Author, Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive, LET IT GO (2014)
Founder & Senior Pastor, Potter’s House Church, Dallas – 30,000 members, now with five locations
CEO, TD Jakes Ministries; Hosts the Megafest, Woman Thou Art Loosed (70,000+ in attendance) & ManPower International Pastors in Leadership Conferences
Named “America’s Best Preacher” and one of the “25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America (2005),” by Time magazine
Media: Time Magazine, Dr. Phil, LA Times, Ebony, Live w/ Larry King, CNN, TBN, Forbes, etc.
Movie producer, new projects include Heaven is for Real and Book of the Year
2004 Grammy winner
Graduate, West Virginia State, psychology
Married to Serita, five children, two grandchildren
T.D. Jakes: Discovering Your God-Designed Destiny
Whether it is a lion in the jungle or a cell in the bloodstream, every living thing is created with instincts. Bishop T.D. Jakes believes that humans are also ingrained with instincts that are key not only to survival but also to thriving in all areas of life. An instinct is that genetic wiring that compels us to seek food and shelter or to know something without having evidence. However, many people suppress and ignore their instincts and put their trust in facts and information alone. Past experience or fear of risk cause them to miss opportunities and leaves them feeling unfulfilled and unsatisfied. Then there are the type of people that have learned to trust their instincts while welcoming facts and information. Balancing intellect and instinct cause these people to fulfill their potential and seize opportunities when they come their way.
Bishop Jakes explains how living in rhythm with your instincts should be as natural as a lion stalking their prey. Many people often live their lives out of sync with their instincts because they obey culture, people’s opinions, or tradition. Facts and information can easily cloud someone’s judgment and hinder them from trusting their instinctual hunches. Bishop Jakes says, “…in order to travel at our maximum velocity, we must balance the power of our intellect with the truth of our instincts.” He believes that we must find a healthy balance of both intellect and instinct in order to find that natural rhythm or living in sync with our instincts. However, fear and uncertainty locks people into conformity and impairs them from following their inclinations. Bishop Jakes explains how many of the wealthy and famous people he knows, that have gone from rags to riches, took many risks and stepped out in areas that didn’t necessarily make factual sense. It is only when one embraces their instincts learns to hone them that you can find fulfillment and life purpose.
DESTINY AND PURPOSE
Bishop Jakes describes how every person has been divinely gifted with the drive to realize their own life’s potential but that destiny and purpose can only be seen when someone understands their instincts. It is only when someone realizes their drive that they will understand why they were rejected in certain places, bored in some roles, and uncomfortable in others. He teaches that embracing your divine inclinations enables you to discover your place in life and understand what you were created for. Only by trusting and acting on your natural instincts can one fulfill their potential and discover who God has created them to be.
Bishop T.D. Jakes has also helped Produce the new film “Heaven is for Real,” in theaters on April 16, 2014.
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