Pastor Joynt's Devotionals

Leading With a Committed Heart: Day 6

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EXODUS 16:1-3
LUKE 4:16-30; 23:35-36

Know that your committed heart will not remain an untested heart. You will be tested by unpopularity, as Moses was when Israel began to complain in the desert. You will be tested by failure, as Sarah and Abraham were when the pregnancy tests were negative every time. You’ll be tested by criticism and opposition, as Jesus was from his first sermon all the way through his last words on the cross. A committed heart is always tested, and the measure of commitment is the determination to meet and pass the tests.

 

How are you being tested today?

Ask God for a persevering heart.

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Leading With a Committed Heart: Day 5

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EPHESIANS 6:10-12

The committed heart is crucial in every hard endeavor, and most valuable endeavors are hard ones. This is true with the democratic experiments in nations around the world, because developing the rule of law, constraining tyrants and oligarchs, and building free and fair institutions takes generations. It is true in scientific work, where often it takes years of failed experiments and dead ends to yield breakthrough discoveries.

It is most certainly true in the work of the church, which focuses on changing the most stubborn aspects of the human heart, and the most broken elements in the human experience. Fortunately, in politics, science, and especially faith, we are links in a chain of committed people. In fact, as Christians, we are links in the greatest chain—the one connecting heaven and earth.

 

What hard problem are you attacking?

In what hard endeavor have you seen progress?

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