Unfinished Business - Pastor Sarah Jakes Roberts [June 9, 2019]Jun 10, 2021
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businesstherefore from these men who have accompanied us now for context this is Peter speaking Jesus has ascended to heaven and they are awaiting the movement of the Spirit, But in the midst of waiting for the movement of the Spirit, Peter calls everyone's attention and says that there is an
businessthat we must take care of. I know we are waiting for the spirit. I know we're waiting. May God move but there is something that must be done, it therefore says of these men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus came and went among us beginning from the baptism of John until that day when he was taken up above us. . one of these must be a witness with us of his resurrection they are trying to replace Judas is one of the disciples and they proposed to Joseph called Barrasabbas whose surname was Justus and Matthias and they prayed and said you oh Lord who knows the hearts of all show which Of these two you have chosen to take part in this ministry and Apostolate from which Judas fell by transgression to go to his place and they cast the lot, the lot fell on Matthias and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
Father God, I ask that you continue to sit in this room. God, you know every burden, you know every problem, you know every struggle that we bring to this room, but Lord, you also know how, when your divine wisdom and the strategy that you plan to achieve. let us all work together for our good, that is why God is asking that this be a movement like that movement that the Apostles experienced on the day of Pentecost that helps us recognize that it would not be by force of God nor would it be by Could, but it would only be by your power, oh God, that we will overcome this season, so father, I ask that your power saturate this place, show us your glory in every area of our life.
I give myself to you and I tell you: your way, let there be nothing forbidden, no nerves, no fears, no barriers, only your strength, your anointing, your power, stand in me in the name of Jesus. Amen, you can sit down, make yourself comfortable, there are so many things that I am proud of. from having learned from my father I think one of the things that really comes to mind is that my father is really the presiding prelate of his business ministries. It is a promising ministry that my father participates in as a full-time job. He has never seen anyone take care of his business. business like Bishop TD Jakes, he will mind your business better than you mind your own business, if you tell him something he will never hear again, you could go on the news and talk about him, and he would never say a word because he would He mind his business and I love that about him and it's something I strive to do in every area of my life because mine and yours will bless you.
Come on, I'm already preaching better than your applause. The other thing my father has taught me is that there is no place like home, he told us over and over again that there are literally cases where you can't go anywhere else, you can always come home. I think at my wedding he was holding a sign to my husband that said free shipping and returns. He said if you don't want to hear from her anymore, you can leave her at the door because she can come home when she can't go anywhere else and my husband and I have taken him up on that offer many times when we get stressed. and overwhelmed by life we return home because we know there is safety there and it helps that he also offers to cook when we return home and you should see me when he heads home and I know my father is cooking.
I overlooked so many. different foods and restaurants because I know that when I get home I'll have banana pudding, I'll have a good tasting cake, I'll have some ribs waiting for me, so no matter how many times someone offers me I refuse food because I'm hungry, but I'm hungry enough to wait as if you were not hungry, the same way you would eat anything, because when you are hungry for a certain thing, you don't eat it. just eat anything. I'm hungry enough to wait. I'm not going to overlook something that could temporarily fulfill me when I could have something that could change my life.
I'm hungry enough to wait. I think that's another lesson. that my father taught me, taught me power and being hungry enough to wait had to pass up some deals had to pass up some friendships it wasn't because I wasn't hungry, I was just hungry enough to wait. I wonder if that is the testimony of anyone else in this room. It's not that I didn't want a relationship. It's not that I didn't want to get married. It's not that I didn't want to start the business. I just had a certain kind of hunger. I was hungry enough to wait for the right thing.
