Posts with the tag “trust”

The Good Shepherd
by Delman Coates on February 20th, 2024
"The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing." - Psalm 23:1   In a world marred by confusion, chaos, and uncertainty, the comforting image of a shepherd emerges as a symbol of guidance, protection, and assurance. Jesus, in this text, not only identifies Himself as the gate leading to green pastures but also as the good shepherd who stands guard against thieves seeking to steal, kill, and destroy. This...  Read More
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The Anchoring Power of Trust
by Delman Coates on January 30th, 2024
"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   Have you ever considered the weight and significance of trust in your relationship with God? Trust is not just a fleeting sentiment; it forms the very foundation of our connection with the Creator. In our faith journey, trust is th...  Read More
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Let God Be Your Defense
by Delman Coates on January 16th, 2024
"But I will declare forever, I will sing praises to the God of Jacob. All the horns of the wicked I will cut off, but the horns of the righteous shall be lifted up." - Psalm 75:9-10   As the words of Psalms 75 unfold, there is a distinctive shift in language that calls for our attention. Initially, there's a universal call for praise in verse 1, a familiar theme in the Psalms. Yet, by the time we ...  Read More
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The Generous Farmer
by Delman Coates on October 25th, 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 the book of James, we encounter a profound truth about God's selection of the poor in the world to be rich in faith and the heirs of His kingdom. This divine principle is beautifully illustrated in the Parable of the Generous Farmer. Once, in a ...  Read More
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The Open Door of Hope
by Delman Coates on October 21st, 2023
"Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God." - Psalm 42:11   In the middle of life's storms, it's essential to keep the door of hope wide open in your heart. Trust that God is with you, guiding you through adversity, and believe that He can bring beauty even out of the darkest moments. Let hope be your constant...  Read More
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The Unchanging God
by Delman Coates on September 16th, 2023
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." - Hebrews 13:8In a world of constant change and shifting sands, there is a steadfast anchor that holds firm—our unchanging God. Just as a lighthouse stands unwavering amidst the stormy seas, so does our Heavenly Father remain constant, a beacon of hope in every season of our lives.The truth that God is the same yesterday, today, and forev...  Read More
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The Futility of Worry: Embracing God’s Peace
by Delman Coates on August 17th, 2023
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” - Matthew 6:34  Worry is a common human experience, yet it’s one that Jesus explicitly instructs us to avoid. Why? Because worry is not only futile, but it also undermines our faith and robs us of the peace God offers.  Worrying is futile because it cannot change our circumstances...  Read More
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Divine Refinement: God’s Purifying Tests
by Delman Coates on August 16th, 2023
“I will refine them like silver and test them like gold.” - Zechariah 13:9  Life is a journey filled with various tests and trials. These tests, while often challenging and uncomfortable, are not arbitrary or meaningless. They are part of God’s divine plan to purify us, much like a refiner uses fire to purify precious metals.  When a refiner purifies gold, he subjects it to intense heat. The heat ...  Read More
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Consistency in Prayer
by Delman Coates on August 13th, 2023
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18  Prayer is a powerful tool in our spiritual arsenal, but its power is not fully harnessed when we only turn to it in times of need or trouble. Consistency in prayer is crucial for a thriving relationship with God.  Consistent prayer keeps our hear...  Read More
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Preparing for God’s Future Blessings
by Delman Coates on August 9th, 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   God has a beautiful plan for each of our lives, filled with blessings beyond our imagination. However, at this moment, we may not be prepared to receive what He has in store for us. That’s why God takes us through a process of molding and shaping to make us ...  Read More
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Trusting in the Unknown
by Delman Coates on August 6th, 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 full of uncertainties. We often find ourselves in situations where we don’t know when or how things will work out. In these moments, it’s easy to let fear and doubt creep in. However, these are the times when our faith in G...  Read More
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God’s Unseen Work in Our Lives
by Delman Coates on August 5th, 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  In the grand theater of life, much of God’s work happens behind the scenes. It’s in the unseen, the unnoticed, and the seemingly insignificant moments that God often does His most profound work in our lives.  God is always at work, even when w...  Read More
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Strength in Vulnerability
by Delman Coates on July 25th, 2023
“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 12:9 In a world that often values self-sufficiency and independence, recognizing our weaknesses and releasing our pain can seem counterintuitive. However, embracing our vulnerabilities...  Read More
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Perseverance Rewarded: The Promise of God's Faithfulness
by Delman Coates on July 21st, 2023
Verse: "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   In the journey of faith, perseverance is a powerful virtue. It is the steadfastness to keep pressing on, even in the face of challenges and setbacks. As we walk in perseverance, we can be assured that our Heavenly Father rewards our steadfastness. Let us explore the...  Read More
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Stepping into Bold Faith: Embracing God's Call
by Delman Coates on July 17th, 2023
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." - Joshua 1:9   As followers of Christ, we are called to live lives of bold faith, stepping out with courage and conviction. Our Heavenly Father invites us to embrace His promises, trust in His guidance, and move forward in faith, even when faced with uncertainty. Let us dive...  Read More
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God Understanding Our Burdens
by Delman Coates on July 15th, 2023
"Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved." - Psalm 55:22    In the midst of life's challenges and trials, we can find solace in knowing that our Heavenly Father understands the burdens we carry. Our God is not distant or indifferent; He is intimately acquainted with our struggles and offers us His unwavering support. As we reflect on Hi...  Read More
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Unfailing Promises: Trusting in God's Faithfulness
by Delman Coates on July 11th, 2023
"Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations." - Deuteronomy 7:9  In a world filled with uncertainties, God's faithfulness stands as an unwavering pillar of hope. He is the faithful God who keeps His promises and extends His blessings to those who remain faithful to...  Read More
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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
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Thanking God for His Faithful Promises
by Delman Coates on June 25th, 2023
"For no matter how many promises God has made, they are 'Yes' in Christ." - 2 Corinthians 1:20   God's promises are sure and faithful. We can trust in them completely because our God is a promise-keeping God. He has never failed to keep a promise, and He never will. His promises give us hope, comfort, and assurance that His plans for us are good. In 2 Corinthians 1:20, Paul reminds us that God's p...  Read More
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Trusting God's Unique Plan for Your Life
by Delman Coates on June 21st, 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    God has a specific and unique plan for each of our lives. It can be easy to look at the plans and accomplishments of others and feel like we're not measuring up, but God doesn't compare us to anyone else. His plan for our lives is tailor-mad...  Read More
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Don’t Let Fear Define Character
by Delman Coates on May 22nd, 2023
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  Isaiah 41:10  Over the last couple of days, we have discussed what it means to have consistent character. When your character is consistent, it does not change based on people or circumstances. But a final attribute that doesn’t define characte...  Read More
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Seeing The End
by Delman Coates on May 3rd, 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  When it comes to trusting God, there is something you should know: life doesn’t have to all make sense in order for you to trust in Him. You don’t have to know how it is all going to turn out. That is not something that is required ...  Read More
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Nothing Can Stop You
by Delman Coates on February 14th, 2023
“For the Lord your God is He who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.” - Deuteronomy 20:4  Not only is everything in the Bible the truth of God, but you can be assured that when God is on your side, no one and nothing can stop you. We see this in Scripture on several different accounts. Deuteronomy 20:4 tells us, “For the Lord your God is He who goes with y...  Read More
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Seeing is Not Believing
by Delman Coates on February 11th, 2023
“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.” - Hebrews 11:6  There is a familiar saying, “Seeing is believing.” But when it comes to God, that should not be our mantra. I have heard skeptics say, “show me a miracle and I’ll believe.” But even if God performed a real miracle, they would sti...  Read More
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His Time
by Delman Coates on January 25th, 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  We have discussed two reasons why we worry: that God’s will is not our will and that God’s ways are not our ways. However, a third reason we worry is because we believe that God’s timing is not our timing.  We live in a microwave generation. We want fo...  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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An Accountability Partner
by Ministry Support on November 28th, 2022
