T.D. Jakes: You Have to Keep Going | FULL SERMON | TBNAug 11, 2023
Do not believe for a moment that it is the end because the question of the grape is not the end of the grape, it is a step from one mistake to the next. What I am talking about is process when I talk about crushing. I'm talking about process, I'm talking about submitting to the process because that is respect, committing to the process means respecting the Art of the foreign vocation the first time I made my first trip to the homeland to the land of my When I got off the plane for For the first time, hearing the gentleman say with a deep African accent, welcome home, was absolutely amazing and it was surprising because that same year I made my first trip to my spiritual ancestry, to Jerusalem, it was the first time that these Ancients Virginia's feet Westerners had walked cobblestone streets and smelled bread baking early in the morning and seen Jerusalem open up and come to life just as it would in the days of Christ's time and I searched for it thoroughly I went to every place I could go I went down to where the pool of Bethesda is believed to
havebeen, I went down to the Sea of Galilee, put my feet in the waters of Jordan and went to a place called Mega, where Armageddon is supposed to be jumped from the chariot in Jordan and ran into the mud to stand and looking at the amphitheater and the natural amphitheater and the mountains around it just to see what was
I entered the Temple Mount, which is now controlled not by the Jews but by the Muslims and I was told that I took off my shoes when I went in there and I entered the Temple Mount and I had the experience of walking into what would
havebeen the holy of holies alone to find the Rock of Abraham, the place where he would offer Isaac and that was when I realized that the Bible is not broad, it is deep, that the same place where Abraham offers Isaac is in the same area where Christ will be crucified, so it's not about
goingfrom one place to another, but about going deeper to be in a contemporary place. place with a contemporary shovel and dig your way through the Epistles and dig your way to the prophets and dig your way to the Old Testament because the story of our faith is layered Path to the Wailing Wall The Wailing Wall for all the Jews they go to pray and the rabbi stands in front of the Wailing Wall and walks back and forth placing his prayer requests in the cracks of The Rock and swaying back and forth, they walked back and forth .
I asked God why they walk back and forth. He said because they believe that God is a moving God and if you're going to come into His presence you have to be moving in His presence because God is always moving, He's always rocking, He's always doing and I said, can I go and with the women? on one side and the man on the other. I got to the Western Wall and had the most amazing experience. I burst into tears because the Wailing Wall is the last remnant of Herod's Temple. The Western Wall is reminiscent of Solomon's Temple and when I looked at the faith of so much history is layered and it is still there on the Rock and I am standing on the Rock I am standing on the Rock because Jesus has been I am standing in the place where there was the era of Onan where there was the Temple of Solomon where all of history had collided at that moment and I started to cry and I'm surrounded by Jews and they're watching a Christian cry on their willing wall and suddenly I recognize or I hope they recognize that Your Jehovah is my Jesus, that you are Elohim is my prince of peace, that your bright, morning story is my lily of the valley, that we can and that we are connected and that we have something in common, although our perspectives are different because you are waiting let a messiah come and I am left looking back, at a messiah who visited you and now you recognized him.
The reason we use wine as a metaphor for crushing books is because wine takes time and I'm talking about taking time for an era of people who don't believe in that. Anything takes time, in other words, I'm talking to a microwave crowd over a cold stovetop recipe. I remember my grandmother's cold stove and I sat on the back porch and you had to put charcoal on it and she fried chicken and cast iron skillets and baked pies. until they were that high and to this day I wonder how they regulated the temperature on a cold stove.
I remember her making cakes without a mixer, but she would take a spoon and turn it and beat the butter and I can see it. arms shaking baking a cake and she did it better with the spoon than I did with the mixer and I'm good at mixing. Grandma knew that the best cakes took time and she was willing to put in the time, effort and sweat to get the cake to the place she needed it to be and the same goes for wine makers. Know that good wine takes time. It begins with the soil in which the seed is planted and the grape that grows from it and the grape accepts the fact. that was raised to be crushed I think we need to teach our children a little differently that you were raised to be crushed rather than teaching them that you were raised to be applauded and that you were raised to be exalted and that you were raised to be praised, I think. that we should tell them that you were raised to be crushed and when you get to the crushing place do not believe for a moment that it is the end, yes, because the crushing of the grape is not the end of the grape. it's a transition from one mistake to the next what I'm talking about is process when I'm talking about crushing I'm talking about process I'm talking about submitting to the process because that's respect committing to the process means you respect the Art of the Call when you put in the work and the work and the commitment and all the sacrifice in it that means you respect him.
I wouldn't go to the Cowboys stadium and ask Stewie Jones to put me in a uniform and just because I watched football he thought I could play football, that's disrespectful. towards people who have worked hours and years preparing and training their entire lives to be excellent at what they do. The process is respect, wow, recognizing that. It's not supposed to happen fast because if it happens fast it won't last. That's slow roasted and slow cooked and cooked overnight and smoked in a smoker until in the morning it has a richness and flavor that you just can't get. a microwave you have to understand that and if you want to be successful in the microwave, do it fast, you will go up fast and you will come down fast, but if you really respect the art, the technique, the style and the fashion. and the depth and the anointing and the anointing and the power and the collaboration between spirit and man and man and spirit and spirit and man until you can't tell the difference between the talent and the tool of the master and how uses it in such timing that you don't know if it was the hand of Gideon or the sword of the Lord that defeated the enemy that means you want to fit so well in the hands of God that at any moment He can use you anytime, anywhere and to be that kind of good that means you have to go through the process and accept it, yes, embrace the process, not resent it, not feel betrayed or denied because it didn't happen as quickly as before. person next to you because you are not comparing yourself to the person next to you that is not the goal to be like the person next to you you are not running against them you are running against the hope of your calling and what God wants to do in your life and what he has to do for you to produce what he is trying to produce in your life and that means you have to listen to what he says, even when he talks about waiting while you talk about winning, you have to do it.
Respect the process because if you do it when the process is finished you will last longer as a wine than as an excellent one. It's amazing when you start talking about Joseph's life and all the turmoil he went through and how his father gave him a robe of many colors that was really prophetic of him becoming the Prince of Egypt. He was also prophetic for the multiplicity of a God who is able to love all colors and types and unite them and make a single garment and become the inhabitant among us. God and Joseph put on his mantle and his brother stripped him of his mantle They stripped him of his mantle but they could not strip him of his calling They threw him in a pit and said he was dead The Midianites came and bought him for 20 pieces of silver because God He was using Joseph's life as a shadow of Jesus who would be rejected by his brothers who would be thrown into a pit that would be sold for 30 pieces of silver and Joseph doesn't know it but he is acting out what Jesus will fulfill and then he goes from there to the Potiphar's house and ascends to a place of power only to be lied to by Potiphar's wife and have to flee and end up in prison and then Joseph the young man who grew up with the mantle of many colors ends up with stripes in a prison locked behind bars and even there he stood out and you know all this but what you may not realize is that that is only a small fraction of his life that he spent more years free than he did.
Wow!, he spent more years as Prince of Egypt than as a prisoner in the jail cell and what you have to understand, the process may seem long as you go through it, but if you will go through the process when it comes to the end you will be a prince for much longer than you will be in the process and God is trying to fix yourself so that you last and when the winemaker makes the wine he does it in such a way that when he brings it to the table they ask you, they tell you first what year it was made and the best wines have been preserved for hundreds of years and the longer it lasts the more Egypt costs It becomes an incubator it becomes a womb where God makes Jacob's family great even though they were 70 people into millions of people and fermented them through Egyptian slavery the atrocities and the abuses and the 400 years of Agony it was How God incubated them so that they go to Egypt, a family wanting bread, and a gold leaves Egypt that takes care of the nation.
Do you hear what I'm telling you? Yes, to convert family thinking into nation mentalities, it takes time, it takes time. Ten generations passed. So many generations passed that they had forgotten how to worship their God because they had assimilated so much into the culture of Egypt that much of their understanding of who God was had drifted away, but with the limited residue of faith they had left, they cried out to God. He and God still heard them, even though they had forgotten what Abraham had taught. them and what Isaac had shown them and Jacob had been buried long ago, he still heard them.
I know he did it because he told Moses. I have heard the cry of my children Israel, go down there and tell Pharaoh to let my people go. You're talking about the times. up, that was God's time, what God is saying is over, the process is over, the fermentation is complete, the wine is made and I am ready to take it out and when God is ready to take you out, no one no matter how powerful they are, It does not matter that. They have or what they own or what they drive can prevent God from taking them out and although Pharaoh installed 600 chosen chariots and decided to go find them and try to turn them back, he could not turn back what God had unleashed and there they are standing in the Red Sea with Pharaoh chasing them behind them and mountains surrounding them and they think they are in a place of hopelessness and despair because they can't swim in the Red Sea and they can't escape through the mountains and the horses are coming faster than their feet can run and their children arrive late and are depressed with the riches of Egypt and there they stand in utter dismay.
