Archive for ‘bishop TD Jakes’

December 21, 2010

Audio sermons on spiritual warfare

Let heavens  fight for me

 

 

November 10, 2009

Bishop T.D. Jakes video sermon

Watch exclusive DVD video interview with  T.D. Jakes who has been named among America’s “Top 10 Religious Leaders” by the PBS Religions and Ethics NewsWeekly,

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June 6, 2009

Bishop Jakes: Understanding the Grace of God


T.D Jakes

Psalm 91:1-13

In the process of creating Eve, the mother of all living, God’s timing was crucial. He did not unveil her until everything she needed was provided. From establishment to relationship, all things were in order. Woman was mean to be covered, to be nurtured and protected. Originally, Adam was her covering.

My sister even, as a child, you were made to be covered. If someone “uncovered” you, there is a feeling of being violated. Even these feeling are suppressed, they are still powerful. I think it is interesting that when the Bible talks about incest, it uses the word uncovered.

Sexual abuse violated the covering of the family and responsible persona whom you looked to from guidance. This stripping away of relationships leaves you exposed and valuable to the reality of corrupt, lust imaginations. Like fruit peeled too soon, it is wrong to uncover what God wished to remain protected.

To molest a child is to uncover her to leave her feeling unprotected. Do you realized that one of the things the blood of Jesus Christ does is to cover us? Like Noah’s sons who covered the father’s nakedness, the blood of Jesus will cover the uncovered. He will not allow spending the rest of your life exposed and violated.

Reach out and embrace the fact that God has been watch over you, all your life. My sister, he covers you, clothes you are blesses you, rejoice in Him in spite of the broken places.

God’s grace is sufficient for your needs and your scars. He will anoint you with oil. The anointing oil is upon you now.

June 6, 2009

Bishop Jakes sermon on answered prayers

By

T.D. Jakes

JOB 23:10

Some of the greatest challenges to our faith are those moments when we must endure the cold of a disappointment when we fail to receive what we have anticipated.

I know fist and the sinking feeling of dejection that comes into your heart when things fall through. It feels almost as through an earthquake has struck in your heart. The very things you were counting on and standing n have slipped from under you and something inside you begins to sink.

The floor gives way, and everything you have planned seems meaningless. The temptation is to have an all-out party-complete with candles cake, and ice cream!

There is no shield that can keep away the days that come to teach our hearts submission to God’s will and purpose for us. There are no cards that are so poetic, no roses that are so fragrant that they dismiss the tingling sensations of brokenness that come upon us when we see our expectations cave in.

it’s a feeling that will bring the most mature person into a fetal position. It comes as if it will not leave, but you can be sure that is not so. It will go, and the sun will come again and rebuke the clouds that have hidden the light of God’s purpose from shining through to you.

There is within the human capacity a tenacious survival instinct that kicks in when we are at our lowest. It enables us to succeed through the storms of life. They will come, but they will not overthrow you if you learn to trust God even when you can’t trace Him.

He is so wise. He knows the greater truths that can only be realized by eyes that vans behold today and tomorrow in one glance. He vision supersedes our nearsighted requests centered on the thirst of the day and not the droughts of the future.

He must, as a good Father, deny requests that would insult the greater destiny he has prepared for those who are when you would be endangered by a positive response. In short, He loves you enough to say no!

You may not know why you have had to face the chilling winds of despair, but trust His love. Trust God to renew you. And just live on.


June 6, 2009

Bishop T.D. Jakes sermon on solving problems


By

T.D. Jakes

PSALM 90:8

One of the main reasons women doesn’t share their problems is this: they are told they shouldn’t have problems-especially after they are save!

In Hebrews 11, we find a list of people who are often called the heroes of the faith. On that list you’ll see Noah Abraham and Sarah and Moses’ and Rahab and Gideon and David and Samuel and all the prophets. The amazing thing is that every one of these giant of faith had a problem.

The bible says that some of these heroes were tortured and mocked and scourged and imprisoned and stoned and swan asunder. It says they were afflicted and tormented, and that some of them wandered in deserts and lived in caves.

God’s people have problem was a private problem. It was a public problem. It was a problem that could be in meeting where the women were wearing silk dresses and diamond jewelry and sequined jackets. They were looking good. But I wasn’t fooled. I knew that every imaginable secret was present in that room. That room was filled with private problems.

Sister Rape was present. Sis Child Abuse came along sister Crack Cocaine was there. Sis Battered Wife Depress was sitting right by her side. All the girls were there that night. They are present in any large gathering of women any where in our nation at any  time. The fact that you have a problem is not what matters. What matters is what you choose to do about it.

This woman made the right choice about were to take her problem. Now, she didn’t make the right choice immediately, but she made it ultimately. She had suffered for twelve years and had spent all her money on doctors.

Be careful who you allow to help you. That person who is so eager to treat you may be after your money. Be careful whom you trust with your problem. That person may not be worthy of your trust.

Be careful whom you invited into your confidence. That person may gossip about you behind your back. Beware of the counsel of the ungodly. They’ll give you plenty of advice, but they can give you any lasting help.

If you are going to seek out someone to help you, seek out someone who knows the Answer. Find someone who will say to you Jesus is on the way. Jesus is coming Jesus is the Healer. Jesus is the Problem-Solver. Jesus is the one who can plug the problem that is draining you dry. Reach out and touch Him by faith!

May 20, 2009

Tips on good parenting and preparation for motherhood

By
Bishop T.D Jakes

God grants some women the unique honor and blessing of becoming mothers. When you have children, hold them, love then care for t hem empower them. But understand that you are only temporary stewards. Your children belong to God. They will grow up and leave.

They were not meant to be grasped or clung to – as if you really could freeze a moment. No, moments cannot be frozen, but will be allowed to hold memories. If you are good at mothering, you will hold the memories and release the child.

If you cannot do that, you will destroy the memories by corrupting the relationship between you and the little chick whose development has outgrown the shell of your parenting.

Many women come close to losing their relationship with their children. They feel betrayed by the growth of the children they trained. They have trained the children to be productivity and then have failed to prepare themselves for that growth-not just the growth of the body but also the growth of the person, the development of personalities and preference.

 They feel that the children belligerent when in truth many of the children are just independent. Of course, there are children who grow to be calloused. I pray that you will be spared the disappointment of that experience.

But even if your parenting goes well, there will still be moments when you see your children slipping through your fingers like grains of sand. For many mothers who once struggled to wean the child from tender breasts, it is later a struggle to wean the mother from the child!

Letting go is especially painful when you allow your relationship with your child to become cluttered like an attic stuffed with things that belong somewhere else often there are misplaced passions dumped on the child to compensate for loneliness in other area.

Because there was no place to put them, they were shoved into the attic. Often it is love that should have been invested in a spouse, but there was no spouse or no capacity in the spouse to be loved. So the love was dumped on a child. This is not a healthy love; it is obsessive.

Every good mother, sooner or later, must understand she is denied ownership; she is merely granted steward. This is so important.

May 19, 2009

Jakes semon on Healing by Jesus

By
Bishop T.D Jakes

Psalm 103: 1-5
When Jesus encountered the infirm woman of Luke 13, He call out to her. There may have been many fine women present that day, but the Lord didn’t call them forward. #

He reached around all of them and found that crippled woman in the back. He called forth the wounded, hunting woman with a past been destroyed by the intrusion of vicious circumstances.
The infirm woman must have though, He wants me. He wants me, I’m frayed and worn, but he wants me. I have been through trouble. I have been through trauma, but wants me!” she make may have though on one would ever want her again. But Jesus wanted her. He had a plan.

She may have known that it would take a while to pt her life back together. She had many things to overcome. She was handicapped. She was probably filed with insecurities. Yet Jesus still called her forward to received His touch.
If you can identify with the feeling of this infirm woman, then know that He’s waiting on you because He wants you. He sees your struggle and He knows all about your pain.

He knows what happened to you eighteen years ago and ten years ago and last week. With patience He waits for you as the father waited for the prodigal son (see Luke 15:11-32). Jesus says to the hurting and the crippled, “I want you enough to wait for you to hobble your way back home.”

Now God says, “I’m going to deliver you and heal you. I’m going to renew and release you. I’m going to tell you who you are. I’m ready to reveal to you why you had to go through what you did to become what you will become.” He says, I’m going to tell you a secret, something just between you and me.

No one else knows. Your boyfriend doesn’t know. Your father, uncle, brother, or whoever abused you doesn’t know. This is the secret: you’re the daughter of a king. Your Father is the King.

When that woman came to Jesus, He proclaimed her freedom. Now she stands erect for the first time in eighteen years. When you come to Jesus, He will cause you to stand in His strength. You will know important you are to Him. Part of your recovery is to learn how to stand up and live in the “now” of today instead of the “then” of yesterday.

I proclaim victory to the abused: you will recover the loss you suffered at the hands of your abuser. You will get back every stolen item. You will reclaim your-esteem, your self-respect, your integrity.

There is a healing going into your spirit right now. I speak of life to you. I speak deliverance to you. I speak restoration to you. All in the mighty name of Jesus-the invincible, all power, everlasting name of Jesus!

May 13, 2009

Jakes sermons on Jesus The Great Comforter

By
Bishop T.D Jakes

From a window’s heart
O God! My heart hurts with a pain I have never known before! I need hope and I need help, lunch invitations and other opportunities for distraction, but even their love. Cannot reach the pit of my soul that is in so much pain. My loose has left me feeling lost and alone.

His death ended what we had together and what we were together-one flesh, one mind, one spirit.

I do not want to face the world by myself. Pull me back to life from the grave of my grief. Heal the aching of my soul soften the stabling pains I feel when everything I see reminds me of the one I love. Deliver me from feeling guilty over things I wish had been different between is.

Help me to realize that the knew things I wish I had said more often speak to me the living words that only you can utter. Send me the kind of comfort that only comes from heaven.

