Every Day With Jesus

Daily Devotionals from Pastor Quintin Stieff

Mercy!

Today's Scripture

Read John 8 (NIV)

 

1But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them.
3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group
4 and said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery.
5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?"
6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.
7 But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her."
8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there.
10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?"
11"No one, sir," she said."Then neither do I condemn you," Jesus declared. "Go now and leave your life of sin."

Today's Message

 

MERCY!

 

When we read this passage, we can shake our heads and say, “Can you believe those Pharisees?  What a bunch of hypocritical, fault-finding judges!  Where’s the mercy?”

 


Of course, when we do so, we conveniently forget the many times when we have done the very same things.  Of course, we’ve never dragged out an adulterer to be stoned to death.  But we’ve thrown our stones nevertheless.  We’ve judged.  We’ve gossiped.  We’ve felt morally superior.  We’ve been quick to jump to conclusions.  We can be awfully hard on people.

 

 

So where’s the mercy?

 

 

Jesus says, in essence, “Try this on for size.  If you feel that you are morally qualified to judge, go right ahead.  If you can honestly say that you’ve never been guilty of sin, then throw out the first pitch.”

 

 

The truth is that all of us have been guilty… countless times.


Our response to the failings of others should be to extend mercy.  This does not mean condoning sin.  (Note that Jesus told the women to leave her life of sin.)  But we all should be quick to remember our many faults, failings and sins.  And when we do so, we suddenly find our hearts tenderized.  Compassion begins to stir.  And rather than throwing stones, arms of mercy are extended to the one who has failed.

 

 

That’s what Jesus wants us to do.  Mercy!

Posted by Valley Church Communications at Saturday, February 17, 2018 | 0 comments

Keepers of the Truth

Today's Scripture

Read John 7 (NIV)

 

45 Finally the temple guards went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, "Why didn't you bring him in?"
46"No one ever spoke the way this man does," the guards declared.
47"You mean he has deceived you also?" the Pharisees retorted.
48"Has any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed in him?
49No! But this mob that knows nothing of the law--there is a curse on them."
50Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus earlier and who was one of their own number, asked,
51"Does our law condemn anyone without first hearing him to find out what he is doing?"
52They replied, "Are you from Galilee, too? Look into it, and you will find that a prophet does not come out of Galilee."

Today's Message


KEEPERS OF THE TRUTH

 

Nicodemus confronted the Pharisees with their failure to keep their own laws. The Pharisees were losing ground—the Temple guards came back impressed by Jesus (7:46), and one of the Pharisees’ own, Nicodemus, was defending him.

 

 

With their hypocritical motives being exposed and their prestige slowly eroding, they began to move to protect themselves. Pride would interfere with their ability to reason, and soon they would become obsessed with getting rid of Jesus just to save face. What was good and right no longer mattered. It is easy to think that we have the truth and that those who disagree with us do not have any truth at all. But God’s truth is available to everyone. Don’t copy the Pharisees’ self-centered and narrow attitude.

Posted by Valley Church Communications at Friday, February 16, 2018 | 0 comments

We Already have All the Answers

Today's Scripture

Read John 7 (NIV)

 

 

45 Finally the temple guards went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, "Why didn't you bring him in?"
46 "No one ever spoke the way this man does," the guards declared.
47 "You mean he has deceived you also?" the Pharisees retorted.
48 "Has any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed in him?
49 No! But this mob that knows nothing of the law--there is a curse on them."
50 Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus earlier and who was one of their own number, asked,
51 "Does our law condemn anyone without first hearing him to find out what he is doing?"
52 They replied, "Are you from Galilee, too? Look into it, and you will find that a prophet does not come out of Galilee."

Today's Message


WE ALREADY HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS

 

There’s a dangerous trait in some religious folk.  It’s a tendency toward thinking that we already have all the answers.  The Pharisees were smug in their self-righteousness.  They were arrogant about their biblical knowledge.  They were overly-confident in their spirituality.  They viewed themselves as infinitely superior to the uneducated and unrefined crowds.  They even cursed the “mob” who they felt “know nothing.”

 

 

But their self-righteousness caused them to be blind to the True Messiah when he finally arrived.  They actually rejected the One they had been awaiting all their lives.

 

 

Beware of a prideful spirit like the Pharisees.  It’s easy to look down on others who you feel know less than you do about spiritual matters.

 

The truth is that God often chooses to reveal himself to the simple and to the poor.

