Posts with the tag “faith”

Making a Difference through Prayer
by Delman Coates on May 6th, 2024
“So Aaron did as Moses said, and ran into the midst of the assembly. The plague had already started among the people, but Aaron offered the incense and made atonement for them. He stood between the living and the dead, and the plague stopped.” - Numbers 16:47-48   Have you ever felt the weight of responsibility to stand in the gap and intercede for others? In Numbers 16, when a plague struck Israe...  Read More
Keep Looking Up When You're Feeling Down
by Delman Coates on April 26th, 2024
"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," - Philippians 3:13   In the midst of life's challenges, we often find ourselves instinctively looking down, focusing on the dangers and threats that surround us. Our minds are wired to seek out potential harm, but sometimes, this inclinati...  Read More
The Catalyst for Transformation
by Delman Coates on April 8th, 2024
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." - Philippians 4:13   Have you ever witnessed a remarkable transformation where a seemingly impossible situation suddenly shifts course and heads toward success? The story of Deion Sanders and the University of Colorado football team serves as a powerful example of how a changed mindset can lead to incredible outcomes. In just a short time, C...  Read More
Healing Wounds
by Delman Coates on March 18th, 2024
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." - Isaiah 41:10  Yesterday, we reflected on the lasting impact of traumatic events and the scars they leave on our bodies and souls. Today, let us explore how trauma affects our relationships and our perception of ourselves. Trauma has a way...  Read More
From Trials to Praise
by Delman Coates on February 29th, 2024
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." - James 1:2-4   In the book of James, we are reminded that as believers, we have a unique perspective on trials, an outlook that contrasts sharpl...  Read More
Transformative Power of Adversity
by Delman Coates on January 25th, 2024
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance." - James 1:2-3   In the midst of life's storms, we often find ourselves questioning the purpose of adversity. Yet, as we look into the teachings of Scripture, we discover that trials have a transformative power that goes beyond mere challeng...  Read More
The Unexpected Gift
by Delman Coates on December 24th, 2023
"But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.'" - Luke 2:10   As the holiday season approaches, our hearts are filled with the anticipation of gifts, joy, and celebration. Christmas is a time for treasured traditions, family gatherings, and moments that warm our souls. But amidst all the excitement, let me share a story with you...  Read More
The Path to Your Heart's Desires
by Delman Coates on December 22nd, 2023
"You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." - Jeremiah 29:13   Have you ever found yourself standing at a crossroads, faced with a significant decision? Perhaps you're yearning for something more in life, and deep down, you sense that what you desire is on the other side of going all in for God. Today, I want to encourage you to take that leap of faith and make that life-c...  Read More
Follow the Light
by Delman Coates on December 20th, 2023
"...and asked, 'Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.'" - Matthew 2:2   Have you ever found yourself in a dark and unfamiliar place, unsure of which way to turn? It's in these moments that we often yearn for even the faintest glimmer of light to guide us to safety. Just like the story of two young girls who got lost in the f...  Read More
Patiently Awaiting God's Perfect Timing
by Delman Coates on December 18th, 2023
"The days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah." - Jeremiah 33:14   In our journey of faith, one of the lessons we continually encounter is the art of waiting. Patience is not only a virtue; it's a fundamental aspect of our relationship with God. The passage in Jeremiah 33:14 reminds us that while God's help is assured, the ...  Read More
Faith in Action
by Delman Coates on December 16th, 2023
"For this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Houses, fields, and vineyards will again be bought in this land." - Jeremiah 32:15   The story of Jeremiah's faith and unwavering trust in God's promises serves as a powerful reminder of how we, too, should approach waiting on the Lord. Jeremiah's actions were not those of a skeptic or a doubter but of someone whose faith was deeply roo...  Read More
The Time is Always Ripe to Do Right
by Delman Coates on December 15th, 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   There are moments in life when we are faced with decisions, choices, and actions that call us to discern right from wrong. These moments often test our character and integrity. Yet, regardless of the circumstances, there is a timeless truth that resonates through the pages...  Read More
Just Hold On
by Delman Coates on December 12th, 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   Life often presents us with moments of waiting and uncertainty, where patience becomes our greatest test. We may find ourselves in situations where we're waiting for a breakthrough, an answer, or a promise to be fulfilled. It's in these moments that we might grow impatient...  Read More
Building Spiritual Muscle
by Delman Coates on December 10th, 2023
