Posts with the tag “blessings”

Not Optional
by Delman Coates on March 12th, 2024
"Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me."* - Psalm 51:10   As a child, I vividly recall an evening spent at a friend's house, eagerly awaiting dinner. But before we could sit at the table, his mother insisted we wash up. My friend, however, was less than enthusiastic about the idea. He argued that he could shower later, after dinner. Yet, his father intervened wit...  Read More
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Overflowing Blessings
by Delman Coates on February 25th, 2024
"Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?" - Psalm 139:7-10   Too often, the toxic mindset of "hatin" emerges when we perceive blessings showered upon others. Today, let's explore the liberating truth that God's omnipresence allows Him to bless abundantly, breaking the chains of scarcity thinking. "Hatin" is a mindset rooted in the fear that another's blessing diminish...  Read More
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Staying on Track
by Delman Coates on February 3rd, 2024
"Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord." - Psalm 27:14   As we embark on this journey of Divine Pursuits, exploring the cautionary tale of the Prodigal Son becomes a compass guiding us toward the right path. In our pursuit of spiritual, financial, and relational success, staying on track is the key to unlocking God's blessings and navigating life's challenges. In the hu...  Read More
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Your Christmas Blessing Awaits
by Delman Coates on December 3rd, 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   As we approach the wondrous season of Christmas, we often come with our hearts filled with desires, hopes, and dreams. We seek blessings, answers, and miracles from God. We long for His presence, peace, and guidance. But whatever it is that you're seeking from God and in ...  Read More
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The Blessing of Uninterrupted Access to God
by Delman Coates on November 30th, 2023
"Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." - Hebrews 4:16   It is far too easy to overlook the incredible blessing of having unlimited and unceasing access to God. Our Heavenly Father invites us to approach His throne of grace with confidence, not just occasionally, but anytime, and all the time. God des...  Read More
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God's Unconditional Favor
by Delman Coates on October 26th, 2023
"For He gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike." - Matthew 5:45    Have you ever pondered the marvelous way in which God blesses His children? It's a divine mystery that transcends human understanding. God doesn't meticulously review our credentials, check our references, or evaluate our biography before bestowing His favor and blessing...  Read More
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Preparing for God’s Future Blessings
by Delman Coates on August 9th, 2023
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” - Romans 8:28   God has a beautiful plan for each of our lives, filled with blessings beyond our imagination. However, at this moment, we may not be prepared to receive what He has in store for us. That’s why God takes us through a process of molding and shaping to make us ...  Read More
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Blessings in The Neighborhood
by Delman Coates on July 30th, 2023
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 4:19  In our lives, we may sometimes feel envious or discouraged when we see our neighbors receive blessings from God. However, it’s important to remember that God’s abundance is not limited; and when He blesses those around us, it’s often a sign that our own blessings are just around the corn...  Read More
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Gratitude for The Unseen
by Delman Coates on July 30th, 2023
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” - 1 Thessalonians 5:18  In our daily lives, we often focus on the tangible blessings and answered prayers. However, there is so much more that God does for us behind the scenes, orchestrating events and providing for our needs in ways we may never fully comprehend. By cultivating a heart of gratitude for these unse...  Read More
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Perseverance Rewarded: The Promise of God's Faithfulness
by Delman Coates on July 21st, 2023
Verse: "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   In the journey of faith, perseverance is a powerful virtue. It is the steadfastness to keep pressing on, even in the face of challenges and setbacks. As we walk in perseverance, we can be assured that our Heavenly Father rewards our steadfastness. Let us explore the...  Read More
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Igniting God’s Delight Through Faith
by Delman Coates on July 4th, 2023
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” - Hebrews 11:6  Our faith has the power to spark the delight of God. As believers, we are called to trust in His promises, rely on His guidance, and believe in His power.  Hebrews 11:6 emphasizes the importance of faith in our relationshi...  Read More
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A Family of Faith
by Ministry Support on June 2nd, 2023
"Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him" - 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14   The COVID-19 pandemic caused a major disruption in our lives, altering the way...  Read More
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More Than You Sow
by Delman Coates on May 31st, 2023
“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” - Galatians 6:7-8  You reap what you sow. What comes to mind when you hear that statement? Do you think about a time when you gave $5 to a homeless man, and found...  Read More
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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
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He Sees You
by Delman Coates on February 23rd, 2023
“The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and His ears toward their cry.” - Psalm 34:15  Yesterday we discussed the story of a young boy who was visibly frustrated at his father for not being able to get his way, so much so that he told his father, “I hate you.” But the father didn’t respond with anger. Instead, he did three things that stood out to me. He demonstrated to his son the followin...  Read More
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Why Do I Have So Many Problems?