You are the only man in my life now; I am leaning on your love. Bring the light of your presence to this dark place I’m in. restore me with the tenderness of your mercy, until I am strong and whole again.

May 13, 2009

Jakes: God has a destiny for you

Psalm 45:11
By
Bishop T.D. Jakes

Every woman who walks with God walk through storms winds and rain O woman of God, your life are filled with challenges and victories, smiles and tears. You are like a sweet salve mixed by an apothecary.

You are careful blend of life’s many spices. Your personality is a pot pouring of so many difference things those years, of knowing you will not reveal everything that makes you who you are. You are carefully concocted and slowly simmered, stirred patiently by the Lord.

It is amazing how deliberate God is in preparing you for you destiny. He knows what event it will take to bring you to a place of maturity in Him. He is your Lord.

It does not take long to realize that though you may have many admirers, friends and family, none will ever take the place of your Lord. His place in your life is the foundation of every success you will ever enjoy. He will be there in every moment of pain and glory

. He is the force that brings all the piece of your life together. It is His tender Love for you that keeps your mind from breaking under the stress of life. And when all is said and done no one can comfort you or hold you like He can.

You may be prosperous in your business, secure in your relationships confident in whom you are, but it is all because of Him. It knows Him that gives you the grace to endure transitions, to withstand opposition, and to deflect the ammunition of the enemy.

 He enables you to know when the day is at its end. He will watch you through the night and His kiss will bring you out of your sleep come dawn. He is your Lord.

Oh yes, for men it is a privilege to know and love, hold and touch a lady of excellence. It is an honor to be born out of your womb. It is a distinct privilege to take your hand in marriage. It is a joy to hear the laughter that comes from the mouth of a woman whose heart is filled with love and peace.

We watch you like admirer in a museum. We appreciate you like connoisseurs of fine cuisine. But, when all is said and done, there is a part of your life that none can touch-but your Lord.

So know Him and love Him and worship Him. Of all the men on earth, no one can speak to your spirit or heal your hear like your Lord.

May 12, 2009

Benefits of walking with God and worshipping God

Psalm 45:11
By
Bishop T.D. Jakes

Every woman who walks with God walk through storms winds and rain O woman of God, your life is filled with challenges and victories, smiles and tears. You are like a sweet salve mixed by an apothecary. You are careful blend of life’s many spices.

Your personality is a pot pouring of so many difference things that years, of knowing you will not reveal everything that makes you who you are. You are carefully concocted and slowly simmered, stirred patiently by the Lord. It is amazing how deliberate God is in preparing you for you destiny. He knows what event it will take to bring you to a place of maturity in Him. He is your Lord.

It does not take long to realize that though you may have many admirers, friends and family, none will ever take the place of your Lord. His place in your life is the foundation of every success you will ever enjoy. He will be there in every moment of pain and glory.

He is the force that brings all the piece of your life together. It is His tender Love for you that keeps your mind from breaking under the stress of life. And when all is said and done no one can comfort you or hold you like He can.

You may be prosperous in your business, secure in your relationships confident in whom you are, but it is all because of Him. It knows Him that gives you the grace to endure transitions, to withstand opposition, and to deflect the ammunition of the enemy.

He enables you to know when the day is at its end. He will watch you through the night and His kiss will bring you out of your sleep come dawn. He is your Lord.

Oh yes, for men it is a privilege to know and love, hold and touch a lady of excellence. It is an honor to be born out of your womb. It is a distinct privilege to take your hand in marriage.

It is a joy to hear the laughter that comes from the mouth of a woman whose heart is filled with love and peace.

We watch you like admirer in a museum. We appreciate you like connoisseurs of fine cuisine. But, when all is said and done, there is a part of your life that none can touch-but you’re Lord.

So know Him and love Him and worship Him. Of all the men on earth, no one can speak to your spirit or heal your hear like your Lord.

May 10, 2009

Christian morning prayers for streght and faith

Lord, I am weary of the Lords I’m carrying. The business of living has drained the life out of me. And I am just so tried. I don’t think I can face another day. It’s not just sleep I need. I need real rest.

 

My body needs to rest: my mind needs to rest; even my spirit needs to rest. I need to be renewed from the inside out. And you say, wait. “Wait  upon the Lord, and He shall renew your strength.” I am so weary, Lord that waiting will take all I’ve got.

 

            You promise “quiet resting places” You promise Quietness and assurance forever”. That is what I need. I need to run and hide and rest. O God, bring the river of your life to me. Let it flow and refresh every weary, worn-out place in me.

 

            I want to lie down before the throne of your grace and rest in your presence, my Lord. You call me away to a peaceful, quiet place in you.

God, I thank you for rest. I thank you for rescuing me from my weariness and for renewing me day by day.

 

May 8, 2009

Develop faith in God to overcome problems

 

Psalm 27:13 By

Bishop T.D. Jakes

Let me tell you something about the way things works just before seeds springs forth just before your miracle happens, just before your promise is fulfilled… that when all hell will seem to break out against you.

            Just before you experience the fullness of |God power working in you, that’s when the devil will try to break you. Just before the baby arrives that when the labor pains reach their peak. But while you’re waiting all the making of a miracle are growing inside you.

Before I ever wrote a book, I wrote a letter myself. I said, “Don’t die, and don’t die. It’s going to get better in a minute.” I told myself, “you can make it, you can make it. Don’t give up. I said you’re gone through too much to die now.

You make cry, but don’t die. There’s got to be something else for you there’s got to be a reason you feel the way you fee. There’s got to be a blessing on its way that is better than anything you have ever felt before”

            Those are the very words I believe the Lord wants me to say to you: Don’t die. Don’t die. Don’t die. Keep standing.

Keep standing God is about to give you another seed to birth. He’s about to open up the windows of heaven and pour you out blessing that will be so great you won’t even have room enough to receive it all.

            When God restores you, He will do it so that you are suddenly walking in the light and can hardly recall how dark your life has been. When you move into the fullness of your appointment with God’s destiny, you won’t thing about your past anymore. you won’t have the time or the inclination to dwell on your failures, your mistake, your former life.

You will so busy rising up your miracle and living in your blessing that all the former things in your life will not only be out of your sight and out of your mind but out of your heart.

            You will be free. You will be loosed at the last to do and to be God has appointed to you to do and to be.

May 8, 2009

Prayers for marriage- Let God intervene and restore my marriage

 

By

Bishop T.D. Jakes 

Lord, can there be revival in our marriage? How can something that started out so fresh now seem so stale? I am torn between all the wear. Our intimacy has lost its spontaneity and our love feels canned and uncreative. I need you to break through the veil of politeness that hides our hushed frustration.

            Give me the grace to forgive the things that seem insensitive  in my husband. Give me strength and creativity, patience and humility. Make my heart race with the passion and affection that once came so freely. Please, father teaches me how to be a good wife. Bind us together.

  I must realize that I will always love an imperfect person, and so will he. Maybe I am learning how you really love me as I reach out to this man who doesn’t always seem in touch with where I am. I see that you love me when I am out of touch with you.

             Most of all, Lord, make me like you. Hover over us.  Fashion me fro my husband and him for me. Breathe fresh like into our love and allow us to be friends again, to laugh and play again. I miss the way it’s used to be. Take us back, dear Lord. Take us back. Than you for knowing what to do with our hearts. I believe there will be change because of you.

May 7, 2009

Building faith for miracles

Psalm 27:13 By

Bishop T.D. Jakes 

Let me tell you something about the way things works just before seeds springs forth just before your miracle happens, just before your promise is fulfilled… that when all hell will seem to break out against you.

            Just before you experience the fullness of |God power working in you, that’s when the devil will try to break you. Just before the baby arrives that when the labor pains reach their peak. But while you’re waiting all the making of a miracle are growing inside you.

Before I ever wrote a book, I wrote a letter myself. I said, “Don’t die, and don’t die. It’s going to get better in a minute.” I told myself, “you can make it, you can make it. Don’t give up. I said you’re gone through too much to die now. You make cry, but don’t die. There’s got to be something else for you there’s got to be a reason you feel the way you fee. There’s got to be a blessing on its way that is better than anything you have ever felt before”

            Those are the very words I believe the Lord wants me to say to you: Don’t die. Don’t die. Don’t die. Keep standing. Keep standing God is about to give you another seed to birth. He’s about to open up the windows of heaven and pour you out blessing that will be so great you won’t even have room enough to receive it all.

            When God restores you, He will do it so that you are suddenly walking in the light and can hardly recall how dark your life has been.

When you move into the fullness of your appointment with God’s destiny, you won’t thing about your past anymore. you won’t have the time or the inclination to dwell on your failures, your mistake, your former life.

You will so busy rising up your miracle and living in your blessing that all the former things in your life will not only be out of your sight and out of your mind but out of your heart.

            You will be free. You will be loosed at the last to do and to be God has appointed to you to do and to be.

May 6, 2009

Bishop Jakes sermon on growing faith in God

1 Chronicles 29V18

Your past can cause you to look at life in a way this is less than God’s perspective. A little girl who was abused learns to defend herself by not trusting men. A defensive attitude can accompany you into adulthood. If you have a successfully protected yourself in a certain way in the past, it is natural to continue that pattern thought out life.

Many people live in co-dependent relationships. Others are anesthetized to their problems because they have had them so long. Perhaps you have become so accustomed to your problem that even when you come like a security blanket.

The infirm woman in Luke 13 was completely healed by Jesus‘s touch. She couldn’t help herself no matter how hard she tried. But Jesus unleashed her. He lifted a heavy burden from her shoulders and set her free ( see Luke 13:11-12)

Jesus also took away her excuse. Hearing Him say, “Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity required something of her that she hadn’t had to deal with before. For eighteen years she had excused herself because she was handicapped. But the moment he told her the problem was gone she had no excuse.

Before you get out of trouble you need to straighten out your attitude. Until your attitude is corrected, you can’t be corrected. One woman I pastored was rather obnoxious.

