158+ Best T. D. Jakes Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Thomas Dexter Jakes Sr., known as T. D. Jakes, is a pastor, author and filmmaker. Profoundly inspirational T. D. Jakes quotes will encourage growth in life, make you wiser and broaden your perspective.

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Famous T. D. Jakes Quotes

May the passion to be all that God wants you to be sweep across your soul like a gentle breeze. – T. D. Jakes

Much like the removal of moles and skin lesions is done to prevent them from growing into more serious skin abnormalities, removing minor discord before it becomes a calamity is an important use of our time. Most people don’t like to make waves and they swallow frustration and bury true feelings, not wanting to compromise temporary tranquility, never realizing that massive turmoil doesn’t start out massive—it grows beneath the skin like a cancer that could have been avoided with early detection. – T. D. Jakes

Stop watering things that were never meant to grow in your life. Water what works, what’s good, what’s right. Stop playing around with those dead bones and stuff you can’t fix, its over…leave it alone! You’re coming into a season of greatness. If you water what’s alive and divine, you will see harvest like you’ve never seen before. Stop wasting water on dead issues, dead relationships, dead people, a dead past. No matter how much you water concrete, you can’t grow a garden. – T. D. Jakes

When people walk away from you, let them go. Your destiny is never tied to anyone who leaves you, and it doesn’t mean they are bad people. It just means that their part in your story is over. – T. D. Jakes

There is no room for God in a mind that’s full of self. – T. D. Jakes

The enemy doesn’t care how many days you live as long as you don’t live in the days you have. – T. D. Jakes

Never make a permanent decision about a temporary situation. – T. D. Jakes

You can teach what you know, but you can only reproduce what you are. – T. D. Jakes

I wasn’t trying to be rich or famous; I was trying to figure out what is this thing in me that won’t let me sleep that makes me restless and makes me keep pushing. I was trying to discover who I was. – T. D. Jakes

No woman wants to be in submission to a man who isn’t in submission to God! – T. D. Jakes

Arrogance always destroys opportunity – T. D. Jakes

If only we could realize that our purpose is to be caretakers. We are responsible for leading our flock to the place where the grass is green, but it is up to them to eat! We cannot be responsible for how much they digest. We cannot make people mature. – T. D. Jakes

I believe God promotes you when you graduate from the level that you’re on. – T. D. Jakes

You will never understand pleasure without pain. – T. D. Jakes

Prayer will get you out of a pinch, prayer will get you out of a crises, prayer will get you out of your dilemma, prayer will get you out of your trouble. – T. D. Jakes

I’m not walking by sight- I’m, walking by faith – T. D. Jakes

When people can walk away from you: Let them walk. – T. D. Jakes

Once you have confidence in your instincts, you must never allow other people’s refusal to believe, or their data to refute, what you instinctively know is true. – T. D. Jakes

Know when your space is too small for you…and you have to birthed to the next level! – T. D. Jakes

Forgiveness is about empowering yourself, rather than empowering your past. – T. D. Jakes

When we are placed in a set of circumstances where we have to take initiative and be creative, some of us find it hard to transition. Those people have been trained not to think but to obey orders. They are slaves to the training, unconsciously pledging allegiance to the average. Mentally they recite from the manual of mediocrity. – T. D. Jakes

Others can inspire you, but ultimately the only thing that empowers you is what lies within you and learning how to better utilize what you’ve been given. – T. D. Jakes

Success is never an accident it’s always on purpose. – T. D. Jakes

Put the greatest emphasis on what’s in you; your knowledge, your wisdom, your inner strength, your character, your tenacity and people will look through the box and always walk away with the product. – T. D. Jakes

When you were built to be tall, you will endanger your position if you lower your perspective – T. D. Jakes

The Hell of Regret He who wins the race cannot run with the pack. And once you get out you can’t come back, because caged lions don’t mate with free ones! If ever you are going to win, you must forsake the social construct of the cage and all the cage dwellers. – T. D. Jakes

