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Want to get your life on track? Sarah Jakes Roberts says
‘listen’ to God’s voice  
Article By Alissa McDonald // EEW Magazine News
Posted September 19, 2017
Photo Credit: Instagram
For those who may have buried pain and are tired of the road they’re on, Sarah Jakes Roberts
gives simple advice: start listening to God’s voice.

In a recent
Instagram post, the daughter of mega-pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes got candid about her
days working in the strip club and how she finally learned to yield to her Heavenly Father’s
directions.

“I can remember the first day I walked into the dark club. I needed a way to make cash fast and
heard the tips were great,” wrote the author of
Don’t Settle for Safe: Embracing the Uncomfortable
to Become Unstoppable,
one of Empowering Everyday Women's must-read books for summer.

In her youthful waywardness, the twenty-something said, “I served the food and drinks as men sat
back to be entertained by women exposing everything, but their soul.”

Though the wife of Touré Roberts, leader of One Church LA, a flourishing ministry the power
couple leads jointly, never mounted a pole or exposed her own goodies in that setting, the
experience, which lasted a couple months, impacted her.

“I wondered how much silent pain was floating in that room,” she recalled. “Although my journey
would take me out of that club the darkness followed me from receptionist to administrative
assistant to office manager and so on and so on.”

After being around women exploiting their bodies and becoming aware of her inner restlessness
and discontentment, the preacher’s daughter who became a mother at 14, had an epiphany. “One
day it clicked and I decided I wanted to be genuinely happy, not waiting for the next time I could be
temporarily satisfied,” she reflected.

So, how did she achieve that goal? What changed in her life that turned it all around?

“It was a decision to stop ignoring the voice on the inside,” Jakes Roberts said, referencing the
voice of the Holy Spirit. “I always thought hearing from God would make everything in my world
stand still and all of my attention would be on Him. I didn't realize that it would take me silencing all
my doubt, fears, insecurities, and excuses.”

Though the sought-after speaker, who travels globally, ministering to youth and women, grew up in
a household with Godly parents who instructed her in the ways of righteousness, really getting to
know God for herself proved to be a steep learning curve.

Over time, however, Jakes Roberts had a moment of realization.

“I had been hearing from God for as long as I could remember. It was the voice I learned to override
when I wanted to feel good more than I wanted to become better. It was the conviction I felt telling
me not to do something before I did it,” she explained.

Eventually, choosing to be truly obedient to God meant putting her pride aside and submitting to
His way—no matter what.

“That voice required me to make some tough, even embarrassing, decisions,” admitted Jakes
Roberts. But she says it was worth the embarrassment because “that voice always gave more than
it took. That voice led me to peace, joy, love, purpose, confidence.”

For anyone craving the kind of contentment the now happily-married ministry leader has
discovered, it boils down to one thing: getting still and quiet enough to hear God’s voice and then,
yielding.

“The longer you go ignoring that voice, the more distant it seems to be, but that voice is still there,”
she said. “Maybe it's buried under pain, perhaps it's hidden in your success, but it's there...and it's
waiting for you to listen.”

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intercessors stand in faith with you and believe God to help you.
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