When I prayed about the matter, God allowed me to meet the woman’s husband. Seeing his nasty attitude towards her, I understood when, when she reached down into her reservoir, all she had stored was   hostility. That’s all she had taken in, so that’s all she could give.

You may want everyone to make an allowance for God. As the Bible says in 1 Chronicles 29:18, you’ve got to fix your thought Your attitude, your whole heart on the living God.

You can expect the whole human race to move over because you had a bad childhood. They won’t do it. And you’ll just end up depressed, frustrated, and confused.

Jesus Christ wants to separate you from the source of your bitterness until it no longer makes you a carrier of pain. Your attitude is what affects your situation-not other people’s attitudes toward you. Let go of your old attitude, fix heart on God, and let Him make you whole.

May 5, 2009

Bishop Jakes deliverance prayers from bondages

 

By

Bishop T.D. Jakes 

Lord I’m living in a house of bondage. And I feel trapped. The place in me that should be holy is haunted. I go from room within myself_ from the den of depression and wrong decisions to the hallway of unhealed heartache. I feast at the table of frustrated ambition.

I drag my wounded ego to bed each night and cover up with affliction. I wake up every morning top greet infirmity again_ fear, anger, and bitter remorse.

  Jesus, come quick! I can’t live in this house anymore! Tear down all my wailing walls. Demolish my pride and my lust. Break the chains of resentment and rejection. S

end the Holy Ghost in power, spirit of Liberty, spirit of life, I cry for you! Spirit of freedom, spirit of victory, fight for me! I am free in Jesus’ name. I declare the Lord’s release to every part of me __suffering spirit, beat-down body, messed –up mind.

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May 5, 2009

Are you troubled? Come to Jesus

When you know who you are, you don’t have to struggle to live up to what some one else thinks you’re supposed to be. That was Jesus attitude. When He met the woman at the well. As she approached, with her water pot on her shoulder, she was all upset and worried.

            Jesus went straight to the heart of her problem. “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst” (John 4:13,14). Jesus went on to tell all about herself and her five husbands-things that only God could know.

            Like this woman, you may be wounded and upset. This kind of hurt can’t be healed through human effort. You must get in the presence of God and let him fill the voids in your life. Follow God’s advice in Deuteronomy 4:29-31 and

“Seek the Lord your God” You will not settle it by going from friend to friend. This woman had already tried that. She had gone through five men. The answer is not getting another man. It’s getting in touch with the man-Jesus the Lord

            After she met Jesus, the woman at the well didn’t even go back home. She knew her water pot and ran into the city to tell everyone to come and see the Man who had told her about her life. This woman could never have rid herself of the old man until she met the new man.

            When you meet the new, you find the power to say good-bye to the old. You will never be able to break the grip of those former ways on your life until you know Jesus Christ. You must come to Him just as you are.

If something has attached itself to you that is not of God, you won’t be able to break it in your own strength. Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). Knowing Him will give you the power to break away from the old self and the ties that hold you prisoner to your past.

            Jesus satisfies. Everyone else may pacify, but satisfied. Seek His presence. He meets every need and every yearning. He heals every pain and every affliction. He lifts every burden and every trouble in your life. He’s the MAN!

 

May 5, 2009

Bishop Jakes: Prayers to God

By

Bishop T.D. Jakes

God, you alone are King of my heart. My Hero,  My Helper,  My confidant, My friend. You are the great and the only Lover of my soul. My Solace, my listener my Amazing one.

Protector, provider, supreme sacrifice,. Source of life and love and all good gifts. You are the River that runs through me, the Rock of Ages beneath me, the God Of Glory above me, the spirit of Life within me.

            My heart beats for your is the love that I lean on. Yours is the hand that I reach for. Yours is the breast my teas find their way to. You are counselor, comforter, and captain of all my ways.

You are the Searcher of my heart, the Keeper of my secrets, the Giver of my dreams. You are all the wonder that is love to me-my most intimate Companion, Dweller in the deepest parts of me.

We walk together now and through all eternity-father and daughter, King and princess, savior and saint, Heaven and earth. The most natural conversation of my day is prayer. You are my favorite

May 5, 2009

Broken hearted? God is faithful!

 

PSALM 10:14

By

Bishop T.D. Jakes 

I am sad to remind you that many women are disappointed in their natural fathers. Many men do not treat their daughter’s ad the precious little girls and women that they are. These women have an unhealthy concept of father hood is not always the desire of a man’s heart. Some men do love their children with a depth you cannot understand.

Others do not know how to love and end up hurting their children instead. Whether it happened physically, emotionally, sexually, or other wise, there are countless women in our world who have been abused. Amy have been molested and some ostracized. They come in all colors, ages and sizes.

Many wrap their secrets in fur and dress them up with jewelry. Some are staggering down city streets in tattered clothing. In a guttural voice, they have never known love tenderness. Their lives have been a series of disappointments and distress. When you find them, tell them that He sis the one who enabled them to survive the dark places. Tell them He is real

He is the one who enables the broken to break without failing apart He is the one who holds the feeble and comforts the broken. He is the father who rocks the street woman to sleep and holds the beaten prostitute through the night. He is the one who stopped the gun from going off.

He is the one who eased the addict’s pain and gave rest to the nervous and strength to the trembling. He is the father of the fatherless. They may not know that he got them much night when others would have devoured them. He has parented them through circumstances and fed them through the hand of strangers. He hasn’t forgotten the less fortunate or the more fearful. He puts His loving ointments on the secrets of their lives.

Tell these women that God is faithful. They should not blame Him for their pain. They should thank Him for their survival. He is the night watch-man who saves the wounded hearts of broken daughter and gives them the gift of tomorrow. He is the perfect gentlemen, the perfect father.

May 4, 2009

Sunday school lesson- honour your parents

1 samuel 1:11

 

            It is easier to give your child back to the Lord if you understand from the beginning that they aren’t yours to keep. Hannah was committed to the covenant of motherhood before she ever had a child.

 

            But it is not impossible to gather your faith and turn your children over to God in later years. You are His chosen steward for the children He has given you.

 

            The greatest tragedy is that many mothers end up with resentful children who fell smothered and angry because they are made feel guilty for growing up. Preserve what you have your children by allowing the relationship to change in your hand.

 

The caterpillar has been fed in the cocoon of your teaching and has come for forth a butterfly. It will never of its again Wings there is a tribute to the cocoon that permitted the grace of change.

 

            Your authority will change. You move from the role of diaper-changer, decision-maker and discipline-enforcer to confidante, cheerleader, and champion. That is not promoting disrespect but development. If you respect yesterday’s child and recognize that he has become today’s adult, he will always love you for your tremendous contribution to that independence.

 

            One of the greatest challenges to this adjustment is redefining boundaries. During this time children must learn to practice independence without being disrespectful. Young people will blunder through the transition from Barbie dolls to beauty shops, from the go-carts to the golf course. But didn’t most of us stumble into destiny? Children cannot exist as extensions of their parents.

 

                        Look at Luke 2:51, 52 Jesus returned home with His mother and continued to submit to her. But the Scriptures say that from that time He increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and men. He did not disassociate from His mother, whose loyalty followed Him all the way to the Cross.

 

Although their roles changed for her continued even to His thirty-third year and the final moments of His life. She was still His mother!

 

Source: T.D. Jakes

May 4, 2009

Christian devotionals on depression and suicide thoughts

 

PSALM 59:16

            By

Bishop T.D. Jakes

 

            You are a woman of excellence. You are strong and powerful in your own right. Occasionally, if God wills, He sends to an excellent woman to be a friend. Occasionally, He  will send someone to sing the songs your heart longs to hear.

Occasionally, he will send a strong arm to wrap around a weary body and give you a moment of rest and tranquility. But none of these experience will ever take place of the ultimate experience. For the greatest morning you will ever know is the drawing of faith in Jesus, your Lord.

             No matter what sorrow life his brought you, don’t stop until you see morning, because morning does come. It is at the end of set backs, betrayals, delays and denials, but when they’re all over, morning. It does come.

            Do not allow the tragedies of life to so depress you that you lose your hope. Do not allow the bitter disappointments and looses your face to rob your expectations of daybreak. Wake up singing hallelujah in the morning.

Breathe in the fresh air, expel the stale air of your past and say, ‘I can feel the breaking of day”. And it will overcome obstacles with confidence. Rise above trauma triumph. Feel solace through sorrow. Know comfort in the midst of crisis. The morning does come!

            Some year ago, John Newton penned these words during a crisis in the life. They are words to a hymn that strengthens the heart and rekindles the will to survive. He wrote.

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound

That saved a wretch like me;

I once was lost, but now am found

Was blind but now I see.

            Isn’t that what morning is all about? Stepping out of blindness into seeing? It is my prayer that the darkness will roll back from every issue in your life, like clouds being pushed across the sky by a strong wind. The Lord can do that for you. He will bring you grace. He will help you see. He watch over you through the night. Morning is drawing.

 

April 30, 2009

Bible study on relationship, friendship ans companionship

 

1 samuel 20:16, 17

 

            Communication happens in unexpected ways between people who need no audible speech. Their language is a quick glance or a soft part on the shoulder. Their communication is a concerned look when all the is not well. They know what you mean before you even say it. If you have ever settle in to the rich lather of a real covenant relationship, you are wealthy.

 

            Biblical covenants were the most blinding, the most serious and solemn commitments two people could make. When you are in a covenant friendship, you do not leave. In a true covenant relationship, you are struck like glue to your friend.

 

            This is the wealth that causes street people to smile in the rain and laugh at a storm. They have coats to warm them; their only flame may be the friendship of someone who understands their daily struggles. In this regards, many rich people are poor. They have things, but they may lack deep companionship. The greatest blessings of life cannot be bought.

