TD Jakes — Work Your Faith
Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ our King. I am so excited to share with you a series called work your faith. I believe God will share some things with you that will get you ready as we come to the end of this your that we'll end it as kings and priests unto God and accomplish what God's called us to do. The message today is work your faith. I'll show you how to work it. Because I believe if the word that you hear is mixed with faith in you, in your life, if it mixes, you're going to feel profitable experience of God. I'm not just talking about money. I'm talking about every area of your life. Profitable. You have too much word in you not to see the profit for the sacrifices you've been through. Get ready. God will really shake you up with this. You ready for it? Work your faith.
There is always a gulf between what you hear and where you are. A struggle, if you please, between the holy you and the human you. Like twins struggling in the womb you can't get rid of one for the other. You pray let the human one kill the other. Not going to happen. And the devil prays, let the human one kill the holy but grace says, it's not going to happen. So we live, pastor Robison, with the twins struggling in our womb never able to a board one for the other. My prayer has always been let the holy jakes kill the human jakes. But he has not done it. 56 years, he's not done it. Then I began to realize that it is the human jakes that gives flavor to the holy jakes. Like the marbling in a fine cut of meat.
Isn't it funny that it is the fat that gives the steak its flavor? It is the human that gives the holiness its humility. I'm but a wretch undone. This text warns us as we struggle on the inside that that struggle has something to do with the struggle on the outside and we are wrestling to enter into a rest. Right now, brothers and sisters, we are indeed in a wilderness. You can't tell it by looking. You can't tell it by how worry dressed. There is not a person in this room that is not in some kind of wilderness. A wilderness! Where nothing grows. A wilderness that reminds you of how thirsty you really are. A wilderness that defies all of the instruments. Buy you a big old lazy boy chair and scoot it all the way back, but the wilderness will disturb your rest. Custom design all of your clothes. The wilderness will till leave you not fitting anywhere. And the writer warns us, if you don't learn from the ones who went before you, you will die in the same spot they did.
So the text says, let us fear. O my God, let us fear? Let us fear? God is telling us to fear? The God who said fear not neither be thou dismayed for I am with you. The God who stepped out on the seas and told the disciples, fear not. The Bible who says God's not given us the spirit of fear, in this text says, let us fear. Say it. Let us fear. So that means there's some things. Is it a contradiction? No it's not a contradiction. A collaboration of truth. There's some things I command you not to be afraid of. Don't be afraid of their faces. Don't be scared, as my grandma say, never one of them. I don't know how you spell it. That means all of ya'll, I ain't scared of never one of them. Don't be afraid of their faces. I'll make your face like flint.
That's what God said. Stand up against them. Cry out. Spare not. Show my people their transgressions. You cannot be successful and be afraid of people. They will always run you away from what God's called you to. In fact, I have learned that it's the barking of the haters that assures me of the promises of the holy. If you hadn't have barked so loud I wouldn't think there was something in there. When I heard the dogs barking, I knew where the treasure was. But the text says there is something in the midst of our fearlessness. In the midst of our fearlessness. The text says there's something we should be afraid of. Let us therefore fear that we would live and die and not reach what he promised us. Now that I'm scared of.
I'll always say I'm not scared of dying. I was introduced to death at an early age. I saw my father die as a teenager. When life was just running all over my body, I watched it leave his. I'm not afraid of death. As long as I live first, what I am afraid of is that I would exist without living. And let my fear of others and fear of circumstances and fear of rejection and fear of being misunderstood and fear of myself back me further and further and further and further up into a cave until I die in a wilderness that I was not called to. I am convinced that most people live and die in the wilderness of uncertainty. They're not sure they're not sure.
You would have built it but you're not sure. You would have seized it but you're not sure. You could have had it but you're not focused. You could have mastered it, but you wouldn't touch it. Your fear is your enemy. But you are afraid of the wrong thing. You ought to be more afraid of not accomplishing what you were created to then you are the inconveniences and successes along the way.
Can I talk to you a minute? I was getting ready to speak at a pastor's conference and I spoke that night what I thought was a really good message. And on the way out the door, one of the bishops came to me in the hallway and he said, he said, when are you, when are you going to preach on the fear? I said the fear, what do you mean the fear? He said, the fear that we as ministers live with every day. The fear. The fear. It's hard to do what we do. Trust me. It is hard, the scrutiny, the pressure, the demands, trust me. Please, don't run up here. You might run up but you're going to limp back.
