Pastor Joynt's Devotionals

Leading With an Encouraging Heart: Day 2

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MATTHEW 5:13-14 


Jesus helped his disciples find their Kingdom role through encouragement. He gave them a new vision of what they could do for God, and who they could become, when He said “You are the light of the world and the salt of the earth!” What a calling! What astounding belief Jesus had in a group of Galilean peasants. He told them they could infiltrate the echelons and activities of life and change the taste of every one of them, preserving and flavoring politics, art, education, medicine, business. He told them that in a dark world their lives could shine in holy contrast, like stars at midnight.


What is the most encouraging thing anyone ever said to you?

What is the most encouraging thing you have ever said to someone else?

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Leading With an Encouraging Heart: Day 1

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JOHN 1:3-5; 8:12


Jesus’ vision for His friends and disciples was powerful and inspiring. It was rooted not only in His confidence in them, but His assurance about the ultimate triumph of the Kingdom of God. He invited them to be lights knowing that He was the Light, a light no one could extinguish. He called them to be salt, trusting that someday everyone in every area of human endeavor would bow to his Lordship.  Jesus didn’t blanche at Pilate’s challenge or Satan’s tempting words because He knew that no earthy or demonic power could unseat God or destroy the divine plan.


What is the basis of your confidence?

Does it help you to be encouraging?


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