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.”
“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.