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.”
“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:
- Please join us for the 21st WORLD MISSIONS CONFERENCE! Please click HERE for more information.