I Didn’t Know I Was Me: TD Jakes (Full Transcript)

Full text of Bishop TD Jakes’ sermon titled “I Didn’t Know I Was Me” which was delivered on September 29, 2019 at The Potter’s House, Dallas. [Edited to suit for smooth reading of the message, omitting certain portions]

Scripture: Judges 6:11-16, 18 ; Jeremiah 1:4-5; Romans 8:29-30 NIV

Notable quote from this message:

“I’m at the lowest point and I’m the youngest person in the smallest tribe in the worst situation, and God comes and says something absolutely retarded like, “You are a mighty man of valor”.”

Listen to the MP3 Audio here:


TD Jakes – Bishop of The Potter’s House

I’m going to go right into the word of God. We can [indiscernible]… and I’m ready to unload this thing. I’m ready to unload this thing, kind of heavy I want to get it out. Amen.

How many people came to get a word from the Lord this morning? God has been dealing with me about this message all week, and I’m excited to be able to share it with you. I believe God’s got to do great things.

Go to Jeremiah Chapter 1 verse 4 through 5. Yeah, yeah… and then go to Judges 6: 11… I’m going to read Judges 6… 11 through 16… Judges 6:11-16 , and then I am going to pick up eighteenth verse.

It’s our custom to stand for the reading of the Word, that’s why people are standing all around you, they’re not leaving. I don’t guess. Say Amen, somebody.

When you get to Judges 6:11, we will read down to the 16th verse, and then we’ll read the 18th verse, and we’re going to go further.

Judges 6:11-16

Verse 11: “The angel of the LORD came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites.”

Watch that closely: He was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. Now, really zoom in on this.

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Verse 12: When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, “The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.”

Verse 13: Pardon me my Lord, Gideon replied, but if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all His wonders that our ancestors told us about, when they said: ‘Did not the LORD bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the LORD has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midianites.

See, this is going to be real good for all of those people who are going through something right now and you feel abandoned. And you wonder: is the Lord with you?

Verse 14: The LORD turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have…” isn’t that good? Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of the Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”

Verse 15:Pardon me my Lord… or say, what?… Gideon replied, but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”

Verse 16: “The LORD answered, and said I will be with you and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.”

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