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Have you ever seen two people make a commitment to Christ, and one really grows in his faith while the other struggles in his walk with God? Have you ever wondered what made the difference in the two people? There’s a simple, one-word answer: grace. When I first came to know Christ, I began to grow rapidly in my faith. A fire burned deep in my soul. Meanwhile, many of my friends endeavored to grow, but without success.
One of my friends came to me and said, “Sammy, you must have a lot of willpower. That must be why you are growing so much in your walk with God.” I knew what my friend was saying wasn’t true, but at that time I couldn’t offer another reason. I just knew I didn’t have enough willpower to change all the things that had changed in my life. The more I learned about God, the more I concluded there was only one reason for my growth: God’s grace.
Why didn’t my friends grow the same way? Many came from Christian backgrounds. They knew the Bible. But they didn’t have the same heart to learn that I had. They had grown up in Sunday school, and many felt they knew everything there was to know about the Christian life. But I realized I didn’t know anything. I was quite aware that I needed to depend completely on God. And God gives grace to the humble (1 Peter 5:5; James 4:6). It’s that grace that produces spiritual growth.
Without grace, we can never become what God intends for us. We are saved by God’s grace, and we continue to grow by His grace. We can see a direct correlation between the condition of our hearts and our growth. A humble heart is able to receive grace. When grace is applied to our hearts, we become more like Christ. So the older we get, the more like Jesus we should become.
The world judges people by their outward appearance. But the Bible says God looks on the inner man. When grace is applied to our hearts, we become more beautiful in God’s sight. That’s why many of my heroes have been those who have walked with God for many years. They have an inner beauty that can be described only in spiritual terms. There’s a quality of peace and love that seems to exude from their lives that’s been produced by years of God’s grace being applied to their hearts. They are the giants of the faith.
Yet I’ve also seen elderly people (including Christians) who are bitter and very unhappy. Their personalities have been scarred by years of attempting to live in the power of the flesh. There’s a night-and-day difference between a person who, over many years, has allowed God’s grace to be applied to his heart and one who has not. There’s an old saying about “growing old gracefully.” There’s only one way to do that: to be full of grace as you grow old.
It’s truly amazing grace that saves us, but it’s also amazing grace that keeps us. And just as amazing is the grace that causes us to grow into the image of Christ. If you want to become more beautiful every day, then humble yourself under God’s mighty hand, and His grace will be applied to you. You’ll become more beautiful every year — even with wrinkles on your face!

1 Peter : Chapter 5
5)  In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”[a] 6)  Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7)  Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 8)  Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9)  Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 10)  And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

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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…

About Sammy Tippit Ministries

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.
Sammy Tippit Ministries is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization.
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