God Knows When: Bishop T.D. Jakes (Full Transcript)

Full transcript of Bishop T.D. Jakes’ sermon titled “God Knows When” which was delivered on January 10, 2021.

Scriptures Quoted: Psalm 126:1-6; Ecclesiastes 3:1 (KJV)

Best quote from this sermon:

“Gold don’t burn, baby, dross burns. Gold don’t burn. It may melt, it may become softened but it will never burn, because it’s gold.”

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T.D. Jakes – Bishop, Author & Filmmaker

I’m excited. I want to touch and agree before I do anything else for those of you who have invested into the kingdom of God, who have hooked the cables of your faith to the power of his promise, expecting that there will be a transfer in the spirit world.

Wealth starts on the inside before it shows up on the outside. Healing starts on the inside before it shows up on the outside. You start being healed in your spirit before you’re healed in your body, and I’m praying that there’ll be a connection and that this service will jump start your faith.

Let’s pray.

Father in the name of Jesus, we thank you for your many blessings; we thank you for your kindness. We thank you for your goodness and your peace and your power. We thank you for your strength and your tenacity. We thank you because you’re long suffering, because you’ll put up with us. Bless every seed that’s sown and every seed that will be sown. As people continue to log on, let the same anointing fall on their gift as it falls on ours.

We pray proactively, we bless what hadn’t even come yet, we call it done in the name of Jesus, not just historically, not just contemporarily but proactively we pray in advance. Praise God!

Saying it together and running over, in the name of Jesus we pray.

Somebody who loves him and shout Amen.

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Ah, say amen again.

I’m anxious on this Sunday morning to share the word of the Lord with you. I have been on a trajectory all through January. We have been following the plight of the Hebrews in a captivity dragged down into Babylon, and I want to pick up where I left off from last Sunday and go deeper into the word of God.

And if you want to join me, go to Psalms 126 verse 1-6.

So you can hear what the spirit of the Lord is saying to the church. Occasionally while I’m ministering, the prompter will come up giving latecomers an opportunity to sow into the kingdom of God so that you can step into this blessing, that God has for his people. When you have it, say amen.

Would you stand for the reading of the Word?

It is in the Book of Psalms 126 division, starting at the first verse concluding on the sixth verse, that we will find the canvas on which I will paint the text and the truths that God has shared with me regarding your life. Let us start at verse one.

When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.
Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The Lord hath done great things for them.
The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.
Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the south.
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

Can you say, amen?I want to go back to that first verse. I want to read that first verse again Psalms 126:1.

When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.”

I read the whole thing but I really didn’t need it. I didn’t need the whole verse. I really want to preach on the word When.

When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.”

When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.

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Let us pray, as we consider the subject: God knows when. Say that with me: God knows when. Say it again: God knows when. Say it again: God knows when. One more time, God knows when.

Let us pray. Father, thank you for the privilege on this Sunday morning that you have endowed us with the supernatural grace to conversate with divinity, to convocate upon the cloud of your anointing, to have this precious moment to be saturated with truth in such a way that we are effected all week long because of what we heard today.

Now bind every devil and every distraction. When we’re home there can be all kinds of distractions, bind every distraction so that we can focus in and hear what thus saith the Lord for in your hands are the words of eternal life. I believe you for it, in Jesus name.

Some believers say amen.

Have a seat and let’s discuss this word. God knows when.

When I read the text amidst the magnitude of powerful things, prolific things that stood out to me. It was the one word when that captivated me the most.

When the time capsule, when the ambiguity of it, when, the uncertainty of it; when, the promise of it.

The Lord knows when is often an expression, like you say the Lord knows when I’ll get back to Alabama. The Lord knows when I’ll get back to the store; it’s more of an expression.

But today I want to use it more as a conviction; I want it to have more meaning than a casual American colloquialism. I want it to point to the fact that the Lord knows when is my conviction. I want to discuss an absolute conviction with you, just something that you can really sink your teeth into.

The Lord knows when, his knowledge and sense of timing has long been a discussion of theological work, that God knows; it’s where we get omniscience. God being all-knowing, knowing everything from the beginning to the end that the Lord knows. It is comforting to say the Lord knows when, especially when I don’t.

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It is important for us to understand the Lord knows when to rebuke the tendency to believe that our lives are chaotic. We turn on the television set every day and we don’t know what in the world we’re going to see. We don’t know what’s going to happen; we don’t know what calamity is going to happen.

There’s a feeling of uncertainty, there’s a pensiveness that’s inherent in our spirits right now sitting on the edge not knowing what’s going to happen next, to know and to remind yourself that God is omniscient, and that God has a plan and he has a schedule and he has a sequence and he has a structure gives comfort whether he shares it with me or not.

For God often knows things that he chooses not to share, like parents don’t always share with the children and children don’t always tell their parents, it is possible to have information and not espouse the information to you but the Lord knows when. It’s like children going on a ride and they’re in the back seat of the car and they keep saying to you: are we there yet?

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