Monday, February 14, 2022

Faith That Crosses The Line: Bishop T. D. Jakes On When God Is Silent

Faith That Crosses The Line

What blessed me in this message by Bishop T. D. Jakes is when he talks about what do we do when we ask God and he does not answer. As you may know, it's very difficult and faith-threatening when we pray or talk to God and we don't get a word or indication from him about important issues.

The accompanying scriptures and Bible stories that Bishop Jakes shares are very good examples when this happened. It inspired me to be given concrete examples of when others obtained blessings from God despite his silence.

I don't lift up any preacher, teacher, pastor, minister or anyone with a Christian title as being a model of perfection. I don't promote anyone who shares Christian knowledge as someone whom everyone should listen to or follow. I do enjoy sharing messages, and occasionally music, when I am blessed.  

I did not like T. D. Jakes when I began to learn of him. Why? For no good reason. All I'd heard about him was that he held well-attended conventions in Atlanta called Woman Thou Art Loosed. You would think that with a title like I would have been inspired to pursue a blessing through the ministry. Unfortunately, I was not.

Some had criticized these Woman Thou Art Loosed gatherings as money-making events where he primarily pushed his books. I allowed that criticism to block my blessings. I'm sure this was because I already had a critical heart.

Even though I don't mind boisterous preachers, I unfairly judged him as being a bag of wind with nothing of significance blowing out. How wrong I was! 

One day not long ago, my mom, who is with the Lord now, was watching him on TV. I sat down with her for what I thought was a moment and said,

I don't really like TD Jakes.

She asked, Why?

I shrugged and said, I don't know. I just don't.

As I sat and listened to him, I found that his message was interesting and practical. When it was over, I had a completely different opinion of Bishop T. D. Jakes. From that point, I began to listen to him regularly. It's been years now that I've been blessed by so many of his anointed teachings.

Everything that comes out of his mouth is hard-hitting and useful. By hard-hitting, I mean that it's deeply truthful and hits the mark every time. He has a lot to say, always, but none of his words are lost. They are always a perfect combination of praising, preaching and teaching.

You may not like his style and that is okay. I am just so grateful that I was led to sit down that day to receive his impartation. I needed it and I still need his blessed words today. He's powerful and he makes it real so that I feel like I'm actually back there in Bible times.

Bishop T. D. Jakes doesn't pull any punches but his punches are infused with God's love. He loves Jesus so much and is always giving deference to The Holy Spirit! He is a great man of God with a message for the hurting and anyone who wants to grow up in faith in and obedience to God. 

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