Awake from Your Slumber
America has been taking it easy. But I want to serve notice on every evil, demonic force attacking us: we are awake now.
BY: Bishop T.D. Jakes
I greet you with Jesus' joy. I am so glad to be in the house of the Lord. I was out in Arizona when the FAA shut down the airways. I had no way to get here to be here with you, and I was just frantic, because I really wanted to be able to man this post and be in this position with you today. So I'm glad to be here. I was frantic. I was running everything as best as I could. Between my computer and my cell phone, I was giving it the best I had long distance.
So I'm with you, and I'm aware and I feel you and I understand so specifically the challenges before us, and it's just good for us to be together in the house of the Lord. I want to go to the word of God. I want to spend the time that I have with you in a very, very significant and essential way, sharing what I believe that the Holy Spirit has defined for me to share with you today. I want you to go to the Gospel of St. Matthew, Chapter 13 , verses 3 through 39.
"Another parable put He forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of Heaven is likened to a man which sowed good seed in his field, but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, sir, did you not sow good seed in thy field? From whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, an enemy has done this. The servants said unto him, shall we not go to gather them up? But he said, nay, lest while you gather the tares, you root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and in the time of harvest, I will say to the reapers, gather you together first the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them. But gather the wheat into my barn."
Can you say amen?
Remain standing. We're going to pray, but I'm going to be talking to you this morning about the gathering of America, the gathering of America. Whether you realize it or not, there is something going on quite serious before our eyes. I want to talk to you about it today. I want to use this text merely as a backdrop, a canvas on which I will attempt to paint some of the contemporary issues and challenges that are facing our country today and put that in context with the text that we're sharing today and where we are in the scheme of God's purpose and will for our lives. I think it's very significant. It's certainly on my heart today, and I believe that I have a word from God, and I want to share it with the house today.
Amen. I want you to be praying with me.
Father, in the name of Jesus we thank you for your word. We know that the grass withers and the flower fades, but the word of the Lord will stand forever. Great God that you are, use the next few moments that we talk together to inspire and challenge and transform us that we might be the people that you are calling for in this last day. I thank you for what you have already done, but more specifically, I thank you for what you're going to do. Great is our God and his people, and I praise you for being our strength, our shelter and our fortress. In Jesus' name, amen.
You may be seated in the presence of the Lord. I was somewhere in the Midwest of our country. I woke up in the morning and found myself wiping sleep out of my eyes. I had gotten in like one or two o'clock in the morning, very, very late, having ministered and shared in another part of the country, and slept in late that morning and woke up to the sound of aircraft crashing into the World Trade Center.
When I first looked at it, I would have thought that it was a movie produced in Hollywood. It was shocking to me how distinctly different it was from entertainment to recognize that something was happening in our country, and something that we have never seen before in this generation and certainly not in this way.
Originally in my mind, I thought that perhaps a pilot had had a heart attack, lost control of the aircraft and that some accident, some hideous, deplorable accident had occurred, and before I could digest that, the second aircraft came in, and suddenly I knew that that could not be an accident, and all of a sudden, the horror, the utter horror of what had happened began to sink into my mind and into my heart, and from that time unto this, it has been in the forefront of my mind almost continuously, as I wrestled as a passenger and as a religious leader in this nation and in this world to digest and understand specifically what is going on in our country.
I hasten to tell you today that this is perhaps, I believe, the most serious days that I have ever witnessed in the 44 years of my life, and I hope that you don't take it lightly or merely think that it's just some tragedy, some unfortunate dilemma that has come against us that will be dismissed and replaced with other headlines.
We have certainly had our share of tragedies, Columbine and the Oklahoma City bombing and all the other things that have riddled and shaken us and challenged us. We have had aircraft to fall out of the sky, to explode in the middle of the air and been devastated by the tragedies that we have seen down through the years. We have fought our share of skirmishes and conflicts and even wars, as it were, but all of them dim in comparison to what is confronting this nation today.