I was hungry enough to wait for the right thing. So yes, I will continue working at this job until God promotes me to the next thing because I am hungry enough to wait for the right thing. I'm hungry enough to wait for that kid to fix his life. Everyone else can give up their child. Everyone else can pack up their toys and go home, but I'm hungry enough to wait for what God promised me. I'm still here that's why I'm still praising that's why I'm still worshiping It's not because God gave me everything I wanted It's not because He gave me everything I asked for But I'm hungry enough to wait for that promise to manifest You don't get what you pray You get what you you wait for those who wait on the Lord I waited for this no one gave it to me it was not easy for me to become who I became I wish I had something people in this room who had to wait to see what God was going to do in the midst of their trial.
Now you hate me. You should have seen him when he was waiting for what you hate. No, I waited for this. I waited to see. how God was going to change this situation yes I am loud when I worship yes I raise my hands when they say lift your head because if they hadn't known what I had been through while waiting to see how God was going to show up god didn't know she was going to Heal my body God I didn't know she was going to save my son but I waited to see what she was going to do because you're not a man she waited to get up here I waited for this.
I'm going to let all my people who know what's on the other side of waiting encourage people who are waiting in this season right now and just praise God if they made it to the other side of waiting. season that is an encouragement for someone someone is waiting to see what will happen to their child someone is waiting to see what will happen after that divorce someone who is their testimony makes some noise I am a witness that if you wait for it, it will appear I am a witness of that if you wait on him the glory will fall I am a witness that they can take the car but God will replace it with something you never thought you could have been driving I am a witness I am a witness I am a witness that waiting bears fruit my strength is renewed I have Alas, when I was waiting, my friends, the disciples are waiting.
It is one thing to be waiting, but they are waiting for power because Jesus has given them a command to do something but they cannot achieve it without power. You see, Jesus has given them a vision of who they can become on earth and how far they can go in the world. The only thing is that from point A to point B a bridge called power is required. I don't know if God has ever told you anything about who you can be or a generational curse that you are going to break or a change that you are going to see in your marriage or a change that you are going to see in your marriage.
You are going to look at your finances and you are at point A and God has spoken to you about point B but He has not given you the power to achieve what He told you He said you could do God I want to do it but I don't have no power I want to break this addiction but I don't have the power to do it. I want to leave this toxic relationship but I don't have the power. I need to do what you told me to do. If I had the power I would have done it by now, but I no longer have the power I need to break that generational curse.
I no longer have the power I need to stand up and stand with confidence. God, you called me to the ministry, but I don't feel like I have any power, the disciples are waiting for the power at home God, I'm waiting for the power and while they are waiting for the power, Jesus was the only power they had access to, but he has been removed from the equation, so I'm hoping for power, but I lost the only power I thought I could keep. The power you felt you needed. God, how could you God? How could you remove that power I needed at a time when I have no power? of my own god I needed my mother God I needed my father How could you take away that power at a time when I haven't even discovered who I am?
I haven't even gotten into who you've called me to be yet and just as I was getting ready to get into this, you eliminated the only thing I was counting on. I know it wasn't a great job, but it was all the work I have. God, how could you take that power away from me? not just waiting for the power, the powers have also been removed from the equation, so when we find the disciples in this text, they are waiting for the power and the powers to have been removed from the equation, but they are hungry enough to wait because they recognize that last taste. of the power when they walked with Jesus was so supernatural and it was so miraculous.
I feel like for someone, I know you're in a season of waiting and I know you have options and you can move in any other direction, but you haven't found That of God yet and you're not willing to settle because the last time I did what God told me to do. he said to do, it blew my mind and I know I'm still waiting for him to tell me what's next, but I'll stay here. in the position where he told me to wait until he sent what he said was on the way I want someone to know that he is going to sin what he said he was going to sin I told you I was going to get you out of that situation I told you you were going to get your mind back I told you you were going to get your heart back You stay in that waiting position I can't get it if you don't wait I can't get it if you don't I think it's coming so they're waiting there in the waiting position and suddenly Pedro You realize there is something out of place here, you see it started out there were 12 disciples but now there are only 11 disciples I have to tell you.