If you’re gifted enough, nappy hair, gap teeth, acne face – I don’t care what it is, greatness will shine through anything! – T. D. Jakes

When You Hold Onto Your History, You Do It At The Expense Of Your Destiny. – T. D. Jakes

One of the great healing balms of the Holy Spirit is forgiveness. To forgive is to break the link between you and your past. – T. D. Jakes

It’s better to wait for something that respects you than to go in so low that it diminishes what you’ve worked for. – T. D. Jakes

It is important to remember that for every person, there will be a problem. Even more importantly, for every problem, our God has a prescription! – T. D. Jakes

We have a tendency to want the other person to be a finished product while we give ourselves the grace to evolve. – T. D. Jakes

God will give you anything as long as you understand that he is the primary and not the secondary. – T. D. Jakes

When you can’t do nothing but pray-you’ve done a whole lot. – T. D. Jakes

The lifting up of the woman does not require the tearing down of the man. In fact, a strong woman appreciates a strong man. Conversely, a strong man is not intimidated by a strong woman. – T. D. Jakes

You cannot change what you will not confront. – T. D. Jakes

It does matter where you go to church, it does matter where you worship, it does matter where you lift your head, it does matter where you cry out to God. There is something about the atmosphere. I might be lame, but put me in the atmosphere. I may be drunk, but put me in the atmosphere. I may be weak, but put me in the atmosphere. – T. D. Jakes

The most dangerous thing in the world is to have no purpose. – T. D. Jakes

If you already understand your purpose, are you prepared to change your plans to match God’s will? If you aren’t, you can easily become bitter because things that used to work for you may no longer work. Be willing to transition at every stage and age of life. If your heart is open and you have an open mind, the blessings will flow. – T. D. Jakes

God gives you the resources for success. But it is up to you to recognize them and use them to their fullest. – T. D. Jakes

Some of the best people with whom you can have a relationship are the people who challenge your thinking. – T. D. Jakes

I think the first step is to understand that forgiveness does not exonerate the perpetrator. Forgiveness liberates the victim. It’s a gift you give yourself. – T. D. Jakes

God’s grace and mercy have brought you through. Quit acting as if you made it on your own. – T. D. Jakes

Isn’t it funny how something that will later be a blessing can be a curse if you get it too soon. – T. D. Jakes

Ignorance is brought about by assumption. – T. D. Jakes

There is a higher power, a higher influence, a God who rules and reigns and controls circumstances and situations that are beyond your area and realm of authority. – T. D. Jakes

We think that forgiveness is weakness, but it’s absolutely not; it takes a very strong person to forgive. – T. D. Jakes

Don’t come into the presence of God to impress Him with something He gave you! – T. D. Jakes

There may be challenges or crosses that may have delayed your goals temporarily, but now it’s time to move forward. – T. D. Jakes

The dream God gives you guarantees, no matter what it looks like now, when it’s all over, your dream will come to pass. – T. D. Jakes

We cannot embrace God’s forgiveness if we are so busy clinging to past wounds and nursing old grudges. – T. D. Jakes

There are people who can walk away from you… let them walk. I don’t want you to try to talk another person into staying with you, loving you, calling you, caring about you, coming to see you, staying attached to you… Your destiny is never tied to anybody that left. And it doesn’t mean that they are a bad person, it just means that their part in the story is over. And you’ve got to know when people’s part in your story is over. – T. D. Jakes

If you think down, you will go down. If you think up, you will go up. You’ll always travel in the direction of your thinking. – T. D. Jakes

Surround yourself with people whose definition of you is not based on your history, but your destiny. – T. D. Jakes

God is not preparing the Blessing for YOU, He is preparing YOU for the Blessing – T. D. Jakes

Come hell or high water you will never take me back to the place I was before. I have been through too much to let life whoop me again. My faith is stronger than it’s ever been, my mind is more tenacious than it’s ever been, my soul is more absolute. – T. D. Jakes

Your words will tell others what you think. Your actions will tell them what you believe. – T. D. Jakes

