DAILY VIDEO DEVOTIONAL
“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation.” (Revelation 3:14)
Many years ago I offered up to God one of the most significant prayers I’ve ever brought before His throne. “O God,” I cried out, “please place me in situations where You are my only hope. Help me never to depend upon my own skills and abilities to accomplish Your work.”
God not only heard that prayer, but He’s been faithful to answer it — year after year. One of the most exciting things He’s done in my ministry is to keep me in the “valley of dependence.” He continues to place me in circumstances where it’s impossible for me to accomplish His will. There’s no greater adventure than trusting Christ for the fulfillment of His promises. When things aren’t going well, it’s easy to think you’re living in the valley of defeat rather than the valley of dependence. But the dark valleys of life often cause us to place our complete trust in Christ.
For me, the 1980s were years of learning to trust God in such valleys. During the dark and difficult days of communism, I traveled throughout Eastern Europe. Pastors in Romania often told me that the Securitate (secret police) would not permit me to return. But God was faithful. Year after year, He opened the doors, and I was able to travel in the country and minister the Word of God.
I was entering Romania via train in 1988 when soldiers came running toward the railroad car where I was seated. They came to my compartment and said, “Come with us.” I knew what that meant. They took me off the train and confiscated my passport. They stood in a circle around me and held me under guard. My heart broke. I didn’t know what they would do, but I knew I would probably never see my Romanian friends again.
To be honest, I had a really big pity party. I felt sorry for myself. I cried over my mistreatment and what was transpiring. But in those moments and hours, something happened in my heart. God reminded me of the prayer I had prayed, “Please place me in situations where You are my only hope. Help me never to depend upon my own skills and abilities to accomplish Your work.”
Then the words of a great hymn arose in my heart: “Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; All I have needed Thy hand hath provided. Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!” I began to worship and adore Him. I took my eyes off my circumstances — and placed them on His faithfulness.
Although I was banned from the country, God was faithful to His promises. A little over a year from my being banned from the country, the revolution took place. I returned to Romania and began preaching in stadiums all over the nation. I was overwhelmed at God’s goodness and faithfulness.
One name attributed to God in the Scriptures is the “Amen.” That title for Jesus in the Book of Revelation emphasizes His unchanging faithfulness. It means He is eminently “true, certain, and faithful.” When He says He will do something, then it’s “amen — so be it.” It will come to pass. It’s absolute — certain. There’s no doubt in His promises. There’s only certainty. As the apostle Paul wrote, “The One who calls you is faithful, and He will do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:24).
When you know that God has called you and your circumstances look impossible, just remember: His name is the “Amen.”
2 Corinthians : Chapter 1
17) Was I fickle when I intended to do this? Or do I make my plans in a worldly manner so that in the same breath I say both “Yes, yes” and “No, no”? 18) But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.” 19) For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silas[c] and Timothy—was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.” 20) For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. 21) Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22) set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
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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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