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Establishing Priorities
Today in our devotion time, I want to speak to you about Establishing Priorities. Priorities are very important. In fact, Jesus said, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Why did he say, “Seek first”? What did that mean? That meant the kingdom of God and his righteousness is the first and foremost priority of your life. All these other things will be added unto you, talking about food on the table and all that.

If you put Christ first and that’s the first priority you have, then these other things will take care of themselves. There are priorities he said very clearly we need to establish. We talked about having goals. We talked about making plans. What happens (and this is where the problem comes in; this is where the rubber hits the road, so to speak) is whenever you start making those plans, you’re going to discover there are some things you really like to do that you don’t have time to do. You have to make some judgment calls.  What’s most important? What’s second-most important? What’s third-most important? You’re going to have to establish your priorities in life. If you’re going to fulfill whether it’s weight loss or whether it’s exercise or whether it’s having a quality time with God or whether it’s spending time with your family, there are going to be some things you’re going to have to let go of.
Let me just give you one kind of illustration how this works. If I were to ask you, “How much time do you spend reading the newspaper or reading news on the Internet, and how much time do you spend reading God’s Word?” which would be most? I’m afraid a lot of Christians would have to say if they were honest, “I spend more time reading the newspaper.”

Yet we say, “Oh, I’m struggling with my time. I’m struggling with having that quality time with God or my quality time with my family.” Yet we spend more time watching the news on television or reading the news than we do actually communicating with our families. You have a choice to make. Which one is more important? Which one takes priority? You have to start establishing your priorities.

Let me suggest some priorities to you. The first priority ought to be your relationship with God. Out of that flows everything else. The second priority ought to be your relationship with your family (your wife in particular and your children). Your third priority ought to be the people you work with. The next priority ought to be your health and how you treat your body and how you treat yourself.

Sammy Tippit Ministries 2 San Antonio, TX

Make those priorities in that order. As you do that and you look at the various things you have in your schedule, prioritize them. I believe as you do that, you’ll be able to accomplish the goals God has given you to accomplish. You will see God do great and mighty things.

Sammy Tippit Ministries 3 San Antonio, TX

1 Corinthians : Chapter 15
1)  Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2)  By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 3)  For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4)  that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5)  and that he appeared to Cephas,[b] and then to the Twelve. 6)  After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7)  Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8)  and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born. 9)  For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10)  But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 11)  Whether, then, it is I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed. The Resurrection of the Dead

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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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