Every Day With Jesus

Daily Devotionals from Pastor Quintin Stieff

Remain Calm

Today's Scripture

Read Psalm 11 (NIV)

1 In the Lord I take refuge.
    How then can you say to me:
    "Flee like a bird to your mountain.
2 For look, the wicked bend their bows;
    they set their arrows against the strings
to shoot from the shadows
    at the upright in heart.
3 When the foundations are being destroyed,
    what can the righteous do?"
4 The Lord is in his holy temple;
    the Lord is on his heavenly throne.
He observes everyone on earth;
    his eyes examine them.
5 The Lord examines the righteous,
    but the wicked, those who love violence,
    he hates with a passion.
6 On the wicked he will rain
    fiery coals and burning sulfur;
    a scorching wind will be their lot.
7 For the Lord is righteous,
    he loves justice;
    the upright will see his face.

Today's Message

Remain Calm

Here's a terrific prayer to pray when you feel like the world is falling apart! Our human impulse is to freak out, run away, panic... "flee like a bird to your mountain." The enemies loom so large! Everything is against me! The sky is falling! What can we do?

Step back. Scan a bigger picture. Look to God! He's on his heavenly throne. He sees all, knows all, and weighs all in his holiness.

Don't lose your composure. These times are times to strengthen our faith... and our resolve... in God. Count on it. God will make it right in the end.

Posted by Valley Church Communications at Monday, January 16, 2017 | 0 comments

God to the Rescue

Today's Scripture

Read Psalm 10 (NIV)

12 Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God.
      Do not forget the helpless.
13 Why does the wicked man revile God?
      Why does he say to himself,
      "He won't call me to account"?
14 But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted;
      you consider their grief and take it in hand.
      The victims commit themselves to you;
      you are the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked man;
      call the evildoer to account for his wickedness
      that would not otherwise be found out.
16 The Lord is King for ever and ever;
      the nations will perish from his land.
17 You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted;
      you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,
18 defending the fatherless and the oppressed,
      so that mere earthly mortals
      will never again strike terror.

Today's Message

God to the REscue

Be encouraged today. God sees all the injustice around us, and he will arise to defend the needy, the powerless, the fatherless, the afflicted, the oppressed, the victimized. It may not happen in the timetable we envision. But with God, his rescue is only delayed, it is not forgotten. Though we may not understand all the reasons for the hardship we must face, be assured that when we call out in prayer, "You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry."

God's rescue, his salvation, has always encouraged the people of God - especially when they have been persecuted or have undergone suffering.

And if we ever doubt that God will come to our rescue, remember the promise of Romans 8...

"If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all - how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things."

The Main Rescue Operation has already been accomplished at the cross. And so, we look forward to the daily rescue operations God brings about... and the Final Rescue Operation still to come when Jesus returns.

Posted by Valley Church Communications at Sunday, January 15, 2017 | 0 comments

Believing the Lies

Today's Scripture

Read Psalm 10 (NIV)

1 Why, Lord, do you stand far off?
      Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
2 In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak,
      who are caught in the schemes he devises.
3 He boasts about the cravings of his heart;
      he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord.
4 In his pride the wicked man does not seek him;
      in all his thoughts there is no room for God.
5 His ways are always prosperous;
      your laws are rejected by him;
      he sneers at all his enemies.
6 He says to himself, "Nothing will ever shake me."
      He swears, "No one will ever do me harm."
7 His mouth is full of lies and threats;
      trouble and evil are under his tongue.
8 He lies in wait near the villages;
      from ambush he murders the innocent.
      His eyes watch in secret for his victims;
9 like a lion in cover he lies in wait.
      He lies in wait to catch the helpless;
      he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.
10 His victims are crushed, they collapse;
      they fall under his strength.
11 He says to himself, "God will never notice;
      he covers his face and never sees."

Today's Message

Believing the Lies

In the first half of Psalm 10, King David describes the seeming joyful and carefree existence of the prideful unbeliever. He's a happy camper. He thinks he's invincible, untouchable, and all powerful. He's put God out of the picture. For the moment, all seems well.

