Every Day With Jesus

Daily Devotionals from Pastor Quintin Stieff

Purified People

Today's Scripture

 

2 Corinthians 7:1 
 

1 Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. 

 

Today's Message

 

purified people

 

Purified water is a big business. People are willing to pay good money just for water! A dollar (or more) for a glass of water! Why are they willing to pay for something that you can get almost for free in a thousand places? The difference is that the water is purified. The contaminants and impurities have been completely removed.

At the same time, many folks are more than willing to drink in all sorts of contaminated and impure things into their hearts and minds. We are tempted right and left to drink in garbage that our culture dispenses in great quantities. Television, magazines, radio, and movies that promote illicit sex, violence, greed, and hatred are common. And we drink it in, to the harm of our souls. Sometimes even everyday conversation (gossip, crudeness, profanity, dishonesty) is contaminated.

Just as you wouldn't drink contaminated water, don't drink in the contaminated stuff our culture is passing around. Avoid it. Don't drink the water!

Posted by Valley Church Communications at Saturday, August 18, 2018

Married to an Unbeliever?

Today's Scripture

 

2 Corinthians 6:14-18 
 

14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 
15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 
16 What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people." 
17 "Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you." 
18 "I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." 

 

Today's Message

 

married to an unbeliever?

 

God desires that a believer marry a believer. But there are situations that arise where a believer finds himself (or herself) married to one who is not a Christian. A common example would be when one spouse becomes a Christian after they are married, while the other spouse has not yet come to faith in Christ. What is God's counsel in this situation?

Stay married. Becoming a Christian doesn't mean you should divorce your unbelieving spouse. On the contrary, you should be even more devoted.

You have an influence. There is a special blessing that God bestows a family, even if only one spouse is a believer. The children are under God's sanctifying influence.

Don't fight. If an unbelieving spouse is absolutely committed to leaving the marriage, the Christian spouse is not called to fight to the bitter end. While the believer should not initiate the divorce, he or she is not required to antagonistically fight against it, if the unbelieving spouse pursues it.

God's counsel on marriage, divorce, and remarriage is more extensive than this one brief paragraph. Nevertheless, these words represent some very wise counsel.

God invented marriage and it works best when we follow his design!

Posted by Valley Church Communications at Friday, August 17, 2018

New Citizens Become Ambassadors

Today's Scripture

 

2 Corinthians 5:14-21 
 

14 For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 
15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. 
16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 
18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 
19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 
20 We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God. 
21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

 

Today's Message

 

new citizens become ambassadors

 

Some of the most enthusiastic citizens of America are those who have become citizens through a naturalization process. These folks came to America seeking a new life, and they have discovered it here. They deeply appreciate the freedoms and opportunities that our country offers. When they go through the process of becoming American citizens, they can become very patriotic and dedicated citizens. Their new start gives them an added enthusiasm that some others don't always share.

The same is true in the Christian life. When you come to faith in Christ, you become a new citizen of a new nation. You belong to a new family. And you yourself have become a new person. It's natural for someone given such great blessings to share that enthusiasm with others.

And God calls you to be his ambassador. As a citizen, he wants to use you to share the good news with others still on the outside.

May it be true of us that we are those who "no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again."

Posted by Valley Church Communications at Thursday, August 16, 2018

Life is Hard, But the Future is Bright

Today's Scripture

 

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 
 

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 
17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 
18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 

 

Today's Message

 

life is hard, but the future is bright

 

It's the end of the journey, the destination itself, that makes the weary traveling worth it all. I recall a long, steep climb up a mountain trail in North Carolina. My wife and I were heading toward a scenic overlook. Several times I thought, "It's not worth it. Let's just turn around and forget it." But I kept going, especially since my wife kept encouraging me to keep climbing!

Finally, we arrived at the overlook. What a spectacular sight! What an incredible experience. It was worth it all! Would I do it again? Yes. The end of the journey was worth the trouble of the journey.

God's Word encourages us in the same way. There's an incredible glory to experience at the end of the journey. And our "light and momentary troubles" can't even begin to compare with the glory that will be ours!

Yes, even though our bodies are slowly wearing out, God is renewing us inwardly every single day. Today, focus your eyes not on the troubles you can see. Those are temporary. Focus your eyes on the glorious destination you're headed toward. That's what will last forever.

It will be worth it.

Posted by Valley Church Communications at Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Whom Have you Impacted?

Today's Scripture

 

2 Corinthians 3:1-6 
 

1 Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you? 
2 You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody. 
3 You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. 
4 Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God. 
5 Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. 
6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant--not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 

 

Today's Message

 

Whom have you impacted?

 

As Christians, we can try to demonstrate our impact by pointing to our knowledge, our credentials, our positions, our accomplishments, and so on. But the best proof is found in the lives of those we have touched.

Rather than trying to prove ourselves by showing off a spiritual resume, why not just let the love we've shown to others and the impact we've made speak for themselves?

And remember, even that impact isn't because we're so great. It's all from God. Every gift and ability I have is from the hand of God.

All the glory goes to him!

Posted by Valley Church Communications at Tuesday, August 14, 2018