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Welcome to the Spring 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:
Rise to Your Challenge: You Have Someone to Fight for You.
Q&A with Jeff.
From Debbie’s Heart: Feeling Overwhelmed?
A Note from Pastor Jeff: Unshakable Hope.
Your gifts change lives with Jesus’ love.
Did You Know: New Tax Info About Your Gifts.
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by Dr. Jeff Schreve
Whatever battle you’re in, you’ll find real hope in Joshua chapter 10. There, you’ll see a victory on steroids.
Joshua came up against five kings and defeated them. He took all the southern half of the Promised Land, which was a springboard to take the northern half as well. Joshua 10:42 says,
“Joshua captured all these kings and their lands at one time because the Lord, the God of Israel, fought for Israel.”
God fought for them—that’s why they won. When God fights for you, the battle is not just a close call. It’s a wipeout. Why? Because the Lord is the all-time undefeated heavyweight champion of the world, and no one comes close to Him.
We often read biblical accounts such as this and think, “That’s awesome. God fought for them. But I’m facing giants in my life. I’m facing serious difficulties. I wish God would fight for me!”
Romans 8:37 says, “But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.”
The Greek word translated “overwhelmingly conquer” is hupernikao. It means “to be more than a conqueror, a super conqueror.” If you know Jesus as Lord and Savior, the Bible says you are a super conqueror in Him. You can experience victory on steroids as you walk with the Lord.
Now of course, we all have struggles. But the Lord is telling us, “You CAN overcome—and not just by a half-court shot at the buzzer. You can overwhelmingly conquer through Me.”
That’s good news, isn’t it? You and I don’t fight for victory, we fight from a place of victory! You’re a super conqueror in Jesus Christ.
When Joshua faced those five kings, it looked like a mismatch. And it was, but not the way we think of it. It wasn’t five earthly kings against outmanned Joshua; it was five earthly kings against the Almighty King of kings. To be sure, Joshua and his men had to show up and fight, but God gave the overwhelming victory.
The Scripture says, “If God is for us, who is against us?” (Romans 8:31). You don’t need to fear when the Lord is for you. Insurmountable circumstances are no match for God!
He’s the God of might and miracle, and He’ll bring about your victory!
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Q: There’s a promise in God’s Word I’ve been praying for—and waiting for—for a long time and it hasn’t happened yet. What should I do?
A: When it comes to the promises of God, 2 Corinthians 1:20 is a key verse. God’s promises are like a check, signed by the Lord Jesus. Our “amen” (unwavering belief in the promise) endorses the check so it can be cashed in heaven’s bank. When it does not seem that God is cashing the promise check, keep reminding Him of what He has promised. God loves it when we pray His Word back to Him, and He values persistence (see Luke 18:1-10). To be sure, ask God if there is something you may not be understanding fully about this promise; but keep bringing it before Him. Remember, it is better to die in faith than to live in doubt!
Q: When my circumstances are difficult, I often think it’s the work of the devil. But could they be trials God wants me to endure? How do I know?
A: It may be both. Every attack of the devil is used by God to test us and strength us. Paul calls his thorn in the flesh “a messenger of Satan.” He also says that it was “given to me.” God has a purpose in every trial and wants us to trust Him in every attack and temptation from the devil. Revelation 12:11 is a great verse to memorize as we endeavor to overcome the enemy of our souls.
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By Debbie Schreve
Do you ever have those moments when you feel completely overwhelmed? Like you could break if one more thing gets added to your plate? Confession: I’ve struggled with feeling this way.
I’ve heard it said before that “God doesn't give you more than you can handle.” As much as I’d like to, I don't think I agree with that statement. I think God DOES give us more than we can handle. I think He does this so we will be reminded of our frailty and of His unlimited power and ability!
Anytime I start to feel like I’m just sinking under the weight of it all, I remind myself that “when I am weak, HE IS STRONG.” I go to the Lord in prayer and tell Him exactly how I’m feeling. Then I encourage myself with one of my favorite Scriptures: Philippians 4:13, “I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me!”
We can’t escape the burdens of life, but we can remind ourselves that His grace is sufficient. We can keep our eyes on Him. We can keep trusting Him because He is 100% trustworthy! It’s His Spirit within us that makes us more than a conqueror!
Life can be hard, and the days we’re living in are challenging for everyone. But you and I have unshakeable hope—His name is Jesus.
The world is scrambling for the spiritual hope and answers that you and I have in Christ; and the Lord urges us to share His truth with others. The Scripture says, “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15). And together we are!
Together, we’re sharing the gospel with millions of people every week on radio, television, and online. The Holy Spirit is transforming many lives as we boldly lift up the name of Jesus.
Thank you for any gift you can send today to help share the gospel, which Paul calls “the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16).
Please also pray that more people will find real hope, real truth, and real love in Jesus. I’m grateful for your partnership to advance God’s Kingdom. I can’t wait to hear more testimonies of lives transformed through your support!
Pastor Jeff Schreve
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