance. He reminded himself, “My God is a mighty God, and if He is a mighty God, there’s nothing He cannot do. There’s nothing that He cannot overcome, nothing that he cannot deal with.”
When everything is going wrong, when everything is too hard to handle, too much to deal with, don’t just sit there in your predicament. Have a talk with Jesus.
QUOTES FROM THE SERMON
“The Bible says that David encouraged himself in the Lord…He had lost everything: he had lost his wives. He had lost the loyalty and support of his men. But when folk let you down, you can still turn to God” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake
“Child of God, you may have said, ‘It’s useless. It’s hopeless. I’m too old. It’s too late.’ But you’ve got to make up your mind that it’s never too late as long as God is involved.”
“The Lord will not let you down. He’ll be with you through thick and through thin.”
“Our God is a God of power. Our God is a God of might.”
“Remind yourself that your God is not a weak God, your God is a mighty God. Taught the wind to blow. Taught the birds to fly. Come on, say, ‘Our God is a mighty God!’”
“How many of you know that you would not have made it this far without the goodness of the Lord? How many of you know that you would not be here if God had not taken care of you?”
“As long as God has something for me to do, I can’t die until I get it done…As long as God has a purpose for my life, I’m going to live on.”
“David reminded himself, ‘My God is a mighty God, and if He is a mighty God, there’s nothing He cannot do, nothing that He cannot overcome, nothing that he cannot deal with’”– Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake
“There are things that we as believers ought to make up in our minds that we don’t want to lose.”
“You might have lost your relationship with God. You might have lost your fellowship with God. But God did not leave you.”
“If you’ve lost anything, there’s a determination on God’s heart to restore that unto you. Halleluiah!”
“Spiritual health and vitality can be lost if it’s not nourished by prayer.”
“We can lose our fervor and become lukewarm if we don’t stay in love and in contact with Almighty God.”
“Don’t let good things slip away.”
“Take back your determination. Stop letting the devil push you around!” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake
“If you wake up in the morning with your mind on Jesus, you can make it throughout the day, and He’ll stand guard over your mind.”
“The devil and the Holy Ghost cannot coexist in the same space. When the Holy Ghost shows up, the devil has got to go!”
“The devil will tell you what is not going to happen, and what can’t happen. But God lets us know that all things are possible.”
“There’s not a devil in Hell that can run fast enough to outrun God.”
“Whatever the Lord says is ‘Yes, and Amen!’ I’ll say ‘yes’ to Him, because He keeps on saying yes to me.”
But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” -Matthew 19:26
“[Your opponents] may have a head start, but don’t you give up! Don’t you wave the white flag. Run after them! Pursue them! Halleluiah!”
“Overtake; walk in, in the name of Jesus!”
“Pursue! Overtake! You shall recover all!”
“Whatever it is, God can turn it around! It’s turn-around time!”
“God is going to give you more than you ever had before! Tell two people, ‘God is going to give you double for your trouble!’”
“The Bible says that David encouraged himself in the Lord…He had lost everything. He had lost his wives. He had lost the loyalty and support of his men. But when folk let you down, you can still turn to God.”
“Child of God, when you’re feeling low, just remember that God is in your life. He’s a mighty God. He’s a wise God. He’s a loving God. He cares about you.”
SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: 1 Samuel 30; Matthew 18:11; Luke 15:4-8, 11; Hebrews 2:1; Philippians 4:4-8; Jude 20; Psalm 46:1; Luke 10:19; 2 Timothy 1:7, Isaiah 40:31; Philippians 4:19; Ephesians 3:20; Galatians 6:9; Psalm 30:5.
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