Devotionals by Dr. Jeff Schreve

A HOUSE DIVIDED

"First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, in order that we may lead a tranquil and quiet
life in all godliness and dignity."

1 Timothy 2:1-2

America is in trouble, serious trouble.  It seems as if the vast majority of our politicians consider lying to be part of the job.  Who can we trust to tell us the honest-to-God truth?  The Democrats?  The Republicans?  The Mainstream Media?  All of these entities have an agenda … an agenda that appears to be trumping (no pun intended) truth and decency. 
 
Since all three of these key players appear to believe the end justifies the means, “we the people” are subjected to blatant lies, half-truths, vitriolic innuendos, and unprecedented in-fighting.  All these evils do nothing but weaken the country and stir the pot of growing discord.  
 
Jesus said, “Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and any city or house divided against itself shall not stand” (Matthew 12:25).  How will our “united states” continue to stand when we throw truth, decency, civility, and respect out the window in order to beat the opposition at any cost?  From my perspective, it appears that many in the media are so fueled by hatred that they are content to sink the ship just to get at the captain.  Newsflash!  If the ship goes down, liberals and conservatives alike suffer the same consequences.  I think we would all agree it is highly foolish to burn down your house in order to kill a rat. 
 
WHAT TO DO?  
 
In the midst of political turmoil, financial uncertainty, and the threat of war, Christians can make the difference. 
 
1.  We can pray for our country and our leaders.  God commands us to pray for our leaders, whether we agree with them or not.  Leaders are human beings with feelings and families.  Constant, vicious mockery and personal attacks are extremely hard for anyone to withstand.  Proverbs 11:11 is surely apropos, "By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is torn down."  Wicked (immoral, ungodly) people can tear down a church, a city, and a country by the power of caustic and contemptible communication.      
 
2.  We can shine for Christ and share His story.  The answers to America’s problems are not found in any politician or political party.  They are only found in the Lord Jesus Christ.  We are in the shape we are in as a nation because we have abandoned our heritage.  We no longer want to honor God or follow His ways.  As a result, we have ushered in a new morality where everything and anything goes.  It is akin to opening Pandora's box.  To quote Dr. Phil, “Hey America, how’s that working for ya?” 
 
Nevertheless, Christians hold the key to revival.  As we get right with God and walk in the light with God, men will notice a difference (see Matthew 5:16).  They may hate us for our stand, but they will respect us for our commitment.  God will use our uncompromising witness to speak to hearts and point the way to Jesus.
 
The time is now for Christians to put on the full armor and engage the enemy.  The devil is having a field day in America right now.  Let’s stand firm against him, calling on the name of the Lord as we lift high the cross and the empty tomb.  While we may live in America, our true citizenship as believers in Jesus is in heaven.  Regardless of what happens to our country, we are safe and secure in the Lord.

Love, 

Pastor Jeff Schreve,
From His Heart Ministries

P.S.  I would love to hear your thoughts on this.  Direct questions and comments to pastorjeff@fromhisheart.org.  


Dr. Jeff Schreve believes that no matter how badly you may have messed up in life, God still loves you and has a wonderful plan just for you. From His Heart provides real truth, love and hope on over 700 radio stations each day, in 149 countries each week on TV, and is always available online.  Pastor Jeff takes no income from this ministry. All donations go to furthering the broadcast outreach. As a listener/viewer supported ministry, we thank you for joining with us to help speak the truth in love to a lost and hurting world. Go to www.fromhisheart.org for more information.

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Growing up in a church-going home, Jeff learned a lot about God, but he did not know God. He believed in Jesus in the same way he believed in George Washington: he knew Jesus was real, but had not personally met Him. All this changed one night after a Young Life meeting when he was alone in his bedroom. There Jeff saw his need for Christ and His forgiveness and surrendered his life to Jesus.

As a student at the University of Texas, Jeff grew in his Christian life. He graduated with a degree in business and moved back home to Houston, Texas to start a career in business. There he met his future wife, Debbie, at a single's group meeting at Champion Forest Baptist Church. They were married in 1986 and have been blessed with a wonderful relationship and three awesome daughters and two beautiful grandchildren.

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After spending 13 years as a chemical salesman, God called Dr. Schreve to preach. He left his secure position and moved his family to North Carolina to attend Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. It was a scary and difficult move to make ... but it was one of the best decisions they have ever made. One year later, God called them to serve on staff at Champion Forest Baptist Church. In 2000, he completed his Master of Divinity degree graduating from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He graduated with a Doctor of Ministry degree in 2014 from Southeastern Seminary.

Jeff Schreve has been the senior Pastor of First Baptist Texarkana in 2003, a growing and exciting church with 4500+ members.

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