When you begin to realize that your past does not necessarily dictate the outcome of your future, then you can release the hurt. It is impossible to inhale new air until you exhale the old. – T. D. Jakes

Not everyone will be happy when you begin to better yourself. Those who are for you will not just celebrate in your triumphs, but they will also pray with you through your tribulations. – T. D. Jakes

I have certain standards for myself so if something drops beneath that standard or if the opportunity doesn’t fit who I am authentically at my core – I don’t invest time where my brand isn’t respected or where what I have to offer isn’t appreciated. – T. D. Jakes

Real value isn’t in what you own, drive, wear or live. The greater value is found in love and life, health and strength, friends and family! – T. D. Jakes

You can’t be who you are going to be and who you used to be at the same time. – T. D. Jakes

As much as it pleases God to bless you, there will be moments when everything you try goes up in smoke. There will be moments when the one you counted on most walks away and leaves you groping through blinding tears and wailing questions of why. Plans and goals can be circumvented by the most disappointing of times, leaving you learning the art of patience and the acceptance of a denied request. – T. D. Jakes

Sometimes what makes us insecure and vulnerable becomes the fuel we need to be overachievers. The antidote for a snakebite is made from the poison, and the thing that made you go backward is the same force that will push you forward. – T. D. Jakes

There are some fires you can’t get out of- you’ve got to go through the fire – you’ve got to go through the flood – you’ve got to go through the test – you’ve got to go through the struggle that you might decrease and he might increase. – T. D. Jakes

God is a businessman. He is not going to do business with someone who shows no sign of potential return. He invests in people who demonstrate an ability to handle what He has given them. – T. D. Jakes

If you dont like the way your life is going, redesign it. Redeem the years you lost. Restore your vision, revive your passion for living, and reclaim what was dormant inside of you. I cannot give you the dream but I can give you the tools to reach the dreams you have inside. – T. D. Jakes

If you have the FAITH to believe it, you have the POWER to conceive it! – T. D. Jakes

Stress and worry is a residual of relying on yourself and being your own god, in control of everything. Worship allows us to rely on God’s power to steer us through life. – T. D. Jakes

You cannot embrace your destiny if you do not let go of your history. – T. D. Jakes

God has invested entirely too much in you for you to be comfortable in anything less than you were created to be. – T. D. Jakes

If you can disappoint yourself as much as you love yourself and you still manage to disappoint yourself then why are you shocked when other people that you love disappoint you. – T. D. Jakes

There are no college courses to build up self-esteem or high school or elementary school. If you don’t get those values at a early age, nurtured in your home, you don’t get them. – T. D. Jakes

I think it is important that we rebuild an atmosphere of forgiveness and civility in every aspect of our lives. – T. D. Jakes

It is your passion that empowers you to be able to do that thing you were created to do. – T. D. Jakes

Resist your fear; fear will never lead to you a positive end. Go for your faith and what you believe. – T. D. Jakes

So though there are many things I would have done differently, I submit to God’s sovereignty and His purpose in my life and I thank Him that He brought me the way He brought me and gave me what He gave me when He thought I could handle it. – T. D. Jakes

If you learn how to forgive others for not being strong, then people can learn how to forgive you for your own issues. – T. D. Jakes

I’m for people bettering themselves, no matter who they are and where they are, doing all they can to be all they can be. – T. D. Jakes

Here is the amazing thing about Easter; the Resurrection Sunday for Christians is this, that Christ in the dying moments on the cross gives us the greatest illustration of forgiveness possible. – T. D. Jakes

As a Christian, Christ died so that we will have eternal life in Him in Heaven. What it looks like doesn’t matter, what it smells like doesn’t matter, as long as Christ is there it will be Heaven to me. – T. D. Jakes

I like to see myself as a bridge builder, that is me building bridges between people, between races, between cultures, between politics, trying to find common ground. – T. D. Jakes

The first time I walked on a stage I knew that was what I was created to do. I knew that there was a calling and a sense of purpose in my life that gave me fulfillment and a sense of destiny. – T. D. Jakes

