DAILY VIDEO DEVOTIONAL
If I could give a synopsis of my testimony, it would be “Surprised by God.” Many years ago I had no spiritual interest. I had been selected as one of thirty high school students from Louisiana to study at the United Nations in New York City. I entered an international oratorical contest and was awarded “Most Outstanding Youth Speaker” in North America. I traveled the United States and Canada the next year speaking about the necessity of peace in the world. But there was one major problem: I had no peace in my heart. I found myself trying to fill that vacuum in my life with alcohol, immorality, and a quest for power. But nothing seemed to work.
That’s when I was surprised by God. My girlfriend’s parents strongly encouraged us to go to church one evening. Though I wasn’t seeking God, He was seeking me. As I listened to the speaker talk about my need for Christ, his message pierced my heart. I responded in faith by opening my heart to Jesus. He came into my life and changed me completely. Some of my friends said, “Tippit, I’ll give you two weeks and you’ll be back to the same old life.” More than fifty years later, I have to say that I love Jesus now more than I’ve ever loved Him.
He done more than surprise me; He’s also kept me. I never dreamed that in the next fifty-plus years, God would place me in stadiums and sports arenas on every continent. He has allowed me to bring hope to a lost and dying world. I’ve walked into the middle of a revolution. I’ve been arrested three times, and I’ve walked into the middle of a war to proclaim God’s love.
During those early days, God was preparing me to go into nations with the message of His love for a lost and dying world that desperately needed Him. He surprised me as a high school student with the gospel. Since then I’ve never been the same. The Christian life has been one great adventure. It’s been one surprise after another.
Have you ever been surprised by God? He once said to the psalmist, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations” (46:10). Be still in the quiet place and listen to God’s voice. You may be surprised.
Jeremiah : Chapter 1
4) The word of the Lord came to me, saying, 5) “Before I formed you in the womb I knew[a] you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” 6) “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” 7) But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. 8) Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord. 9) Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth. 10) See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”
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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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