So, It’s Sunday.
And, like most Sundays, I try to dedicate the whole day to devotion. Now, let’s be clear: this isn’t the only day that I think about, or take time out for God (I do nightly devotionals and daily prayers), but this day for most Christians stands apart from the rest (in my opinion)
After some thought, I decided that I wanted to share a few things that I have learned today from a T.D. Jakes sermon called Destiny Has a Stalker. <— the link to the sermon is here.
The Sermon Covered Mark chapter 4, which discusses the parable of the Sower. Of all of the places where a sower’s seeds could fall, Dr. Jakes focused on the part about thorns.
As I was listening to his sermon, I couldn’t help but realize that he explained it in a way that I have never heard of before…
What he explained really changed my perspective, and I hope that you all watch it so it can bless you as well.
The following is an excerpt from the notes that I took while listening to this sermon. I repeat, These are mine from my perspective. You may listen to the sermon and receive a totally different revelation than I did.
Regardless, I hope that this blesses somebody = )
The Thorns that will Choke You
- Cares of This World
- When something, whether it be a good thing or a bad thing, replaces God in your life.
For me, the major “thing” in my life is college. Although college and education are good things, there are times when I allow myself to be overwhelmed and consumed by the pressure (perceived or real) of professors. I have learned, throughout my 8 semesters of college that that is not healthy. I forget that there is a force bigger than college, and that any stress or fear that I have can be conquered. I find my self forgetting to rely on God…I find my self neglecting Him for something as simple as a paper. The thing that chokes you may not be something as big as losing a job. It can be something as small as the due date of a paper or an exam.
2. The Deceitfulness of Riches
- When you chase riches because of the belief that the “Grass is Greener on the Other Side”. If you are chasing riches, you will chase it no matter how “rich” you become.
- The more God blesses you, the more generous you have to become so that the blessing doesn’t control you. I feel that a good example of this is Bob Marley. When questioned about his “richness”, he responded, “So, money makes you rich?”. I feel that his response was the perfect response.
(link to the Bob Marley Clip Here)
There are times when I find myself worrying about money. Even though I am blessed beyond measure, I always find myself thinking that life would be just a bit easier if I had more cash-flow. But, would life be easier? Or would there be something else that pops up to worry about. I have come to learn that I need to be content with where I am in life. It is until I am grateful for where I am that I will be blessed with the next phase.
3.Lust of Other Things
- Is not only sexual in nature, but can come about by not being satisfied with the blessings that you have received; wanting more and more.
- According to T.D. Jakes, it is the seduction of the enemy that makes it seem that other people’s lives are better than yours. He also says that the enemy has no power to take away what God gives, but he makes you re-think and devalue the blessing that you have.
Important Note: You must remember to have three things: Balance, Temperance and Perspective. These three will help you recognize these thorns, and keep them from choking you.
Thank you for reading!
Peace and Blessings from yesterday and beyond.