DAILY VIDEO DEVOTIONAL
I was a brand new follower of Jesus in 1965 and awed by the goodness and greatness of God. At that time, I wasn’t used to church life and knew very little of the Bible. The Christian life was a grand adventure upon which I had just embarked. I was learning to live by faith without having a lot of information about the nature of the faith I was experiencing.
I was attending Louisiana State University when Christ came into my life. I knew immediately that God had a call upon my life to proclaim His salvation to the nations of the world. Two nights later I surrendered my life to that great task. I felt that I needed to leave the state university and study at a Christian school where I could learn more about the Bible. Thus, I transferred to a small Baptist College in the state.
While studying at the Christian school, I went to a small country church and listened to an evangelist named Manley Beasley. He was preaching on the subject of faith. I came under such conviction about my lack of faith that I couldn’t stand to listen to his entire message. I walked out of the church during the middle of his sermon. In the parking lot, under an old tree, I cried out to God, “Oh God, I don’t know the kind of faith this man’s talking about. But I want to be a man of faith. Teach me to trust You for everything.”
It didn’t take long for God to usher me into His school of faith. I had two scholarships that paid for my education while attending the state university. But I had nothing to assist me in my studies at the Christian school. But I knew that God had called me there. I remember praying and asking God to show me how to pay for my education. The next day I went into the administration office and asked to see how much my bill would be. The lady looked into my file and said, “Nothing.”
I was stunned. “That can’t be,” I stuttered. “What do you mean? Surely there must be some mistake.”
The kind lady looked a little further into the records and then told me something that surprised me even more. “The Sammy Tippit Scholarship Fund,” she said, “has taken care of it.”
“What Sammy Tippit Scholarship Fund?” I asked.
She then said, “It’s anonymous.”
I walked out of that office and then ran to my room. I fell on my knees and worshiped God as Jehovah Jireh! God was beginning to teach me to walk and live by faith. It was out of that experience and others like it early in my Christian life that I learned to walk by faith. I don’t believe that I would be doing the things that I’m doing today if I hadn’t learned to live by faith during those early days of my Christian life.
The author of the book of Hebrews says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him”(Hebrews 11:6 NIV). When Jesus spoke of prayer, He often combined it with faith. If we are going to truly be pleasing to God, then we must pray… and pray in faith. After all, He is Jehovah Jireh.
Matthew : Chapter 21
18) Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. 19) Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered. 20) When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?” they asked. 21) Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. 22) If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
Book of the Month
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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