by Ministry Support on November 7th, 2022
“He lets me rest in green meadows; He leads me beside peaceful streams.” - Psalm 23:2  Over the past week, we have covered the function of the gate mentioned in John 10. Jesus is the gate, and as the gate, He offers us access to solutions and safety. The last function of the door referenced in John 10 is to lead the sheep into a corral to graze and lie down in green pastures. This is the imagery t...  Read More
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Turn NOW
by Ministry Support on October 13th, 2022
“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” - 2 Chronicles 7:14  Over the last few days, we have been discussing the power in prayer. 2 Chronicles 7:14 very clearly depicts what we must do if we want to receive the blessings God has in stor...  Read More
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It Takes Humility
by Ministry Support on October 11th, 2022
“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” - 2 Chronicles 7:14  Yesterday, we uncovered how as a child of God, we are “His people.” We were chosen by Him. That is amazing to think about, but that also comes with a responsibility. The verse...  Read More
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Not Yet
by Ministry Support on October 9th, 2022
“I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and He turned to me and heard my cry.” - Psalm 40:1  Sometimes, we must wait on God. As we mentioned yesterday, there is power in prayer. God wants us to go to Him with every thought, worry, or concern we have. Nothing is too small. If you care about it, He cares about it.  You might be saying, “But pastor, I have prayed to God. I have given Him my requ...  Read More
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Give It Up
by Ministry Support on October 3rd, 2022
“Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away.” - Acts 3:19  It’s time for a shift. I pray that you are ready for God to lead you into this next season to do all that He has called you to do. Now is the time. He is ready. The question is, are you?  Sometimes the only thing delaying us from the promises and blessings of God is us. More specifically, we are delayed by...  Read More
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Blessed To Be A Blessing
by Ministry Support on July 25th, 2022
“I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others.” - Genesis 12:2Scripture is filled with countless examples of God blessing those who were obedient to Him. Yes, God promised blessings in Scripture, but Jesus was not a self-help guru who wanted to teach us how to capitalize for carnal gain.  In the Bible, the goal of being blessed was...  Read More
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Eliminating Fear
by Ministry Support on April 14th, 2022
“He also said to him, ‘I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to take possession of it.’” - Genesis 15: 7As we continue to look at the process of waiting on God, we want to focus on the things we can do while we are waiting for God to do what only He can do. Yesterday, we talked about remaining open to His Word. The next thing we want to focus on is how to ...  Read More
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Recognize What You Still Have
by Ministry Support on January 29th, 2022
“Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him; I will surely defend my ways to his face.”Job 13:15  The book of Job is a relatively popular book of the Bible because it highlights not only the damage and destruction that Job faces, but also the recovery and restoration that follows.   In one day, Job receives news that his livestock, servants, and ten children have all died due to invaders and natura...  Read More
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Constant Comparison Disorder
by Ministry Support on January 24th, 2022
“Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else.” - Galatians 6:4-6  Comparison can breed discontentment and ingratitude if we are not careful. I once heard a story about a woman who had a difficult pregnancy and gave birth at 32 weeks. Her baby was healthy, and she was proud of herself for making it through the pa...  Read More
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Don’t Forget Why You’re Here
by Ministry Support on January 15th, 2022
“Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day.” - Deuteronomy 8:11  I once heard a story about a gentleman who went to a training conference where a course was being taught on how to improve your memory. He spent nearly $200 on the books, tapes and worksheets for the course and brought it home. When he ...  Read More
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Accessing God’s Blessings
by Ministry Support on December 17th, 2021
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” - Jeremiah 17:7-8  Over the last five days we have talked about the blessings readily available to those...  Read More
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God’s Blessing: Reward
by Ministry Support on December 16th, 2021
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” - Colossians 3:23-24  God the Son has blessed us with redemption, reconciliation, and revelation. He has also blessed us with responsibility. When we act accordingly with that respons...  Read More
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God’s Blessing of Responsibility
by Ministry Support on December 15th, 2021
“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” - 1 Corinthians 15:58  Over the last three days, we have talked about the blessings of redemption, reconciliation, and revelation. Today, we are going to talk about the fourth blessing of responsibility. We a...  Read More
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God’s Blessing Of Revelation
by Ministry Support on December 14th, 2021
“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.” - Deuteronomy 29:29  As we have highlighted over the last couple days, God gives us the blessings of redemption and reconciliation. But thirdly, Paul goes on to say in Ephesians 1:8-10 that we also have received the blessing of revelation. ...  Read More
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God’s Blessing Of Reconciliation
by Ministry Support on December 13th, 2021
“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed us to the message of reconciliation.” - 2 Corinthians 5:18-19  God has not only blessed us with redemption, as we spoke about yesterday, but God also blessed us with reco...  Read More
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God’s Blessing Of Redemption
by Ministry Support on December 12th, 2021
“While we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.” - Titus 2:13-14  When it comes to remembering the blessings God has given us, we must go beyond the physical and material gifts that are within our real...  Read More
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Chosen, Adopted, Accepted.
by Ministry Support on December 11th, 2021
“He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.” - Ephesians 1:5  Modern Christianity has tainted people’s understanding of reality and Christian faith so much that they reduce Christianity to living the American dream, being personally successful, accumulating wealth and riches. But none of those things are why Jesus died on the cross. Wo...  Read More
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What Blessings Have You Forgotten?
by Ministry Support on December 10th, 2021
“Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day.” - Deuteronomy 8:11  When it comes to counting your blessings, it is easy to think about the physical things you can see—the people God has surrounded you with, the place you live, the car you drive, the clothes you wear. We live a world where “flexing” wha...  Read More
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Start The Year With Gratitude
by Ministry Support on December 31st, 2020
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)  There is a subtle distinction in this text when it comes to giving thanks that I believe is very significant. The command is not to simply “be” thankful—that’s an attitude. It is to “give” thanks—that’s an action. Professor Johannes A. Gaertner said: “to speak thankfulness is courteous and ple...  Read More
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Stuck In The Past
by Ministry Support on October 16th, 2020
The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” – John 4:9  If you want to rebound from brokenness, you can’t let your hurt hinder your healing. So many people miss the blessings God has for them because they allow their brokenness to keep them in bondage. It’s as if they have PTSD, and struggle to move forward in their future because they are s...  Read More
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Wait With Great Expectation
by Ministry Support on January 8th, 2020
“Restore our fortunes, Lord, like streams in the Negev.” – Psalm 126:4There is so much we can learn from this short verse in the middle of Psalm 126. In verse four, the psalmist is asking God to bring greater deliverance than anything the Israelites have already experienced, just like He fills the streams in Negev – the dry, parched desert in the south of the land – with massive amounts of water. ...  Read More
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