TD Jakes — Is It Well With Your Soul?
Hey, everybody. I'm so excited to have the opportunity to share the Word of the Lord with you. And the Word will work if you work it. That's why I want you to be a student of the Word. I want you to be a scholar of the Word.
I want you to be somebody who ingest, digest, and appropriate the Word in your way so that we can see the fruit of God's Word in your life. And to that ends, I'm gonna share this message with you today.
If your soul is bitter, how can you prosper? How can you be free to think your best thoughts? You don't have energy to fight off a disease. All your energy's being expended in the chaos you live in, in the things you say to yourself. You preoccupied, you don't have the focus to win because all your energy is going into fighting something that may not never change.
You're arguing with people that may not ever get better. You're not gonna be happy 'til they change. You just puttin' your thermostat in their room. That's why I was--I don't know what you're gonna do.
Well, listen, I don't have but a few years left. I got to make this do what it do. I don't have time to get tangled up in no kind of crazy. If you insist on being crazy, be crazy. God bless you. Gotta go. See you.
What I want you to do is to stop praying about the leaves and curse it at the root. Jesus cursed things at the root. If you curse it at the root, curse it where it came in. Curse it where it came in. Curse it where it came in. Curse it where it came in. It's not your norm, it's not your God, it's not your God's will, it's not your will. Curse it where it came in.
What convinced you that a temporary circumstance would be permanent? You know one thing that I admired about the children of Israel when they went through the wilderness? The Bible said they pitched tents but they never built houses. Never build a house in a area that you know you're gonna leave.
Have you built a house in your desert? Have you built a house in your pain? Have you developed a pathology, a coping mechanism, a way of looking and thinking about yourself, that fits something that you're not even supposed to have? You ought to curse it at the root.
If you're broke, dress up. Get sick, put some make-up on. Put your hair on. Walk out there and smile. Go, girl--you oughta curse it at the root. Curse it at the root. I don't care if you can't hardly put but one foot in front of the other.
"I can only make two steps." Make two steps every day. Two step--I got two steps every day. And then on the third day, try two and a half. And on the third day, try three and a half steps. And on fourth day, try four steps.
"I got four step. They funny looking steps but they steps. They ain't always be funny. They ain't always be funny. I'm looking bad right now but I'm not gonna always look bad. I'm broke right now but I'm not gonna always be broke. I'm working on something. I'm working on something. I'm working on something. I'm working on something. I'm working on something. I'm working on something. I'm working on something. I got a project going on. I got me a project going on. I got me a project. I'm--myself. I'm gettin' ready to step into a brand new dimension. I'm gettin' ready to walk in a new love and a new truth!"
When Paul writes to Gaius, he says, "I love you because of the truth you walk in." I love you because of the truth you walk in. What truth are you walking in? I've seen some people that wasn't attractive, but they didn't know it.
They didn't know they wasn't attractive. And do you not know after a while they will convince you that you're seeing it wrong. 'Cause they got so much confidence, they're all up on you, grinning.
You say, "Well, you do have nice ears." Well, since we're here, we might as well have some fun with you. Do you not know some people have got so much confidence that they talk themselves into a job with less qualifications but they had more confidence.
They convince the employer to hire them 'cause they said, "Let me tell you, if you hire me, I'm gonna turn this company upside down. I already got strategies and plans. Let me show you my charts and graphs of what I--I understand your business. I've been looking up. I understand what you're going through right now. I got ten different ideas that you haven't even thought about yet."
After a while, the man say, "What?" And you know what? They prosper as their soul-- God is talking to us this morning.