“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” - Proverbs 27:17  As we walk through life pursuing God, there are different people along the way we will need to have by our side. I want to specifically address three different roles we will need in our lives as we live by faith. We have looked at the first two over the last couple of days. Whenever you are struggling to hear from God direct...  Read More
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Your Outlook Can Change Your Outcome
by Ministry Support on November 10th, 2022
“I lift my eyes to you, O God, enthroned in heaven.” - Psalm 123:1  There was a study done several years ago aimed at finding similar qualities in highly successful people. They were looking at people in all different fields from athletes, to musicians and artists, to top company CEOs. There was a wide variety of candidates they studied. What they found was quite interesting. The study concluded t...  Read More
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Valley Lows
by Ministry Support on November 8th, 2022
“Jesus told her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?’” - John 11:25-26  How do you handle seasons of disappointment, discouragement, doubt, and depression? Sadness and grief occur for many reasons, such as: the loss of a loved one, not receiving a jo...  Read More
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Take It To The Bank
by Ministry Support on August 24th, 2022
“For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding ‘Yes!’ And through Christ, our ‘Amen” (which means ‘Yes’) ascends to God for His glory.” - 2 Corinthians 1:20   As we continue to look at Jeremiah chapters 32-33, we see a man with unshakeable faith. Even though his circumstances gave him no reason to believe, he still had faith God would come through for him, so much so th...  Read More
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The Next Level of Faith
by Ministry Support on August 10th, 2022
“‘Stay here with the donkey,’ Abraham told the servants. ‘The boy and I will travel a little farther. We will worship there, and then we will come right back.’” - Genesis 22:5   Everything you have been through in life, everything you have faced, has all been for a purpose. God was preparing you. He was preparing you for what is ahead. This is what God was doing with Abraham.  He was preparing Abr...  Read More
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I Will
by Ministry Support on March 29th, 2022
“‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah.’” - Jeremiah 33:14As we have discussed the last couple of days, no matter what you are going through, God is going to send you help. No matter where you are, who you are caught up with, or how hopeless the situation seems, help is on the way. That is a promise God gives His ch...  Read More
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Strengthening Your Achilles Heel
by Ministry Support on March 22nd, 2022
“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. We have spent the last several days talking about your Achilles heel. Whatever it might be, sometimes God allows it to remain to reveal His strength. And while this can certainly be true, there are also times that He wants you to turn to Him...  Read More
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When I Am Weak, Then I Am Strong
by Ministry Support on March 21st, 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. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 If you have been with u...  Read More
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Achilles Heel
by Ministry Support on March 17th, 2022
“That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”- 2 Corinthians 12:10The Achilles tendon is perhaps one of the strongest tendons in the entire body. It is named after one of the great heroes in Greek mythology, the warrior Achilles, who according to Greek legend was extraordinarily strong, c...  Read More
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Do Not Waste Your Meantime
by Ministry Support on March 10th, 2022
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” - Matthew 6:34  Yesterday, we talked about the time in between where you want to be and where you are right now. We will call this period, “the meantime.” It is a period in our lives that is pregnant with possibility, but we have to be patient. How we manage the meantime is key. I...  Read More
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The Only Choice
by Ministry Support on March 8th, 2022
“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. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.” - Proverbs 3:5-7  When we face the trying times of life, when a challenge is sent our way or a storm is thrown in our direction, if we want to make the best decision and choose what will b...  Read More
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Fireproof
by Ministry Support on March 7th, 2022
“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. - Philippians 4:11-12  Over the last week, we have spent a lot of time talking about the...  Read More
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No Weapon
by Ministry Support on March 5th, 2022
“No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me.” - Isaiah 54:17  Why do we run from storms? Why do we avoid what is bad? Yesterday, we talked about storm chasers. These are people who go out into the storm to better understand how people can prepare and protect th...  Read More
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Storm Chasers
by Ministry Support on March 4th, 2022
“Being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.” - Colossians 1:11-12  Yesterday we talked about ignoring bad advice. If you want to pursue the destiny God has designed for you, it is going to inv...  Read More
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