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I’ve been writing about the necessity of repentance. I’m convinced there will be no true revival in the western world until a spirit of repentance exists among God’s people. But I’m afraid that when I speak of repentance, we tend to think of someone else’s need to repent. Yet it’s often what we consider the small sins in our own lives that hinder a mighty sweeping revival in our churches, communities, and nation. The little things can be so powerful.
I was preaching a citywide evangelistic meeting in Brazil. We were having marvelous services. On Saturday evening, the stadium in Sao Louis was packed. When I left the hotel to go to the stadium, I had spent much time in prayer and was prepared to proclaim the gospel to the 20,000 people in attendance.
I walked onto the soccer field, shook a man’s hand, and greeted him. I stood there for about thirty seconds before I was to step onto the platform. Suddenly I realized I was being bitten all over my body. I was covered with ants. These little creatures had attacked me in mass. I ran off the field and into a restroom. My clothes were covered with ants. They were in my hair, in my ears, and inside my shoes.
I had to be rushed back to the hotel. I showered to get rid of the ants and was given medication. Finally I returned to the stadium. I preached — and thousands came to Christ. I laughed with the pastors afterward and said, “The devil has done a lot of things to try to keep me from preaching the gospel. But that’s the first time he sent ants to attack me.”
I later thought about what had happened. One of God’s smallest creatures almost shut down a great evangelistic campaign. Then I realized a great truth: it’s the little things that thwart the noblest plans of God’s people. The small things can prevent us from being effective for Christ. Perhaps we need to remember the question God asked the prophet Zechariah: “Who despises the day of small things?”
It’s the small things in your heart that make you usable in the kingdom of God — and it’s the “little sins” that hinder your effectiveness for Christ. Don’t despise the day of small things. Small things may determine how far you go or how fast you run this race of life. Find victory over the small things, and you’ll find victory in the major areas of your life.
Zechariah : Chapter 4
6) So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty. 7) “What are you, mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground. Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of ‘God bless it! God bless it!’” 8) Then the word of the Lord came to me: 9) “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; his hands will also complete it. Then you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you. 10) “Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone[a] in the hand of Zerubbabel?”
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Sammy Tippit told his fiancée, “I can’t promise we’ll be rich, but life won’t be boring.”
Sammy had no idea what an understatement that would become. Beginning in the bars of Baton Rouge and the nightclubs of Chicago, Tippit has shared the news of life-changing faith in Christ all over the world – including in the middle of a revolution in Romania, the aftermath of genocide in Rwanda, and war in Burundi and the Congo.
Sammy’s lifelong adventure has come at a great price. He’s been cursed, threatened, arrested, deported, and blacklisted. He’s also been personally broken, ravaged with illness, and devastated by grief.
Yet he continues to preach to in stadiums, in open fields, and via satellite technology to hundreds of thousands around the globe. For all other books…
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STM has been providing inspiration and help around the world for nearly 50 years. Sammy Tippit, founder and president, is a world renowned counselor, teacher and evangelist with experience serving and helping people in over 80 countries. Sammy provides materials that help people tackle a broad array of social, societal, psychological and spiritual issues. He is particularly passionate about making materials accessible to other countries around the world. Sammy is married to Debara “Tex” Tippit, and they have two children and five grandchildren.
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