Moses included saying God, what am I supposed to do? and God tells him: look at Tanya here looking at me, extend your staff and when Moses extended his staff when he extended what he had the wind began to blow and the waters went from here to there and they walked on dry land because it was time for the sun to come out. came it was time for the family to have become a nation it was time for God's purpose to have been fulfilled and he brought them out with his great power and brought them out on dry land they didn't even have to put mud on their feet they walked on dry land it was almost as if God had paved the bottom of the river bank so that they could have comfort as they left they came out on dry land but when Pharaoh tried to pass through the path that God had made for his favorable people he drowned see what God has for you it is for you and no one else can take it so don't waste your time arguing with people who are trying to get what you have because no one can take what is yours if it really is yours it is yours and no one can get it and when Pharaoh tried to achieve this he drowned in the Red Sea he drowned in the Red Sea because the god stopped the wind and the water collapsed and covered him and the pharaoh and his horses and his chariots drowned him in the Red Sea and Miriam grabbed the tambourine and began to play it for the glory of God and the women began to dance around the mountain and while they danced the bodies of the Egyptians washed on the shore, but God not only closed the Red Sea to drown the pharaoh, it is surprising He tells me that from every once in a while no matter who you are, where you live, how much faith you have or what you get.
Problems come directly to your house, they greet you at the door, they challenge you in ways that you cannot always control or correct and you have to endure resistance. It is part of crushing. Talking about crushing and talking about endearing seems like an oxymoron because who can stand being crushed. but we do it every day we are crushed in ways that people can't see and even though I kept preaching and I kept teaching I came hometo deal with her illness and see her suffer the pain of trying to recover and the strange thing is that after she had the surgery the doctor said that the surgery was successful but she felt as much pain afterwards as before I warn you that recovery has pain we know that injury has pain but recovery also has pain and if you are going to heal you have to make him endure the pain she decided to go see my son graduate from college but he was in pain and kept moving and crushing is the idea and notion that life It doesn't stop to accommodate your comfort, there are situations and demands that won't stop just because you are. in a bad place or at a bad time and somehow from time to time you have to push through the pain and
This is the kind of thing Jesus teaches us in the Garden of Gethsemane when the Great Drops of Blood begin to fall. see through the very pores of his skin he teaches us the agony of moving forward it was easy to cure the sick it was easy to turn water into wine it was easy for him to walk on water not for me it was easy for him but now he has reached a place of crushing and pain and that requires prayer and suffering the pain that my wife had before the surgery was the same without purpose it was just pain the pain after the surgery had a purpose and although it had the same intensity it had a different ending and we must realize that what matters is the end, that God's thoughts toward us are good, that we might have an expected end, but he said nothing about the middle, and therefore, as we endure the pain and go through the agony, the agony it is as if they misunderstood us. not feeling loved Agony of being underemployed or unemployed or Agony of losing a job or a spouse or a loved one I mean real agony I'm not talking about you lost your parking spot I'm talking about real agony that tests your soul that pushes to the limit breaking point where you feel like you're going to bleed through your skin, you have to know that doesn't mean you're not recovering, recovery hurts too, counseling hurts, therapy hurts, confronting old issues and unearthing old ones wounds, that's hurtful and difficult things to talk about, but if we don't get to the root of the problem, we will never be okay and, just like his surgery, the doctor had gotten to the root of the problem and when he said it was successful, he hoped walk. in the room and found her smiling, instead she was reading in pain.
Sometimes God allows us to go through surgery and the recovery period may take a while, but that doesn't mean we aren't getting better, which means once you do. a commitment to go through the process you have to be prepared to endure the pain because pain is part of the process always knowing that anesthesia for pain is the Blessed hope that we can have and hope in and today if you are suffering and in agony and confusion and feeling disconnected from the world and as if life is passing you by as you struggle and contend with the atrocities and vicissitudes of life.
I want you to know that tomorrow comes and if you can stand this moment and endure it. The agony that we may have been prophesied by the prophets of old had been seen in the Shadows and the guys had been seen in the shadows of the Old Testament preparing us for the weekend of Absolute Terror and Horror that I am talking about, the end of week in which Christ was. crucified, I'm talking about the brutalization and abuse of a man who took on the sins of the world and I'm not sure if it was the nails of the Cross or the blows on his back or the crown of thorns on his head that hurt as much as the Betrayal by his disciples, estrangement from his friends or perhaps it was the absence of his father's favor or The Agony and the shame of being left naked in front of the world and having to bleed to death in front of a crowd of curious spectators and even those who cheered him.
But what I love about the story is that on the third day he not only resurrected but I was distracted by the women who got up early in the morning and decided to go down to the tomb. being loyal to a Jesus they thought was dead now that is a Covenant relationship because anyone can be loyal to you when you walk on water and heal the sick and raise the dead, anyone can be loyal to you when you stop the woman with an issue of blood anyone can be loyal to you when you are healing The blind part of Emmaus but now he is dead and Thomas is on the run and Judas has hanged himself and the disciples are locked behind closed doors for fear of the Jews because They are afraid that they will be the next ones and that fear was real because many of them would be martyred for the cause of Christ and they were all locked up except for these women, these women, these women were unique women, they didn't even come from the same side of the track, one of them had a history questionable and Jesus had changed their life each one of them is in the presence of Jesus loving him for a different reason it's like going to church and everyone hears us say hallelujah but it all means something different we say thank you Jesus but we are thanking him for something different we hear the same song but we have different memories and it is the uniqueness of yours it is a special way of loving God that no one can love him like you love him because no one has your story these women got up early in the morning before the day of the breakup and went down to the tomb because they even wanted to protect it, they wanted to protect it, they didn't want anyone to smell its decomposition and with their incense in one hand and myrrh in the other, they ran towards the tomb to make sure that anyone passing by there would not smell the smell of its erosion, only to go down to the grave and discover that the Jesus whom they loved to the point of being loyal while you are dead is missing and they were the first to know that he had risen from the dead.
