From His Heart Daily Devotional 23 January 2022 

Topic: Why Is This Not Working?


If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.
John 13:17

Like many people, I had a goal to hit the month of January with a diet and exercise plan. I was going to cut carbs, get on my newly purchased elliptical machine four times a week, and lift weights three days a week. I was going to be a specimen by the end of the first quarter. Hmmm. As I write this, my elliptical machine is gathering dust, and I am heavier than ever.

Now we all know “why” my diet and exercise plan is not working. It is not working because I am not doing it! The Bible says, “A good understanding have all those who DO His commandments” (Psalm 111:10). Jesus told us that the blessing is not in the knowing but in the doing.


In the Christian life, the rubber meets the road at home. Without question, marriage and family are critical to our lives. It matters little how high you climb on the ladder of success in the business world. If your marriage and family is a disaster, everything else really rings hollow.

And why do so many who claim to follow Christ have such dissatisfying home-life situations? It is because the elliptical machine is gathering dust, so to speak. People often know what to do, they just don’t do it. They want to have a great marriage and family without doing the things necessary to have a great marriage and family. They want to have a deep walk with God without doing the things necessary to have a deep walk with God – things like time in His Word, time on your knees and time with a small group who can hold you accountable and help you grow.

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There are some people I know who study the Bible and can give you chapters and verses on this doctrine and that doctrine, but those same people are mean, cruel, selfish, jealous, and bitter. They are just like the Pharisees of old who studied God’s Word, taught God’s Word and never really obeyed God’s Word. They merely gave lip service to the commands of God.

Are you doing the same?

As you look over your life, are you doing what God says to do?

1. Are you seeking first the Kingdom of God, or do you have God on the back burner?
2. Are you forgiving people who hurt you, or are you holding on to grudges and bitterness?
3. Are you loving your wife, even if she is not very loveable right now, or are you ignoring her and doing your own thing?
4. Are you respecting your husband, even if he is not very respectable right now, or are you constantly chipping away at him with disrespectful barbs and snide comments?
5. Are you disciplining your children and training them up in the fear of the Lord, or are you too tired to really enforce any loving, healthy boundaries?

Now for me, I’m off to the gym to start doing my exercise program. Debbie is looking forward to a whole new me, one who takes up less of the bed!


Pastor Jeff Schreve,
From His Heart Ministries