Posts with the tag “surrender”

Becoming the Change
by Delman Coates on May 7th, 2024
"Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose." - Philippians 2:12-13   Have you ever noticed the transformative nature of salt? When added to food or applied in various situations, salt...  Read More
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God's Unconditional Love
by Delman Coates on March 10th, 2024
"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." - Romans 5:8   In Romans 5:8, we encounter a profound revelation of God's love for humanity. It tells us that God didn't wait for us to become righteous or deserving of His love before He reached out to us. No, while we were still deep in our sin, while we were still separated from Him, God took th...  Read More
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Embracing Divine Rest
by Delman Coates on January 9th, 2024
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." - Matthew 11:28   Amid the demands of life and the constant pursuit of productivity, it is essential to consider the profound invitation to rest that Jesus extends to each of us. This call to rest is not just about physical rejuvenation; it's an opportunity to release our burdens and allow God to work wonders in our lives....  Read More
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Praying with Reliance on God
by Delman Coates on November 18th, 2023
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." - Philippians 4:6   In a world that often encourages self-sufficiency and independence, we can sometimes forget the significance of relying on God. It's easy to fall into the trap of thinking that we must shoulder life's burdens and challenges on our own. However, pr...  Read More
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Is God Your Ultimate Priority?
by Delman Coates on August 10th, 2023
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” - Deuteronomy 6:5  In our journey of faith, God often tests us to see if He is our ultimate priority. These tests are not meant to trip us up or set us up for failure. Instead, they are designed to reveal the true condition of our hearts and to draw us closer to Him.  God’s tests often come in th...  Read More
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Embracing the Wilderness: A Journey of Faith
by Delman Coates on July 8th, 2023
"Now the Lord said to Abram, 'Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you.'" - Genesis 12:1   In Genesis 12, we witness a pivotal moment in Abram's life where God calls him to leave everything behind and venture into the unknown. The Lord's command to Abram holds a profound lesson for us today – that sometimes before we can receive the promise, we...  Read More
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Trusting God’s Perfect Timing
by Delman Coates on July 1st, 2023
“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” - 2 Peter 3:8  In our fast-paced world, we often find ourselves impatiently waiting for things to happen according to our own timelines. We set goals, make plans, and expect everything to unfold as we have envisioned. However, the Bible reminds us in 2 Peter 3:8 that...  Read More
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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
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Depend On God
by Ministry Support on September 30th, 2021
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make straight your paths." – Proverbs 3:5-6In NASCAR and IndyCar, teams will often employ a spotter to help alert the driver as to what is occurring on the track. The spotter is in constant contact with the driver; they have a broader perspective of what’s going on because th...  Read More
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A Prepared Place
by Ministry Support on January 22nd, 2021
My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going. (John 14:2-4)  The reason the disciples didn’t have to let their hearts become overwhelmed with trouble was...  Read More
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Jesus Is Knocking
by Ministry Support on January 15th, 2021
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. (Revelation 3:20)  In the book of Revelation, John has a vision of Jesus returning to the churches of Asia Minor, offering them commendation and critique, complements and correction, with the aim of perfecting the church, edifying the saints, glorifying ...  Read More
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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
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Justice, Mercy, and Humility
by Ministry Support on September 19th, 2020
With what shall I come before the Lord and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require...  Read More
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Revenge Is Not The Answer
by Ministry Support on January 12th, 2020
“You say, ‘I choose the appointed time; it is I who judge with equity.’” (Psalm 75:2)One of the greatest comforts we have as followers of Christ is that the Lord protects us and fights our battles. We serve a strong, capable, righteous God who takes care of injustice in His own way and in His own time. Unfortunately, we don’t always rest in this comfort and instead try to take matters into our own...  Read More
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