Posts with the category “daily-devotional”

Because You Want To
by Delman Coates on May 28th, 2023
“Each one must give as he decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” - 2 Corinthians 9:7  When it comes to giving, it is not about how much you give. Instead, it is about the heart in which you give. Yesterday, we talked about takers, matchers, and givers. Takers seek to personally gain from a relationship and matchers give only if they receive some...  Read More
Be A Giver
by Delman Coates on May 27th, 2023
“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” - Acts 20:35  “No one wants to be in a relationship in which they are the only ones giving.” That’s the conclusion of a book entitled Give and Take written by business school professor, Adam Grant. Grant...  Read More
No Competition
by Delman Coates on May 26th, 2023
“The valiant lie plundered, they sleep their last sleep; not one of the warriors can lift his hands. At your rebuke, God of Jacob, both horse and chariot lie still.” - Psalm 76:5-6  Have you ever worried about whether God’s plans would work for you? Maybe God gave you clarity about what He wants you to do. He revealed Himself to you and gave you such clarity about your purpose. And at first that g...  Read More
Double Minded
by Delman Coates on May 25th, 2023
“Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” - James 4:8  We have spent a lot of time the last few weeks talking about success. Not worldly success, but godly success – success in the eyes of our Creator. There is nothing more fulfilling than living out God’s good and perfect will for our life.  To do that, we must draw n...  Read More
Draw Near
by Delman Coates on May 24th, 2023
“Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” - James 4:8  Did you know that God has an amazing plan for your life? You might be saying, “Pastor, you don’t know who I am. You don’t know what I’ve done. God doesn’t have big plans for me. You are right about one thing, I might not know who you are, but I do know God has so m...  Read More
Update Your Operating System
by Delman Coates on May 23rd, 2023
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” - Colossians 2:6-7  Have you updated your operating system recently? You say, “Pastor what do you mean?” Like most of you, I have a smartphone. And not too long ago, I was getting frustrated because it...  Read More
Don’t Let Fear Define Character
by Delman Coates on May 22nd, 2023
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  Isaiah 41:10  Over the last couple of days, we have discussed what it means to have consistent character. When your character is consistent, it does not change based on people or circumstances. But a final attribute that doesn’t define characte...  Read More
Don't Let Circumstances Define Character
by Delman Coates on May 21st, 2023
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.” – Romans 12:2  Yesterday we spoke about how we should not let other people determine our character. Today, we will focus on how we should not let our circumstances determine our character. What separates a ...  Read More
Don't Let People Define Character
by Delman Coates on May 20th, 2023
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” - Galatians 5:22-23  Is your character consistent? Are you able to display the same character no matter what is happening around you? If you are a child of God, someone who has given their life to Jesus, then God has called you to live ...  Read More
Consistent Character
by Delman Coates on May 19th, 2023
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.” - Romans 12:2  Over the last week, we have discussed what it means to be successful in God’s way. What we must understand as believers is that success for us is defined differently than the way the world de...  Read More
Chase “The Great”
by Delman Coates on May 18th, 2023
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” - Galatians 6:9  When you choose to delay gratification and give up what seems “good” in the moment, you will earn eternal rewards. What God wants to give you isn’t just “good,” it’s GREAT. It’s the BEST. God has the very best in store for every one of His children who are willing to follow...  Read More
Give Up “The Good”
by Delman Coates on May 17th, 2023
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” - Galatians 6:9  John D. Rockefeller said, “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” If you want to be successful, this quote should be something you continuously turn back to in your walk with Christ. Your faith journey, your pursuit of what Jesus has in store for you, is ...  Read More
A Good Steward
by Delman Coates on May 16th, 2023
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’” - Matthew 25:23  Mathew 25 showcases the Parable of the Bags of Gold, where Jesus discusses a man entrusting his wealth to his servants: one with 5 bags of gold, one with 2 bags, and another with 1 bag. The ones wit...  Read More
The Land You Will Possess
by Delman Coates on May 15th, 2023
“Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.” - Deuteronomy 5:33  In Deuteronomy 5, Moses reminded the Israelites of the covenant they made to Jesus at Mount Sinai. The people understood God is holy and they could never be without Him. At this point, God saw the Israelite’s obedience in...  Read More
Live and Prosper
by Delman Coates on May 14th, 2023
“Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.” - Deuteronomy 5:33  When you follow the pathway God has created for you, He holds responsibility for your life. As we previously discussed, when you are obedient to God, and you look forward to what He has ahead for your life, He will protec...  Read More
Your Pathway to Success
by Delman Coates on May 13th, 2023
“Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.” - Deuteronomy 5:33  As we continue to look at what it means to be successful through the eyes of God, I want you to understand something. When it comes to godly success, or being successful for God, it takes sacrifice. For some, it might mea...  Read More
Imitators of Christ
by Delman Coates on May 12th, 2023
“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” - Ephesians 5:1-2  I once heard a fable about a man who was born with a facial deformity. He grew up isolated and lonely. When he became an adult, he decided to move to a new town and start over. On his journey, he ...  Read More
Spiritual Gifts
by Delman Coates on May 11th, 2023
““We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” – Romans 12:6-9  Yesterday, ...  Read More
THE Book
by Delman Coates on May 10th, 2023
“For the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” - Hebrews 4:12-13  “Success” is the category that sells mor...  Read More
It Takes Time
by Delman Coates on May 9th, 2023
“But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” - Romans 8:25  If you are going to make a real life change, the type that actually lasts, you must understand something: change takes time. Over the last week, we have talked a lot about writing a new chapter. If you have not followed along with us, there is something I want you to know. You do not have to stay in the chapter ...  Read More
Never Fall
by Delman Coates on May 8th, 2023