And for that reason, his life gets dark. Though his ways are "prosperous" and "happy" his character takes a serious hit:

  • He (or she) becomes a hunter of the weak, taking advantage of the disadvantaged.
  • He verbally abuses his opponents.
  • His conversations are filled with curses, lies, threats.
  • He plots the taking of innocent life.
  • Many are the victims of his "happy" life.

Let this all be a warning to us. When any person, family, community, culture, or civilization cuts itself off from God, things can get dark in a hurry. Evil is justified. Wrong gets winked at. People become proud of outrageous behavior. And for a while, at least, they seem to get away with it. Don't believe the lies.

Pray today for a close walk with Jesus. He said, "I am the vine. You are the branches. Remain in me and you will bear much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing." There is a short-term empty way of life that seems full of promise. Eventually, it all crashes and burns. But there is a long-term and eternal joy for all those who follow close to Jesus. Choose wisely, my friend.

Posted by Valley Church Communications at Saturday, January 14, 2017 | 0 comments

Never Forget that God Never Forgets

Today's Scripture

Read Psalm 9 (NIV)

13 Lord, see how my enemies persecute me!
       Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death,
14 that I may declare your praises
       in the gates of Daughter Zion,
       and there rejoice in your salvation.
15 The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug;
       their feet are caught in the net they have hidden.
16 The Lord is known by his acts of justice;
       the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.
17 The wicked go down to the realm of the dead,
       all the nations that forget God.
18 But God will never forget the needy;
       the hope of the afflicted will never perish.
19 Arise, Lord, do not let mortals triumph;
       let the nations be judged in your presence.
20 Strike them with terror, Lord;
       let the nations know they are only mortal.

Today's Message

Never Forget that God Never Forgets

When things go badly, it's easy to think God has disappeared or is taking a vacation. But in reality, God never forsakes us. He "will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish."

The real problem arises when people "forget God." When nations and individuals turn their backs on God, it's only a matter of time before they find themselves in trouble. Sometimes people become quite arrogant, pushing away from God. Entire nations have prided themselves on their atheism. Bad idea.

In reality, the one who was utterly forsaken was Jesus on the cross. While he was bearing our sins, he cried out to his Father, "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?" That was a crisis moment in all of human history. The Son of God bearing our punishment on the cross.  

But in the end, God raised Jesus from the dead--forever vindicating his beloved Son.

Reflect on these things today. And never forget that God never forgets us!

Posted by Valley Church Communications at Friday, January 13, 2017 | 0 comments

Your Thankful List

Today's Scripture

Read Psalm 9 (NIV)

For the director of music. To the tune of "The Death of the Son." A psalm of David.
1 I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
      I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
2 I will be glad and rejoice in you;
      I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.
3 My enemies turn back;
      they stumble and perish before you.
4 For you have upheld my right and my cause,
      sitting enthroned as the righteous judge.
5 You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked;
      you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.
6 Endless ruin has overtaken my enemies,
      you have uprooted their cities;
      even the memory of them has perished.
7 The Lord reigns forever;
      he has established his throne for judgment.
8 He rules the world in righteousness
      and judges the peoples with equity.
9 The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
      a stronghold in times of trouble.
10 Those who know your name trust in you,
      for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.
11 Sing the praises of the Lord, enthroned in Zion;
      proclaim among the nations what he has done.
12 For he who avenges blood remembers;
      he does not ignore the cries of the afflicted.

Today's Message

Your Thankful List

Psalm 9 is David's "thankful list." Let his inspire you to make 'Thankful 7' list of your own today.

Praise God, tell everybody, be glad, rejoice, and sing praise because:

  1. God upholds you when others malign you.
  2. God promises ultimate victory for his people and just judgment for the wicked.
  3. God is always totally in control - over everything happening throughout the world.
  4. God cares especially for the oppressed and troubled.  He is near to you when you need him most.
  5. God has a dependable character ("name") you can always depend upon.
  6. God is always there for us when we turn to him.  He never forsakes us.
  7. God works on behalf of the afflicted.  He lifts us up when we are down!
Posted by Valley Church Communications at Thursday, January 12, 2017 | 0 comments