Posts with the tag “power”

Freedom from Shame
by Delman Coates on May 23rd, 2024
"Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame." - Psalm 34:5   Have you ever felt the weight of shame pressing down on you, suffocating your spirit, and dimming your light? Have you experienced the pain of being judged, ostracized, or mistreated because of something in your past or present that sets you apart from others? If so, I want you to know that you are not al...  Read More
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A Lesson in Forgiveness and Love
by Delman Coates on May 19th, 2024
"Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven loves little." Then he said to her, "Your sins are forgiven." - Luke 7:47-48   The is a passage in Luke 7 where we encounter a powerful scene in which Jesus is invited to dine with a Pharisee named Simon. As they recline at the table, a woman known as a sinner enters the...  Read More
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Guiding Others to Rejoice in God
by Delman Coates on May 18th, 2024
"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 today’s key verse, Jesus highlights the profound impact our good deeds can have on those around us. He emphasizes that when others witness our acts of love, grace, and kindness, they will not only recognize our efforts but also give glory to our Father in ...  Read More
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God's Work in Us
by Delman Coates on May 9th, 2024
"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   In our journey of faith, we often sing the lyrics, "Please, be patient with me, God is not through with me yet…" These words, penned by James Cleveland, resonate deeply because they capture ...  Read More
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Confidence in Christ
by Delman Coates on April 20th, 2024
"We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying around in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies." - 2 Corinthians 4:8-10   In the face of disappointment, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and defeated. But as followers of Christ, w...  Read More
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The Power of His Resurrection
by Delman Coates on March 31st, 2024
"That I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death." - Philippians 3:10   In Philippians 3:10, Paul expresses his deep longing to know Christ intimately and to experience the power of His resurrection. For Paul, this intimate knowledge of Christ isn't merely about understanding the story of the resurrection; it's about personally en...  Read More
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The Power of a Wish
by Delman Coates on March 25th, 2024
"I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death." - Philippians 3:10   In 1980, a young boy named Christopher James Greicius captured the hearts of an entire community in Phoenix, Arizona, as he battled leukemia with unwavering courage and resilience. Little did Chris know that his simple wish of becoming a polic...  Read More
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Detoxifying the Mind
by Delman Coates on March 2nd, 2024
"But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed." - Isaiah 53:5   Sickness, in all its forms—physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual—is often the enemy's attempt to derail us from focusing on God's purposes in our lives. It's a distraction, a diversion meant to compromise our function...  Read More
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The Power in His Precious Blood
by Delman Coates on February 28th, 2024
"How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!" - Hebrews 9:14   The sacrificial system of the Old Testament, with its offerings of animals and rituals, pointed towards a divine truth—only the blood would serve as the ultimate payment for si...  Read More
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Wisdom in Reflection
by Delman Coates on January 7th, 2024
"Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." - Psalm 90:12   Have you ever pondered the valuable lessons hidden within your past mistakes? There's a profound wisdom that emerges when we take the time to reflect on our journey. The Scriptures remind us of the importance of gaining a heart of wisdom through the experiences of life. In our existence, each mistake and misstep con...  Read More
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Endless Grace
by Delman Coates on November 10th, 2023
"But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.'" - 2 Corinthians 12:9   Imagine a vast, life-giving fountain, set in the center of a dry and weary land. This fountain never runs dry; it flows ceaselessly, providing refreshment to the parched and weary traveler. Similarly, God's grace is like that unceasing fountain, offering sustenance to our souls. ...  Read More
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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
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Never Too Late
by Delman Coates on August 22nd, 2023
“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’” - Matthew 19:26  One of the most powerful truths we can embrace is that it’s never too late for God to do something incredible in our lives. No matter our age, past mistakes, or current circumstances, God’s power and purpose for us remain.  God is the author of our lives, and He has a unique plan ...  Read More
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The Authority of Prayer
by Delman Coates on July 18th, 2023
"Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." - Matthew 18:18   Prayer is not just a mere act of communication with God; it carries a profound authority. When we approach the throne of grace with faith and confidence, our prayers have the power to shape and transform the world around us. Let us explore the signific...  Read More
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A Powerful Posture
by Delman Coates on March 4th, 2023
“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” - Isaiah 40:31  When you place your hope in the Lord, you will hold a powerful posture. That is exactly what hope gives us: power. But that kind of hope is not in our own power but in the power of Almighty God. No matter what is go...  Read More
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Recipe For a Miracle
by Ministry Support on December 6th, 2022
“O Lord, answer me! Answer me so these people will know that you, O Lord, are God and that you have brought them back to yourself. Immediately the fire of the Lord flashed down from heaven and burned up the young bull, the wood, the stones, and the dust. It even licked up all the water in the trench!” - 1 Kings 18:37-38What is the recipe for a miracle? There are only two key ingredients. God’s pow...  Read More
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God’s Power
by Ministry Support on December 5th, 2022
“Jesus looked at them intently and said, ‘Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.’” - Matthew 19:26Faith is trusting God for things that have not happened yet. But what is that faith based on? It is based on the POWER of God. What we are trusting is that God has the power and ability to change people or circumstances in ways that we have not yet seen.What makes it ...  Read More
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All Access
by Ministry Support on November 1st, 2022
“Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures.” - John 10:9  Recently I tried to watch a new television series but realized at the last minute that I didn’t have the streaming service that it was playing on. I thought it was on Netflix but discovered later that it was on Hulu. It’s a dilemma that those of us who watch movi...  Read More
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The Source of Your Power
by Ministry Support on October 30th, 2022
“Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, ‘I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.’” - John 8:12  The thing about light is that it can be harnessed as a source of power. And the way Jesus treats the woman in John 8, during a time in her life when she needed it most, was a source of empowerment. This...  Read More
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How Much More?
by Ministry Support on October 23rd, 2022
“They answered, ‘Show us a miraculous sign if you want us to believe in you. What can you do?” – John 6:30  Regardless of where you find yourself in life, if you are able to present your faith passport, your spiritual credentials in Christ, you will be able to gain access to privileges that you would otherwise not be able to obtain. This is why the first of the seven “I Am” statements of Jesus fou...  Read More
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Seek My Face
by Ministry Support on October 12th, 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  We have discussed (1) that we are His people—we are chosen by God and (2) that if we want to access our Heavenly Father’s limitless power through prayer, we must humble oursel...  Read More
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Power of Prayer
by Ministry Support on October 8th, 2022
“One day Jesus told His disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.” - Luke 18:1  One of the things we know as Christians is that prayer is the foundation of and for our spiritual lives. It is the manner in which we are able to tap into the power of heaven to obtain guidance, strength, and direction down here on earth. Prayer is not an elective in the university of Ch...  Read More
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Reach Beyond The Risk
by Ministry Support on September 28th, 2022
“Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.” - Hebrews 11:1   If you want to seize your opportunity and do what God has called you to do, there will be moments where you are tested. And in these moments, you might have fear. But you must reach beyond the risk. We see this in Mark 5 when the woman who had suffered for 12 years reaches out to touch Jesus...  Read More
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He Determines Your Future
by Ministry Support on September 7th, 2022
“But as for me, I will always proclaim what God has done; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob. For God says, ‘I will break the strength of the wicked, but I will increase the power of the godly.’” - Psalm 75:9-10   Are you lacking the closure you wish you had based on what has happened in your past? Perhaps someone did you wrong, and you just cannot seem to let it go. You need to see that they...  Read More
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The Power of Jesus
by Ministry Support on August 29th, 2022
“When Jesus saw her, He called her over and said, ‘Dear woman, you are healed of your sickness!’ Then He touched her, and instantly she could stand again. How she praised God!” - Luke 13:12-13   Why should you go to church? We answered this question yesterday from the standpoint that there is no better place to encounter Jesus personally, powerfully, and purposefully. This is not to say that Jesus...  Read More
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Why Do I Need The Church?
