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The Love Test – From His Heart – November 19

From His Heart daily devotional with Dr. Jeff Schreve

THE LOVE TEST

My father-in-law, Gerald Canon, was a Pastor in the greater Houston area for over 50 years.  He was a wonderful man with a wealth of Bible knowledge.  When I was just beginning to teach my first Sunday school class, I would call him to pick his brain.

I remember asking him about David being called “a man after God’s own heart.”  I said, “Gerald, what do you think that means exactly, to be a man after God’s own heart?”  He answered, “David had a great passion and love for God and the things of God.  The things that were important to God were important to David.  That’s at the core of what it means.”  Well put!

GREAT PASSION?

In Revelation 2:4, the Lord rebukes the church in Ephesus for leaving their first love. Remember, the greatest commandment of all is to love God with all you’ve got (Matt. 22:37-38).  If you leave your first love, you miss the most important thing of all.  If you leave you first love, your passion for Jesus starts to wane.

How is YOUR passion and love for the Lord Jesus these days?  Are you “on fire.” “lukewarm,” or “getting cold”?  Do you want to take the Love Test? (Let me warn you, it is convicting).

You know you have left your first love when:

  1. You delight more in someone else than in God.
  2. Your soul does not long for one-on-one time with God.
  3. Your thoughts during leisure moments are rarely on God.
  4. You view the commands of God as restrictions on your life.
  5. You inwardly strive for the approval of man rather than the approval of God.
  6. You refuse to give up questionable activities.
  7. You fail to make Christ known for fear of rejection.
  8. You are unwilling to forgive another.
  9. You become complacent of sin around you.

THE REMEDY

What do you do if you flunk the passion test? What do you do if you are guilty, as the church in Ephesus was, of leaving your first love?  You heed the words of Jesus:

“Remember therefore from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you, and will remove your lampstand out of its place – unless you repent” (Rev. 2:5).

PRAYER OF REPENTANCE

Perhaps you need to pray this prayer of repentance. “Lord, when I honestly evaluate my heart for You, I see that I am guilty of leaving my first love.  I don’t want to be a lukewarm Christian who is half-heartedly in love with you.  Change my heart, God.  Set my soul on fire.  Help me to be so passionate about You. Thank You for the cross, Lord Jesus.  Let me never forget how much You love me and what You paid to save me. I surrender all over again to Your will and Your ways for me. Amen.”

Remember, “We love, because He first loved us” (1 Jn. 4:19). Passion problems require a fresh look at the cross of Jesus Christ. Why not re-read the crucifixion accounts in the Gospels and watch THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST this weekend? You will be powerfully reminded of His unfathomable love for you, and your heart will start beating passionately once again for Him.

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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Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:

“Do not fret therefore in view of tomorrow for tomorrow will have its own anxieties.”

Matthew 6:34

Berkley Version

“I heard a voice at evening softly say,

Bear not thy yesterday into tomorrow;

Nor load this week with last week’s load of sorrow.

Lift all thy burdens so they come, nor try

To weight the present with thy by and by.

One step and then another, take thy ways –

Live by the day!

Though autumn leaves are withering round thy way,

Walk in the sunshine. It is all for thee.

Push straight ahead, as far as thou canst see.

Dread not the winter whether thou mayst go,

But when it comes, be thankful for the snow.

Onward and upward, look and smile and pray

Live by the day!”

J. H. May

Today’s Study Text:

“What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it – we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are.”

1 John 3:1, 2

The Message Bible

“A ‘Whole’ Lot of Love” Part 1

“Whole” – 1) containing all components; 2) not divided or disjoined; 3) sound and healthy; 4) constituting the full amount; 5) a complete entity.

Am I willing to accept the “wholeness” of Jesus’ love in my life?

“A Modern-Day Parable”

Mary was the youngest of five children growing up on a farm in a small, rural community.  She was the “apple of her father’s eye.”  A treasure in the heart of her mother. The wide-open fields and starry skies were her companions in the evenings as she walked quietly through the rows of corn her dad plowed all day long.

As Mary grew, she studied at her mother’s feet and when she went off to school in town, her parents looked for the dust kicked up by the big yellow school bus, as it stopped every day on the dirt road in front of their home. Mary always ran up the rocky path to the porch surrounding the house, anxious to give a report on what had happened at school each day.  Special events began to mark the passing time.  There was Mary’s first prom…her turn to learn to drive…her first car…and then her graduation from high school.

Now came decision time for Mary.  She could stay in her small town, among friends and family, or she could move to the large city, 500 miles away. Of course, Mom and Dad wanted her to stay close by, but Mary’s best friend worked hard to convince her to come along to the city and share an apartment with her.  After much begging and pleading, Mary’s parents reluctantly helped their youngest child get settled in her new home far away from the comfort and protection to which she’d grown accustomed.

At first, Mary called home every week giving a detailed report on her activities.  She had a job and although it didn’t pay a lot, she was able to make it financially.  Mom and Dad were relieved.  And she’d made new friends.  Sounded like quite a group.  Mom and Dad were a little worried.  But Mary convinced them everything couldn’t be better.

However, as time passed, the phone didn’t ring quite so often at Mom and Dad’s house.  Mary told them she was just, “Too busy.”  But with each passing day, Mom and Dad began to worry – a lot.  Weeks went by.  A month.  Then two.  Then one day, Mom and Dad called their daughter only to hear an operator’s voice, “The number you are calling is no longer in service.”  Panic struck.  Dad looked at Mom.  “I’m going to find our baby,” he announced.

Dad packed up a few things in his suitcase, jumped in his old truck and took off down the dirt road and eventually found his way to the interstate that led him to the city where his child was.  Even though he had traveled the road to the city but once, he could still remember how to get to Mary’s apartment – he could never forget where his precious little girl lived.  When he arrived even the long trip had not depleted his energy and he leaped up the stairs to the third floor and ran down the hall to apartment 346.  A man came to the door.

