Devotionals by Dr. Jeff Schreve

FAILING THE TEST

"Now there was a famine in the land; so Abram [Abraham] went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the land."

Genesis 12:10

The man known as Abraham is an extremely important figure in history.  Christians, Jews, and Muslims all declare Abraham to be their patriarch of patriarchs.  Abraham's claim to fame was his faith.  The Bible calls him "the father of all who believe" (Romans 4:11). 

Abraham's faith was so great that he uprooted his life when in his 70s, left his homeland, and journeyed hundreds of miles to go to a place that God would show him.  His faith was so great he believed God would give him a son from the womb of his aged, barren wife Sarah (see Romans 4:18-21).  His faith was so great he was willing to obey God and offer Isaac as a sacrifice, believing that God would raise him from the dead (see Hebrews 11:17-19).    

But his great faith wasn't perfect.  In fact, he often failed in his faith.  His failures, while not good, are used for good as they encourage us when we fail in our faith. 

ABRAHAM'S BIG FAILURE

His first big failure is found in Genesis 12.  He is in the land God showed him, the Promised Land, the land flowing with milk and honey.  It's all good ... until there is a famine in the land.  Abraham responded to the famine by heading to Egypt---the place of future bondage.  In Egypt, he conspired with his wife to lie to Pharaoh and say she was his sister, not his wife.  He was afraid if Pharaoh knew beautiful Sarai (Sarah) was his wife, Pharaoh would kill Abraham and add Sarah to his harem.  So, to save his skin, he was willing to prostitute his wife.  UGH!    

Did you know the famine in Genesis 12:10 was simply a test?  It was a test Abraham failed miserably.  Going down to Egypt was not God's plan for Abraham.  All the time he was in Egypt, he was out of the will of God.  He wasn't a witness in Egypt; he was a reproach to Pharaoh and his people.  He had to leave that place, return to the Promised Land, and get things right with God so he could move forward in his faith.  Thankfully, he did just that! 

"So Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev .... as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai, to the place of the altar which he had made there formerly; and there Abram called on the name of the LORD."  (Genesis 13:1, 3-4)   

YOUR BIG FAILURE?

Can you relate to Abraham's failure?  Has there been a "famine test" in some area of your life that you have handled fearfully not faithfully?  Have you blown it big time and find yourself lying and scheming down in Egypt, far from God's will? 

What are we to do when we fail the test?  We are to do what Abraham did in Genesis 13 -   leave Egypt and go back to Bethel (that word literally means house of God).  Confess your sins to God and call upon His name.  He will forgive you, no matter how badly you have failed.  The Lord was not through with Abraham ... and He is not through with you, either! 

Remember, your failure does not have to be final.  The Lord says to us, "Return to Me, and I will return to you" (Malachi 3:7).  Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Love, 

Pastor Jeff Schreve,
From His Heart Ministries

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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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