Full text of Bishop TD Jakes’ sermon titled “Think Like Eagles”.
Best quotes from this sermon:
“To be unforgiving, is like you drinking poison and waiting on somebody else to die.”
“When you keep eating what you should release it weights you down.”
“Unforgiveness is keeping you in a chicken coop when God is calling you to the Mount.”
Listen to the MP3 Audio here:
Pastor Jenkins: Ladies and gentlemen, let’s give it up for Bishop Thomas Dexter Jakes.
T.D. Jakes: Let’s give Jesus the best praise you can muster right now. Hallelujah. You may be seated.
You all should have told me I could have worn my jeans, that ain’t fair. I got me some jeans, I don’t have no skinny jean because my cup runneth over. How many of you’re glad to be in the house of the Lord today?
T.D. Jakes: I am going to take a few minutes and talk to you. I’m not even going to open up the text, I’m just going to talk to you about the crux of what I have been traveling all over the country for the last two weeks. I’m going to hit 20 to 30 cities before I get home.
There is a word that God has put in my heart that I believe is life changing. We’ve spent a lot of times cleansing ourselves from the filthiness of the flesh, lust, and anger, and habits, and addictions, and things like that.
But what is deeper, is the cleansing of the heart, to get your heart clean. You can clean up everything else but everything that’s going on in your life is coming out of your heart. Your God is a God of seed. He is a God of seed. Everything He does, He does it by seed, it starts out in seed form. He sends this word which is a seed, and the seed germinate and it bring forth fruit and bring forth life, it all starts in seed form.
Your mind is the ground where seeds are planted. And that’s good when it’s positive seeds, seeds of life, and seeds of healing, and seeds of restoration, and seeds of delivery. That’s really cool. But it’s bad when it’s negative seeds like unforgiveness, pride, flesh, carnality, those are negative things.
For the last year I’ve been studying and preparing and writing a book called, Let It Go, which is built on the premise of forgiveness, forgiveness. It’s amazing to me, how many of us as Christians never talk about forgiveness. I mean, isn’t that the substratum of what our faith is all about? It’s about forgiveness. Isn’t that what Jesus died on the cross for? Forgiveness, isn’t that what we’re here singing about raising our hands about clapping and skipping and falling out at the floor? Forgiveness.
Everybody in this room has been forgiven, that’s a victory right there. Everybody in this room have been forgiven. If you’re a Christian, you’ve been forgiven. You’re not here because you deserve it. You’re not here because God owes you a favour, you’ve been forgiven.
Isn’t it funny how you could have been forgiven and found it difficult to forgive?
The challenge is, God wants you to be a conduit through which His character flows through. He tells Paul in 1ST Corinthians, ‘to comfort one another with the comfort where with you have been comforted.’ In other words monkey see monkey do. He said, “When you see me comfort you just turn around and act like me to somebody else and comfort them.” God will give anything to you that He can get through you.
When I was a little boy, well not a little boy but a young man, my brother is seven years older than me. He was 19 when I was 12. I asked my brother, “How do you kiss?” Yeah, I was worried because I thought suppose I do it wrong. And I said, “How do you do it?”