I love the fact that Peter is the one to take charge of this situation because if he had to do it in the current context, everyone would have said that he didn't have to be the one to take charge after all the denial he did. Jesus now you want to start talking in his name, but when Jesus tells you to get into something, no matter who you used to be, no matter what they knew, it's time for me to get into what Jesus has. called me to be yes, I am the one who speaks yes, I am the one who has the testimony yes, I am the one for you and wisdom because I had to take a step towards what Jesus called me to be because if you understand the facts well before He said I would deny it, he said he was going to build this church on me.
Check your records when you start reviewing my files. Check your records when you start reviewing what I went through. Still, talk about divorce, yes, talk about pregnancy, but check your records. because before that he said he sanctified me, ordained me, anointed me, if you don't tell my story, he has a whole story and some people in this room have had some people tell half the story. I want you to play this message. The next time they started playing Ted, a whole story, it wasn't just the cover of Time magazine, but he was paying the church in West Virginia, tell the whole story, tell the whole story, that he told me to, who put a fence of protection around me. that no weapon formed against me will prosper does not mean that the weapon does not scare me it only means that weapons prosper Peter takes a stand because he has to prove that Jesus was not wrong about him and some people who are struggling right now not so you can run , not so that you can like me on Instagram, not so that you can receive a big check, I try as hard as I do because Jesus was not wrong with me, I do what I do because he saved me and he didn't have to.
I put myself in position every time I get a chance because that's grapes and only grapes that I am. Who I am. He wasn't wrong about me. He wasn't wrong to save me. He wasn't wrong to give me another chance He wasn't wrong to let that door open for me to come in He wasn't wrong He wasn't wrong about me and now Peter is proving that even though I denied him when he said what he said about me. was a rock was still true. I am both the Peter who denied him and the one he can build upon his church.
He didn't have to cut me into pieces to call me. He didn't have to do it. change who he was to call me he said I love you like this I want the version of you that would deny me and I want the version of you that I can build a church on because I want to use the nonsense of the world I know I will make you happy, holy rollers. I know I won't make happy those who have done everything right, but people like me who have had a time in their life where they denied who Jesus was. find out that he can still use me that he can still build something in me God, you can still build a family in me God, you can still build a marriage in me do you know that I am the one who denied you?
Yes, I knew it about you but I knew something else I wonder what he knows about you I wonder what he knows I know you know your brokenness but you know your anointing I know you know your mistakes but you know your power You know there's a rock down there, underneath it all that shame, underneathall that regret. I need you to face all of that because when you're done digging up that shame, when you're done digging up that regret, there's a rock waiting for you, baby. you, Iraq, you, Iraq, that's why she launched all that action, that's why you had to go through what she went through because there's a rock under there and I had to put you in this situation, making you dig while they waited.
Peter begins. digging for Jesus I'm digging for that version of me that you said might be digging and the process of Peter taking his stand the text reveals to us something that Jesus said and Luke 22 to understand this we have to know that Jesus doesn't just pick at random twelve disciples and the reason the number twelve is important is because it represents the twelve tribes of Israel and part of the coming of the Messiah meant that he was going to restore Israel, so it seems like it's no big deal because there are a hundred and something .
Twenty people in the room and only eleven disciples left, but if they don't move someone to that position, then a tribe will not be restored. Yes, they could have let him go, but in Luke 22, verse 28, Jesus is speaking to the disciples. at the Last Supper and tells them but you were the ones who have continued with me in my trials and I give you a kingdom just as my father gave it to me so that you can eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on Thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel, so they're waiting for the spirit to fall, but Peter says there's a vacancy somewhere, we don't look like what Jesus promised to bless, the spirit can't fall yet because there's a vacancy.
I don't want the spirit to fall right now because if the spirit falls right now it will miss someone. I have to put someone in that position so that when the spirit falls it can hit everything. There is someone in this room who has been waiting for this spirit to fall. their lives and I hear God say we have some unfinished business before the spirit can fall because there is a void in your life somewhere, you don't look like what a blessed Peter says as we wait for what Jesus is. let's do, let's work what Jesus said and if I work what Jesus said, I will find that there is a vacancy somewhere that I am not in a position to yet and that I have not returned to what I need it to be in order to manifest. what God was going to do next God help me.
