DAILY VIDEO DEVOTIONAL
In recent discussions, we’ve talked about two indicators of our desperate need for revival: a “prayerless pew” and a “powerless people.” There’s yet another signpost that points to our need of a great spiritual awakening in this generation:-“passionless people.”
When there’s no prayer, there’s no power in our lives. When there’s no spiritual power within us, we will not know Christ’s passion for others. British pastor Samuel Chadwick once said, “There is no power like that of availing prayer. It turns ordinary mortals into men of power. It brings fire, it brings rain, it brings life, it brings God.”
Mr. Chadwick was right. When God comes and visits His people, we begin to feel what’s on His heart. And what is on God’s heart? The Bible says, “When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them” (Matthew 9:36). The heart of Jesus breaks for the multitudes without a shepherd. When God comes in power to our churches and our personal lives, we will begin to feel the passion of Christ for a lost and dying world.
A group of Christian friends from Eastern Europe once visited the United States. They attended a major Christian conference where I was speaking. I was a little nervous because I didn’t know how they would respond to an American style worship service. So I became very aware of our style. As I listened to the other speakers and I participated in the worship, I realized there were two major differences in our worship and theirs. There was much laughter in response to the speakers of the conference, and that was good. Joy comes to our hearts when there is a freedom of spirit.
But there was one thing missing that is often present in their worship: weeping. North American Christians are good at telling jokes, but terrible at weeping for souls. We know how to laugh, but have forgotten how to cry. Somehow in the midst of our Christian work, we’ve lost our passion — especially our passion for souls. Consequently, we stand in need of revival.
How long has it been since you wept over people’s eternal destiny?
Matthew : Chapter 14
13) When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14) When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15) As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” 16) Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” 17) “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. 18) “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19) And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20) They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.
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.
All Rights Reserved