by Ministry Support on August 27th, 2022
“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near.” - Hebrews 10:25  “Why do I need the church?” It is an interesting question many people are asking. If your doctor, job, and school are now looking for creative and convenient ways to enable you to do it from home, then why come to the building? You...  Read More
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A Time To Dance
by Ministry Support on August 18th, 2022
“A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance.” - Ecclesiastes 3:4   As we continue to look at finding the “good” in moments of grief, we must look at what Abraham did after the death of his wife and lifelong partner, Sarah. After he mourned, Abraham found a way to move on.   Yes, he missed her. Yes, he mourned over her passing, and yes, he remembered all the moments and...  Read More
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When I Am Weak… He Is Strong
by Ministry Support on July 27th, 2022
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” - 2 Corinthians 12:9Yesterday, we discussed the story of Achilles and his weakness: his heel. It is a phrase we now use to refer to someone’s weakness despite their overwhelming strength. Everyone has...  Read More
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Upgrade Your Equipment
by Ministry Support on July 16th, 2022
“Now all glory to God, who is able through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” - Ephesians 3:20   Over the past few days, we have mentioned the terrible mistake made by Mike Lazaridis, the former co-CEO of Blackberry, to not “upgrade his equipment.” What we did not mention is why he chose against allowing users to surf the internet on the ...  Read More
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Receive It
by Ministry Support on July 15th, 2022
“And now I entrust you to God and the message of his grace that is able to build you up and give you an inheritance with all those he has set apart for himself.” - Acts 20:32   Over the last couple of days, we have looked at what we must do if we want to truly let go of the things holding us back from becoming the people God has made us to be. The Bible gives us three things we can do as we let go...  Read More
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Reach In
by Ministry Support on July 14th, 2022
“He replied, ‘The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know.’” - Acts 1:7   If we want to live a life that pursues the potential God has instilled inside of us, we must be mindful of doing three things. Acts 1 shows us these three things we must do. Yesterday, we looked at the first: reaching up. Today, we look at the second: reaching in.   Acts ...  Read More
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Where You’ve Never Been
by Ministry Support on July 6th, 2022
“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   There is an old saying that says, “If you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.” Albert Einstein once said, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, but expecting a different resu...  Read More
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Fasting For Discipline and Self-Control
by Ministry Support on June 16th, 2022
“But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.” - 1 Corinthians 9:27Over the last week, we have discussed the importance of fasting. If you are a believer who wants to grow your intimacy with Christ, hear from God on a certain matter, obtain a breakthrough, purge your life from sin and addiction, and/or increase your faith, fast...  Read More
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Fast For It
by Ministry Support on June 10th, 2022
“Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” - Joel 2:12Fasting is one of the weapons God has given us to engage in spiritual warfare whenever the enemy tries to defeat us, discourage us, or deter us. Fasting is one way of tapping into the Lord’s power to deal with and confront obstacles, hurdles, hindrances, and trials down here on eart...  Read More
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Change Your Mind, Change Your Situation
by Ministry Support on May 26th, 2022
“When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, ‘Do you want to get well?’” - John 5:6Yesterday, we began unpacking the story of the man by the pool in John 5. A man who had this “condition” for 38 years. We learn that in the Greek version of the text, it just says the man is there. It does not say he has a “condition.” We see the shock...  Read More
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Surrounded By God’s Power
by Ministry Support on May 21st, 2022
“The scepter of the wicked will not remain over the land allotted to the righteous, for then the righteous might use their hands to do evil.” - Psalm 125:3The fourth and final assurance we have when we are going through difficult circumstances is that we are surrounded by God’s power. The entire chapter of Psalm 125 is a testimony to God’s power. But listen closely to the words of the third verse:...  Read More
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Power Made Perfect In Weakness
by Ministry Support on March 20th, 2022
“David said to the Philistine, ‘You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head…All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is...  Read More
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Pray With Persistence
by Ministry Support on January 8th, 2022
“Pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” - 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18  Today we conclude with the final ingredient to praying a powerful prayer. Not only should we pray with a sincere heart, pray with boldness, and pray will humility. Lastly, we must pray with persistence.   Jealous of Daniel, a group of supervisors and satraps convinced ...  Read More
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Our Source of Power
by Ministry Support on December 5th, 2021
“‘But What about you?’ he asked. ‘Who do you say I am?’ Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’” - Matthew 16:15-16  What or who would you say is your source of power? If you are going to live out the divine will of God for your life, make no mistake about it… you must have a source of power helping you through all that it will take. As we mentioned yesterday, you will fa...  Read More
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What You Still Have…
by Ministry Support on October 23rd, 2021
“Jesus stopped and called them. ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ He asked. ‘Lord, we want our sight,’ they answered. Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him. - Matthew 20:32-34  If you have ever had a cloud of darkness over your life and you are unable to see your way through, there’s counsel from the Lord that can help you. T...  Read More
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