 

            Children understand the rich art of relationship. Their anger flares for an instant, but soon melts in the sunshine of laughter and play. Most adults, however, have been hardened by unforgiveness, created from the remembered pain of what has been spoken against them and stolen from them. Rehearsing offences prohibits friendship. It’s time to be grown up enough to forgive like a child.    

 

            Friendship is not a blood relationship, so friends must forgive their bond in other ways. It may be through mutual interests, shared passions, or all the lovely little things that two hearts together. Friendship is a sanctuary carved out of the jungle of a mad world, where so many people see each others as prey instead of partners. These people never understand the power and commitment of covenant friendship. But you can.

 

            If you already have a covenant friend, savor days together. If you don’t have such a friend, ask God, the Covenant-maker, to send you a partner of the heart.

 

Source: T.D. Jakes

     

 

 

No More Dead Dogs

2 Samuel 9:6-10

            The Scripture tell us that “with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10-10). There is a strong tie between what is believe and what is confessed.

 

            You need to allow new meditations to dwell in your heart by faith, for your life will ultimately take on the direction of your thinking. Many weaknesses, such as procrastination and laziness, are just draperies that cover up subconscious avoiding the risk of failure. Remember that “nothing will be impossible for you” if you will only believe (Mathew 17:20).

 

            Let me remind you of a story from 2 Samuel. King David sent his servant to find any surviving relatives of his friend Jonathan. When his servant returned to his palace from Lo Debar with Mephibosheth, the crippled son of Jonathan, David rolled out the red carpet and invited Mephibosheth to join him for dinner at his royal banquet table. The problem was that Mephibosheth couldn’t sit at the table without failing to the floor. He struggled with his position because of his condition. Hs problem wasn’t merely Even after he had been raided from the deplorable condition he had lived in for years, he was still so oppressed in his mind that he described himself as a “dead dog” (2 Samuel 9:8). He was king’s kid, but he saw himself as a dead dog.

 

            Perception is everything. Mephibosheth thought of himself as a dead dog, so he lay on the floor like one. Sister, you have been on the floor long enough! It is time for a resurrection, and it is going to start in your mind.

 

Has God blessed you with something you are afraid of losing? Could it be that you think you are going to lose it because you don’t feel worthy?  

 

            Understanding this one fact: Just because you’ve been treated like a dog doesn’t mean you re one! Get up off the floor and take a seat at the Master’s table – you are worthy. You have a right to be place and position you are in, not because of your goodness, but by virtue of His invitation. I pray that God will heal your thoughts until you are able to enjoy and rest in what He is doing in your life right now.

Source: T.D. Jakes

 

April 29, 2009

Bishop Jakes sermons on christian woman

 

Isaiah 53:4-12

 

 

            You have been called out to be popular. You were not called to clique or dlubs. You were chosen to fit in the hands of God who has already accepted you. Insecurity dissipates in the reality of divine truth. How I want you to know the height and the depth of His unfathomable love for you!

 

            Some women have never been secure in the love of their natural fathers, and it affects how they view their heavenly Father. But listen to me. There is no doubt about His love. He made the ultimate sacrifice just to prove the authenticity of his love for you!

 

            You are sp valuable that Satan held you for ransom, knowing that your Father was so rich! He asked of God, “What would you give to see this woman freed? Our father sent His Son armed with love and wrapped in flesh. He said, “This is how much I think she is worth.” Jesus hung His head between His shoulders and died naked on a tree because you mean so much to Him.

 

            Never again insult His great sacrifice by questioning His Love. You may not see it or understand it, but believe it. He absolutely love you. Not just when you are right. He loves you when you are wrong. That is what gives you the power to right the wrong you’ve made.

 

He wants desperately to heal the aching heart that has believed the lies of life. You are special and vibrant, full of potential and possibilities. You are the daughter of King. He is the king who spared no expense to pay the ransom that delivered you from the things that held you hostage. Get a clue; catch the hint; you are somebody!

 

            These are the truths He wants every believer to know these are the words I found in the Bible. It is a living love letter to a dying world. It is a statement of intent from a God who wants to you have it all.

           

 His arms are out stretched. He is waiting for you in the secret place. He will not fail you. Rise up; rise up with a quickened pulse and a gleaming eye. He is all your, and it is all good. A no from Him is as sweet as a yes. It is the evidence of his intense attraction to you and his raging love for you. Your life is about to crescendo into a symphony of praise. When His plan crescendos, you will be glad you didn’t settle for your own way. He is up to something. Do not miss it. 

 

 

Source: T.D. Jakes

 

 

April 29, 2009

Christian women and gender equality

 

Isaiah 43:4

 

Daughters of the king, there will be those who try to demean and belittle you. They will try to discriminate against you because you are women. Fight not for equality but for neutrality. Your distinctions are too valuable to forfeit.

 

            We need distinction. Distinction can exist without discrimination. One of the greatest tragedies occurs when women fight their way to the place of being treated  like men. The tragedy becomes a parent as they later realize that the real honor would have been to be recognized and honored as women.

 

            Enjoy who you are. There are some benefits that go along with being who you are and whose you are. Your father is the King, and you are His daughter, His princess. You need only as him, and He has power to move in your behalf.

 

            If you would come to Him as your father and understand that you are His princess, His daughters, His joy, what a miracle would happen as you lose your inhibition in the strength of His loving arms. These are the arms that threaten enemies and chase away assailants.

 

But they are also the tender, caring arms of the affectionate Father who is vulnerable to the cry of His seed! Your prayer life will literally explode when you realize that the Father longs to bless you.

 

            When my daughter were small, they would run toward me with soggy diapers. Although sometimes the odors were pungent and the accident hidden in those diapers was strong enough to make me want to put them down, still love would gather them into my arms.

 

            This is the love that God has for you, only a thousand times more real. There will be times you will be afraid to run to Him, knowing that he can easily tell that you have had an accident.

 

Never be afraid of Him. As weak as I am, I love my daughters enough to hold them until I could wash them. How much greater is His love than mine! This is the love that comes from the father who knows that the smell of the mistake will pass, but the His love for the daughter will last.

 

Source:T.D.Jakes

April 29, 2009

Bishop Jakes prayers for pregnant women

 

For Postpartum Blues

 

Father, you have just made me a mother. You have granted me the opportunity of partnering with you in the creative act of life. I should feel blessed beyond belief, but I am so guilty that I’ am not rejoicing.

 

            They say it’s hormones, but whatever it is, I need help Lord, I need you to move gently with me through these days shepherd me as tenderly as you would a little lamb and help me to feel like myself again. Show me softy and the tiny wonders of brand new life. 

 

            You alone are my joy, and peace. You have always been the one who puts a smile on my face and a twinkle in my eye. I need you very near me now. The responsibility is overwhelming and I am always so tried.  Thank you for the promise of your presence. I cannot do it without you.

 

Source: T.D.Jakes

April 29, 2009

Bishop T.D. Jakes prayers on divine wisdom

 

 

            Lord, the Bible says you are the “only wise God.’’ I am desperate for wisdom. I‘ve found myself in a situation that human knowledge cannot explain and cannot fix.

 

There is only one way out- through the wisdom –of my Father.

 

So send the Spirit of wisdom – your Holy Spirit – to show me how to walk wisely through these days. Send the Spirit of revelation to help me understand what I can’t yet figure out. Only your wisdom will make a way for me.

 

            As you reveal your wisdom, Lord, help me to be faithful to do all that you show me to do. Help me trust you and to remember that the wisdom of this world is foolishness to you. Help me to know the different between human advice and godly advice and to always choose your way.

 

Source: T.D. Jakes

 

April 28, 2009

Bible study on Intercessory prayers and mourning women

 

 

Jeremiah 9:17-21

 

            You have talents and gift and resources within you that can do serious damage to what is attempting to do I this world.

 

When the children of Israel were about to be taken in bondage to Babylon, the prophet Jeremiah said something like this, send for the mourning women. Find some women who are not so hateful and bitter that they have become like mannequins, woman who are not so downtrodden that they can no longer feel.

 

Send for some women who still have the ability to feel and cry so they might wail against what the devil is doing”

 

            Get a picture of what these women were to do. They were to weep and wail, to mourn in sackcloth and ashes, to wake up everybody around them. They were call out, the devil is destroying us! Dealth is on its way! They were God’s warning shout to His people.

 

They were His alarm system, His tornado signal, his air-raid siren. They were the ones God were the one who created a platform from which Jeremiah’s words could ring out with stinging conviction.

 

            These women had a God-given destiny to destroy the power of Satan over God’s people by walking them up and calling them to a mourning of repentance. These women were instructed to teach their daughters to weep against sin and the assault of the devil.

 

            God has a destiny for women today-a destiny for you. He wants you women looses to open your mouth and cry out against the evil that the devil has put upon God people.

 

You have ideas that haven’t been voiced. You have energy that hasn’t been released. You have ability that hasn’t been exercise. You have power that hasn’t need loosed you have spiritual gifts that haven’t been given expression.

 

            The day has come for you to forget those things that are past and look toward the future. It’s time to look at what you can be and what you can do and what you can say and what you can possess that will bring glory to God and defeat and fulfill your destiny.

 

Source: T.D. Jakes

April 28, 2009

Devotional-God has plans for your life

 

Genesis 4:25

 

            Your have an appointment with God that has been set from the foundations of the earth, and that appointment aren’t over until God says it’s over. You may think that all of your good days are gone, but the very fact that you are alive says God wants you to be alive. He is not through with you yet. You have an appointment.

 

            Even after all she had been through with Cain and Abel, Eve still had an appointment with God. In spite of everything she had experience, all the heartache and hard times she had known, she had an appointed task. Eve said, “God has appointment another seed for me” (Genesis 4:25). Her appointment involved having another baby, another son.