Revelation is born of loyalty. You are not really my Covenant brother until you have seen me in the ditch until you have seen me bleed until you were by my side when I abandoned myself, you are not really my sister until you put flowers in my stench until you scented my agony, that is the sign of alliance and crushing and we all long for someone who does it. It happens to us when we don't smell so good so that the next time you read about this weekend you understand that yes, Jesus is the star, he is the protagonist of the entire book, the entire book has prepared us for his entry into the world and the angels have been left in absolute awe and awe and their interest in the human form that He would pour out His glory and honor from Himself and dwell among men was absolutely astonishing and then to be such a man that He would die as a man when He was in The fact That he was a God at heart was amazing, even the apostles, in retrospect, find it difficult to articulate the magnitude of who he was and although he is the protagonist, don't forget the supporting cast of these three women who rose before that the Dew hit the ground.
They rose and gathered their goods and went out into the cold air of Jerusalem and began to walk down the cobblestone streets towards Jesus. They did not do it for fame or fortune or recognition or titles or reward of any kind. They simply did it because they loved him, so you must give yourself Note that we look at the cross as a place of worship and a symbol of our faith and the authenticity of our Christian belief, but before the cross was a place of faith, it was an execution chamber and no one would use an electric. a chair around the neck or a gas chamber, have it painted on your t-shirt.
You see, it was natural in the days of Jesus Christ to walk down the street and look up the hill and see someone dying on a cross. Jesus was not the only one to be executed and when Pilate gave the decree that freed him and prepared him to go to the Cross, he did not send him to the Cross as a lamb, he sent him to the Cross as a criminal and the cross was a place of execution and the early church did not use crosses or honor them or think they were special because the cross was a place of suffering, shame and degradation, it was not a place to sing songs and raise hands and worship and glorify, it was not until many years later when Constantine's mother decided that she would go searching to try to find those old, rugged crosses and she found what she thought might have been the cross that Jesus was crucified on and then she had to fight to have found what she What do I do with that?
She found an ancient wooden artifact that she believed to be the cross. She broke it into pieces rather than let people fight over who would
keepthe cross and scattered it around the world sending it to basilicas, shrines and small pieces of chambers. of the cross that are still found in many of the most Greek Orthodox religious institutions, pieces of the cross are preserved and have been preserved and maintained as a testament to Constantine's mother and if she had not done so, the gospel itself would not be would have caught fire. as it did, but it spread to all the places where the splinters went, the splinter of the Cross is what promulgated the gospel to reach the most remote parts of the Earth because everyone got a little peace and it opened up conversations and communications and something special began that all of a sudden the cross stopped being a place of Shame and became a place of worship and sacred worship it changed its meaning not its gaze changed its meaning because now the eye of the beholder looked beyond the same and saw to the savior We must understand that we go through things in our lives, it is how we contemplate them that determines how we feel about it, it is how we choose to see it, whether execution or offering.
Do you see for the Romans it was execution, but actually Jesus? Christ was an offering that the Hebrews said he entered once and for all with himself alone he is priest enough to be the offerer and lamb enough to be the offering do you hear what I'm saying? There is one small notation in the story of the crucifixion that you could easily overlook: it is not Pilate's decision that changed it from execution to offering, but in a brief statement one of the gospel writers records that Caiaphas the high priest assented to the head rising towards the crucifixion and with the gesture of chaos. the priests the convict became the Christ and the execution became an offering because pilate did not have the authority to offer a lamb to God only the high priest could do it correctly so the priests when he nodded his head legitimized the offering the mother of Constantine extended the offering and now we are on the fifth of an Old Sturdy Cross what a wonderful attraction for me for the dearest and best in a world of lost or murdered sinners, so I will cherish the Old Sturdy Cross until I finally lay down my burdens .
I'm going to cleanse the old Rugged Cross that type of lyrics were born only because Constantine's mother turned the cross into splinters and the splinters turned an execution chamber into a place of Christian worship crushing everything depends on how you look at the misery of a man en Another Man's Miracle on TBN our mission is to use every means available to reach as many people and families as possible with the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ. Thank you for helping the gospel of grace travel the world without you, we couldn't. do it god bless you
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