Pastor Joynt's Devotionals

Fatihful, Faith Dreams, Day 35

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JOHN 20:19 | When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”

Every holy dream will have its critics and attract its cynics. Abraham and Sarah’s family dream must have elicited chortles if not guffaws. Noah’s naval ambitions invited derision. Moses’ dream of a free people was mocked by Pharaoh. Joseph’s leadership dream sparked inter-family anger. The prophets faith-filled dreams were often met with doubt about whether and how God would act. Jesus’ faith in his Father’s dream of a suffering Messiah, raised and triumphant, was forgotten by his followers after the horrors of Good Friday and the cross. They hid in fear and locked the doors.

Have you ever had a dream ridiculed?

How did you respond?

 

Fatihful, Faith Dreams, Day 34

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GALATIANS 2:7-10 | On the contrary, when they saw that I had been entrusted with the gospel for the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been entrusted with the gospel for the circumcised (for he who worked through Peter making him an apostle to the circumcised also worked through me in sending me to the Gentiles), and when James and Cephas and John, who were acknowledged pillars, recognized the grace that had been given to me, they gave to Barnabas and me the right hand of fellowship, agreeing that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. They asked only one thing, that we remember the poor, which was actually what I was eager to do.

Have you ever considered the faithful dreams which motivated and sustained the great figures of the faith? Paul, a Jew of Jews, dreamed of carrying the gospel beyond the people of Israel to the broader world. Despite barriers of culture, geography, religion, and language, he saw churches in the Mediterranean and in Asia Minor and in Italy. This was his dream before any of these communities had been planted, nurtured, or grown.

Thank God for Paul’s faith-filled dream!

Has anyone had a dream for you?

 

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