 

            When you make an appointment, you set a date and a time in the present for something that is going to happen in the future. And that’s exactly what God has done in setting His appointment with you. God’s destiny for you is preset. He as known all along that you would go through what you’re been through to get to the place where you are right now. Even so, he still has an appointment with you. He has not canceled out. There’s still something on His calendar that has your name on it.

 

            The devil knows God has a plan for you. That’s why he has worked so hard to wipe you out. He didn’t want you to live long enough to receive all that God had in store for you. He knew there was more ahead. He knew it was good had in store for you.

 

 He knew there was more ahead. He knew it was good He knew it had to do with life. That’s why he tried so hard to deal you a deathblow early on. He sent trials, troubles, and tribulation to destroy you-and if you refused to be destroyed on the outside, he tried even harder to destroy you on the inside.

 

            Start looking ahead, there’s something coming up on God’s calendar and it’s got your name on it. There’s something good just over the horizon of tomorrow -something good for your life, your marriage, your family, your work, your ministry.

 

For everything you loved and lost, God has another seed. For everything that has died or been stolen from you, God has another seed. For everything you can no longer hold, God has another seed.

 

            Every time devil tells you that you are going down, that you are going die, that you are going to cave in, that there’s nothing else for you, tell him, “You are a liar. There’s got to be something else. I have an appointment with God. He has another seed to birth. He has another miracle for me to hold.”

 

            Where you are right now is not where you are going. If you are not on your deathbed, God still has an appointment task for you for finish. He has called you with an eternal purpose.

 

Source: T.D.Jakes

April 27, 2009

Lords prayers: prayers to God the father

Of A Woman Who Needs A Father

 

Lord, I am feeling lonely and vulnerable and scared and confused. There is nothing I need more right now than a Daddy. I need strength and wisdom and direction. I need a protector and a provider. I

 

 have tried to control my own life and I have ended up in a mess. I need help. I have wandered long. And I am ready to come home to you.

 

            It is so good to know that I have a father, even if I’ve never had one before, it is so good to know that you are a Father who will love me, nurture me, bring me peace. It is so good to know that the creator of the universe is the father of heart.

 

            Make me like clay in your hands. Make a woman you can easily mold into exactly the person you want me to be pure strong, gracious, whole, faithful, steadfast. Thank you that I can never be too old to become your daughter.

 

Source: T.D.Jakes

April 27, 2009

The virtuous christian woman

 

2 kings 4:8-37

 

            Our families need to be healed and restored. That can start with a godly woman. What is more touching than to see a mother cradling a child? What a wonderfully natural things it is to see women of all races and religions loving their children. The African woman holding her baby has the same sparkle in her eyes as her Chinese sister.

 

From Hawaii to London, Russia to Italy, there are certain feelings that transcend culture. A mother’s love is the love from which truth is spawned. We are all very much alike when it comes to the essentials of life. We need, we love, and we touch, we given! When God allows us to parent, He desires us to love.

 

            There is something unique about a woman’s natural ability to nature. In the case of the shunammite woman whose son fell into his father’s arms with a violent headache, it was his mother who refuses to accept his impending death.

 

She saddled a donkey and rode to the man of God, demanding that he raise up the now –dead child. She knew the child was dead; she just refused to accept it. She was so convinced he would live that she would not burry him.

 

            This woman is no different from Rizpah, a courageous mother in 2 Samuel 21:8-11, or from Mary and the other women who ran to the tomb expecting to find Jesus’ dead body, while the disciples were shut up in a room for fear of the Jews.

 

            When a woman is pregnant, she shares her food and oxygen with a baby she has never seen, much less known. Her warm hands stroke her bulging abdomen as she reaches out to a baby who cannot see her, but shares a bond that exists before birth. Her mineral and protein supplies begin to serve two guests at one table.

Her cord carries life to a child whose every need is dependent upon her for fulfillment. Her tender breasts collect milk as they become the place where the baby will be nourished. He need not depart from her; his needs can all be met in her arms.

 

            Men could not create a machine as multifaceted as a mother. What else can feed, cloth, touch; provide intimacy and affection and training? All these needs are met for the child without ever leaving one spot. This is the place of provision. It is the place of excellence.

 

Source: T.D. Jakes

 

April 27, 2009

Let God heal your pains

I Samuel 12:21,22

           

            If you are a woman who has been hurt or abused by men, it is time to be loosed. But, you ask, “What do I do?” How can you break free?

 

            First, you need to isolate the problem from the gender. You need to understand that all men are not the same. Isolating the problem brings healing. When you isolate your problem, you put it in quarantine and forbid it to infect all areas of your life. When you isolate it, you stop the enemy from using it to rob you of good moments in the present because of bad moments in the past.

 

            Second, you must allow God’s love to pierce through the pain. It must be God’s love first, not man’s, because God’s love the only love that is perfect enough to pass your stringent test. His love is perfect and will cast out fear (see 1 John 4:18). His love will restore the opportunity for the little girl in you to have a loving relationship with a father who will not fail.

 

Love is God’s gift given against pain. You can come right now and lay your head on His strong breast and be healed. There is no molestation in God; He will not abuse you. You can trust Him. It is with Him that you can learn to unleash the love you have locked up.

 

            But must not stop with God. When you are whole, you will be able to love others, even others who are imperfect and have flaws, without having flashbacks and associating today with yesterday. Out of the wholeness of your relationship with Jesus, you can regain the courage to experience love and life with others.

 

It is a born-again experience. It is freedom. It is God raising or nurturing a woman who is wrestling with little-girl issues. It is a chance to do it over again and this time get it right.

 

            Out of the wellsprings of her relationship with her heavenly Father, she may be able to mend the breaches and repair the damages that have caused dysfunction to develop in her natural relationship.

 

The wholeness that reconstructed through her relationship with the father helps her to understand, appreciated, and develop a comfort zone with men. Beyond having a point reference, and that dispels the mystique of the masculine personality, she also has a comfort zone in prayer that is less suspicious and more faith-filled.

 

            One of the greatest things that we are afforded as Christians is the opportunity to receive restoration in our areas of depletion. Thank God that we have a Lord who can be touched by the feeling of our infirmities (Hebrews 4:15)!

 

He is able to minister to the voids in us. This ministry brings us to wholeness. That wholeness in turn makes it possible to live as if the brokenness had never occurred.

 

Source: T.D. Jakes

 

April 27, 2009

Let God help you overcome pains

 

Isaiah 54:5

 

Many times we fail to go to the father who can help and instead we run straight into the arms of someone who cannot help. Understand that you must not marry someone thinking he can save you. Men are not saviors. They have nothing with which to save you. We men are heirs, together with our wives, of the grace of life. We are both eligible for inheritance. We do not give the inheritance. We need it just like our wives do.

 

Don’t be fooled into looking to the arms of flesh for healing that comes only from the arms of God. If you choose to marry, don’t marry out of what you need. Marry out of abundance of what you have to offer. When two people enter into a relationship for what they can receive, they are both disappointed.

 

            No man, no matter how wonderful, can wipe tears from your eyes. Your life will bring many tears. They are unavoidable. They are a part of existence. Pleasure and pain, sunshine and rain are all intermingled with day to day bruises and brokenness that neither your husband nor your natural father can heal. I want you to know where to go when life is too much.

 

It is honorable to be married if that is your choice. Just understand that whoever God sent into your wholeness comes from God alone. There are some areas in your life that God has reserved fro himself alone. He will heal them and fill them. No one else can.

 

            I recommend Him because He has been my trusted and friend and confidant. He has never betrayed me nor divulged my secrets. He is the strong, silent typed. He knows when to keep still. When night are cold and days are dreary, he is a comfort and a peace. He is to the soul what hot tea is to the body. He strengthens and warms the chill of life fort those who will trust Him. He is the provision for the problem and the solution to the challenges that life will surley present.

 

You need not impress Him.

 

He already knows who you are. He has searched you and known you. (See Psalm 139:1). There is no need to try to project an image. He has seen you in the raw. He has examined your thoughts and knows your imaginations. You feel somewhat vulnerable realizing that whatever you are trying to discuss with Him, He already knows.

 

 But the healing balm flows into the bleeding places of life when you realized that this omniscient knowledge of you has not caused Him to forsake you. He is still there. What a love.

 

Elizabeth, the wife of the priest Zacharcrias, was a winter woman with a summer experience (see Luke 1:36). She was pregnant with a promise. In spite of her in here youth. She proved that God bless us in His own   terms. She was a living example of Isaiah 61:3. She did indeed receive beauty for sales, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness”.

 

We cam only imagine that Elizabeth has spent many years longing for a child. She knew the shame of barrenness in biblical times and perhaps, had even given up. But God had other plans. At what some might considers an age too old for childbearing, Elizabeth was pregnant. She was also in seclusion.

 

Perhaps it was the attitude of the community. When an older woman is till vibrant and productive, others may be jealous or intimidated. Perhaps it was silent stillness of her womb that some believe she experienced. Whatever the reason, she hid in her house for six months before she heard a know at the door.

 

When Elizabeth lifted her creaking body and dragged her enlarged torso sto the door, she saw a young girl, a picture of herself in days gone by opening that door, change her life forever. Mary, the future mother of our Savoir and Lord, Elizabeth’s cousin, was at the door. The salutation of this young woman, the exposure to her experience, made the baby Elizabeth’s womb leap, and she was filed with the Holy Ghost.

 

If you have isolated yourself from others, regardless of the reason, I pray that you will hear the knocking of the Lord. He will give you the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness(see Isaiah 61:3).

 

As you open the door to a new relationships and remove the chain from your fears, God will overwhelm you with a splendor. He will jump-start your heart. He doesn’t mean for you to go sit in a chair and die. In Jesus’ name, get up and answer the door.

 

Source: T.D. Jakes

 

April 27, 2009

Overcome pains with faith in God

                                                            Genesis 5:2

 

            Many women are inflamed with the frustrations and the discontentment that come from their need to be reached a point where they have become embittered by the lack of positive male examples. They throw themselves into careers, education, or some for it to be battle. He intended for one to complement the other. But when complementing is deferred long enough, an irritation will develop. Eventually, the “un-complemented” people end up in a full-blown battle.

