Every Day With Jesus

Daily Devotionals from Pastor Quintin Stieff

Into Your Hands

Today's Scripture

Read Psalm 31 (NIV)

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

1 In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;
    let me never be put to shame;
    deliver me in your righteousness.
2 Turn your ear to me,
    come quickly to my rescue;
be my rock of refuge,
    a strong fortress to save me.
3 Since you are my rock and my fortress,
    for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
4 Keep me free from the trap that is set for me,
    for you are my refuge.
5 Into your hands I commit my spirit;
    deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.

6 I hate those who cling to worthless idols;
    as for me, I trust in the Lord.
7 I will be glad and rejoice in your love,
    for you saw my affliction
    and knew the anguish of my soul.
8 You have not given me into the hands of the enemy
    but have set my feet in a spacious place.

Today's Message

Into Your Hands

Hanging on the cross, the last recorded words of Jesus were "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." As the promised Son of David, Jesus quotes this psalm of David and makes it his own...and ours.
 
At the darkest hour, when it seemed all hope was lost, Jesus confidently entrusted his life into the Father's hands knowing that he would raise his obedient Son from the dead.
 
It has been said that this same sentence was a prayer uttered by Jewish children at bedtime. The little ones were entrusting themselves to their Heavenly Father until morning came and he raised them from their sleep.
 
What a powerful picture of Jesus' own trust in his Father. And what a powerful example for us to follow! No matter what we face--even death itself--we can rest in the trustworthy hands of our Father.
Posted by Valley Church Communications at Saturday, February 25, 2017 | 0 comments

Taking the Bad with the Good

Today's Scripture

Read Psalm 30 (NIV)

6 When I felt secure, I said,
   
"I will never be shaken."

Lord, when you favored me,

   
you made my royal mountain stand firm;

but when you hid your face,

   
I was dismayed.

8 To you, Lord, I called;

    to the Lord I cried for mercy:
9 "What is gained if I am silenced,
    if I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise you?
    Will it proclaim your faithfulness?
10 Hear, Lord, and be merciful to me;
    Lord, be my help."
11 You turned my wailing into dancing;

    you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
12 that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
    Lord my God, I will praise you forever.

Today's Message

Taking the Bad with the Good

One of the marks of a maturing disciple of Jesus is a growing ability to take the bad with the good. This trait was the defining quality of Job's life. David admits here that he was fine as long as all was well. But when circumstances took a tailspin, so did his confidence.
 
But he cried out to God for reassurance, and God met him right where he was. And eventually, David tells God "You turned my wailing into dancing."
 
Sometimes life is a rollercoaster. Fun a times, but sometimes more than we bargained for. But God is with us on every plunging fall and every pressure-inducing curve. And over time, we begin to learn that the rollercoaster won't kill us.
 

The screams of the ride give way to the joy of the adventure.

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Struggle? Yes. Forever? No.

Today's Scripture

Read Psalm 30 (NIV)

A psalm. A song. For the dedication of the temple. Of David.

1 I will exalt you, Lord,
    for you lifted me out of the depths
    and did not let my enemies gloat over me.
Lord my God, I called to you for help,
    and you healed me.
3 You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead;
    you spared me from going down to the pit.

4 Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people;
    praise his holy name.
5 For his anger lasts only a moment,
    but his favor lasts a lifetime;
  weeping may stay for the night,
    but rejoicing comes in the morning.

Today's Message

Struggle? Yes. Forever? No.

The apostle Paul echoes some of the sentiments of David when he writes:
 
"We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed."
 
In other words, following God will involve some mighty struggles, but none of them ultimately define our lives. God knows what we need, and he knows our limits. For every trial, there is a God-defined beginning, middle... and end!
 
You struggle is real, but it is not forever.
 

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.

Posted by Valley Church Communications at Thursday, February 23, 2017 | 0 comments

Strong Enough

Today's Scripture

Read Psalm 29 (NIV)

A psalm of David.

Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings, 
    ascribe to the Lord glory  and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
    worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness. 
The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
    the God of glory thunders,
    the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful;
    the voice of the Lord is majestic.
The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
    the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon leap like a calf,
    Sirion like a young wild ox.
The voice of the Lord strikes
    with flashes of lightning.
The voice of the Lord shakes the desert;
    the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh.
The voice of the Lord twists the oaks
    and strips the forests bare.
And in his temple all cry, "Glory!"
10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
    the Lord is enthroned as King forever.
11 The Lord gives strength to his people;
    the Lord blesses his people with peace.
 

Today's Message

STRONG ENOUGH

The voice of the Lord is thunderous, powerful and majestic. The voice of the Lord - just his words alone - can destroy a mighty forest and cause earthquakes. Talk about a powerful voice!
 
That's not just God. That is OUR King. And here is the comfort. A God who is powerful enough to cause such destruction is also powerful enough to protect his people. Powerful enough to strengthen us for any tasks he calls us to do. Powerful enough to "bless his people with peace."
 
Too many followers of Jesus think God is a wimp. Sure he loves us and all, but can he really DO anything? Next time you see a hurricane reported, a tornado uprooting trees, an earthquake shaking a city, don't miss the hidden message. My God is one powerful God.
 
And those who follow King Jesus know that he can use all his power to bring us peace and victory.
 
He's strong enough.
Posted by Valley Church Communications at Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | 0 comments

Joy Ahead!

Today's Scripture

Read Psalm 28 (NIV)

Praise be to the Lord, 
    for he has heard my cry for mercy. 
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
    my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
    and with my song I praise him.
The Lord is the strength of his people,
    a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.
Save your people and bless your inheritance;
    be their shepherd and carry them forever.
 

Today's Message

Joy Ahead!

David has prayed very specifically (verses 3-5) that God would deliver him from his enemies and bring justice to those who were in rebellion against God. Now, he bursts out in joyful praise to God. His heart "leaps for joy." Why?
 
His joy is based on the future that God has promised him. He's so confident that God will come through that he is overwhelmed with a sense of joy! God will be faithful. God will triumph. God will keep his promises. And a better day is just ahead,
 
A thousand years later, the Son of David hangs on a cross, punished for sins he did not commit. He calls out to God in peace and triumph, "It is finished! Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." Jesus dies in peace, not in anguish. He dies with prayer on lips not curses.
 
The writer of Hebrews tells us how Jesus could endure such suffering. It was "for the joy set before him, he endured the cross." Jesus knew that on the other side of the cross there was resurrection - and salvation for countless sinners like you and me.
 
Because of Jesus' work, we too can have joy. We know the future. God's people are confident that God will "be their shepherd and carry them forever."
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