Full text of Bishop T.D. Jakes’ sermon titled “DEFYING THE URGE TO QUIT”.
Until you have had the taste of finishing, you will not respect yourself…
Until you follow through, until something is done, come hell or high water, tears and struggles and pain. And you go through it anyway, and you show up, and you continue to fight on and no matter the circumstances…
After a while, something begins to wither inside of you.
Bishop T.D. Jakes:
Greetings Christian brothers and sisters!
What a joy, what a delight it is to share the word of the Lord with you. Our series, ‘Rise Above’ is changing lives and I think you’re going to be blessed, as you arrive above the things that are holding you back.
God has so many things for you and yet there are times that I have to confess even in my own life, there’ve been times that ones throw up a hand to walk away from everything, they saw go crazy! It’s too much for me.
Listen, the message today is to defy the urge to quit.
We all have them. We don’t talk about them but we have moments, where we feel I feel take me away. I’m sick of it. but, you have to fight that urge to quit. Because I always say you’ll win if you don’t quit. Take a look at this, it’ll bless your life.
What do you do when you have to be committed to something you can’t control? And they don’t do it like you want to do it.
I quit. I went to work for a serious pain department as Assistant Manager in the Serious Pain department and the best thing about the job is that I was there a whole year. I had a big celebration at the end of the year. Because to be there a year after working every place else for three months was…
In the back of my mind, I was smart enough to know that though there may have been different things about different jobs that I had legitimate grievances about… that those legitimate grievances did not always require that I quit.
And I was concerned. Because until you have had the taste of finishing, you will not respect yourself. Until you follow through until something is done, come hell or high water, tears and struggles and pain and you go through it anyway, and you show up and you continue to fight on, and no matter the circumstances. After a while, something begins to wither inside of you.
“Love, Beareth all things.”
I haven’t been taught to take anything. I was a baby in my own family. My brothers just weren’t raised like this, but I was they – they did a hard time in prison camp. They were shocked when my mother came in by women said ‘Baby! What you want?’
I had not been nurtured to bear anything – to take anything. And being a man was hard work. Because I didn’t have anybody to show me. And it’s hard to be that you cannot see.
See, some people quit because things are out of control. Nobody quits what you can control. But the moment you get in something where you don’t get your way, or you get reprimanded, or you get corrected or you go through this or you go through that, or you go through the other, or it’s bad conditions or bad circumstances. Then the first thing the immature mind says is “This is ridiculous. I quit.”
And it’s a hard thing.
See! When you come to church, we’re always talking about sins in the flesh. Not being a whoremonger and coming out of adultery and stop life. We give those things so much space. That being a weakling in the spirit can go undetected.
If you aren’t doing drive-by shootings and muggings you could pass for a Christian. And really you really get it done as long as you don’t do anything horrific. I mean, if you didn’t climb down a pole to come to church this morning, you can pass for a mother in Zion.
And the truth of the matter, nobody will know that you can be well as it relates to visible sins. The Bible calls them ‘Sins of the Spirit’. That the Bible talks about ‘Sin of the flesh’ and ‘Sin of the spirit’. There are some things that attack your flesh and there are some things that attack your spirit.
And I’m gonna do like Paul and say this I say but not the Lord, this is something that I have noticed that some people who have a terrible time controlling their fleshly sins, can have real good character and it relates to other areas of their life.
And other people who don’t smoke and don’t drink and don’t chew and don’t run around with them that do, you can’t find out what’s wrong with them until you marry them or get on the job with them or interact with them. They will pass for holy until you find out that they don’t keep their word that they will give up easily, they don’t complete their assignments, you can’t trust him to stand by you.