So there is good reason to be uncomfortable with the purpose to which you have been called. Don't estimate it. There's a reason to be afraid of it. Except the greater fear is to have lived and died and not found out who you were. To have lived and died scares me to death to end up in a nursing home sitting on a bed pan wondering what if. If I had only stretched a little further or stood a little tougher. Pushed a little deeper. I could have broke through. I hate to die with questions. Let us fear that something God left us, a promise that we would fail to enter into it and settle for mediocrity. Settle for it. O my God you ought to see the settlers in the church today. Settling all around. Settled for less than God's best for their lives and talked themselves out of the promise because you were more afraid of the opposition than you were the one who called you.
That's what I'm talking about today. I'm talking about turning down your fear of failure. And turning up your fear of missing what you could have been. What you could have done. What you could have had. What you could have accomplished. What you could have reached. That something was left you that you never touched. Because you let some voice sitting on your shoulder talk you out of your destiny. That you let Satan who is the accuser of the brethren, that means Satan has a doctorate degree in making you look bad. But you let him talk you out of being the woman you could have been. With the gifts God gave you and the talents God put inside of you. You would let the devil talk you out and be intimidated by people. Why? When the best of them are no more than you. And the worst of them are no less than you.
I've always said if they ever bring me down and hang me and they may do that. As they hang me, as long as you know when you put the rope over my neck that you ain't no better. As long as you know that. Go ahead and choke me to death but gagged to death understand I'll die knowing you are no more. The fear that a promise left us that somehow we would fall short of it. And settle for shortness. Instead of greatness. Touch somebody and say, I'm scared of that. I'm scared of that.
Then he brings up the Old Testament. He brings up the Old Testament saints and he says, he says something about them. He says, he says that they, that the word did not profit. I hate to go there, because I'm a preacher. That's what we do. We preach the word. He said, but the word did not profit. First of all , let's talk about what profit is. Profit is what you have left when the transaction is over. You got that? Profit. It's not how much you got. It's what you have left when the transaction is over.
Now if you're broke you're unprofitable. If you went in the red, you're unprofitable. You can only determine profit after you have deducted all of your liabilities. You line up your assets after your liabilities and whatever the sum total is of what you have left when the transaction is over, that is profit. It did not say they didn't have a transaction in the wilderness. It didn't say they didn't have conflict in the wilderness. It didn't say they didn't have victories in the wilderness. But profit is determined not by how well you fight or how well you stood or how many victories you had but profit is what you have left when the transaction is over.
I want to know. Girl, I've been in some hellish fights. I've been knocked down so low I thought I would never get up again. I've been down so low I couldn't imagine me ever smiling again in my life. I've been down so low I despaired of life itself and I've seen days so dark I couldn't imagine sunlight. I couldn't imagine laughter. I could no longer conjure in my head what happiness felt like. I have seen days so riddled with pain that even when the problem stops the pain from the bruising continues. Absolutely. I tell you, please believe me when I tell you. But I am still here.
Now, before you clap, there's been some terrible deductions. And I'm not who I used to be. Not this strong. Not as tough. Not as bright. Not as flat. Not as nimble. No, no, no. But I am still here. And the fact that you survived, o God, the fact the house burned down, the car exploded in the garage, lost all the clothes, came out in my pajamas, whatever was left, that's profit. Because somebody burned up in the house they lost. And if you got anything left, you ought to stop right where you are and give God some praise.
Slap somebody, tell them, I got something left. Been through hell but I got something left. I made some mistakes but I got something left. I almost died but I got something left. Lost a car but I got something left. Been through a divorce but I got something left. Had to send my children back home but I have something left. Moved back in with my mama but I got something left. The word did not profit them. I'm afraid of having a transaction that cost me everything.
My daddy died. I spent something to survive it. My mama died, I spent something to survive it. Been through fire, I spent something to survive it. Lost everything we had, I spent something to survive it. Repossessed my car, I spent something to survive it. All of my utilities cut off, I survived it but I spent something to survive it. Raised my kids, I did it but I spent something to survive it. Been operated on over and over again. I survived, I came out of it. Do you understand what I'm talking about? I spent something. Every fight took some. I made it out. I looked good. They rang the bell. They head my head up. I even got the trophy but I spent something to survive it.