Devotionals by Dr. Jeff Schreve

HOW ARE YOU DOING?

"In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior."
1 Peter 3:1-2

A few years ago, a lady came to see me for a counseling appointment.  She was very dissatisfied in her marriage and was about to call it quits.  As she talked about her husband and the awful man he was, the thought went through my head, Why on earth did you marry him? 
 
After she vented about her terrible husband, I began to ask about her job performance as a wife.  At first, she felt justified in being less than stellar, but then the light began to dawn.  I asked her this question, "When you stand before God to give an account of your life, what do you think He will say about how well you respected your husband?  She began to get quiet.  Obviously, she was not doing well in that important department. 
 
I referred her to 1 Peter 3:1-2.  She readily agreed to having a husband who was "disobedient to the word."  I told her that she could win him without a word of nagging or negativity.  All she had to do was start to show him respect.  The Bible says, "Let the wife see to it that she respect her husband" (Ephesians 5:33).  Respect is a man's deepest need.    
 
I told this hurting wife that offering him respect would not be easy.  It would require supernatural help from the Spirit of God.  But, if she would yield herself to the Holy Spirit, He would empower her to respect her husband and be the wife God wanted her to be. 
 
Well, she went away and did what I counseled her to do.  And you know what?  He noticed, and he responded to the respect.  Things began to improve in their home, and the icy bitterness began to melt away.  As she showed him respect, he began to show her more love and tenderness.  As she worked on her job description as a wife, he began to be won "without a word." 
 
HOW ABOUT YOU?
 
How about you and your life?  Are you willing to start doing what God says to do?  Are you willing to quit pointing fingers at others who are not doing right and start looking in the mirror at yourself?  God is never going to ask you how your spouse did, or your kids did, or your boss did.  He is going to ask you how you did with what He commanded you to do.  Paul said, "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad" (2 Corinthians 5:10).
 
Our day of reckoning before the Lord is fast approaching.  It will be the ultimate performance review.  Why not start taking inventory now?  Honestly evaluate yourself before the Lord.  Focus on the things He has called you to do.  In your marriage, stop asking God to change your spouse, and start asking Him to change you and enable you to be the spouse He wants you to be. 
 
God's word is true.  When we put it into practice, we see His miracles take place.  Try it and see.

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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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.

A New Direction
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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