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?”
He said, “Well, don’t worry about, whatever they do, do it back.” I won’t finish that story because that story got me in a whole lot of trouble. But at the time I started into it, it seemed like a good metaphor to teach you a very strong principle. God says, “Whatever I do to you do it back.”
Even if you don’t know how to do it. Even if you’re not familiar with it, imitate me. If I comfort you, you comfort them, if I bless you, you bless them. If I teach you, you teach them, if I forgive you, you forgive them.
I’ll tell you what started me on this journey, they told me you’re listening church. That’s good because I think listening people to be thinking people. Think about this, ever since we were kids we were taught, The Lord’s Prayer. ‘Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.’ That thing, I was good until we got to that. That means all of my life, I have been asking God to treat me like I treat people.
Do you want God to treat you like you do your old boyfriend? Oh, you’re talking now I see. Oh, yeah. Do you want God to treat you like you treat that person you work with, and go to school with that gets on your last nerves? Do you want God to treat you like you treat your father who didn’t raise you, your mother who didn’t love you, or that particular sister who have always compared herself with? You want God to forgive you like you forgive her?
Here lies the problem, and everybody cannot get it. Forgiveness is a big idea, is for people who are big enough to see the big picture. Can I walk? I’m going to walk, I’m a walker. And I’m not familiar so I’m going to be tripping. I’ve already stepped on your pastor coming up on stage, so I’m trying to be cool. I hope you believe in divine healing because I’m pray for your toes.
Forgiveness is a big idea, it is not for little people. I’ve had an amazing life and tremendous career started about in this sticks of West Virginia with almost nothing, nothing, not almost. I lost almost I had nothing. I was so poor I couldn’t pay attention, never mind you’ll get it later.
Now what happens is since then I’ve got an opportunity through my gifts and opportunities. Through God’s grace, to interact with people who are gladiators in the industry at the top of what they do. Whether it’s television or movies, or the White House, or around the world, scientists. I’ve been with astronauts, I’ve been with Oprah, I’ve been with everybody. I’m getting ready to go to Oprah, when I leave here I’m flying to do a Master’s class for her.
There’s one common denominator regardless of the sphere of people who do big things and great things, is how they handle problems. Big people see problems in proper perspective. They always take the high road, they think like eagles. Little people think like chickens.
Chickens you see eat off the ground. And you might not know this and I don’t what to mess with your Sunday dinner, because I know you got a chicken a home in oven. But chickens they eat corn but they also eat sticks, anything on the ground.