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." - James 1:2-4   Life's challenges and difficulties can often feel like heavy weights that press down upon us, testing our faith, and pushing us to...  Read More
Holding Onto God's Promises
by Delman Coates on December 4th, 2023
"Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him." - Luke 2:25   The story of Simeon, found in the Gospel of Luke, offers us valuable insights into the significance of holding onto God's promises while looking forward to the manifestation of His will in our lives. Simeon's life demonstrates t...  Read More
Pray with Expectation
by Delman Coates on November 29th, 2023
"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." - Mark 11:24   Prayer is not a mere recitation of words into the ether; it is a conversation with the Creator of the universe. It's a direct line to the One who holds the power to transform circumstances, hearts, and lives. In Mark 11:24, Jesus encourages us to pray with expectation, believ...  Read More
See Others As God Sees Them
by Delman Coates on October 24th, 2023
"My brothers and sisters, do not show favoritism as you hold on to the faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ." - James 2:1   In the book of James, we find a powerful message about the danger of favoritism within the church community. James reminds us that our faith in Christ should never be tainted by partiality or discrimination. It's easy to be swayed by outward appearances or worldly distinct...  Read More
Embracing All in Christ's Love
by Delman Coates on October 23rd, 2023
"My brothers and sisters, do not show favoritism as you hold on to the faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ." - James 2:1   In today’s key verse from the book of James, we are reminded of the dangers of favoritism within the Christian community. James cautions against showing partiality, emphasizing that true faith in Christ should not be accompanied by discrimination or preferential treatment....  Read More
Embracing the Riches of Faith
by Delman Coates on October 22nd, 2023
"Has not God chosen the poor in the world to be rich in faith and to be heirs of the kingdom that he has promised to those who love him?" - James 2:5   In a world often mesmerized by material wealth, James 2:5 offers a profound perspective shift. It reminds us that God has chosen the poor in the world to be rich in faith and to be heirs of His kingdom. This powerful truth challenges our societal n...  Read More
Through the Window of Perspective
by Delman Coates on October 20th, 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   In the midst of life's trials, it's crucial to maintain a perspective that looks beyond the present moment. Remember that trials are temporary, and even in the midst of difficulty, God can work to bring about His purposes. Let this window of perspective be y...  Read More
Navigating Life's Storms
by Delman Coates on October 19th, 2023
"If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you." - James 1:5   Life's journey is a series of decisions—some minor, others life-altering. In the face of trials and tribulations, the wisdom and discernment with which you make these decisions become the walls that protect and guide you. Seek wisdom, make choices aligned ...  Read More
The Foundation of Integrity
by Delman Coates on October 17th, 2023
"The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them." - Proverbs 20:7   Your character is the bedrock of your integrity. It's not constructed in a single moment but is shaped through consistent choices in everyday life. When trials come, your character serves as your unwavering anchor, guiding you with steadfast integrity. Character is the core of who you are when no one is ...  Read More
Preparing for Life's Storms
by Delman Coates on October 15th, 2023
"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock." - Matthew 7:24-25   Life is filled with unpredictable storms, trials, and tribulations that can test the very core of o...  Read More
Words About God
by Delman Coates on October 10th, 2023
"The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit." - Proverbs 18:21   In moments of pain, disappointment, or confusion, it's not uncommon for people to utter words that cast a shadow on their relationship with God. Phrases like "the Lord has forgotten about me," "Why did God let this happen to me?" or "God has abandoned me," may slip from our lips. But today, I...  Read More
Guard Your Words
by Delman Coates on October 9th, 2023
"With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God's likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be." - James 3:9-10   James reminds us that our tongues can be a double-edged sword. With them, we offer praises to our Lord, yet in the same breath, we may curse fellow human beings. It's a ...  Read More
Your Faith in Motion
by Delman Coates on October 7th, 2023
"In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead." - James 2:17  In a world filled with noise and chatter, your actions speak volumes. As a believer, you are not just defined by your words; you are defined by the combination of your words and actions. Others are watching, and what you do carries immense weight. When you profess love, demonstrate it through your kindne...  Read More
A Love That Acts
by Delman Coates on October 2nd, 2023
"Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls. But be doers of the word and not merely hearers who deceive themselves." - James 1:21-22   In the pursuit of living out God's Word, there is no more vital arena than your interactions with others. James makes it clear that faith should not r...  Read More
Living Out the Word
by Delman Coates on October 1st, 2023
"Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls. But be doers of the word and not merely hearers who deceive themselves." - James 1:21-22   In the midst of our busy lives, it's easy to fall into the trap of hearing without truly listening, of knowing without fully understanding, and of bel...  Read More
Into the Unknown
by Delman Coates on September 13th, 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   Life is a journey through uncharted territory, where the path ahead remains hidden from our eyes. Yet, as we stand on the precipice of the unknown, it's essential to remember that God holds the map, and He is the One guiding our st...  Read More
Walking the Walk
by Delman Coates on September 8th, 2023
"In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." - Matthew 5:16   In the journey of faith, it's not only about the words we speak but also about the steps we take. It's easy to talk the talk, to profess our beliefs and express our convictions, but the true essence of our faith is revealed in the way we walk the walk. Our ac...  Read More
Endurance Through Trials
by Delman Coates on September 1st, 2023
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” - James 1:2-3   In the early 1950s, the Timex Corporation found itself teetering on the brink of failure. Despite advertising efforts featuring notable figures like Mickey Mantle and Ben Hogan, sales for their durable watches remained disap...  Read More
Unexpected Vessels
by Delman Coates on August 21st, 2023
“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” - 1 Corinthians 1:27  Throughout the Bible, we witness countless examples of God using individuals whom no one expected to accomplish incredible things. These stories serve as a powerful reminder that God can use us, ordinary people, in similar ways to fulfill His extraord...  Read More
God’s Timing is Never Too Late
by Delman Coates on August 20th, 2023
“He has made everything beautiful in its time.” - Ecclesiastes 3:11  In our fast-paced world, we often find ourselves wanting things to happen quickly. When they don’t, we may feel frustrated or even despairing. However, God operates on a different timeline. His timing is perfect, and He is never too late to work in our situations.  God’s timing is not bound by our human expectations or limitation...  Read More
God’s Hand in Our Trials
by Delman Coates on August 2nd, 2023
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” - Isaiah 43:2  Trials are an inevitable part of life. They come in various forms and intensities, often catching us off guard and leaving us feeling overwhelmed. However, it’s during t...  Read More
Growing Through Discomfort: Embracing the Refiner’s Fire
by Delman Coates on August 1st, 2023
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” - James 1:2-3  In our journey of faith, discomfort is not an anomaly; it’s an essential part of our spiritual growth. It’s in the crucible of trials and tribulations that our faith is refined and our character is shaped. Just as a piece of ...  Read More
The Test of Patience
by Delman Coates on July 31st, 2023
“Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.” - Psalms 27:14  Waiting is a universal experience, but it’s often seen as a test of our patience, especially when we’re waiting on God. It’s in these moments of anticipation that our faith is truly put to the test. We live in a world where instant gratification is the norm, but God’s timing doesn’t adhere to ...  Read More
Laughter of Promise Fulfilled
by Delman Coates on July 22nd, 2023
“Sarah said, ‘God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.’” - Genesis 21:6  Genesis 21 tells the story of God’s faithfulness in fulfilling His promise to Abraham and Sarah. After years of waiting and trusting in God’s promise, Sarah finally gives birth to a son, Isaac. This miraculous event not only demonstrates God’s power but also serves as a reminder of Hi...  Read More
The Power of Boldness: Moving the Heart of God
by Delman Coates on July 16th, 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   Our God is not only a mighty and sovereign Creator but also a loving Father who is moved by our boldness. As we approach His presence with confidence and trust, we have the opportunity to witness His heart respond to our audacious faith. Let us ...  Read More
Unveiling Our Dependence on God
by Delman Coates on July 7th, 2023
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” - Jeremiah 29:11  Faith is a powerful force that not only connects us to God but also reveals our need for Him to fulfill His plan in our lives. As we grow in our faith, we come to understand that we cannot achieve God’s purpose for us through our own strength ...  Read More
Faith and Sacrifice: A Divine Partnership
by Delman Coates on July 6th, 2023
“For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.” - Luke 9:24  Faith and sacrifice are two essential elements of our spiritual journey. They are intertwined, forming a divine partnership that deepens our relationship with God and strengthens our commitment to His will. As Luke 9:24 reminds us, “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, ...  Read More

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