I know that in a culture where we often talk about just moving on and moving forward, what I'm about to say sounds almost contradictory, but what if the most powerful thing you can do isn't that? move on but go back to who you used to be, I'm not talking about the version of you that God saved. I'm talking about who you were after you were saved. I'm talking about who you were when He first gave you that promise. Speaking of getting back to a position where he can look at you and say I want to give you a throne to sit on, sometimes the only thing waiting for you in your marriage is for you to return to the person who was excited to see you.
Husband, when you get home, sometimes the only thing that will help you deal with that job is going back to the person who was excited to have a place to get up and go in the morning. I know it's contradictory because you're ready. to move on to the next one, but the next one hasn't come now, so if the next one hasn't come now, I have to work with what I'm working on now and I have to become like the person God blesses me with. I have to start lifting weights. my hands and worship without asking God when will be the next time you will give me another treatment.
I have to start acting like the person who is there. God, if you do nothing else, I will be satisfied. I know I need another car. I know I need another house, I know I need help with this child, but God, if you do nothing else, thank God for not taking me back to who I used to be. I was happy when they told me I could enter. the house of the lord the spirit cannot fall until we are fully in formation the spirit cannot fall until I once again resemble the one who said I could bless I have to go back to being that person that I only wanted to be in your presence I did not need to ask you any questions at no time to endure what would happen tomorrow I just wanted to lie down at your feet and say God fill me God speak a word over my life God just allow me a minute to dwell in your house I have to return to my core, some unfinished business I have I have to take care of it because if the spirit ball falls on this version of Who I am, I cannot be fully restored, oh Jesus, if the spirit falls on this version of me I could use the Spirit of God to help me manipulate people if the spirit falls in this version of Who I Am I can use it to make my name great if the spirit falls into this version of Who I Am I can make it about them when it's really about you God, restore me to the person who didn't need any validation God, restore me to the person who had confidence in you and not in what I had in the bank account, came to restore me the person who simply wanted to be in the will of God was able to restore me the way the disciples had to be restored where I did not get bored when I was praying when I wasn't wondering who was preaching when I wasn't wondering if I couldn't or couldn't get up and go to church because I was so happy to be in your presence God God I want to be that wife again God I want to be that wife again mother who I want to return to by being that husband, the one who could really forgive, the one who really had joy and let too much bitterness take over me.
I do not know who you are. I'm ready to move on to the next point, but God loves you. to know that he is speaking to you and that I am calling you back to the position where you had all of yourself, where you knew who I was, where I could give you a kingdom, so Peter says in the midst of this season of waiting that we have to look like Jesus had in mind again. He is the only one sensitive enough to understand that they don't look like what Jesus blessed and I love this because it stands to reason that if they don't they will fill that vacancy. that there would be a tribe that would not be judged properly and I felt that God was saying as I was studying that if one of us I don't know who you are maybe it's all of us, don't put yourself in a position, that there is a tribe of people that cannot be judged properly because you didn't put yourself in your position if you didn't get rid of the feelings of unworthiness if you didn't get rid of the feelings of inadequacy if you didn't get rid of those notions yes I'm not qualified to be who God has called me to be then there is a tribe that it will be but it will not be judged properly and therefore cannot be restored this is greater than what you did or what you were this is about creating an environment so that everything that Jesus set out to do would be fully manifested, you see that Jesus started it but he let the disciples finish it and then the disciples left it to the Apostles and the Apostles let us finish it.
