“This is God’s Word for somebody tonight. You wonder, ‘Should I fight this fight? Should I stand up to it should I go after it?’ God said, ‘Pursue! For thou shalt surely overtake them’ and without fail, there’s no way you can lose. You will recover all.” – Bishop T.D. Jakes
On Friday evening, November 6, 2015, Evangelist Joyce Rodgers led the saints in rousing praise, welcoming Bishop T.D. Jakes to the 108th Annual Church of God In Christ Holy Convocation, and sharing with the saints that this is the most wonderful time of the year for God to do something supernatural, something miraculous.
“If you believe ‘big’ is coming to your house,” shouted Evangelist Rodgers, “just scream, ‘Big!’ If you believe your children are about to do something big, just scream, ‘Big!’ The acronym BIG stands for ‘Believe In God.’ If you believe in God, scream ‘It’s already done!’”
Also on hand were Nate Miles, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Eli Lilly and Company, who thanked COGIC for years of partnership in helping the needy worldwide. He presented a check for $50,000 from the company toward those initiatives.
Prior to Bishop Jakes’ sermon, Superintendent Michiah James Young, Sr. preached the opening Word inspired by Genesis 32: 24. He gave a miraculous praise report about His mother who had heart attack last year, resulting in surgery. He and his family prayed for her before the surgery, and were subsequently told by the surgeon, “I don’t know what happened, whatever you did, but it worked. The [heart] damage we saw wasn’t there when we went in!”
Present to perform the sermonic selection was Minister Melonie Daniels-Walker, who sang a beautiful rendition of “There’s Something About That Name.”
Bishop T. D. Jakes also gave a miraculous testimony about recovering from back surgery, intense pain, and paralysis in the same week he was to speak to the delegation at the COGIC Convocation. But God explained his pain, telling him, “The enemy is trying to shut you down, because I’m going to send you to St. Louis to tell my servants that everything that the devil held up, everything that’s been under attack…without fail, you will recover all!”
The Friday evening Holy Convocation service was broadcast live on The Word Network, sending the services around the world.
Highlights from Bishop T.D. Jakes’ sermon, “The Pain Of Recovery”, follow:
“This is God’s Word for somebody tonight. You wonder, ‘Should I fight this fight? Should I stand up to it should I go after it?’ God said, “Pursue! For thou shalt surely overtake them’ and without fail, there’s no way you can lose. You will recover all.”
“There’s too much Holy Ghost in here not to bind the devil in this place tonight!”
“If you have no sense of destiny, you have no sense of God.”
“When all Hell is raging, God has a plan. And if you know that plan and walk in that plan, you don’t have to worry about what people say. You don’t have to worry about the winds blowing or the storms coming because if God be for you…Somebody shout, ‘Amen!’”
“I have learned that the attacks that come against you are indicative of the fact that you have an appointment with destiny.”
“Satan doesn’t fight you until you get ready to do what God wants you to do.”
“It’s going to cost you something to win this fight.”
“Satan doesn’t fight you until you get ready to do what God wants you to do” – Bishop T.D. Jakes
“The more anointed, the more gifted, the more you are a child of destiny, the more you will be attacked privately for what God wants to do in your life.”
“The more God uses you publicly, the more the enemy will attack you privately, because he knows that you’re headed somewhere.”
“It’s one thing to fight your enemy when you’re fresh, but it’s another thing to fight him when you’re tired.”
“Isn’t it funny how you can be mighty in one area and vulnerable in another?”
”Is there anybody in here who’s been knocked to their knees?”
”It is possible to be a public success and still come home and be a private failure.”
“Somewhere, before you get your credentials, you’ve got to go through some smoke. I wish I had some ‘smoky folks’ in here, folk who had been through some fires, some tests, some trials!”
“The same people who fought with him are now ready to fight against him, because when people get hurt, they love to hurt others.”
“I want to talk to some people who have gone through something that shocked you. Knocked the wind out of you…and you wondered how you were going to make it through this.”
“God told David, ‘Without fail, you shall recover all,’ but he still had to fight. He had a Promise from God that he would get the victory, but not without a fight. Not without pain.”
“The devil doesn’t want you to praise Him. He doesn’t want you to believe Him…Hell is nervous and demons are trembling, but open your mouth and say, ‘I’m going to get it back!’”
“God told David, ‘Without fail, you shall recover all,’ but he still had to fight” – Bishop T.D. Jakes
“You will recover all; that means your money, that means your house, that means your focus, that means your dignity! You shall recover ALL!”
“Your glory is coming back. Your anointing is coming back. Your church is coming back. Your faith is coming back. Everything that the devil has been attacking is coming back, and the Lord wanted you to hear it!”
“The devil is fighting against you, but recover it! The house is divided, but recover it! Wake up! Recover all!”
“Look at your neighbor and say, ‘Neighbor, excuse me; you go ahead and be cute, but I’ve got to give God some praise! I’ve got a devil to fight!”
“I’ve gone from survival to success, but I’m coming back. I may not see it I may not feel it but I want the devil to know I’m going to get it back…TONIGHT! Somebody shout ‘Yeah!”
“Lose yourself in the Holy Ghost and give God praise!”
SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES -1 Samuel 30:1-8.
Ministerial and business visionary, entrepreneurial trailblazer, altruistic philanthropist, and spiritual shepherd to millions around the globe, Bishop Thomas Dexter (T.D.) Jakes, Sr., founded Greater Emmanuel Temple of Faith, his first pastorate, in 1979. He now pastors The Potter’s House, a multiracial, nondenominational church with 50-plus active outreach ministries, which has grown to more than 30,000 members. The Potter’s House as a nonprofit organization has produced four major national conferences – The Pastors’ and Leadership Conference, ManPower, Woman, Thou Art Loosed (WTAL), and MegaFest. Bishop Jakes is also the founder of TDJ Enterprises through which he employs his other aptitudes as author, songwriter, filmmaker and playwright. Bishop Jakes lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex with his wife Serita and their five children.