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
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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.
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.
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.”
Oh my God. Gideon is so moved that he said, (verse 18) wait, wait, wait, please do not go away until I come back and bring my offering and set it before you. And the LORD said, I will wait till you return. That’s good, amen.
Now remain standing, I’m going to pray with you, and then I’m going to preach. And this is the subject: preach, teach, whatever it is. I got a little bit of drainy, so don’t let it distract you.
This is my subject this morning: I DIDN’T KNOW I WAS ME.
I didn’t know I was me. I would have done it differently but — I didn’t know I was me… I would have paid more attention but I didn’t know I was late. I would have been more careful, but I didn’t know I was me. I would have resisted the enemy better, but I didn’t know I was me.
Am I in the right house? Let’s pray while we’re standing.
Spirit of the Living God, we stand here right now in need of You. There is no other attraction; there is no star; there is no vanguard; there is no attraction here, but You. Anybody cannot come, but You; we need You. You are the centerpiece of all that is set at the table, and I want You to manifest Yourself in this place that we get more than we expected, that we receive more. I want us to receive so much that we eat off it all week. I want to receive so much in our spirit, Lord, that we walk out of here stronger than when we came in. I want You to touch us in a supernatural way, inform us, inspire us, educate us, impart to us, invigorate us, motivate us, liberate us, saturate us, Great God that You are. I believe you for stuff I don’t even have the intellect to articulate. I’m asking You for things I can’t even express; I’m asking You to answer the question that comes out as a groan, the pain that comes out as a sigh, the question that falls like a tear, I want You to read the sign language of my pain, get in the DNA of my spirit and move in a supernatural way. I thank you in advance for what You’re going to do. I don’t even need to see You do it. I praise You now, You can do it later. In Jesus name.
Come on, Potter’s House; do what you do.
You may be seated. Let’s go to work.
I’m going to spend the first five or ten minutes getting into some fairly heavy stuff, which is the framework through which I’m going to put the picture of Gideon’s experience. If you miss the opulence of the frame, you will not be able to appreciate the details of the picture, for the frame dignifies the picture with context.
And what good is a text without context? What good is music without score? What good is dance without feet? What good is rhythm without music? So putting the text in context requires that I begin this discussion from an unusual place.
I want to begin it with God. With God… God Himself… the notion of God, not Church, not religion. God, the One who rules and super rules and reigns, and has absolute control, the Auspicious One, the Omnipotent One, the Omnipresent One, the All Sufficient One, the El Shaddai, the consolation of Israel, the Mighty God, the Prince of Peace… GOD… not appointed, not elected. GOD… nobody put Him in, nobody can take Him out: God. With all power, the Sovereign One; nobody can impeach Him: God… the One who sits on the circle of the earth, that heaven is His throne, and earth is His footstool: God… who gives you oxygen and movement and freedom and liberty and life and activity, who kept your heart beating while you were sleep. You know you didn’t do it but it was beating… it was still beating because God regulated your temperature, your blood pressure, the rhythm of the way the blood runs through your cells, was God orchestrate all things up under His power, I call Him the Puppet Master because He manages all the artifacts on the stage of my life.