I raised five children. They all have different personalities. All of them have different issues, different levels of success. That was a learning experience for me. – T. D. Jakes

We develop our propensity to forgive or not to forgive by what we see illustrated at the early ages of our development. – T. D. Jakes

I chose to present myself as one who comes from among the people, and I can be touched by their pain because I have my own. – T. D. Jakes

I don’t think that you can let the storms of life overwhelm you. When you do that, you are no better than the craziness that caused you to be under attack. – T. D. Jakes

Children are not unforgiving. You can punish them and they will hug you in a few minutes. – T. D. Jakes

But I think my mistakes became the chemistry for my miracles. I think that my tests became my testimonies. – T. D. Jakes

I want to congratulate all the men out there who are working diligently to be good fathers whether they are stepfathers, or biological fathers or just spiritual fathers. – T. D. Jakes

When you make a decision to forgive it’s a decision that you have to make intellectually. – T. D. Jakes

My father was a Methodist and my mother was a Baptist. – T. D. Jakes

I think most people who get into their 50s reassess what made sense and what didn’t make sense. – T. D. Jakes

One of the things about my ministry is that I have never branded myself as being above the people or superior to people. – T. D. Jakes

I’m not particularly political. I’m not particularly denominational. I’m not worried about any of that. – T. D. Jakes

I think the amazing thing about gospel music is that not only does it lift up the death and resurrection of our Lord, which is consistent with the Gospel, but it is uniquely communicated depending upon the generation. – T. D. Jakes

I think that my preaching style and many of my ideas and ideals about faith are based in both Pentecostal and Baptist background. – T. D. Jakes

There is nothing I’m any more passionate than empowering the next generation. – T. D. Jakes

When my father died, I had a real experience with Christ, a real conversion with Christ and I had it in a Oneness church. – T. D. Jakes

I actually grew up playing the piano in the church and was deeply involved in music ministry. – T. D. Jakes

I was raised in the Baptist church… but I didn’t really have a real committed experience with Christ until my father died. – T. D. Jakes

And another thing is that I think as a church whenever we become politically driven, we alienate at least 50 percent of the people that God called us to reach with our political orientations. – T. D. Jakes

My first church had seven members in it, and I have to remember, the rent was $225 a month and I worked for Union Carbide and took the check I made from work to pay for the rent to keep the church open. – T. D. Jakes

It’s better to gather in righteousness than fellowship with darkness. – T. D. Jakes

How you think about your opportunities determines how you will act on them. – T. D. Jakes

A church that focuses on the external has lost its passion for souls. – T. D. Jakes

The T.D. Jakes Relationship Bible: Life Lessons on Relationships from the Inspired Word of God. – T. D. Jakes

Ya’ll don’t hear what I’m preaching. I’m preaching so good I’m about to ‘Amen’ myself! Oh!…Oh God! I’m preaching good! Hallelujah! – T. D. Jakes

The myth of the poor Jesus needs to be destroyed, because it’s holding people back. – T. D. Jakes

I think that Jesus is the product. – T. D. Jakes

I’m having an amazing time teaching through the lives of people much like Jesus did. – T. D. Jakes

When it comes to bringing an idea that God has given you to fruition, don’t wait for it to happen again, you have to get out there and make it happen. – T. D. Jakes

Sometimes we’re so busy trying to get things and at the end of the day, all we need is love. – T. D. Jakes

The real harvest of life is the outworking of the internal. If there’s nothing in there, there’s nothing to work out. – T. D. Jakes

I think it’s important that when you’re bringing something to the table that you’re sure has value, that you don’t diminish yourself just so that you can have an opportunity. – T. D. Jakes

We pay far too much attention to externals. – T. D. Jakes

Any great teacher is a great student. – T. D. Jakes

I was looking for excellence in any color or gender it comes in. Some of my top people are African American but not all of them. – T. D. Jakes

The standard is the standard and whomever walks in the door at the time I need a person in that position who can do that job with excellence and who understands my vision, if they can fulfill it, they got the job whether they’re young, old, black, white, male or female. – T. D. Jakes

