DAILY VIDEO DEVOTIONAL
There have been three specific seasons in my life and ministry. I spent the first ten years of my ministry as a youth evangelist. It was a great walk of faith. My wife and I trusted God to meet all our needs. We asked no man for anything, but trusted God for everything. He was faithful in every instance to provide all we needed. During the second season of my life, I was a pastor. Although I was still living by faith, it was not the same as my ministry in youth evangelism. I was salaried by a church and rested relatively sure that my paycheck would be there every week.
At the close of that period, God began to speak to me about returning to itinerate evangelism. But I had become financially comfortable in my church. I knew I would once again have to step out in faith. Earlier in my life I had seen God provide in remarkable ways. I knew He would do it again. But I still had to take that one step of faith and resign from my church. It was a defining moment. I made the decision and have never looked back. God has been faithful through these past decades to meet every need of my family.
Thousands of years ago, Joshua had also seen God move mightily. He was there when God parted the Red Sea. He watched Moses, the man of God, miraculously lead the people out of Egypt. Now Joshua had to take a step of faith. It was a new season for him. He had to lead the people to cross the Jordan River. It must have been awesome. It was certainly a defining moment in Joshua’s life and leadership.
God spoke to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know that I am with you as I was with Moses. Tell the priests who carry the ark of the covenant: ‘When you reach the edge of the Jordan’s waters, go and stand in the river’” (Joshua 3:7, 8). This was perhaps the greatest test in Joshua’s leadership. He couldn’t depend on the faith of Moses. He would have to trust God. He could no longer lean on his mentor and friend. He had to lead the people in a walk of faith. He held the mantle of leadership. It was trust God or die in the wilderness. Joshua trusted God.
We can see several lesson of leadership in the life of Joshua. First, spiritual leadership demands that we walk by faith. Leadership can be lonely. But the man God trusts that God will be with Him. He may tremble at the task before him, but he has a deep conviction that God will lead him through the troubled waters. It’s this assurance that enables him to take that step of faith.
Second, when Joshua took that great step of faith, God exalted him. Joshua didn’t exalt himself, but God exalted him. The leader who exalts himself will eventually be brought low by God. But the leader who humbles himself will be exalted by God. Faith is a byproduct of humility. Faith grows in a humble heart because a heart of humility depends wholly on God.
Finally, a spiritual leader will unashamedly call God’s people to absolute surrender toGod’s will: “Joshua told the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you’” (Joshua 3:5). Joshua knew that God’s work must be done God’s way. It was not enough to simply step out in faith. Joshua had to lead the people to do the will of God in the way of God. That’s true spiritual leadership.
Joshua : Chapter 3
1) Early in the morning Joshua and all the Israelites set out from Shittim and went to the Jordan, where they camped before crossing over. 2) After three days the officers went throughout the camp, 3) giving orders to the people: “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the Levitical priests carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. 4) Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. But keep a distance of about two thousand cubits[a] between you and the ark; do not go near it.” 5) Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.” 6) Joshua said to the priests, “Take up the ark of the covenant and pass on ahead of the people.” So they took it up and went ahead of them. 7) And the Lord said to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know that I am with you as I was with Moses. 8) Tell the priests who carry the ark of the covenant: ‘When you reach the edge of the Jordan’s waters, go and stand in the river.’” 9) Joshua said to the Israelites, “Come here and listen to the words of the Lord your God. 10) This is how you will know that the living God is among you and that he will certainly drive out before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites and Jebusites. 11) See, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth will go into the Jordan ahead of you. 12) Now then, choose twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe. 13) And as soon as the priests who carry the ark of the Lord—the Lord of all the earth—set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream will be cut off and stand up in a heap.” 14) So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant went ahead of them.
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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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