Posts with the tag “struggle”
Opening Ourselves Up to God’s Miracles
by Ministry Support on June 11th, 2023
"Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’" - Matthew 19:26 Have you ever felt like your situation was impossible? Maybe you're facing a difficult diagnosis, financial struggles, or relationship issues that seem insurmountable. In these moments, it can be tempting to close ourselves off and give up hope. But as Christians, we serve a God w...
What Happened to Them?
by Delman Coates on April 15th, 2023
“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” - Colossians 3:13-14 Yesterday, I asked you this question: What happened to you? I asked you to really dive deep on the inside. What happened to you? What happened in your past that is...
The Blessing of Imperfection
by Ministry Support on January 6th, 2023
“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”- 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 Theodore Roosevelt has been quoted as saying, “The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.” Thomas Edison spent more than $100,000 to obtain 6,000 different fiber specimens, and only three of them proved satisfactory. However, each new opportunity provided a chance t...
You Are His
by Ministry Support on October 21st, 2022
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” - 2 Corinthians 5:17 Yesterday, we talked about a 19th-century artist named Paul Gustave Dore. Dore faced an identity crisis in which he was unable to cross the border because he had misplaced his passport. Dore had to find a way to identify who he was. It was not a matter of where ...
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...
How Do You Feel?
by Ministry Support on June 20th, 2022
“Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.” - Psalm 62:8Yesterday, we talked about being “over it.” Perhaps there is some part of your life, or just your life in general, that you just feel “over” everything. If you are seeking to navigate such a moment, there are some important, teachable nuggets and keen insights that can be derived from Numbers 1...
Are You That Friend?
by Ministry Support on May 31st, 2022
“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” - John 15:13Yesterday we talked about what a true friend is, and the value of having even one. A true friend will, as John says, “lay down his life for his friends.” As Proverbs 17 says, they are “born for adversity.” Then we see in Proverbs 18 that, “there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”Finding the...
by Ministry Support on May 14th, 2022
“The older brother became angry and refused to go in…But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders… But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’” - Luke 15:28-30When it comes to turning your life around, you not only have to overcome self-doubt, but you wi...
Removing My Thorn
by Ministry Support on March 19th, 2022
“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 that Christ’s power may rest on me.” - 2 Corinthians 12:8-9 What is the thorn in your side? 2 Corinthians reveals Paul’s vision and the thorn in his side. He begs God to remove...
Learn to Test or Test to Learn?
by Ministry Support on March 6th, 2022
“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 When life hits you with a storm, the easiest thing to do is try to get out. Face it, it is not a comfortable place to be in, and a...
Don’t Look Back
by Ministry Support on January 19th, 2022
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.” - Isaiah 43:18 Over the last few days, we have talked about the importance of letting go in order to experience God’s very best. The key to excelling in life is recognizing our shortcomings and working to improve them so that we don’t look back or go back to those former things that were previously a hindrance to us. This is the dilemma that c...
Help! It’s Okay To Ask
by Ministry Support on October 26th, 2021
“Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distresses. He caused the storm to be still, so that the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad because they were quiet, so he guided them to their desired haven.” - Psalm 107:28-30 Are you in the midst of a difficult situation right now? Life is filled with highs and lows. We love being on the mountain top...
A Commitment To God’s Word
by Ministry Support on June 25th, 2021
“That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers” - Psalms 1:3 The principal purpose for a tree is that it may bring forth fruit. In the same way, the presence of the Holy Spirit found in us should lead to Christlike virtues. This is a comparison we see in Matthew 21:18-19 where Jesus says, “In the ...
Even When I Can’t See
by Ministry Support on June 14th, 2021
“Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account. I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Jesus Christ.” - Philippi...
The Fight Left In You
by Ministry Support on May 30th, 2021
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:3-5) After David suffers an immense amount of loss and oppo...
Where Is Your Focus?
by Ministry Support on May 29th, 2021
David was in great danger; for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in spirit for their sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God. (1 Samuel 30:6) One thing I love about David is that he understands the power of focus in the face of the unimaginable. David is going through what has to be one of the most difficult seasons of his life (1 Sa...
Go To God First
by Ministry Support on May 28th, 2021
David was in great danger; for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in spirit for their sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God. David said to the priest Abiathar son of Ahimelech, “Bring me the ephod.” So Abiathar brought the ephod to David. David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I pursue this band? Shall I overtake them?” He answered him,...
What To Do When You’re Facing Loss
by Ministry Support on May 27th, 2021
...But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God. (1 Samuel 30:6) In 1 Samuel chapter 30, we read about David and his men as they were returning home from a defunct battle with the Philistines. They arrived home only to find that while they were away, the Amalekites had broken into their land, stolen their material possessions, burned their homes and worst of all, captured their families. T...
by Ministry Support on January 23rd, 2021
Later when King Xerxes’ fury had subsided, he remembered Vashti and what she had done and what he had decreed about her. Then the king’s personal attendants proposed, “Let a search be made for beautiful young virgins for the king.” (Esther 2:1-2) As you read the story of Esther, you learn that after King Xerxes gets rid of his first wife Vashti, Esther enters the beauty contest and is chosen to b...
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...
Coloring Inside The Lines
by Ministry Support on November 24th, 2020
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. – Proverbs 16:9 One of the first educational lessons I learned in life was to color inside the lines. It was probably in nursery school when we were given outlines of characters and crayons, and told to color. Invariably there would be times when I and some of my classmates would make a mess and color all over the place, and the ...
Do You Want Better?
by Ministry Support on October 17th, 2020
A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” – John 4:7-9 The Samaritan woman at Jacob's Well asks this question because something or someone in her past has broken her spirit, her sense of self-esteem, her self-c...
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...
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