 

            Thank God for Jesus! He medicates the things that frustrate, eventually eliminating that entire struggle in the hearts of those who trust in Him. His presence helps women ad men alike to avoid obsessions and extremes that accompany disorders and dysfunctions.

 

 He is literally the balm that, if applied regularly and completely, can break the habits we all wrestle to control! He is balm for every woman and every man whose life has been injured by something they received. He provides even man those whose pain stems from the starving reminders of what they didn’t receive. He is the bread of heaven, and if they take Him in, He will satisfy.

 

            In addition to experience the wonders of the love of Jesus, women also need to understand how to love a man. They need to know that they can move a man more by smiling than by barking an order. They can melt his stern resolve with one gentle kiss. They can inspire him to perform simply by telling him how wonderful he is.  

 

            Theses basic realities are true with all men. That type kindness is not challenging or threatening; any man responds well to positive reinforcement. Even God responds to praise! It is not manipulative to know this. It is manipulative only when you praise so that you can gain influence rather than praising from a sincere heart that appreciates the warm love of a giving God.

 

            Men who love you will say no to you at one time or another. This includes a loving father, a loving husband, and your loving heavenly father.

 

The answer no to your question doesn’t mean that you are rejected, just that your idea is.

 

            This is invaluable in helping you deal with life. It is important that you have a point of reference for fatherhood. It takes the mystique away from masculinity. We are often intimidated by what we don’t understand. That of king intimidation can lead to the demise of an entire relationship. Lack of negotiation skills destroys the potential for long-range relationships.

 

Even in your prayer life, you can better relate to your heavenly Father as you realize that a no to your request doesn’t change His commitment to you or His affection for you. Understanding these things and you will make progress towards ceasing the battle of the sexes in your life.

 

Source: T.D.Jakes

April 26, 2009

Bishop Jakes deliverance prayers

 

Soul Secret

Lord, I’m sick and tired of lies. Weary of dodging verbal bullets and ducking under insults. You know I did not do what they say I’ve done. They’re out to get be me , to make me the butt of all their jokes. How could they be so cruel? With friends like mine, who needs enemies?

 

            And then I think of all the suffering you did while you were walking on this earth. They make jokes about you too. You were despised and rejected and ridiculed—and crucified. They dared you to prove yourself even while you were hanging on a cross. Talking your breath—for them and for me! And that’s when you said, “Father, forgive them. They don’t know what they’re doing.”

 

            Lord, forgive me for my pity party. Send the Spirit of Truth into every aspect of this situation. Keep me strong in you and keep me focused on the path you have sent before me.

 

 Then stretch my heart big enough to forgive others as you have forgiven me. I thank you, Father, that what others have meant for evil, you will use to good.

 

Source: T.D.Jakes

April 26, 2009

Jakes: how to receive God’s blessings

 

Numbers27:4-8

 

The father wants to release the held-up blessing to the pressed –down daughter. You see, ultimately the father’s will is all that matters . so when the daughters of Zelophehad had a problem with their inheritance, Moses asked the Lord what to do.

 

This was the first case of gender discrimination mentioned in the mentioned in the scriptures. The court of heaven ruled in the favor of some women who know how to go after father’

 

If you have your Father’s favor, no one can stop your blessing. Don’t waste your time and energy fighting the opposition. If God is for you, who can be against you (see Romans 8:31)? Just remember who is for you. Your faith will be strengthened through conflict and struggle.

 

Perhaps there are some things in store for you. Don’t be intimated. Go for it. You may be a single parent. There may not be a “son” to fend for you. Your husband may be long gone. But your blessing doesn’t center on a man or men in general, for that matter. By God’s grace and power, you can still receive the inheritance.

 

Why don’t you, as a daughter of God, go after what the Father has willed you? He died for you, and wants you to have inheritance. I encourage you as a father would encourage his daughter: Go for all that life has to offer you. Take a large slice of life. Savor every bite. Your Father has willed you good things.

 

If you are been walking around with a drab spirit and a broken heart, I am talking to you. If you been in a state of depression that is robbing you of these precious years when you should be thriving and pursuing your destiny, hear this word.

Don’t waste another day in regret, sleeping away God’s mercy, losing your chance to achieve and receive. Get up and get busy. You may have to work it out. You may have push and shove. But life is worth the struggle.

 

Now pull off these house shoes and that gingham dress. Take those curlers out of your hair. Take a long, hot, luxurious bath and put on some sweet cologne. If you want it, you can have it. Your Father left you loaded!

Source T.D. Jakes

April 22, 2009

Marital restoration: make your marriage work

By

Bishop T.D. JAKES


Lord, can there be revival in our marriage? How can something that started out so fresh now seem so stale? I am torn between all the wear. Our intimacy has lost its spontaneity and our love feels canned and uncreative. I need you to break through the veil of politeness that hides our hushed frustration.

Give me the grace to forgive the things that seem insensitive in my husband. Give me strength and creativity, patience and humility. Make my heart race with the passion and affection that once came so freely. Please, father teaches me how to be a good wife. Bind us together.

As I love him, I must realized that I will always love an imperfect person, and so will he. Maybe I am learning how you really love me as I reach out to this man who doesn’t always seem in touch with where I am. I see that you love me when I am out of touch with you.

Most of all, Lord, make me like you. Hover over us. Fashion me fro my husband and him for me. Breathe fresh like into our love and allow us to be friends again, to laugh and play again. I miss the way it’s used to be. Take us back, dear Lord. Take us back. Than you for knowing what to do with our hearts. I believe there will be change because of you.

Source: T.D. Jakes

April 22, 2009

Christian sermon on depression and how to overcome crisis

PSALM 59:16

By T.D. Jakes

You are a woman of excellence. You are strong and powerful in your own right. Occasionally, if God wills, He sends to an excellent woman to be a friend. Occasionally, He will send someone to sing the songs your heart longs to hear.

Occasionally, he will send a strong arm to wrap around a weary body and give you a moment of rest and tranquility. But none of these experience will ever take place of the ultimate experience. For the greatest morning you will ever know is the drawing of faith in Jesus, your Lord.

No matter what sorrow life his brought you, don’t stop until you see morning, because morning does come. It is at the end of set backs, betrayals, delays and denials, but when they’re all over, morning. It does come.

Do not allow the tragedies of life to so depress you that you lose your hope. Do not allow the bitter disappointments and looses your face to rob your expectations of daybreak.

Wake up singing hallelujah in the morning. Breathe in the fresh air, expel the stale air of your past and say, ‘I can feel the breaking of day”. And it will overcome obstacles with confidence. Rise above trauma triumph. Feel solace through sorrow. Know comfort in the midst of crisis. The morning does come!

Some year ago, John Newton penned these words during a crisis in the life. They are words to a hymn that strengthens the heart and rekindles the will to survive. He wrote.

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound

That saved a wretch like me;

I once was lost, but now am found

Was blind but now I see.

Isn’t that what morning is all about? Stepping out of blindness into seeing? It is my prayer that the darkness will roll back from every issue in your life, like clouds being pushed across the sky by a strong wind. The Lord can do that for you. He will bring you grace. He will help you see. He watch over you through the night. Morning is drawing.


April 20, 2009

Bishop Jakes: Success tips for Christian women

Numbers 36:10-12

You have a right to be blessed. The very fact that God has endowed you with ability proves that He has a purpose for you. He gave you the gifting, but you will have to give an account of what you did with it.

Every day is a gift from God. What you do with that day or with your talent is your gift to Him. Have you hidden your talent because someone said you didn’t have it? Did they say it was because you are a woman? That’s ridiculous. You are only limited by your own creativity and concentration.

Many women have suppressed their God-given ability trying to live up to some negative stereotype _ the same stereotype God wants them to shatter. You have neglected a right that the Father gave you at great sacrifice.

What a price He has paid to give you your inheritance. It cost the Father His son’s life. It would be like a natural father working all of his life to give his daughter her inheritance, and then have her squander it. Or worse still, refuse to claim it because she is a woman.

Remember the daughter of Zelophehad (see Numbers 27:4-8)? These women challenged the system at a time when women were considered inferior to men. In spite of public opinion, they chose to speak up for their rights, and they got what they wanted.

Many of you are dying from apathy and boredom. You have not challenge life, and life has not challenged you. You need to exercise your potential. Get your blood circulating. Good, spiritual aerobic exercise will start your heart pumping. A stimulating life can even help guard you from mischief and sin. When you’re bored, Satan takes the initiatives. And you know where that leads.

It is possible to construct an obstacle in your own mind. Don’t be limited by your own tendency to settle for less. If you’re not being careful, you will talk yourself out of living. Speak up and say,” I need more life in my life.”

The daughter of Zelophehad refused to be wallflowers life in my life.” Knew they had the Father’s favor. Do likewise. Bloom and blossom and grow in the light of the Father’s love.

T.D. Jakes

April 17, 2009

Jakes prayers for marriage restoration

Lord, can there be revival in our marriage? How can something that started out so fresh now seem so stale? I am torn between all the wear. Our intimacy has lost its spontaneity and our love feels canned and uncreative. I need you to break through the veil of politeness that hides our hushed frustration.

 

            Give me the grace to forgive the things that seem insensitive in my husband. Give me strength and creativity, patience and humility. Make my heart race with the passion and affection that once came so freely. Please, father teaches me how to be a good wife. Bind us together.

 

            As I love him, I must realized that I will always love an imperfect person, and so will he. Maybe I am learning how you really love me as I reach out to this man who doesn’t always seem in touch with where I am. I see that you love me when I am out of touch with you.

 

            Most of all, Lord, make me like you. Hover over us.  Fashion me fro my husband and him for me. Breathe fresh like into our love and allow us to be friends again, to laugh and play again. I miss the way it’s used to be. Take us back, dear Lord. Take us back.