“I’m looking for Mary Green. She’s my daughter.  Does she live here?”

 

 

“Nope,” the man said abruptly.  “Moved several months ago.  Check with the manager and see if he knows where she went.”

Dad hurried down to the manager who gave him a small scrap of paper with a scribbled address.

“Mary told me to send her mail to this address,” the manager said. “I hope this helps you find her.  She was a nice kid but when she left here, I don’t think things were going so well.”

Dad got back into his truck and took off for another location, only to find Mary wasn’t there.  A neighbor said she was running with the wrong crowd; drugs were involved; and money was running low.  The neighbor didn’t think Mary could afford her rent.  She advised Mary’s dad to check a couple of the local homeless shelters.

Up and down the streets, Mary’s dad drove, looking for a familiar face.  He decided to park his truck.  He would walk the streets if he had to.  He stopped people as he walked.  He showed them a picture. “Have you seen my daughter?” he asked.

Finally, in desperation he began to call out, “Mary, Mary,” his deep bass voice booming over the noise of the city streets. “Mary, my girl. Mary.”

Back in an alleyway, under some broken down pieces of cardboard, a young woman heard a voice.  It was a familiar voice calling her name.  She lifted her head. “Could it be,” she wondered?

She stood up and began to walk slowly toward the sound that brought comfort to her heart. “Daddy,” she screamed, “I’m over here.” Her father began to run, “I’m coming Mary,” he shouted, “I’ve come to take you home.”

Once in her father’s arms, young Mary felt safe for the first time in months.  And Dad, well he did what a loving father does. “We’ve got to get some food in your stomach,” he said. “And I brought some of your clothes from home – we have to get those cold, wet clothes off of you.  By the way, there’s a blanket behind your seat, wrap that around you.  We have to get you home before you catch pneumonia.”

The Bible, in Luke 15 says:

“But while she was still a long way off, her father saw her. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced her and kissed her. The daughter started her speech: ‘Daddy, I’ve sinned against God. I’ve sinned against you.  Don’t touch me – I’m dirty.  Don’t get too close to me – I stink.  You don’t want to be seen with me – I’m a mess!’

But the father wasn’t even listening. He was planning a party. He took his daughter to the best dress store in town and bought her something new to wear.  He put the family heirloom ring on her finger and got her a brand new pair of shoes. (Maybe even two or three pairs!)

‘We’re going to a party!’ he shouted to anyone who could hear. ‘Pull out all the stops. My lost daughter is found.'”

Luke 15:11-22

Paraphrase

The Message

Have you ever questioned the “wholeness” of Jesus’ love?  Have you asked yourself, “How can He love me when I’ve done _______?  I’ll let you fill in the blank because, for each of us, the failing in our lives will be something different.  And the reason we may think we don’t deserve God’s love, will not be the same.

However, we have the unfailing assurance of Jesus: “He (She) who cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6: 37, K.J.V.) This is the “wholeness” of Jesus’ love. And we see it clearly demonstrated in the life of the paralyzed man, brought by his friends to Jesus.  If you note, Jesus didn’t ask this sick man to pass a “litmus” test proving his sincerity.  Jesus didn’t ask him how he got into the mess he was in.  Jesus didn’t question his motives. Jesus didn’t criticize how he looked or what he wore.

Jesus’ love embraced this man (and his friends, too) from the moment they entered the room. No hesitation.  No waiting.  No questions asked.

This “wholeness” that preserves me and saves me from myself – is the same “wholeness” you and I are offered freely today.  And we are promised that there is nothing that will ever separate us from Jesus’ “whole” love.

“…Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 8:38, 39

K.J.V.

“The only real love is God’s love.”

Josemaria Eseriva

The Way

“You know, God, that I have never wanted anything but to love you alone. I long for no other glory.  Your love has gone before me from my childhood, it has grown with me, and now it is an abyss whose depths I cannot plumb.  Love attracts love and mine soars up to you, eager to fill the abyss of your love, but it is not even a drop of dew lost in the ocean. To love you as you love me, I must borrow your love – only then can I have peace.”

Therese of Lisicux

The Story of a Soul

Your friend,

Dorothy Valcárcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus

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November 19

The Power of the Gospel and the Predicament of the Unrighteous

 

Romans 1;  Psalms 123;  Proverbs 23:13-14

 

Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name, among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ;

 

To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers, making request if, by some means, now at last I may find a way in the will of God to come to you. For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established-that is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.

 

Now I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that I often planned to come to you (but was hindered until now), that I might have some fruit among you also, just as among the other Gentiles. I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise and to unwise. So, as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome also.

 

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

 

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man-and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.

 

Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

 

For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.

 

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

 

Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things. And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who “will render to each one according to his deeds”: eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness-indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek; but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with God.

 

Romans 1:1-2:11

 

 

 

WORSHIP

Unto You I lift up my eyes,

O You who dwell in the heavens.

Have mercy on us, O LORD, have mercy on us!

For we are exceedingly filled with contempt.

Our soul is exceedingly filled

With the scorn of those who are at ease,

With the contempt of the proud.

Psalm 123:1, 3-4

 

WISDOM

Do not withhold correction from a child,

For if you beat him with a rod, he will not die.

You shall beat him with a rod,

And deliver his soul from hell.

Proverbs 23:13-14

TODAY’S READING

BIBLE GATEWAY

View today’s reading at Bible Gateway

James 1

1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,

To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:

Greetings.

Trials and Temptations

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. 10 But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower. 11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.

12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.

Listening and Doing

19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.

26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

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