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I’ll never forget the night I came to know Christ. I thought, It just can’t get any better than this. I had come to know the God who created the universe. My heart was thrilled to experience firsthand His love and power in my life. I was enthralled with Him. Life took on a new meaning. I saw it through a new set of eyes. Yet that was just the beginning of what would become an incredible journey that would take me into a revolution, the aftermath of a genocide, and into war-torn nations with the message of God’s love, grace, and forgiveness. It would be the beginning of a journey into intimacy with God.
A man or woman of God is born in one moment, but grows into usefulness over a lifetime by getting to know God intimately. Too often, Christians have the attitude that once a person is born-again, they have arrived. The truth is, the journey’s just begun. Salvation is not the finish line; it’s the starting place. We come to know God in salvation, but we must grow in sanctification if we are to become the man or woman He wants us to be.
Moses met God on a mountain in the Midianite desert. God revealed Himself to Moses, but that was just the beginning of Moses’ relationship with God. He would need to get to know God intimately. After Moses encountered God on that fateful day, he began to have some logical questions about his new relationship. There were three ways in which Moses began to grow in his intimacy with God.
First, he came to know God as being omnipresent. God told Moses, “I will be with you” (Exodus 3:12). Moses needed to know that no matter where he went, God would be there. God would be with him when he stood before Pharaoh and when he stood before the Red Sea. He would be with him in the wilderness and in the city. He was with him on the mountain and would be with him when he descended into the valley.
When the Romanian revolution took place, a wonderful cry exploded in the hearts of the people. They had been systematically brainwashed all of their lives with atheism. But in one divine moment, God came and revealed Himself to the people, and 200,000 people in the country’s second-largest city began to shout, “Dumnezeu este cu noi!” which means, “God is with us.”
When Jesus came to this planet, one of the names given to Him was Emmanuel, which means, “God is with us.” When God reveals Himself to His people, He always wants them to know that He will be with them, no matter where they go.
But God also revealed Himself to Moses as eternal. God is everywhere all the time. Moses asked God a logical question, “What’s your name?” If he was going to go back to the children of Israel, he should know the name of the One who was sending him. God’s answer communicated His very nature. He said, “I am that I am” (Exodus 3:14). He didn’t say, “I was that I was“ or “I will be what I will be.” At that moment with Moses, God was, “I am that I am.” Today He is “I Am,” and tomorrow He is still, “I Am.” He doesn’t grow old. He’s the same “yesterday, today, and forever.”
Finally, Moses came to know God as perfectly faithful. God said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers — the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob — has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation” (Exodus 3:15). What God had done with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, He would do with Moses. God had been faithful and true to His promises to their forefathers, and He would be true to Moses.
Moses became God’s man, not because he was a great man, but because he had come to know a great God — the God who is everywhere, all the time, and completely faithful. This same God of Moses is the God of every true follower of Jesus, the Christ. The making of the man of God doesn’t begin with the man, but with the God who makes him. It’s the man or woman with the mark of God’s character on their soul who is useful in His kingdom. Such a mark is branded on our heart by intimacy with the Savior.
Exodus : Chapter 3
11) But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” 12) And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you[b] will worship God on this mountain.” 13) Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” 14) God said to Moses, “I am who I am.[c] This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’” 15) God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord,[d] the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ “This is my name forever, the name you shall call me from generation to generation. 16) “Go, assemble the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—appeared to me and said: I have watched over you and have seen what has been done to you in Egypt. 17) And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—a land flowing with milk and honey.’ 18) “The elders of Israel will listen to you. Then you and the elders are to go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. Let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the Lord our God.’ 19) But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand compels him. 20) So I will stretch out my hand and strike the Egyptians with all the wonders that I will perform among them. After that, he will let you go. 21) “And I will make the Egyptians favorably disposed toward this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed.
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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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