Than you for knowing what to do with our hearts. I believe there will be change because of you.

Source: T.D. Jakes

April 4, 2009

Jakes sermon to overcome anxiety and worries

 

Soul Secrets

Lord, through the ages you have fought battles for your people. Now I need someone to fight for me. Someone with tough skin and a tender heart. Someone who cares that I am daily ambushed and beaten up in the war Zone of works and worry and weariness.

 

            I have no safe place, no shelter, and no refuge where I can hide. And even if I did, I could not call a ceasefire to the war within my heart. There is such strife and unrest in the deepest parts of me. And I cry out for you! There’s a battle going on in me between what you say and what I think. I cannot hear your still, small voice over the noise that rages inside of me.

 

            King Jesus, win this victory, be my body guard. Be my Hero even when I’m outnumbered, one word from you van conquer every conflict, eliminate the enemy, defeat the destroyer. Come in power, Prince of Peace.

 

Source T.D. Jakes

April 4, 2009

Bishop Jakes: discover your purpose, fulfil your destiny

Genesis 1:27

            God looked out across eternity. He saw you. He saw everything he had created and everything He would create around you. He saw the specific need on this earth that He would make you to meet. He saw the full set of traits and ability that you would need in order to complete His purpose for your life. He knew what kind of environment that would be necessary for you to properly develop the gifts He would give you.

 

            God looked. And then He created He created you. You! And God looked at you and said, “This is good”.

 

            Do you have the same opinion of yourself? Do you agree with God’s opinion of you? Its important that you appreciate the way God created you because other people are going to treat you the way to treat yourself. They will respect you only to the degree that you respect yourself.

 

            If you are attracting people who don’t treat you well, I’m sorry but you are the prime suspect in that case. What kind of message is you sending that allow them to treat you poorly?

 

            In order for people to treat you well, there must be something deep in side of you that sends out a signal saying, I am somebody because God made me to be somebody. I may not be twenty-one and wear a size of seven. I may be a seventy-one and wear a size twenty-seven. But I am somebody.” When you send out a signal like that, other people pick up on it.

 

            There something’s your spirit exudes that gives you presence with other. There’s quality of inner strength that makes you attractive. It causes other people to recognize you, to pay attention you, to pay attention to you to ask when you walk into a room, who is her? They won’t be asking because your dress is so stunning, but arrogance or pride. It is health self-esteem and the power of God’s spirit within you.

 

            The way you appreciate yourself impacts everything you do. It affects the way you sit in a classroom, or apply for a job, or talk to people at a social function, or go about the ministry God has called you to undertake. It even affects the way a nobody with no future and no value, you are going to pray with less power and suspect that then promises of  God are for every body else but you.

 

            God wants you to appreciate who He made you to be and to develop what He gave you. He doesn’t want you to try to exchange what He gave you for what He gave someone else. You are unique blend of talents and gifting and character; and have a unique destiny upon this earth. You are somebody.

Source T.D. Jakes

April 3, 2009

Jakes: Dorcas in the bible and rewards of service to God

Acts 9:36-41

 

            Dorcas had helped everybody but herself. She was the giving, caring crisis. She had built a reputation for being compassionate, resourceful, and generous. As is often the case with this type of person, she had given to others until she had broken herself down.

            Have you ever given your courage to someone who was discouraged then walked away discouraged yourself? Have you ever wondered when someone would come see about you? Yet the next time the need arises, you’re the first one on the scene. If you are like Dorcas, you often find your self helping others even when helping them in hurting you.

       

     Now Dorcas was sick, and she died, simply collapsed. Gave out. Her friends-the ones who had benefited from her kindness-gathered around, reminiscing about her loving and compassionate deeds. Thinking her life was over; t hey had laid Dorcas on a table and mourned her. T hey believed this was the end of her. It probably seemed to them that all her giving had been in vain.

            But God never forgets a labor. Of love. My sister, God has not forgotten your ministry. You may help someone who arises up, walks away, and forgets to thank you for your sacrifice. But not God. He never forgets, and just when you need Him most, He will show up.

            This time He sent Peter to show Dorcas’s friends that God cares for carers, gives to givers and loves lovers. When Peter came in, he sent everyone else out. All the spectators were removed, and Dorcas was left with the only one who could restore her.

            You can’t keep giving and be restore at the same time that there comes a time when you must put all others out and allow God to refurbish you. Trees do not continue to bear fruit without rest. The ground will not continue to yield a harvest without replenishing the soil. And no matter how strong you are, there comes a time when every one must leave you alone in the presence of the only one who can rise you again. In the privacy of your prayer closet, allow Him to renew you and restore you. Ask Him to water the parched and, barren place in you. The scriptures say that Peter spoke a word to her “Dorcas, arise”

I feel a resurrection coming to the distraught heart of empty women who have poured themselves out over and over. This is the time you to arise. If you have become a martyr to your marriage, arise. If you have been a minister to your children, arise. If you are burned out, stressed out, laid like Dorcas-cold and lifeless-arise!

Expect God to s how up and arise you up again. God is not through with you yet. He has a plan and a purpose for your life. And though you may be tried, weak weary, it is not over until God say it over. My sister, put death on hold and drive depression out for the world of the Lord comes to the woman who has given too much to every one else.

The Lord says, To day  is your day. Dorcas, arise|

Source T.D. Jakes

April 3, 2009

Jakes sermon on healing: Jesus as the healer

 

Matthew 9:20-22

            The woman is ill. Every part of her is aching. Her pulse is weak. Her body, trembling. She tries desperately to hide her pain. She is a woman whose trauma has become so all-consuming that she stands alone in the midst of a crow. Her problem are multiple, complex, and diverse. On one hand, she is impoverished. She has spent all she had on doctors. She is fresh out-out of fiancé, out of friends and tragically with her’s blood flowing out of her almost out of time.

            Even religion, as it were, has denied that women are healing. The rabbinical law had for bidden her to touch or to be touched. What can a woman do when  her mutiny is within? When she lives with a roommate of pain in a house of despair? What can she do when there’s no friendly touch to serve as a sedative to ease her discomfort? When a woman is sick, her whole body wars against her.

            Yet way down deep in the innermost part of her heart, a flickering flame defied the blowing wind disease and refused to be extinguished. A passion to live refuses to die. Oh yes she was sick and broken and lonely, but she was a long way from dead. She knew it wasn’t over. Her body didn’t know it. Her chambers of her being, down in the basemen of her feminine spirit whispered a hope that none could hear: if I may touch the hem of his garment.

It is not what others say about her nor even what is said t here that determines a woman destiny-but what she says about herself. And although an issue of blood was throbbing, her guts cramping, and she felt faint from an issue of blood, she kept whispering hope in the depths of here soul.

While death was stalking her, leering over her shoulder, it was the “if” that kept her alive. “If I may but touch…” No one dies as long as she‘s holding on to an if I believe, there may be a change. If picked up that bleeding woman and cause her to press through the crows, past the disdainful looks of prominent men. If gave her the courage to survive their stares and make her way towards the strangers called Jesus.

But when she got there, he wasn’t even look in her direction! What a woman to do when she’s in trouble and God is looking the other way? First of all, she refused to be discouraged. In spite of his distraction, she believed that just may be she could still be made whole. What if Jesus decided to heal her? What if He changes her circumstances?

 

The waiting game was over. This was a woman who was taking charges of her life. No more standing around, hoping some one would get to her. She pressed through the crows, defying the social dictates of her day that said it wasn’t appropriate for a woman to touch Him, “She decided. And before they knew it, she had slipped around the system, and climbed over the pain and touched the hem of his garment.

  

          Now it doesn’t matter how you touch Him. It doesn’t matter where you touch Him. It only matters that you touch Him The scriptures say that we have not High Priest who cannot be touched by the feeling of our infirmities. And on this particular day, Jesus knew He had been touched. Touched by a woman the law had declared unclean.

      

      She touched Him. Without need for recognition, status, or frame. With no ulterior motive, no personal agenda. All she needed was relief from her terrible pain. She was not looking for approval. She was not worried about women’s right. She wasn’t after a position on the board. All she sought was a position on her knees. And in response, His virtue came running down.

     

       That virtue flowed down to her terrible secret and healed her. The bible says that she knew within herself that she was healed. Isn’t amazing that her deliverance happened inside? Herself, she had whispered, if I may but touch the hem of his garment”. And in that same part of her inner self, she knew the instant s he was healed.

      

      But that’s not the end of the story. Jesus asked who touched me, now that woman could have kept quite and never called attention to herself. She could have melted into the crows, clutching her healing to herself. But she decided to go to the public. Perhaps, if she told the secret-her embarrassing secret-some other woman who was all about over and bleeding could gather up the courage to let Jesus heal her.

            Perhaps you are dealing with some issues that seem insurmountable. No matter how badly you are wounded, how lonely no matter how many other have pushed past you on the way to the top, keep moving on to ward Jesus, the Healer. And when He heals you, maybe you should go public and let the world know that an unclean woman-a woman without a dime in her pocked or a friend to her name-can touch a holy God. Let the world know you made it from disgrace to grace, carried to him on whispers of hope.

       

     Source T.D. Jakes

April 3, 2009

Bishop T.D. Jakes: Prayers for financial abundance

     Lord, you are the God of my desert and all my dry places. I’m struck here again in the wilderness__ helpless, hopeless, friendless__ with no home for my heart. It’s a desperate, desolate place. I have visited this wide wasteland before, feeling trapped between where I am and where I want to be. Like the children of Israel, I am wandering and wondering, will I ever get of there? is there even a place beyond this pain?

 

It’s not that I don’t know to put one foot front of the other. It’s that I want to be where I am not. I need direction from the maker of the stars. There’s a Promised Land before me __ a place of provision, a place of plenty. But how do I exchange my emptiness for your abundance?

