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Many people begin the Christian life experiencing victory, only to find themselves defeated after a few years. I’ve watched men and women surrender to God’s call on their lives. They live with excitement and enthusiasm for Christ and do what He has called them to do. Yet years later, they can be found on the sidelines of the battle. What happens to these many well-meaning believers? Some of us may even ask, “What’s happened to me?”
Often we get tripped up in the life and work to which God has called us because of misplaced priorities. We begin well, but finish poorly because we didn’t “keep the main thing the main thing.” We get sidetracked chasing rabbit trails that lead us nowhere. Often we settle for rabbit stew when God has prepared for us a banquet.
To maintain correct priorities, we have to always keep our focus on God’s purpose in our lives. There are seasons in everyone’s life. It’s often in the change of these seasons that our priorities change. My wife and I went through a seasonal change when our younger child, Renee, left home to study at the university. My wife was able to begin traveling with me. So I stepped up the pace of my travel and speaking schedule. As long as our children were home and unable to travel with me, I placed a limit on my travel. But since the season has changed, I have the liberty to travel more often.
I know God’s purpose for my life is first to love Him with all my heart, mind, and soul. Second, it’s to love my neighbor as myself. My closest and most important neighbors are my family. Therefore they take high priority in my life — higher than my ministry. I’ve seen many people lose everything — their ministry and family — because of misplaced priorities.
You may be wondering what a Christian’s priorities should be. I’m convinced the victorious Christian will have priorities that look something like this:
First: my walk with God.
Second: my walk with my family.
Third: my work and ministry.
I’ve seen many people establish incorrect priorities … and eventually find themselves defeated. Our seasons of life may change, but our purpose in life must remain constant. And our priorities in life must always be built around the eternal purpose God has for each of us. Priorities tell the truth about what’s really important to us. We can say we love God with all our hearts. But the true test of that love will be the priorities we have established and continue to refine as our seasons of life change.
Priorities find their expression in time spent. Our time should be spent doing what is important to us. Some people want to do that, but they don’t muster the courage to do what is really important. Establishing priorities and living by them takes courage. But such courage will produce victory in our daily lives. Take that step today and begin to establish God-given priorities in your life. It will pay benefits for years to come.
Matthew : Chapter 16
24) Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25) For whoever wants to save their life[f] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26) What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 27) For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done. 28) “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”
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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.
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