I hope all of you had an awesome Resurrection Weekend! He is Risen!!
Several weeks ago I had someone claiming to be T.D. Jakes begin communication with me on twitter. At first I brushed him off thinking there was no way he was the real T.D. However this individual was persistent. We began exchanging a few direct messages back and forth. He then proceeded to invite me to go with himself and several other ministers over to Japan to preach over there. That was when I told him to email me at my website email. The conversation continued. At first I didn’t believe at all this was the real T.D. Jakes. However the more we exchanged emails the more I really thought it might. His phrasing on how he worded things sounded like the real T.D. The text emails were coming from Texas, and it was obvious this man spent a long time familiarizing himself with T.D. and his website because of the way he wove legitimate things about the real T. D. into the conversations. This went back a forth for several weeks until finally the truth came out. He was asking the ministers who were flying over to Japan to chip in money to charter the plane to go over there. While ministry does cost money it became increasingly obvious that this wasn’t the real T. D. Jakes but a fake. I have alerted T.D. Jakes’ ministry due to the suggestion of others. Sadly I hope no one actually falls for this.
I began thinking about deception as a result of this and how it can be so easy to fall into the trap of a lie. When you are deceived you believe you are in truth, however in actuality you aren’t. You’ve fallen for the lie. The devil has no real power. He only tries to deceive people into believing he does.
The Bible warns about deception in the last days.
Luke 21:8-9 (NIV)He replied: “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them. 9 When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.”
So then how do you make sure that you’re not deceived? That’s kinda concerning if you think about it? You think you’re doing right but aren’t. In regards of this T. D. Jakes incident I began to come up with some thoughts on the matter:
1) Test the situation with the word, and your spirit. If red flags begin to appear don’t just overlook the red flags because you want it to be real. Ask the Lord to reveal truth. He is the revealer of truth and He will show you truth. (1John 4:1).
2) Surround yourself with people that your accountable to, submit these things. While at some point I’ll admit I might have been gullible enough to believe this might have been the real T.D. Jakes, My husband, my pastor, and my sister had strong opinions on the contrary. (Hebrews 13:7 and 1Peter2:13) We have to stop thinking that we are an island unto ourselves if we’re going to guard ourselves against deception. We have to trust those who God has put into our lives.
3) Don’t be so quick to judge a situation. (Psalms 46:10) There is a concept that I’ve seen play out time and time again. Being still and knowing He is God, is not just about seeing God show up on the scene. Yes, that is true and happens. But being still can sometimes mean being discerning and allow God show the truth or lie behind an issue. God has a way of bringing the truth evident in a situation. I’m the type of person that often finds myself jumping to conclusions first and asking questions later. However maturity has shown me time and time again that’s not always the best option. Be still and know that His is God and be willing to hear what He says.
So no I’m not going to Japan with a fake T. D. Jakes. But this situation made me look at various things in myself and in the ministry that God has entrusted Dan and I to. While it had deception all over it, I’m grateful that God used it to show me some things. Remember God has awesome plans for your life. So be excited because He is truth. He doesn’t deceive and He is faithful!