 

I long for the days of wilderness –walking to end. I want to go forward with you. Lord, lead me home.

 

Source T.D. Jakes

April 3, 2009

Jakes: how to overcome trials and temptations

Genesis 50:20

 

            The art of surviving painful moments is living in the “yes” zone we need to learn to respond to God with a yes when the door s are open and yes when they are closed. Reading relationships, our prayer must be:

 

            I trust your decisions, Lord, and I know that if this situation is good for me, you will allow it to continue. I also know that if the door is closed, it is also for my good. So I say yes to you as I go into the relationship.

            This is the epitome of trust in our living God. This kind of trust is seldom achieved, but greatly to be sought. In so doing, you will be able to savor the gift of companionship without of reprisal.

 

            If God allows a relationship to continue, and some painful betrayals come from it, know that He will only allow what ultimately works for your good. Sometimes such a betrayal ushers you into the next level of consecration—a level you could never reach on your own. For that, you can give thanks!

What a privilege to live in the assurance that God is in control of you and of everyone He allows behind the shield of His purposes for your life. The unique thing about God’s parenting is that He sometimes uses a negative to bring about a positive just as He did in Joseph’s life (see Genesis 50:20). This knowledge will set you free from internal struggle and allows you to be transparent.

 

            It is very important to understand the sovereignty of God. There must be awareness within your heart, a deep knowledge that God is in control and that He is able to reverse the adverse. When you come to believe in His sovereignty, you can overcome every human trial, knowing that each one is divinely permitted and supernaturally orchestrated. God arranges these trials in such a way the things could have paralyzed you will now motivated you.

 

            God delights in bestow His abundant grace so that you can live in the world without fear. You will like some of your relationships better than others. God create different types of people, and all are His handiwork.

 

Ultimately, your friends are the ones who will help you to become all that God wants you to be and to understand the many levels of His love.  

             

Source T.D. Jakes

April 3, 2009

Jakes: deliverance prayers to overcome afflictions

 

Lord I’m living in a house of bondage. And I feel trapped. The place in me that should be holy is haunted. I go from room within myself_ from the den of depression and wrong decisions to the hallway of unhealed heartache.

 

I feast at the table of frustrated ambition. I drag my wounded ego to bed each night and cover up with affliction. I wake up every morning top greet infirmity again_ fear, anger, and bitter remorse.

 

  Jesus, come quick! I can’t live in this house anymore! Tear down all my wailing walls.

Demolish my pride and my lust. Break the chains of resentment and rejection. Send the Holy Ghost in power, spirit of Liberty, spirit of life, I cry for you! Spirit of freedom, spirit of victory, fight for me! I am free in Jesus’ name.

I declare the Lord’s release to every part of me __suffering spirit, beat-down body, messed –up mind.

 

The blood of Jesus has broken every bond. Holy Spirit, come and live in me. Be mighty in me, and let the sweet song of deliverance fill every room.  

Source T.D. Jakes

 

 

April 3, 2009

Jakes on christian womanhood

Psalm 8:4,5

            God had made you exactly the woman He wants you to be. He has made you beautiful in his eyes and  crowned you with glory and honour” (See Psalm 8:5). I want to encourage you to be wary about dating somebody or marrying somebody who demands that you change thing about yourself to conform to what he things you ought to look like, talk like, act like, or dress like.

That person doesn’t want what God created. He wants to do the creating. You’re better off sticking with what God create you to be than substitute that for some person tries to create. Another person can create You to be as good as what God has made.

            Now, there are lots of people that admire. I may admire some of their attributes or think they look wonderful or appreciate the way they do certain things. But I have met anyone who had anything about them that I found so wonderful or so intimidating that I was willing to give up being me in order to try too be them. No way!

            Furthermore, you must develop deep within yourself capacity and the tenacity to disagree with those who feel differently about you than do. You must be able to say another person, “You don’t think I’m a quality person? You don’t think I have a value? You don’t think I’m worthy? You don’t think I have a purpose and reason for being that’s just as important as that of the next person?

            “I disagree!”

            You don’t have to get about it, argue the point, fight over the facts or spend the rest of your life trying to prove that you’re right and they’re wrong. You simply disagree. You take the position. And just before you walk away, you simply and calmly say, “You have your opinion, but also have mine. I disagree with your opinion. I like me, and I know God does, too.”

            It’s time for you to look yourself and others in the eye, and to say with your attitude, if not your words. “Excuse me, but I have a right to be myself. Excuse me, but I have the right to express my self. Excuse me, but I have the right to have my opinion. Excuse me, but I have the right to use my faith. Excuse me, but I choose to agre with what God has said about me!

Source: Bishop T.D. Jakes

March 27, 2009

Bible and marriage crisis: God is your husband

Deuteronomy 10:12, 13

When God picks a wife for one of His royal sons, He will pick her from among the women who are faithful and holy, those who “keep the commandment of the Lord” (Deuteronomy 10:13)

 

            Begin to sanctify yourself. Bring your body before God. Bring your nature before God. Bring your passion to Him. Allow to strengthen you until you can tell the devil, “My body-my whole body-belongs to God. From the top of my head to the soles of my feet, all that I am belongs to Him. I will seek Him early and embrace Him. He is the God of my salvation and the lover of my soul”.

 

            Maybe you haven’t been living as you should. Maybe your house hasn’t been the house of prayer it could have been. May be your body has been mauled and pawed over by all sorts of people. But it isn’t too late to offer it as a living sacrifice to God (see Romans 21: 1). If you can’t keep your vow to Him, you would never be able to keep your vow to a man. Gove your body to the Lord and sanctify yourself.

 

            The single woman should seek please God way. Understand that while you are waiting for a flesh-and –blood husband, God is your spiritual Husband. Be careful how you treat Him. He thinks He’s your man. That’s shy He does those special favor for you. He has been taking care of you even when you didn’t notice His recognize His provision. It is He who opens doors for you. He is your friend and your companion.

 

            Paul wrote, “Let each one remain (abide) in the name of calling in which he was called” (1Corinthians 7:20) in other words, the single person should be abiding in, out wrestling with singleness. Enjoy it. Rather than spend all your effort trying to change your marital state, you need to learn to develop in the position where he has placed you.

The greatest visitation of the Holy Ghost in history happened to an unmarried woman named Mary. Before Joseph had the right, the Holy Ghost came upon her.

 

            That same life-giving anointing wants to come to upon you now. Stop murmuring and complaining. His presence is in the room. Worship Him. He is waiting for you.

Source T.D. Jakes

March 27, 2009

Jakes on God as our father in heaven

Psalm 89:7

            Thank God He understands the child within you. He speaks to your blanket-clutching, thumb-sucking need. In spite of your age, your income your education, or your celebrity. He knows the childhood issues of the maturing heart. This is the ministry that only our father can give.

            Have you ever notice that to those who brought you into the world you will never grow up? They will completely disregard your gray hairs, your crow’s feet and your blossoming waistline. No matter how many children call you mom’, to your parents you are still just a child yourself.

They seem to think you have slipped into the closet to try on grown-up clothes and are really just pretending . they must believe that somewhere beneath the lines on your face there is still a child, parading around in her mother’s dress and high-heeled shoes.

            When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, the first thing He taught them was to acknowledge his Fatherhood and declare our son ship. Sonship is the basis for our relationship with Him as it relates to the privilege of belonging to His divine family. Similarly, one of the first words most babies say is Daddy” Knowing your earthly father helps you understand your own identity as a son or daughter. Greater still is the need to know not only who father is, but feels about me.

            The Lord looks beyond the façade of maturity and sees the trembling, uncertain places in your life. He knows your inner most needs. No matter how spiritual mature you try to appear, he is aware that lurking in the shadows is some childish desire you just prayed away last night-the lingering evidence of some tiny temptation that only the father can see within His supposedly” all growing-up little child.

            Only He can see the very worst in us, yet think the very best of us. It is unfailing love of the Father whose daughter should have been old enough to receive her inheritance without acting like a child, without wandering off into failure and stumbling into sin.

Even then, your Father throws  a party for the prodigal and prepares a fest for the foolish. Comprehend with childlike faith the love of the Father you have in God!

Source: Bishop T.D. Jakes

 

March 25, 2009

Sermon: Jakes on God as the father

Psalm 89:7

            Thank God He understands the child within you. He speaks to your blanket-clutching, thumb-sucking need. In spite of your age, your income your education, or your celebrity. He knows the childhood issues of the maturing heart. This is the ministry that only our father can give.

            Have you ever notice that to those who brought you into the world you will never grow up? They will completely disregard your gray hairs, your crow’s feet and your blossoming waistline. No matter how many children call you mom’, to your parents you are still just a child yourself. They seem to think you have slipped into the closet to try on grown-up clothes and are really just pretending . they must believe that somewhere beneath the lines on your face there is still a child, parading around in her mother’s dress and high-heeled shoes.

            When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, the first thing He taught them was to acknowledge his Fatherhood and declare our son ship. Sonship is the basis for our relationship with Him as it relates to the privilege of belonging to His divine family

. Similarly, one of the first words most babies say is Daddy” Knowing your earthly father helps you understand your own identity as a son or daughter. Greater still is the need to know not only who father is, but feels about me.

            The Lord looks beyond the façade of maturity and sees the trembling, uncertain places in your life. He knows your inner most needs. No matter how spiritual mature you try to appear, he is aware that lurking in the shadows is some childish desire you just prayed away last night-the lingering evidence of some tiny temptation that only the father can see within His supposedly” all growing-up little child.

            Only He can see the very worst in us, yet think the very best of us. It is unfailing love of the Father whose daughter should have been old enough to receive her inheritance without acting like a child, without wandering off into failure and stumbling into sin. Even then, your Father throws  a party for the prodigal and prepares a fest for the foolish. Comprehend with childlike faith the love of the Father you have in God!

Source: Bishop T.D. Jakes

 

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