Posts with the tag “purpose”

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
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
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
Talk to The Gardener
by Ministry Support on April 6th, 2023
“Then he told this parable: ‘A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’” - Luke 13:6-7  Are you waiting on life to get better? Is there something ...  Read More
Advancement is Evident
by Ministry Support on April 4th, 2023
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” - Matthew 6:33  In order to reach the heights God wants to take you to, oftentimes it starts with self-improvement. There is a quote that says, “Keep doing what you’re doing, and you will keep getting what you’re getting.”  If you want to keep reaping the same negative consequences, then keep doin...  Read More
Missing Jesus
by Delman Coates on March 18th, 2023
“Call to me and I will answer you, and will teach you great and hidden things that you have not known.” - Jeremiah 33:3  Missed opportunities are all around us. Many of them involve money or a chance at love, but today, I want to talk to you about another type of opportunity you don’t want to miss. It’s the opportunity to meet, receive, and get close to Jesus. It is about having a chance to meet t...  Read More
You Missed It
by Delman Coates on March 16th, 2023
“And He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief. And He went about among the villages teaching.” - Mark 6:5-6  Yesterday, we talked about a businessman whose greatest regret was not driving Jeff Bezos to the airport. Instead, his friend drove Bezos and became a business partner as he built Amazon. ...  Read More
Next in Line
by Delman Coates on February 5th, 2023
“No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me, declares the Lord.” - Isaiah 54:17  When Paul got stoned, it wasn’t just to punish him for having the audacity to keep preaching and the courage to live his life for Jesus; it was also to inflic...  Read More
The Peace of God
by Delman Coates on January 29th, 2023
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 4:6-7  Did you know you can have peace in the middle of a storm in your life? That is right. As believers, we can access a “peace that ...  Read More
Who Needs Your Story?
by Ministry Support on January 15th, 2023
“’Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.’ And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.” - Luke 8:39  It was time to share joys and concerns in the church. Shelly wanted to raise her hand and share that she finally made it through a difficult semester of college. But after hearing the testimonials of those who beat cancer and save...  Read More
The Start
by Ministry Support on December 4th, 2022
“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” - Isaiah 43:19 Your faith is what moves mountains. Your faith allows you to ease your worry and recognize that you have a God that continues to advocate on your behalf.  God wants you to know that something big is on the horizo...  Read More
Godly Solutions
by Ministry Support on November 2nd, 2022
“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” - John 10:10  When Jesus says, “I am the door,” the first thing He is telling us is that through Him we gain access to godly solutions. The community who heard this saying had been waiting for deliverance from their oppressors.  Their world was defined by struggle, persecution, and suffer...  Read More
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
A Model of Identity
by Ministry Support on October 25th, 2022
“Jesus replied, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.’” - John 6:35  Have you ever been in a relationship where your value to another person is predicated on what and how much you do? It might be how well you cook, whether you clean the house, what kind of job you have, or whether you are able to provide a certain kin...  Read More
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
Made For A Purpose
by Ministry Support on September 23rd, 2022
“The Lord will work out His plans for my life—for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me.” - Psalm 138:8   Scientists believe the odds of you being born are 1 in 400 trillion. Four-hundred trillion as in: 400,000,000,000,000. Do you understand the MIRACLE that is your life? You were not an accident, by divine planning.  Over the last couple of days, we have ...  Read More
Extraordinary Resilience
by Ministry Support on September 16th, 2022
“We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.” - 2 Corinthians 4:8-9   Are you close to quitting? Please don’t do it. Are you tired of trying to live for Christ? Hang in there. Do you feel like giving up on the Christian life? Roll up your...  Read More
How Bad Do You Want It?
by Ministry Support on September 10th, 2022
“I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” - Philippians 3:14   How bad do you want it? What is it you want to do with your life? Do you want to serve Christ and reach your potential through Him?  Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk is a professional boxer, a world champion in two weight classes, an Olympic gold medalist, and t...  Read More
His Timing, His Way
by Ministry Support on September 2nd, 2022
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give you is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” - John 14:27   Are you still looking for clarity in your life? Did something happen in your past that you just can’t seem to shake? Deep down you know that you need to move on, but your heart and mind just won’t allow you to. You are still looking for so...  Read More
A Reflection of Him
by Ministry Support on August 9th, 2022
“In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” - Matthew 5:16   When Jesus decides to test us, there is most definitely a purpose behind it. It is not always a punishment, but instead a purposeful opportunity. Yesterday, we looked at how sometimes Jesus tests us to clarify whether He is our highest priority.   But tests also come...  Read More
Not Evil, Purposeful
by Ministry Support on August 7th, 2022
“The Lord will work out His plans for my life— for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me.” - Psalm 138:8   As we learned yesterday, not every test is from the devil, meaning that not every test is evil or a punishment. Sometimes, it is God who decides to allow a test to come into our lives. And if it is from God, then rest assured that the motive is not evi...  Read More
How Can You Do This To Me?
