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There’s one subject that many Christians would prefer not to talk about: the relationship of suffering to revival. In the Western world, we seem to have lost the meaning of suffering in the believer’s life. We’ve opted for “power religion” and forsaken the way of the cross. But there could never have been a resurrection of Christ unless He was willing to suffer and die on a cruel Roman cross.
Many people ask me why Christians suffer. I don’t know the complete answer to that question. But, I do know this. God will manifest His presence in the midst of our sufferings. It’s often during times of suffering that we come to know and love God in a deeper way.
I learned this lesson in 1988 when I entered Romania. For several years I had traveled into that country. The response to my messages had been overwhelming. The churches couldn’t contain the people. The crowds overflowed and spilled into the streets. Hundreds came to Christ.
Yet, many of these believers were poor. They often suffered for their faith. Most of them didn’t have nice homes. The churches didn’t have Christian bookstores, and there wasn’t any Christian television or radio. But these followers of Jesus had something the every Christian needs. They were filled with God’s presence. As the Apostle Paul wrote, “They knew Him in the power of His resurrection and fellowship of His sufferings.”
When I left Romania on one of my visits there, a Romanian friend sent me a message. It simply said, “The glory of God comes through much suffering. Keep praying.” I’ve never forgotten that note.
One year later, a great revival erupted in Romania, and I traveled back to the country. Since that time, I’ve preached in many of Romania’s great stadiums and we’ve seen the glory of God as thousands have turned to Christ. But that note remains etched in my memory: “The glory of God comes through much suffering. Keep praying.”
Yes, there is resurrection power for the follower of Christ, but the way to that power is the road of suffering. Many Christians want to skip from one mountaintop experience to another. But the way to the next mountaintop often travels through the valley of suffering.
The psalmist left us with a great promise for any valley through which we must travel. He said, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for Thou art with me.” When you’re going through the valley of suffering, there’s only one thing that’s important. It only matters that you know He is with you.
Psalm : Chapter 23
1) The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2) He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3) he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. 4) Even though I walk through the darkest valley,[a] I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5) You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6) Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
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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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