Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others

Stand Your Ground

The Syrian King sent message to Ahab, King of Israel, telling him that he would be coming to take his silver, gold, wives and children. Ahab didn’t protest.

Then the king of Syria sent another message stating that when he came he would also go throughout Ahab’s servants’ houses and take whatever he thought would be beneficial to him. Ahab realized that he had a problem that needed to be dealt with.

He called upon the elders of Israel for counsel. They told him to stand against the king of Syria, to fight for himself and his people. Ahab took their advice.

Sometimes we decide to let things slide in hopes of sufficing the devil. That thinking is flawed. Free passes are cracks that will eventually crumble a foundation if left alone. Every decision that we make concerning submission to Jesus or submission to the schemes of the Satan affect us. Consider none of it lightly. Stand your ground.

I Kings 20:1-21


Gardening, fishing, friendship, citizenship, farming, celebrations, weddings, family, architecture, baking and sewing. Some of these are hobbies. Some of them are careers. Others are relationships. All of them are experienced daily by millions of people. They are also the basis of parables that Jesus uses to teach his people.

Our savior wants us to be so focused on Him that He chose to teach on the things that are relatable to us. He knew that we would better grasp the concept if we understood the subject.

Pray that your eyes will be open to the teachings of Christ all around you and that you would be sensitive to the Spirit’s teaching. Jesus wants to meet you where you are.

Matthew 13:34-35


Michal watched the celebration going on outside of her window. Her husband, King David had just brought home the ark of the covenant. But Michal didn’t join in on the praising of God. Instead, from her room, she despised David in her heart.

Hiding behind walls of isolation, anger, guilt or unhappiness will only feed your disappointments. Solitude will rob you of the opportunity to worship God with His people. It will make encouragement from and fellowship with your brethren impossible. Don’t allow yourself to stay tucked away from the good that God has for you through his people. Make interaction with God and his people a priority.

I Chronicles 15:25-29


God guided His people out of Egypt with a cloud and a pillar of fire. The cloud was for the day. The fire for the night. The visibility of the people affected how they would see God’s presence. Even though God was always there and always the same God, the way the people viewed him was different.

Maybe you’re going through something and you’re wondering where God went. He hasn’t left you. He is still there guiding you. Your circumstances may have changed, which could have caused your vision to be altered. Ask for Jesus to help you see His presence in your situation.

Exodus 13:20-22


The Israelites could have died out in Babylon. They could’ve seen their captivity as the end of them. They could’ve given up all hope. But God told them to grow, so they did. They built houses, they grew gardens, they expanded their families.

They made the best of the situation because The Lord told them that this wasn’t their end. He told them to multiply and to become strong because in seventy years they wouldn’t be captive any longer. God gave them something to work toward.

Sometimes we feel misplaced but God knows exactly where we are. Instead of feeling stuck in a situation try to see it as an opportunity for growth. Go to the Word for his promises. Ask God to give you a goal to reach for. Make the best of every season of life.

Jeremiah 29:4-14


The king traveled into battle. He surrounded himself with his strongest men. He rode on the most elite chariot. He thought that because he had the best protection available he had nothing to fear. He was killed. The enemy surpassed all of the security and destroyed him.

The king had misplaced his hope and trust. He had put stock in the things he could come up with instead of The Lord.

God is the deliverer of the soul. He is the one who saves His people. He watches each step. Be careful of what you put your trust in. Jesus is the only true security available in this world.

Psalm 33:16-21


The lady rolled over for the fourth time, swatting at the alarm clock. She thought, “What does it matter if I hit the snooze button one more time?” It matters because procrastination doesn’t always just affect the procrastinator.

In the book of Proverbs we read about a virtuous woman who woke up while it was still night to prepare meat for her household and maidens. She chose to have things ready when they were needed, without delay. She and those that she was providing for were blessed because of her efforts.

So when The Lord gives you something to do don’t “hit the snooze”. Get up and get to work because you probably aren’t the only one who will be affected.

Proverbs 31:15


The lure of having the best of everything was worth more to the son than the relationships that had taken a lifetime to cultivate. He chose to leave his family behind to go after what he wanted: worldly things.

The Word teaches that we are to set our affections on Jesus, not the things of the world. How are you doing with that? What drives you? Are you sacrificing something priceless for something that can be bought?

Luke 15:11-13

Jesus is Enough

Job had suffered great loss. His animals, servants and children were gone. His response: “naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: The Lord gave, and The Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of The Lord.”

Habakkuk was distraught because the people were living in sin. He felt like he was the only one seeking The Lord’s direction. God comforted him by reminding him that He was in control, even if His plan didn’t line up with Habakkuk’s. Habakkuk’s response: “although the fig trees shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: yet I will rejoice in The Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.”

These two men had been facing real hardships. Yet they still chose to turn their attention to God and worship him. They knew that if nothing else they had Him and to them that was enough.

We control how we respond to adversity. What we choose to do shows where we are looking to gain strength. Will you continue to live your life according to the Word? Will you continue to talk to Jesus? Will you continue to glorify him? If you do, you are saying to Him, to yourself, to the world that Jesus is enough for you, regardless of what you may be walking through today.

Job 1:13-22

Habakkuk 3:17-18

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