Pastor Joynt's Devotionals

Faithful, Faith Dreams, Day 33

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ACTS 2:29-36 | “Fellow Israelites, I may say to you confidently of our ancestor David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would put one of his descendants on his throne. Foreseeing this, David spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, saying,

‘He was not abandoned to Hades,     nor did his flesh experience corruption.’

This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses. Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you both see and hear. For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says,

‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.”’

Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified.” 

Our capacity to dream faithfully grows along with our understanding of Jesus. Initially, the disciples dreamed of following a Rabbi who’d teach and inform them. Later, after they saw his mistakes and heard his claims, they saw him as the Messiah, and believed he would free Israel and fulfill the hopes of the nation. After the shock and awe of the cross and resurrection, they understood his divine character and confessed him as Lord. With each insight came a new dream; local Master, national hero, divine Savior, and cosmic ruler who will return to make all things new.

Is Jesus at the center of your dreams?

If not, why not?

Have you grown in your understanding of him in the last year?

 

 

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Faithful, Faith Dreams, Day 32

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LUKE 24:46-49 | and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

Jesus encouraged faithful dreaming in his disciples through his sending, his teaching, and his calling. He also did it in his commissioning. In Luke 24, Jesus promises to clothe the disciples with power from on high for a mission of witness and proclamation “to all nations.” He lifts up their eyes to see a whole world of people who can be called to repentance and forgiveness. They must have faith to dream a dream that is world-sized and to see themselves at the center of its accomplishment. Expect great things of God—do great things for God.

Which of Jesus’ four ways of growing a faith that dreams in us most inspires you?

 

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