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Devotionals by Dr. Jeff Schreve

But have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women. On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
1 Timothy 4:7-8

I am so impressed with my wife, Debbie.  She has in excess what I struggle to obtain in inches—discipline.  She is disciplined in her quiet time, her exercise program, her diet, and her “to do lists.” She always works first so she can play later. She gets more done by 10:00 a.m. than most people accomplish in a day.  Discipline and dedication to the task at hand is her key to success.

Maybe you are like Debbie regarding discipline.  Maybe being disciplined comes easy to you. What a special gift from God!  For the rest of us, discipline is hard work. But it is extremely necessary. God blesses a disciplined life. Disciplined people get things done and see God work in their lives.  Undisciplined people live with the haunting words, if only.


John Williams was a power forward in the NBA in the middle 80s and early 90s. He was a first round draft pick (12th pick) by the Washington Bullets in 1986. Many basketball pundits thought he would be a star in the league. But John Williams had a discipline problem, and he could not control his weight. He was 6’ 8” and hovered around 300 pounds.His penchant for food earned him a few unflattering nicknames: John “Meals on Wheels” Williams, John “I’ll Take Seconds” Williams, and John “Hot Plate” Williams. Charles Barkley once told him, “John, you could have been a great player if you had learned two words, ‘I’m full.’” Sadly, his NBA career was far less than it could have been due to his lack of discipline.

I think the same can be said of many Christians. Our lack of spiritual discipline—in prayer, Bible Study, Scripture memorization, witnessing, and serving others—often leaves us missing out on all that Jesus has for us. If we do not “discipline yourself [ourselves] for the purpose of godliness,” we will never make the impact we could have made at home, at work, at church, and in the community.

Let me encourage you to carve out time each day to spend with the Lord. Whether it is ten minutes or two hours, be faithful to read the Word and pray. Read for depth of understanding and not just to check the “reading plan” box. (It is better to read one verse that truly impacts your life than it is to read ten chapters and remember little to nothing of what you read.) Ask God to help you grow and become the person He wants you to be. Pray to Him in all honesty and sincerity. Don’t tell Him what you think He wants to hear; tell Him what is really going on inside of you. Share the real you with Him.    

Discipline and dedication make all the difference in our relationship with the Lord—along with heart!  Jeremiah 29:13 tells us, “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” May we do just that, and do it consistently!

PS. If this devotion has ministered to your heart, please let me know. I would love to hear from you —


Pastor Jeff Schreve,
From His Heart Ministries

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 182 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 for more information.



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From His Heart Ministries is the TV, Radio and Internet broadcast outreach of Dr. Jeff Schreve who believes that no matter how badly you have messed up in life, God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life. We’re on mission to help a new generation discover their creator through the preaching of the compassionate, relevant, yet uncompromised truth of the Gospel. Pastor Jeff speaks the truth in love with clear biblical content combined with engaging, personal stories. His messages are filled with life-giving principles for everyday living and eternal assurance.

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About Dr. Jeff Schreve

Jeff's life has been radically changed by Jesus Christ.
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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