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Welcome to the Winter 2020 edition of the From His Heart Newsletter: REAL. We trust the insights below will be a blessing to you. Scroll down to view the following articles:
God Does His Greatest Work in Your Darkest Circumstances.
Q & A with Pastor Jeff: How to Respond to Your Real Struggles.
From Debbie’s Heart: When Life Makes You Panic.
A Note from Pastor Jeff: It is a Privilege to Bring Your Failures to God.
Israel 2020: Tour the Holy Land with Pastor Jeff.
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by Dr. Jeff Schreve
When you read the first chapter of the book of Ruth, you see that her situation looks hopeless. As a widow in that day and age, without a husband to provide for her, she was utterly destitute.
All Ruth had was God. But when you have God, you have everything, because God is the God of hope. And the God of hope does His greatest work in the darkest and most hopeless of circumstances.
There’s a significant detail in the story of Ruth that powerfully reveals the goodness of God. The Bible says Ruth was from Moab, a detestable nation southeast of the Dead Sea. The Moabites were so wicked that God put them under a curse. Deuteronomy 23:3 (NASB) says,
“No Ammonite or Moabite shall enter the assembly of the LORD; none of their descendants, even to the tenth generation, shall ever enter the assembly of the LORD.” (Note: “LORD” is the translation of Yahweh, and “Lord” is Adonay.)
But Ruth didn’t stay in Moab. She left that sinful country of her birth to go with her Jewish mother-in-law, Naomi, to Bethlehem. Although Ruth was a Moabitess, she had rejected the false gods of her people and had put her faith and trust in the true God of Israel.
Ruth followed the Lord and He showered her with His love and grace, just like He does for you and me. Even though the Scripture says that no Moabite would ever enter the assembly of the LORD, when Ruth made the decision to trust Yahweh God by saying to Naomi, “Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God” (Ruth 1:16), the LORD welcomed her into His family.
As the book of Ruth closes, you’ll see ten generations are mentioned, signifying that God had removed the curse from Ruth. Furthermore, she shows up in the lineage of King David … and the Lord Jesus Christ! Can you believe it!? A poor widow from Moab puts her faith in Yahweh God, and He, in response, blesses her far beyond anything she could have asked, thought, or imagined. No wonder we sing about His amazing grace!
God reversed the curse on Ruth’s life because she put her trust in Him.
Friend, our God is the God of grace and love. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done or how stained your heart and life might be, God can reverse the damage! He showers His love on those who trust Him, and He does His greatest work in the darkest circumstances.
Q: How Should I Respond When I am Really Struggling with Difficulties?
A: Difficulties are part of life. There is no escaping them. So be honest with the Lord concerning your struggles. Reverently share your fears and frustrations with Him. Fully pour out your heart and confess any sin that may be contributing to the hardship. Claim His complete forgiveness as you get any sin out of the shadows and under His blood (see 1 John 1:9). Ask God to empower you by His Spirit to obey His Word—forgive anyone who may have wronged you, and determine to walk in His ways.
Q: How involved is the devil in causing the problems in my life?
A: The Bible makes it clear that the devil is like a roaring lion, prowling around and looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). He is “the accuser of the brethren” (Revelation 12:10). He and his demonic horde are often involved in our problems. However, if the devil and his demons ceased to exist, you and I would still struggle. Human selfishness is always a real enemy and the core issue in most of our conflicts. That is why we desperately need to seek the Lord each day, saying with Jesus, “Not my will, but Yours be done.” May we always remember that God is fully aware of our problems and still in the miracle working business. He has not lost His recipe for manna!
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By Debbie Schreve
Have you ever experienced a panic attack? They’re unnerving and debilitating. Several years ago I had a serious complication to a routine surgery. It threw me emotionally, mentally, spiritually and physically into a tailspin. I felt such despair and anxiety at a level I’d never known before. I started to lose hope... thinking things would never get back to normal.
I knew God was in control. I knew He could be trusted. I knew my situation wasn’t a surprise to Him, but the enemy was doing a real number on me! So I had to start doing things differently. We started to play praise music in our home 24/7. I threw myself into the Word, knowing it was my greatest weapon! I claimed Mark 9:24: “Lord, I do believe! Help my unbelief.” God was FAITHFUL to answer that prayer.
During that time, God met me where I was. He assured me over and over that He loved me, that He’s a GOOD God and He’s trustworthy! He pulled me out of my pit and He can do the same for you.
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Has life been difficult for you? Have fiery trials left you with ashes?
I’d like to send you my series Beauty for Ashes: The Story of Ruth as thanks for your gift today. I'll also send you my booklet Unveiling the Mystery of Prayer.
Beauty for Ashes takes you on an inspiring journey through the book of Ruth to help you trust God even in the midst of suffering. And, Unveiling the Mystery of Prayer helps you experience more of God’s comfort and strength.
Please request your copies when you give. And thank you for helping others experience real hope in Jesus!
Pastor Jeff Schreve
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It’s the adventure of a lifetime—and you’re invited to come along!
Join Dr. Jeff Schreve on an unforgettable trip to Israel September 20 through October 1, 2020.
This 9-night stay in the Holy Land includes first class hotel accommodations, airfare, daily breakfast and dinner, expert guided tours, and encouraging devotional times with Dr. Jeff. Scripture will come alive as you visit the actual sites of biblical history and walk in the steps of Jesus himself from Galilee to Jerusalem. Space is limited so go to fromhisheart.org/israel2020 to find out more.
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