by Ministry Support on August 4th, 2022
“Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.” - Genesis 22:2   When you read the book of Genesis, you will find a multitude of tests that God allows Abraham to go through. The entire journey Abraham had with God was nothing but a series of tests.   His first tes...  Read More
Not Ours Anyway
by Ministry Support on July 24th, 2022
“If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.” - Matthew 10:39On their spring break vacation, my daughters were fussing with one another, and they were taking each other’s phones. As they were yelling who owns what, I came into the room and took both of their phones. In that moment, I said to them, “It’s not yours anyway. These belong to me. I...  Read More
Wasted Time
by Ministry Support on July 3rd, 2022
“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   Yesterday, I told you the story of a bald eagle hunting a large salmon above the water. The smart and highly skilled eagle was able to secure the salmon with its talons, but only to the ea...  Read More
Connected To Your Purpose
by Ministry Support on June 30th, 2022
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” - Ephesians 2:10What is it all for? The struggles, the pain, the challenges, what is the purpose? God is molding you to be like His Son, Jesus. God has a special plan and purpose for your life, and He is grooming you to live out that purpose.Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s han...  Read More
Recognizing My Weakness
by Ministry Support on March 23rd, 2022
“You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” - Matthew 7:5Over the next four days, we are going to go in greater depth on how we can eliminate a weakness, or even turn weakness into a strength. We all are going to have Achilles heels. But that does not mean we have an excuse not to work on them and learn to us...  Read More
The Multi-Colored Butterfly
by Ministry Support on February 18th, 2022
“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  Yesterday, we highlighted the story of the 5-year-old boy who made a gift in his classroom for his father, a college professor. When his dad came to visit him on the last day before Christmas, the boy, with so much joy, ran to his father to give him the gift ...  Read More
by Ministry Support on February 17th, 2022
“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  There is a story about a professor who arrived at his 5-year-old son’s class on the last day of school before Christmas to attend a school program. When his son saw him, the little boy grabbed the ceramic gift he had made for his father and ran towards his da...  Read More
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
God Is The Rock
by Ministry Support on December 8th, 2021
“As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him. For who is God besides the Lord? And who is the Rock except our God?Psalm 18:30-31  Over the last week, we have discussed the journey you will go on if you set out to pursue the plan and purpose God has designed for your life. We started the journey talking about a promise Jesus gave in Matthew 16:...  Read More
Not Easy… Worth It!
by Ministry Support on December 4th, 2021
“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice in as much as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.” - 1 Peter 4:12-13  Over the last couple of days we have talked about the power God wants to bring about within you. The gifts, tale...  Read More
What Is Your Rock?
by Ministry Support on December 2nd, 2021
“And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” Matthew 16:18  Do you ever wonder what is your purpose in life? Maybe you ask yourself, “Why am I here? Why do I exist? What does God even want from me, anyway?” These are questions so many people ask themselves at one point or another. But the reality is, if you are still bre...  Read More
Bigger Plants Need Bigger Pots
by No Limits on August 24th, 2021
“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 43:18-19Yesterday we talked about the idea of changing locations. When you are in a famine or a drought in your life, often the best thing you can do is change your environment. This does not mean yo...  Read More
Power Under The Hood
by Ministry Support on April 16th, 2021
I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. (Ephesians 3:7)The 2021 Bugatti Chiron is one of the most exclusive performance cars in the world. Made by French automaker Bugatti, the Chiron is in a class all by itself. There’s nothing else quite like it on the road. I recently had the chance to see one of these spectacular vehicles in perso...  Read More
Courage To Overcome
by Ministry Support on January 17th, 2021
I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! (Revelation 3:15)  There was also a problem with the church of Laodicea that John writes to in Revelation. While the church of Sardis (which we spoke about yesterday) lacked the power of the holy spirit as a source of revival, renewal, and restoration, the church of Laodicea lacked something more basic—c...  Read More
Avoid The Unwise
by Ministry Support on January 8th, 2021
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. (Ephesians 5:15-17)  When you’re under the influence of the Spirit, like we talked about yesterday, you don’t waste your time on things, activities, and people that don’t matter. Paul is affirming this m...  Read More
A Communal Mindset
by Ministry Support on December 29th, 2020
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8)  Over the past couple of days, we’ve talked through what it looks like to be courageous and committed in following Christ and His call on our lives. I want to wrap up this topic today and discuss with you the importance of having a COMMUNAL MINDSET when it comes to...  Read More
When Dark Times Lead To Light
by Ministry Support on December 18th, 2020
Or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 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...  Read More
The Bigger Picture
by Ministry Support on November 7th, 2020
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:8-9  If you are an avid golfer, then you probably know that Legends Golf and Safari Resorts is considered one of the most creative and beautiful golf courses of all time. One time,...  Read More
God Follows Through
by Ministry Support on August 27th, 2020
Upon this rock, I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:18)  There’s probably no experience more thrilling for a parent than to experience the birth of a child. To see them come into the world, to watch them grow up and mature is certainly one of the joys of every parent’s life. Even as I reflect on the birth of my own children, I recall the various s...  Read More

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