I’ve been watching and listening to a lot of TD Jakes lately. Ever since I saw him on Oprah’s Next Chapter. I’ve always enjoyed him but I didn’t seek him out to watch him like I do Joyce Meyer. With Joyce, I watch her every day and I get a new CD in the mail from her ministry every month. I have a lot of her teaching in me. But not of Bishop Jakes. I may have to rectify that. That man can certainly preach. I heard him say two things last week that have stuck with me:
He was referring to the story of how Jesus fed the 5,000 with 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread. One point he made was that the first thing Jesus did was bless the food. He thanked God for the food that was clearly not enough and God made it enough. We have got to learn how to thank God for what seems to be “not enough”. Be thankful for what you have right now and watch how God will multiply it. You may not have the job you want, you may not have the house or car you want, you may not have the marriage you expected, you may have children that disappoint you. But thank God anyway and watch him work.
The second point was that after Jesus blessed the food, he broke it and fed the 5,000. He broke it and the people were fed. You have to be willing to be broken in order to see your breakthrough. We all want the quick fix. We all want life to be red roses and sunshine. Sorry but whomever told you that is a straight up lie! The Bible tells us that we will face tribulation. Not may face, not might face, but WILL face. Tribulation builds character and patience. Get you some. Sometimes God will allow you to be broken in order to feed you. There was a time in February when I was going through something and I cried out to God in my living room and said, “I don’t know what to do. I am broken. I am completely broken.” That was a horrible day. I can’t even begin to tell you. But it wasn’t long after that that I felt like my eyes were opening. I slowly began to feel a burden being lifted. I can’t explain it but I know at that moment of brokenness that a change was coming.
All that from 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread.