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T.D. Jakes is the bishop of The Potter’s House, a non-denominational mega church in Dallas, Texas.
In addition to leading the church, he has authored numerous books and has produced and starred in a handful of films.
He was born Thomas Dexter Jakes in 1957 in West Virginia and first became a pastor in 1982 at age 25.
You can listen to his sermons on his podcast, The Potter’s Touch.
Below are 50 T.D. Jakes quotes that I find to be most inspirational.
If you find they speak to you, I encourage you to check out his sermons and books.
50 Powerful TD Jakes Quotes
TD Jakes On Life
#1. “You cannot change what you will not confront.” – T.D. Jakes
#2. “The most dangerous thing in the world is to have no purpose.” – T.D. Jakes
#3. “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
#4. “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
#5. “Life’s a university that’ll teach you lessons, regardless of your desire to pass the “class” or not, there is always something else to learn.” – T.D. Jakes
#6. “Excellence requires discomfort.” – T.D. Jakes
#7. “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
#8. “Don’t allow your past or present condition to control you. It’s just a process that you’re going through to get you to the next level.” – T.D. Jakes
#9. “You’d be surprised at the things that look great on the outside but are dysfunctional on the inside. Be sure to function as good as you look.” – T.D. Jakes
#10. “A setback is a setup for a comeback.” – T.D. Jakes
#11. “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
#12. “Never make a permanent decision about a temporary situation.” – T.D. Jakes
TD Jakes On Faith
#13. “There is no room for God in a mind that’s full of self.” – T.D. Jakes
#14. “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
#15. “If you have the faith to believe it, you have the power to conceive it!” – T.D. Jakes
#16. “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
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#17. “When you can’t do nothing but pray, you’ve done a whole lot.” – T.D. Jakes
#18. “No matter where you are in life right now, know this. God put you on this earth to fulfill the promise He has predestined for your life.” – T.D. Jakes
#19. “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
#20. “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
#21. “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
#22. “God’s grace and mercy have brought you through. Quit acting as if you made it on your own.”– T.D. Jakes
#23. “If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.” – T.D. Jakes
#24. “I believe it is our attitude that determines our altitude. It is our attitude that allows us to soar above those things that would otherwise overcome us.” – T.D. Jakes
#25. “Face the giants in your life, slay them, and move on. Do not be daunted by the mistakes and failures in your life.” – T.D. Jakes
TD Jakes On Relationships
#26. “Some of the best people with whom you can have a relationship are the people who challenge your thinking.” – T.D. Jakes
#27. “There’s something you learn from helping other people with their dreams that prepares you for your own.” – T.D. Jakes
#28. “Being angry is human. Staying angry is foolish.” – T.D. Jakes
#29. “If you have achieved any level of success, then pour it into someone else. Success is not success without a successor.” – T.D. Jakes
#30. “Forgiveness is a gift you give to yourself.” – T.D. Jakes
#31. “Your words will tell others what you think. Your actions will tell them what you believe.” – T.D. Jakes
#32. “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
#33. “If you don’t find a way to love a flawed person, secretly you’re teaching yourself that you are not lovable because of your flaws.” – T.D. Jakes
#34. “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
#35. “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
#36. “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
Inspirational TD Jakes Quotes
#37. “I found out that the things that hurt us the most can become the fuel and the catalyst that propel us toward our destiny. It will either make you bitter or it will make you better.” – T.D. Jakes
#38. “You cannot embrace your destiny if you do not let go of your history.” – T.D. Jakes
#39. “The critic is a prisoner to his own experiences and perspectives, erroneously believing his limited experiences are the sum of all truth.” – T.D. Jakes
#40. “There may be challenges or crosses that may have delayed your goals temporarily, but now it’s time to move forward.” – T.D. Jakes
#41. “Know when your space is too small for you and you have birthed to the next level!” – T.D. Jakes
#42. “Too many people want the appearance of winning rather than the practices and hard work that create a true champion.” – T.D. Jakes
#43. “Big ideas come from forward thinking people who challenge the norm, think outside the box, and invent the world they see inside rather than submitting to the limitations of current dilemmas.” – T.D. Jakes
#44. “You can’t be who you are going to be and who you used to be at the same time.” – T.D. Jakes
#45. “Arrogance always destroys opportunity.” – T.D. Jakes
#46. “You don’t know how much you’ve grown until trouble comes back for an encore.” – T.D. Jakes
#47. “A lot of people can’t deal with life because they lack the patience to become who they want to be. Everything happens by process. If you don’t go through the process to get it, you don’t have the power to keep it.” – T.D. Jakes
#48. “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
#49. “There are no college courses to build up self-esteem or high school or elementary school. If you don’t get those values at an early age, nurtured in your home, you don’t get them.” – T.D. Jakes
#50. “You must realize that if you are going to reach the heights you have been called to reach, you may elicit some criticism from those who are jealous, petty or angry because they were left behind.” – T.D. Jakes
There are 50 inspirational T.D. Jakes quotes.
After reading them, I am certain you have some favorites that you can use for motivation and inspiration in your daily life.
And at the end of the day, that is the goal.
To give you something to use as a tool when you need a push or a pick me up in life.