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Daily Devotionals from Pastor Quintin Stieff

God's Chariots

Today's Scripture

Read Psalm 68 (NIV)

11 The Lord announces the word,
    and the women who proclaim it are a mighty throng:
12 “Kings and armies flee in haste;
    the women at home divide the plunder.
13 Even while you sleep among the sheep pens,
    the wings of my dove are sheathed with silver,
    its feathers with shining gold.”
14 When the Almighty scattered the kings in the land,
    it was like snow fallen on Mount Zalmon.
15 Mount Bashan, majestic mountain,
    Mount Bashan, rugged mountain,
16 why gaze in envy, you rugged mountain,
    at the mountain where God chooses to reign,
    where the Lord himself will dwell forever?
17 The chariots of God are tens of thousands
    and thousands of thousands;
    the Lord has come from Sinai into his sanctuary.
18 When you ascended on high,
    you took many captives;
    you received gifts from people,
even from the rebellious—
    that you, Lord God, might dwell there.

Today's Message

god's chariots

God is portrayed as a mighty warrior, triumphing over his enemies with overwhelming power and glory. No one is a match for the Almighty God. The Apostle Paul applies these words to the triumph of Christ (Ephesians 4:7-13), who came to earth, conquered sin and death, rose from the dead, and ascended to the right hand of God. As the Mighty Warrior, he gives gifts of the spoils of war to his people. These gifts are in the form of spiritually gifted people to build up the body of Christ.

The picture in Psalm 68 is of the people of God celebrating his many victories. Frankly, we need more of this spirit in the church. There is too much fretting and wringing of hands over the deplorable state of the world. There is too much of a depressive spirit and a frowning countenance in the children of God.

God is alive and well! He has won a spectacular victory over sin and death and hell. And we are the blessed ones who daily live in the confidence of eternal joy and hope. Yes, there are setbacks and disappointments. But they pale in comparison in to the victory God has already won. And they cannot compare to the glory to be revealed to the church and in the church in the last days.

When you find yourself overwhelmed by the circumstances you gaze upon in the world, consider this:

God’s chariots are tens of thousands, thousands and thousands!  

Posted by Valley Church Communications at Sunday, May 28, 2017 | 0 comments

Rain When You Need It

Today's Scripture

Read Psalm 68 (NIV)

7 When you, God, went out before your people,
    when you marched through the wilderness,
8 the earth shook, the heavens poured down rain,
    before God, the One of Sinai,
    before God, the God of Israel.
9 You gave abundant showers, O God;
    you refreshed your weary inheritance.
10 Your people settled in it,
    and from your bounty, God, you provided for the poor.

Today's Message

rain when you need it

God sent rain to Israel in the desert when they were languishing. When the land was parched nad people were losing hope, God showered abundant rain. He provided for the poor by his goodness.

The provision of rain and water is a common symbol in the Scriptures of God’s refreshing grace. Jesus offered living water to the thirsty woman at the well in Samaria. He offers it to all.

“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. The one who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, will have streams of living water flow from deep within him.” He said this about the Spirit.

Are you dry or thirsty? Are you longing for something more?

Trust afresh is Jesus who offers you living water to refresh your weary soul. And with that water, you will become a river of blessing to others as well! 

Posted by Valley Church Communications at Saturday, May 27, 2017 | 0 comments

Friend of Orphans, Widows, the Lonely, and Prisoners

Today's Scripture

Read Psalm 68 (NIV)

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm. A song.

1 May God arise, may his enemies be scattered;
    may his foes flee before him.
2 May you blow them away like smoke—
    as wax melts before the fire,
    may the wicked perish before God.
3 But may the righteous be glad
    and rejoice before God;
    may they be happy and joyful.
4 Sing to God, sing in praise of his name,
    extol him who rides on the clouds;
    rejoice before him—his name is the Lord.
5 A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,
    is God in his holy dwelling.
6 God sets the lonely in families,
    he leads out the prisoners with singing;
    but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

Today's Message

FRIEND OF ORPHANS, WIDOWS, THE LONELY, AND PRISONERS

God is against the prideful, the arrogant, and the violent. But he takes special care of the helpless and the hopeless. In the ancient world, orphans and widows faced a grim future. They seeked out survival, since there were no formal aid programs, and were almost entirely dependent on the father of the home as their provider.  But God took special notice of them, and commands his people (in both the Old and New Testament) to go out of their way to help them.

And it was not just material needs that God was concerned about. “He sets the lonely in families.” Sometimes emotional and relational isolation can be worse than financial struggles.

Prisoners were ill-treated in the ancient world (and still are in most places). God calls his people to visit and strengthen them.

Is there room in your heart for compassion toward the hurting and the weak? Is there room in your schedule for them?

When God calls us to care for the weak, it simply reflects the gospel itself. We were powerless against sin and judgment. But God came to our rescue in our helpless situation. He saved us from a terrible outcome.

Don't just believe the gospel. That's a priority, for sure. But follow your faith with action that demonstrates gospel compassion to the ones who are most in need.

Posted by Valley Church Communications at Friday, May 26, 2017 | 0 comments

Blessed To Be A Blessing

Today's Scripture

Read Psalm 67 (NIV)

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm. A song.

1 May God be gracious to us and bless us
    and make his face shine on us—
2 so that your ways may be known on earth,
    your salvation among all nations.
3 May the peoples praise you, God;
    may all the peoples praise you.
4 May the nations be glad and sing for joy,
    for you rule the peoples with equity
    and guide the nations of the earth.
5 May the peoples praise you, God;
    may all the peoples praise you.
6 The land yields its harvest;
    God, our God, blesses us.
7 May God bless us still,
    so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.

Today's Message

Blessed To be a blessing

God chose Israel to be his own people, not only so they could bask in the light of his goodness, but so that they would become a blessing to all nations. Through Abraham's descendant Jesus, all the nations are blessed with his good news and grace. Now, through Christ, God is building a family of all tribes, languages, and nations. It is what the church is supposed to be!

The principle that “we are blessed to be a blessing” is true for the church and for individual Christians. It's an honor, privilege, and true joy to be able to sacrifice, work, pray, and give so that others may also be blessed.

What kind of blessings has God poured out on you? Fulfill your God-given potential by blessing others out of the abundance you have received and experienced!

Let the nations be glad!

Posted by Valley Church Communications at Thursday, May 25, 2017 | 0 comments

Prayer That God Hears

Today's Scripture

Read Psalm 66 (NIV)

17 I cried out to him with my mouth;
    his praise was on my tongue.
18 If I had cherished sin in my heart,
    the Lord would not have listened;
19 but God has surely listened
    and has heard my prayer.
20 Praise be to God,
    who has not rejected my prayer
    or withheld his love from me!

Today's Message

Prayer That God hears

God delights to answer the sincere and heartfelt prayers of his children. He is not a God who is stingy with his love. And for that reason, we offer much praise to him.

The psalmist does say, however, that, “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.” God does not expect perfection, but he does ask for authenticity, selflessness, and humility. If there is a cherishing of sin, it becomes a roadblock for prayer.

Jesus taught that, “if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” James taught, “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with the wrong motives, that you spend what you get on your pleasures.” Both of these examples demonstrate self-centeredness. Those are barriers for fruitful prayer.

God is eager and able to answer our prayers. We need to be ready to remove any obstacles that would inhibit or block the free flow of his grace, generosity, and kindness.

Posted by Valley Church Communications at Wednesday, May 24, 2017 | 0 comments