“The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in Him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with His hand.” - Psalm 37:23-24  Over the last three days, we have looked at the things we must understand if we are going to allow God to write a new chapter in our lives. If we decide that we have finally had enough, and we are going to walk away from the chapter of o...  Read More
Determining Your Future
by Delman Coates on May 7th, 2023
“The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in Him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with His hand.” - Psalm 37:23-24  If you want to end the current chapter of your life and begin a new one, you need to shift your mind. You need to first, refocus your attention. Focus on what God can do for you and not what has already happened to you. Then, you need to...  Read More
Your Defense
by Delman Coates on May 6th, 2023
“The Lord is my strength and my defense, He has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise Him, my father’s God, and I will exalt Him. The Lord is a warrior; the Lord is His name.” - Exodus 15:2-3  Do you understand why you must not look behind you when you are pursuing God’s plans and purposes for your life? It’s like looking at the rear window when trying to drive forward. You cannot s...  Read More
Refocus Your Attention
by Delman Coates on May 5th, 2023
“The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” - Proverbs 18:10  If you want to leave your old life behind and step into the life God is calling you to live, you are going to have to do a few things differently. Albert Einstein is famously quoted as saying, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” If you...  Read More
Write Another
by Delman Coates on May 4th, 2023
“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” - Ephesians 4:22-24  Are you unhappy with your current life? Do you wish things could be different? Maybe if you could, you would g...  Read More
Seeing The End
by Delman Coates on May 3rd, 2023
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” - Proverbs 3:5-6  When it comes to trusting God, there is something you should know: life doesn’t have to all make sense in order for you to trust in Him. You don’t have to know how it is all going to turn out. That is not something that is required ...  Read More
Peace Be With You
by Delman Coates on May 2nd, 2023
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” - John 14:27-28  Are you struggling to step into the life God wants for you? Maybe God has revealed His good and perfect will for your life, shown you exactly what He wants you to do, and now all you must do is obey Him and claim the blessings He wants to...  Read More
No Closure? No Excuse
by Delman Coates on May 1st, 2023
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” - Isaiah 43:18-19  If you want to embark on a new journey, one filled with new opportunities and new possibilities, there are things you are going to have to come to terms with. It can be hard to come to term...  Read More
Look For The Folded Napkin
by Delman Coates on April 30th, 2023
“Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen.” - John 20:6-7  I want to bring some significance to a part of Jesus' comeback story that is often overlooked. We can see this in John 20:6-7 when it says, “Th...  Read More
It’s Not Final
by Delman Coates on April 29th, 2023
“When He had received the drink, Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’ With that, He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.” - John 19:30  If you want to make a comeback in your life, you must have strength, you must be able to endure, you must have the right people around you, and finally, you must remember that your current situation is not final.   The gospel accounts of Jesus' death and burial are a r...  Read More
Can’t Do It Alone
by Delman Coates on April 28th, 2023
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor; if either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” - Ecclesiastes 4:9...  Read More
The Right People
by Delman Coates on April 27th, 2023
“Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.” - Proverbs 13:20  If you are going to make a comeback in life, you not only need strength and endurance. You will also need the right support system. Who you ride with can make or break your chance at a comeback. Proverbs 13:20 says, “Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.” Think about ...  Read More
One More Round
by Delman Coates on April 26th, 2023
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” - Romans 12:12  If you are going to experience a comeback, you are not only going to need strength—you are going to need PATIENCE.  Romans 12:12 reminds us to, “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” The devil doesn’t want you to make an easy comeback. He wants you to believe that you were defeated, y...  Read More
The Strength You Need
by Delman Coates on April 25th, 2023
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.” -  Psalm 46:1-2  Have you ever felt as though you did not have the strength to make it. That you were depleted of everything mentally, physically, and emotionally. As if you did not know how you would must the energy to keep pres...  Read More
Stay in The Fight
by Delman Coates on April 24th, 2023
“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” - 2 Chronicles 15:7  So, when it comes to a do we do it? We have been talking about the greatest comeback in the history of the world—that is Jesus returning from death to life. Jesus’ comeback was a miracle but also an example that YOU, too, can come back from whatever it is that has you down at the mom...  Read More
You Don’t Need the Odds
by Delman Coates on April 23rd, 2023
“’And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.” - Hebrews 11:6  It was 28-3. He was facing the largest deficit in the history of the Super Bowl. No team had ever come back from so many points, and now, Tom Brady, quarterback of the New England Patriots had just over 17 minutes of game time l...  Read More
He Did It... And So Can You
by Delman Coates on April 22nd, 2023
“…Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.” – Joel 2:13  Yesterday, we discussed the greatest comeback in the history of the world. And that was when Jesus Christ came back from the dead.  Jesus came to earth. He lived a perfect life, and then He died for our sins – for yours and for mine. Had He r...  Read More
The Greatest Comeback of All Time
by Delman Coates on April 21st, 2023
“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.’” - John 11:25  Perhaps the biggest debate in professional athletics is who is the G.O.A.T. or the greatest of all time. Is it Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Serena Williams, Tiger Woods, or Tom Brady? The list goes on and on. And to determine the greatest, commentators look at things ...  Read More
Looking to What is Ahead
by Delman Coates on April 20th, 2023
“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 3:13-14  There's a New Year's tradition in some villages in Scotland where barrels of tar are set on fire and rolled through ...  Read More
Not Synonymous
by Delman Coates on April 19th, 2023
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” - 2 Corinthians 5:17  Over the last few days, we have considered what has happened to someone in their past that has made them how they are today. We have asked what happened to you and what happened to them.  If you have followed along with us, you know how much trauma affects us even to ...  Read More

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