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<< From His Heart, by Pastor Jeff Schreve

From His Heart - Week of March 28

  • 2014 Mar 28



The LORD is for me; I will not fear; what can man do to me?  The LORD
is for me; among thosewho help me.  
Psalm 118:6-7

Pictures.  We love them, don’t we?  Our minds are wired for pictures.  One of the great allures of Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, and other social media sites is the ability to post photographs.  It is fun (and somewhat addicting) to scroll through the current pictures of our grade school friends from yesteryear.  Reading text is one thing, but seeing a picture takes it to a new level.  The old saying is really true, “A picture as worth a thousand words.” 
So, what do you “picture” when you think of God? 
Sadly, many people picture God as a stern, impossible-to-please despot, sitting on the throne of the universe with a foul disposition and a hair-trigger temper.  He has a big billy club in one hand and a bag of thunder bolts in the other.  He is chomping at the bit to unleash fiery judgment on those who stray outside the lines.  Well, if that is how you view God, if that is the picture of Him that hangs in the halls of your mind, it is going to be impossible for you to ever get close to Him.  Why would you even want to? 
What does the Bible say about God?  Is He really mean, cruel, and condemning as the devil would have us believe?  Certainly not!  God is good, loving, gracious, merciful, and compassionate.  He is the God who is for us, not against us.  He is the God who wants to help us, not hurt us or condemn us.  He is the father of the prodigal son, the one who runs to us and showers us with kisses and compassion the moment we turn to Him in repentance and faith
To be sure, God is holy and righteous.  He wants His children to walk in His righteousness, because it is in His righteousness that we find security, peace, and blessings.  He takes no pleasure in us when we go our own way and do our own thing.  It grieves Him to watch us walk in darkness.  He knows our rebellion will only produce pain as we get away from His will for our lives.  The prodigal sowed his wild oats … and reaped a bitter crop of pig slop.  And the father wept for his wayward son. 
So, what do we do when we miss the mark, succumb to temptation, and sin against God?  We quickly come to Him in godly sorrow and confession.  We remind ourselves of the truth that He wants to help us in our time of need (Heb.4:16).  We remember what the Nazi concentration camp survivor Corrie ten Boom said, “No matter how deep the sin, God’s love is deeper still.”
Are you distant from God today?  Do you see Him as disgusted and displeased with you?  Take down that faulty caricature of God and replace it with the real picture.  He is never disgusted with His children.  Certainly, He gets displeased with our sinful actions, but not with us.  He loves us with an everlasting love.  He says to us today, “Come to Me.  I am for you.  I want to help you.  I want to turn your sorrows into joy and get your life back on track with Me.”  What an awesome invitation from the King!  So, what is your answer to Him?


Jeff Schreve

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Jeff Schreve is Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Texarkana, Texas. He and his wife Debbie have been married for over 20 years and are blessed with three wonderful girls. Jeff began From His Heart Ministries, a radio and television ministry, in January of 2005. This ministry is completely listener/viewer supported. It continues only through the faithful and generous gifts of people like you. Pastor Jeff takes no salary from this ministry. All gifts go to further the broadcast.


Babylon fell without even a battle. And what happened to Babylon and her king, Belshazzar, can easily happen to a nation today.  America is making many of the same fatal errors and unless she wakes up and to cries out to God in humility and repentance, and makes immediate course corrections, God will pull the plug and she will suffer the same fate. This booklet will speak to your heart and open your eyes to blind spots that affect us all so you can adequately address them before the lights are turned out.

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