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From His Heart - Week of Aug. 17

  • 2007 Aug 17

All Your works shall give thanks to You, O LORD, and Your godly ones shall bless You. They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom,
and talk of Your power. 

Psalm 145:10-11


Isn't it wonderful to receive a blessing?  Don't you just love it when someone does something unexpected and out of the ordinary to enrich your life and encourage your heart? 

The other night, two wonderful ladies in my church surprised me with a blessing.  They stopped by my house around 8:30 p.m. with one of my favorite desserts - a Blondie from Appleby's (if you have not tried a Blondie, you are missing out!).  They told me that they appreciated me, were praying for me and wanted me to know it in a tangible way.  I was so blessed, and so fattened.   

It feels great to be blessed... and it feels even greater to bless others.  Jesus said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive."    

Some years ago, Debbie and I had some friends who had fallen on hard times financially.  These folks loved and trusted God, but they had gotten squeezed by the real estate bust going on in Houston at the time.  We surprised them one day by bringing over several bags of groceries.  It was our way of telling them we loved them, and God was going to meet their needs.  I can still remember the impact that had on both of them.  Surely we received a greater blessing that day by blessing them with an unexpected act of kindness and love. 


Just as we can bless people with encouraging words, gifts of love and acts of service, we can also bless God.  Can you imagine that... little old you and little old me actually blessing the heart of Almighty God?  As hard as it is to fathom, it is true!  The Bible says we can do it... but how? 

There are many ways to bless God and bring a smile to His face:

  1. Thanking Him and praising Him for the good AND THE BAD (1 Thes. 5:18). 
  2. Telling Him, with all your heart, that you really love Him.  What father is not blessed when his child tells him that?
  3. When tempted with evil, choosing to obediently follow Jesus and say, "Not my will, but Yours be done."   
  4. Giving generously to His Kingdom's work... from a cheerful, grateful heart.
  5. Telling people about Jesus and bragging on His greatness and His glory.      
  6. Being wise and making wise decisions - My son, if you heart is wise, My own heart also will be glad; and My inmost being will rejoice, when you lips speak what is right”  (Prov. 23:15-16).

Our minds cannot comprehend the greatness of God (see Is. 40).  How awesome to think that we can "make His day" so to speak when we do the things that bless His heart! 

Would you take time right now to bless the King of Kings and Lord of Lords?  Would you determine to live everyday as a blessing to Jesus?  You will be so glad you did.


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 almost 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. Click here to become a ministry partner.

"Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works with us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen."
Ephesians 3:20-21


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