Pastor Joynt's Devotionals

Leading With a Disciplined Heart: Day 3

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“Blessed are the self-disciplined (meek), they shall inherit the earth.”  ~ Matthew 5:5


Self-discipline allows us to build towards goals and accomplishments. A daily practice lines up with a lifetime purpose, when days become weeks and weeks become months and months become years. No amount of innate talent can replace this sort of methodical, systematic effort. No pianist is perfect apart from practice, no athlete realizes her potential without training, no academic contributes to his field who fails the test of daily investment. Preacher Harry Emerson Fosdick said, “No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No steam or gas ever drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, and disciplined.”

No one grows deep spiritually by accident, without a disciplined commitment to prayer, scripture study, worship, witness, and service.


The word meek, or praus in Greek, pictures a stallion whose power and speed are under perfect control. It is best translated by “disciplined strength.” Are you meek?

How are your spiritual disciplines?

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Leading With a Disciplined Heart: Day 2

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The Bible warns about idleness, and today’s verse from Proverbs is a prime example. To want success without work, impact without effort, is to misunderstand life’s design. We grow as we strive, we change as we invest, and so does the world around us. Jesus models for us a life of action, a strenuous engagement with people and problems. He worked at manual labor, at relationships, at learning, at helping, at prayer, at solving injustice. Idleness produces disengagement from what really matters.


When was the period in your life of greatest idleness?

When were you most productive?

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