It’s a culture shock to go from obscurity to notoriety in a flash. Its more to it than talent and money; its pressure, stress, enemies, critics; you have to develop relationships and a team. There are all of these things that go along with taking a leap and following your dreams. – T. D. Jakes

I don’t care how fancy you wrap trash, it’s still trash. – T. D. Jakes

I didn’t know who I was and I didn’t know if what was in me was any good. But my parents taught me to believe in myself and to work until something happens. – T. D. Jakes

You have to knock on doors. You can’t keep your dreams a secret. You have to put them out there on display and people can say whatever they want but keep on pointing your actions towards your dreams. – T. D. Jakes

I wasn’t looking out, I was looking in. I knew something was in me, I just wasn’t sure how valuable it was. – T. D. Jakes

The thing that binds us together is the commonality of our dreams, not our skin tone. – T. D. Jakes

Don’t try to change the package more than you try and change the product. – T. D. Jakes

I don’t care how cheap the box is that you put a diamond ring in, nothing about the box diminishes the value of the content. – T. D. Jakes

My church is fifty percent millennials. There’s a connectivity between millennials and I. – T. D. Jakes

No one keeps the container, they always keep the product. – T. D. Jakes

I think its good to worship as a family but its also important to worship as an individual. – T. D. Jakes

I don’t dislike anybody. I love everybody. – T. D. Jakes

It is the breaking of life that produces the blessing of life, – T. D. Jakes

Thinking is the first step to a revolution in your life that is incredibly significant. – T. D. Jakes

Comfort is the enemy of creativity. – T. D. Jakes

Salvation is the root-the resurrection is the fruit. – T. D. Jakes

I can never experience the next realm of glory until I crucify myself. – T. D. Jakes

I grew up in hospitals. My father was sick. So I grew up in hospitals from the age of 10. Got to see a lot of suffering. – T. D. Jakes

Your latter days are supposed to be greater than your former days. – T. D. Jakes

When there’s no turning back, your instincts will lead you forward. – T. D. Jakes

In the midst of the shopping and the wrapping and the arranging of presents under your tree this Christmas, may you not forget the gifts you cannot yet hold in your hands. – T. D. Jakes

I can give you the tools to reach the dreams you have inside. – T. D. Jakes

The challenge of the believer is to take the faith that you got in here and take it to the place out there. – T. D. Jakes

Success is not success without a successor. – T. D. Jakes

Faith becomes the foundation I’m built on. – T. D. Jakes

If someone must be hurt, if it ever becomes necessary to bear pains, weather strong winds, or withstand trials or opposition, let it be adults and not children. – T. D. Jakes

Worship plays a major role in the Christian daily life. Throughout Scripture we see worship from David dancing before the Lord to Jesus rejoicing in the Spirit. – T. D. Jakes

Progress apart from purpose ends in arrogance. – T. D. Jakes

If you have the capacity to be more than one thing , do everything that’s inside of you. – T. D. Jakes

It is God’s objective to make your condition line up with your position. – T. D. Jakes

The pursuit of your life is to come into [your] purpose. And the waste of your life is to miss that purpose. – T. D. Jakes

You are no stronger than your belief system. – T. D. Jakes

It’s the gymnasium of life where you get the workout, the resistance, and you find out things about yourself that you didn’t know. – T. D. Jakes

How can we teach our children to respect Black women if Black women don’t respect Black women? – T. D. Jakes

Focus on your accomplishments , not your failures. – T. D. Jakes

Once again, Kirk Franklin takes the church beyond the traditional, transitioning his life’s experiences into life lessons. Clearly there is more to this man than great music. You will feel the beat of his heart and faith. – T. D. Jakes

You can’t just be a recipient of a blessing, you have to do something to make it happen. – T. D. Jakes

We are the people that we have been waiting for and no one else is coming. – T. D. Jakes

Basic Instincts It’s the way mother birds build nests, and build them high enough to elude. – T. D. Jakes

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