 

Somebody who already has all the answers can never learn anything from God.

Posted by Valley Church Communications at Thursday, February 15, 2018 | 0 comments

Come and Drink

Today's Scripture

Read John 7 (NIV)

32 The Pharisees heard the crowd whispering such things about him. Then the chief priests and the Pharisees sent temple guards to arrest him.
33 Jesus said, "I am with you for only a short time, and then I go to the one who sent me.
34 You will look for me, but you will not find me; and where I am, you cannot come."
35 The Jews said to one another, "Where does this man intend to go that we cannot find him? Will he go where our people live scattered among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks?
36 What did he mean when he said, 'You will look for me, but you will not find me,' and 'Where I am, you cannot come'?"
37 On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.
38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him."
39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.
40 On hearing his words, some of the people said, "Surely this man is the Prophet."
41 Others said, "He is the Christ."
42 Still others asked, "How can the Christ come from Galilee? Does not the Scripture say that the Christ will come from David's family and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?"
43 Thus the people were divided because of Jesus.
44 Some wanted to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him.

Today's Message


COME AND DRINK

 

Jesus used the term living water in 4:10 to indicate eternal life. Here he used the term to refer to the Holy Spirit. The two go together: When a person trusts Jesus as Savior, the Holy Spirit is given as a guarantee of eternal life. Jesus’s words, “come and drink,” alluded to the theme of many Bible passages that talk about the Messiah’s life-giving blessings (Isaiah 12:2-3; 44:3-4; 58:11).

 

 

In promising to give the Holy Spirit to all who believed, Jesus was claiming to be the Messiah, for that was something only the Messiah could do. The Holy Spirit was first given to Jesus as Savior. If you know Christ, you have the Holy Spirit living in you and can depend on him for power for living the Christian life.

Posted by Valley Church Communications at Wednesday, February 14, 2018 | 0 comments

Thirsty?

Today's Scripture

Read John 7 (NIV)

 

 

32 The Pharisees heard the crowd whispering such things about him. Then the chief priests and the Pharisees sent temple guards to arrest him.
33 Jesus said, "I am with you for only a short time, and then I go to the one who sent me.
34 You will look for me, but you will not find me; and where I am, you cannot come."
35 The Jews said to one another, "Where does this man intend to go that we cannot find him? Will he go where our people live scattered among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks?
36 What did he mean when he said, 'You will look for me, but you will not find me,' and 'Where I am, you cannot come'?"
37 On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.
38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him."
39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.
40 On hearing his words, some of the people said, "Surely this man is the Prophet."
41 Others said, "He is the Christ."
42 Still others asked, "How can the Christ come from Galilee? Does not the Scripture say that the Christ will come from David's family and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?"
43 Thus the people were divided because of Jesus.
44 Some wanted to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him.

Today's Message


THIRSTY?

 

It happens every day to every human being on the planet.  We get thirsty.  Part of being human is being thirsty from time to time.  Our bodies yearn for the liquid refreshment because we need it to survive and to thrive.

 

 

Spiritually, the need is the same.  God has wired us in a way that our souls long for “something more.”  We thirst for love, acceptance, forgiveness, and hope.  Without these things, our souls’ thirst is never quenched.

 

Jesus comes along and has the audacity to say, “If you’re thirsty, I am what you need.  Believe in me.  Trust in me.  If you really do this, then your soul will be refreshed by me.  And there’s more.  You’ll even have living waters flowing from within you to encourage and refresh others in your life.”

 

 

For 2000 years, men and women have found what they were thirsting for when they discovered Jesus Christ.  Have you really had your thirst quenched?  Have you truly believed in Jesus?

 

 

Like the physical thirst we experience, spiritual thirst is not a “one and done” experience.  You don’t drink water once and then you never need to drink again.  No, you drink it in over and over again… many times a day.  Spiritually, we need to come to Jesus every hour.  We need to trust in him and believe in him moment by moment.

 

 

His promise is that he will fill us with the Holy Spirit afresh and anew each day… even each moment… as we come to him.

 

 

Maybe you are dissatisfied today.  Maybe you know you need something more.  Don’t be fooled by thinking you need some material thing to bring contentment.  Don’t think that even a relationship with another human being will bring ultimate satisfaction.  It won’t.

 

 

If you’re thirsty, there is only one who satisfies.  His name is Jesus.

Posted by Valley Church Communications at Tuesday, February 13, 2018 | 0 comments