I wonder if we all realize that it's not just about us living our own individual lives and it's about trying to figure out what we can do to make sure we pass something on to our family. The fundamental reason we are here is because I am here to finish what Jesus started I am here to finish what he started on the cross I am here to make sure that every ear has heard and every eye has seen the power of God at work across the earth I call Him Jesus I don't know what you call them, but I will call them Savior and I will call them healers and if the Spirit is going to fall on this earth, every time I see a news headline I recognize that there is still more work than the spirit should do and I am not praying for anyone else to do it.
I wake up every morning and make Hale nervous because I'm going to finish what Jesus started. I'm going to finish what he started in my family. I'm going to finish what he started in the criminal justice system I'm here to finish what he started I've got to finish it and if one can chase 1,002 he can chase 10,000 I wonder what a few thousand of us could do at The Potter's House in Dallas to finish what Jesus started. I'm not I'm praying for a politician to do it. I'm not praying for someone else to take the position. I wake up every morning saying, "Jesus, just let me do my part to finish what she started, so that when the spirit falls, my tribe will be represented." I put myself in position that's why I put my minds together that's why I stopped drinking that's why I quit smoking because when the spirit falls I want my tribe to be represented.
I wasted time and heard that God was still in the miracle business and I looked back at my life and all the generational curses and said: God, if you're still in the miracle business, I want you to count my family as part of it. What are you doing on this earth? I want my tribe to be represented I wish I had some people in this room who had a tribe that you demand to be represented when the spirit falls. I would tell you to start raising that tribe right now in the name of Jesus because this Pentecost Sunday and I came here. to tell you that there will be a sound like a strong wind and you better make sure your tribe is covered by that sound. every teenage mother, everything for seeds, every child, every business, that is my tribe.
I don't know who your tribe is, but you. You better make sure your tribe is represented because when the stained one falls I want to be in that number, if I'm honest I wanted to make Mathias' promotion as a disciple this big preaching point about how he waited in silence and followed Jesus in everything without a degree and now he will get his promotion. I liked it when he was studying. I said, "This is it." This is a word for someone who has been waiting in the background. God will take you to the front. I wanted to preach that word.
You are very good and maybe if they let me come back I will preach it again somewhere else but in order to say that I would have to take this moment out of the context of the times because the truth is that for Matthias being promoted to disciple meant that God was putting him in a position of persecution because for Matthias to be a disciple at that time meant that they could kill you, you see, they killed Jesus for talking about that nonsense about the Messiah, but he had to choose someone who could handle it. the persecution related to promotion there are some promotions that we don't throw parties for and some promotions that we kneel for because we recognize that if you have allowed me to do this, I will be helped if you allow me.
To ascend to this level I'm going to need some power that I don't have right now. There are some promotions that we don't need cake for. We don't need ice cream. It's the only thing I need right now. It is the power of the Holy Spirit to get me through this next season of my life Lord my friends are walking away from me God my son is losing his mind on one hand I promoted on the other hand I am persecuted God why would you? Why would you promote me to pursuit? Well, I wanted to get promoted to something nice.
I wanted to get promoted to something that would make my bank account grow. Do you mean to tell me I was promoted to persecution? Who will I become as a result of this? Promotion Who will I become as a result of who you have trapped me to be God? I got promoted and now it's like I have a target on my back. I said I wanted to finish your business, but I didn't know what that meant. It's almost better than that. I wasn't known as a person in position because I could have faded into the background, but now that everyone knows I'm the one in the seat, the persecution comes, it comes from everywhere, if it's not a thing. nothing congratulations you were promoted god I felt like I was losing my mind congratulations you were promoted do you want to finish my business congratulations can you imagine how much hungrier Matthias was for the Holy Spirit to fall after his promotion I thought I needed your spirit before but now that I was promoted I needed more no one in the room i had a nice little raise before but now that you put me in this position now that you put me in this job now that I've been placed in this marriage now that I'm raising this child on my own I thought I needed you to save my marriage but now I need you to show me who I am on the other side of this divorce god I thought I needed you then but What I really know is that I really need you now but before the persecution can come for Matthias, the day of Pentecost arrives because God will never call you to persecution, which is not giving you the power to confront and overcome, but you have to stop rushing for too long. enough and moving to create a space when you are hungry enough to wait along the way.
