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Devotionals by Dr. Jeff Schreve

THE FEAR FACTOR

Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the LORD which He will accomplish for you today.
Exodus 14:13

When I was a kid growing up, I remember that my oldest sister loved to watch scary movies. She thought those movies were fun and exciting. They scared me to death and gave me nightmares... but I often watched them with her because I thought that made me seem mature and "cool."

One particularly scary movie was titled WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE.  It starred Betty Davis and Joan Crawford. Betty Davis played a psycho who beat and abused her invalid sister, played by Joan Crawford. Just the creepy face of Betty Davis in that movie was enough to bring waves of fear to my heart. As a little kid, it was terrifying to try to sleep after seeing that horror show. I kept thinking that Baby Jane was going to show up in the middle of the night - YIKES!

THE PROBLEM OF FEAR

Fear is something everyone has experienced. While people may wear tee shirts and hats that read NO FEAR, the truth of the matter is we all struggle with fear. Sadly for many, fear becomes a paralyzing force that keeps them from realizing their full potential... that keeps them from being all God wants them to be... that keeps them from stepping out on the rock solid promises of God. 

Is that true of you? Has fear gotten the best of you? Has the fear of the future, or the fear of failure, or the fear of disaster, or the fear of man caused you to become far less than God intended you to be? The time is now to break the chains of fear on your life! 

HOW TO BREAK FEAR'S POWER

It is God's will and plan for you to live a life of victory over your fears. The Bible says, God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and discipline (2 Tim. 1:7). What can you and I do to defeat fear? Remember the timeless lessons from Exodus 14 concerning Israel, Pharaoh and the Red Sea:           

1. God has a plan. Israel was seemingly dead meat. The people were racked with fear and dread. Angry Pharaoh and his bloodthirsty armies were behind them, and the Red Sea was in front of them. There was no place to go. Yet, God had led them to the very place they were in... not to see them slaughtered, but to bring about a great miracle and a great deliverance, one they would be talking about for thousands of years. In your fearful situation, please remember... God knows what He is doing... He has a plan that you cannot see...so just trust Him!

2. Keep your eyes on the Lord. God led the children of Israel with a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. He was visibly with them 24-7. Israel had a choice: they could look at Pharaoh and his armies... or they could keep their eyes on the Lord. Remember, focusing on your problems ALWAYS produces fear, but focusing on the Lord ALWAYS produces faith. What are you focusing on today?

3. Take that step of faith. God told the people to go forward into the sea (Ex. 14:15). He told Moses to stretch out his staff over the sea. As they did their part (obey), God did His part (a great miracle). The fearful Israelites were so sure they were going to die by the hand of Pharaoh... yet God had other plans. He brought about the greatest deliverance of the Old Testament in the midst of the worst circumstances. And He did it in response to His people's simple steps of faith, "Go forward... and stretch out your staff."

HOW ABOUT FOR YOU?

What difficulty has you all fearful? Are you between a rock and a hard place with your finances... your marriage... your career... your health... your family... your future? God does His best work in the worst circumstances. Keep your eyes on Jesus. Know that He is able, more than able to handle your situation. Trust Him and obey His clear commands... even if it sounds crazy ("Go forward" sure sounds crazy when a sea is before you).

Be assured, God honors those who believe Him enough to step out in faith. He is faithful and all powerful... and He has a miracle in store for you as you simply trust Him and do it His way.

Love,

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 www.fromhisheart.org for more information.

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About From His Heart

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.

On Television: From His Heart is seen each week on Lightsource and also around the world on The Hillsong Channel, NRBTV, The Walk TV, and hundreds of TV stations across America and around the world. Go to Click Here to find the station near you.

On Radio: Click Here to listen to the daily radio broadcast available on OnePlace.com as well as 720+ outlets across America.

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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