TD Jakes preaches empowerment

Yvonne Mooka
Monday, 18 September 2017
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The 60 year old is the Bishop of the Potter’s House, a non-denominational Dallas-based church that’s home to 30, 000 members, with services broadcast across the U.S. and Canada. 

He was in Botswana at the invitation of Prophet Boago Ramogapi of Royal Assembly Ministries. The Monday event was well attended. When he showed up, attendants, some of whom had travelled from neighbouring countries, could not contain their emotions. 

It was all joy and excitement. According to TD Jakes, his inspiration in life has been knowledge that before being a Minister of God, he was always a Pastor. As a result, he never bottled himself up as a Clergyman but also excelled as a businessman. 

“I’m duty-bound to take care of my wife and children, and to be a good role model,” he said. The famous preacher said that people should refuse to be limited. “Don’t let people put a period where God has put a comma. You need to discover what God has put inside of you and fulfill it to your level best,” he said. 


On finding purpose

According to TD Jakes, every individual owes it to himself to birth what is inside of them. He encourages people to move from their comfort zones and make their dreams a reality.  His take is that people should make use of their creativity and count on their faith. “My faith is my fuel and my transportation. It is not my destination,” he said to the applause of the audience. He also spoke on the power of association, encouraging people to surround themselves with people who can add different value to their lives. “If you surround yourself with people who do what you do they will end up competing with you. But if you surround yourself with people who are good at what you are not good at, they will complete you,” he stated. He also explained that the most successful people are those that appreciate time. 


Empowering women

TD Jakes said that women have different needs than men and that they need to feel secure. He encouraged people to dream big and to refuse perceptions that only limit them to the kitchen or bedroom. He told men to support their women. “A blessed man is not intimidated by a smart woman, and it’s not good for a man to be alone,” he said, adding that women can be feminine, graceful and successful at the same time.The bishop also urged young people to make use of their youth, adding that they will never have it again. “I’m living in the strength of my youth. I killed my giants during my youth and I’m where I am because of the decisions I made during my youth,” he said.  

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