I imagine being Mathias in that room with this new responsibility on his shoulders. Now I have to be a witness. Now I have to walk the right path now I have to speak the right way when someone has been handed new responsibilities on their shoulders in this room and it is calling them to a version of themselves that they only witness happening in other people . I hear God say: I will allow Matthias to witness him in Jesus so I can have a marker of what he was going to be. I hear guys say that I put you in certain rooms where you could have witnessed what was calling you so that you could have a marker of how you needed to move and navigate this season and Matthias knew that what I'm learning andcontinuing to grow and evolve is that I will need power in a way I didn't even know I would need, can I say? that I feel that God gave me the responsibility on this Sunday to make you hungry again so that you stop Worry about persecution just for a minute and start asking God for his power to start asking God for his spirit right now when persecution is in the throne persecution is what you worship but if you would dethrone persecution if you would dethrone worry if you would dethrone depression if you would dethrone suicidal thoughts and say I have to put the power of God back on the throne of my life I have to put their power I have to be hungry again for what I'm not hungry for the things that move this world I'm not hungry for the things that make you please I'm hungry for the Spirit of God I'm too broken I'm too weak I'm too insecure to be in this position but God put me in this position anyway I need the Holy Spirit like never before I need the Holy Spirit to heal my body I need the Holy Spirit to heal my mind and I have to tell you that I hear what God says, that's the only remaining piece That will do For that equation to make sense is when you return to your hunger, when you get your heart back in the correct position.
I know you were let down, I know you were broken, but you have to get your heart back, you have to get your heart back. Back in the right position because you and I have some unfinished business. I need you to be hungry for me again. You are so hungry for them that you can't be hungry for me. You're so hungry for the next thing you can. Don't be hungry for what I can do right now at this moment. I can send this sound right now like a strong wind that will bring clarity to everything you have been fighting for.
I can send a sound right now that can break depression. your mind I can send this sound right now I can do it right now I remember sitting in that section and I was hungry I was hungry for the Holy Spirit, but not because I really wanted it, I just wanted it because everyone else had it. Life ended with me and I was really hungry. I have the kind of hunger that you have when you realize that this blessing, this need that I have, man can't fix this, man can't fill me the way I need. Full, I tried all these different paths and all these different avenues, not knowing that all I had to do was fall to the ground, so when God said he was going to preach this Pentecost Sunday, he told me Sarah.
I'm sending you back to Dallas on Pentecost Sunday because we have some unfinished business because I want to show the spirit of that girl who used to be hungry for all the bad things that you finally really knew me for and were hungry for. the Holy Spirit and that I radically changed your life that while you were sitting there playing the Holy Spirit that I had a plan that twenty years later you would be leading people into the presence of the Holy Spirit and God told me that if you did that Have you ever hungry for my power, but now, the way you did back then, miracles would break out and diseases would rush out the door, Hale would get nervous, and as much as it's about celebrating my father, I want him to you do it.
I know the real reason I'm here. I have to be honest it's because the enemy and I had some unfinished business to take care of because it was in this church that he thought I would have my mind and it was in this church that I thought he would have my life and it was in this church so he told me that suicide was the only way up and I came back to let him know that you didn't have the final say and I wish I had about 10 people who had some unfinished business with the enemy I'm not going to bite you with words I'm not going to fight for that experience I'm going to fight you with the Holy Spirit I'm going to fight you with what God has done for me I'm going to fight you with some power the only difference between the girl that's there and the woman that's here is that I'm hungry and the only difference between the woman I am now and the woman I am called to be is my hunger, your hunger goes to make a difference every time go to school study the books take the classes do all those things those are main things but the difference between you and someone else who studied is how hungry you work for the Holy Spirit the difference between you and someone else who had it all together is how hungry you were to hear from God
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