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Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others

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April 2013

Lasting Impressions

Hebrews 11:1-2

“The Israelites are going to destroy the enemy. You have been chosen to lead them into battle.”

Barak took that information and chose not to hear what God was saying. God’s message told Barak that He would be with him. That He would fight and win the battle for him. Barak didn’t pay attention to that.

Instead he begged Deborah, the judge who had delivered the message, to go to war with him. He said he wouldn’t go without her. Deborah joined him; on the condition that he wouldn’t be the one to conquer the opposing captain. The battle was won but the captain of the opposing army fled. And just as Deborah had foretold, another person killed the enemy’s captain.

Barak lost out on so much. He missed out on an opportunity to serve God unwavering. His faith in God could’ve been strengthened, instead he relied on man. He could’ve accomplished the task he had been given but another person would have to step in and take over.

Barak’s reliance on others, instead of God, affected his life and the way we remember him. He could’ve been known as a man of great faith. Instead we see him as a person that was weak and unsure.

You are in complete control of the decisions you make to the opportunities that God gives you. Will you rely on others or will you rely on God alone? Your reputation and legacy are on the line. Choose wisely.

Allegiance to God

Hebrews 13:5

Moses led the Israelites out of captivity. Moses stretched out his hand over the sea and the waters parted. Moses received the Ten Commandments. And he met with God in a tent.

Joshua witnessed all of that. Moses was his hero. Moses was his mentor. Moses charged Joshua to become the leader of the Israelite people. Then Moses died.

Joshua’s successor, teacher, and friend was no longer with him. Joshua could claim that without Moses leading him he could do nothing. He could say that he wasn’t prepared to be the leader of a nation without Moses to turn to for guidance.

But he didn’t. Joshua realized that Moses was a tool of God, not God. He saw that Moses, being man, failed. Joshua knew that God never failed and also that He never would. Joshua had put all of his confidence in God, not Moses.

We should trust God first and foremost in all situations because unlike man, Jesus will never leave us or forsake us.

Decision Maker

Jeremiah 17:9

Samson had found love. He wanted to spend the rest of his life with this woman. She made him feel so happy. What could be so wrong with acting on those feelings of love?

It went directly against the Word of God.

Samson had been set aside since birth to do the work of The Lord. He knew the laws. He knew that Jews were not to marry other people, including the Philistines. Yet that’s who he fell in love with, a Philistine woman. Then he followed his heart and took her as his wife. She would eventually betray him.

As Christians we can get into trouble when we base our decisions on our feelings and not on the Truth. We have to be willing to seek God’s way and then apply it to our lives. Even if it doesn’t make us feel good.

Just because we want something to be found acceptable by The Lord doesn’t mean that it will be.

Sacrificial Offering

Galatians 2:20

The poor widow woman gave “all the living that she had”. The woman’s offering was a sacrifice. There wasn’t any question as to who she put her trust in, who she chose to honor, who she dedicated her life to.

We should be found giving all that we are to Him. When we accepted Jesus as our savior we sacrificed our life to become a new creature in Him. There shouldn’t be any question about who we trust, honor and live our lives for.

Walk the Walk

I Corinthians 9:14

A man sick with palsy was brought to Jesus to be healed of the disease. Jesus not only healed him of the disease but He also forgave him of his sin. Jesus went further than the man had asked him to go.

Jesus was living what he was teaching. He had previously preached to a crowd about exceeding people’s expectations. He taught that if a person asked you to go a mile with them that you should go two. He applied this teaching to His own life.

Jesus’ teachings weren’t idle words or suggestions that He was making for others to live by. He was authentic. He wasn’t hypocritical. He was putting to action His teachings.

Jesus gave us a wonderful example. Practice what you preach.

A Diamond in the Rough

Hosea 10:12

He wasn’t raised in a prestigious home. He didn’t have any background as a warrior. His family was poor. He worked in wheat fields.

His name: Giddeon.

Giddeon, the man that destroyed Israel’s worship of false gods single handily. The man that led three hundred men to victory over thousands without drawing a sword. The man that Israel wanted for their king.

God may be calling you to do something that you are certain can’t be accomplished by you. If you were left to succeed on your own you’d be right. But God is with you. Just as He was with Giddeon. Don’t put your trust in yourself. Place all your faith in Him.

God chooses the unlikely to do extraordinary things.

A Clean Slate

Job 1:21

Thief. Liar. Scoundrel. Zacchaeus. He was known as a man that preyed upon the poor. He took money from whomever he could under the pretense of being a lawful man. He was supposed to be an upstanding citizen. He was viewed as the worst of the worst.

Then he sought out Jesus. The reputation he had earned couldn’t affect Christ’s redeeming grace. Zacchaeus was offered a relationship with Him. The world still looked upon Zacchaeus as a sinner. In their eyes he would never be good enough to be a follower of Jesus. But from Jesus’ point of view he was worthy of salvation. He had become a child of His.

The opinion of people doesn’t affect the judgment of Jesus.

You might have lived a life full of corruption. Jesus’ blood can cover any sin. You might be falsely accused but in Jesus you can be blameless. Jesus knows you for who you really are. He sees you as no one else can. And He loves you. He desires to have a relationship with you. A pure relationship in which you don’t allow the opinions of others or the opinion of yourself dictate who you are in Him. A relationship in which you just give yourself to Him completely, hiding nothing, allowing Him to make you into what He would have you to be.

Immediate Obedience

Romans 10:17

The angel of The Lord led Philip into the desert. Philip waited. As time passed a chariot traveled toward him. The Spirit told Philip to go to the chariot.

Meanwhile, in the chariot was the treasurer of Queen Candace. He had been reading the scriptures and was intrigued by a prophecy of Isaiah’s about Jesus’ crucifixion. He was unable to comprehend it. He needed someone to explain it to him.

And that’s when Philip and the Ethiopian treasurer met. At the exact time when the treasurer needed teaching Philip was there to teach him. When the treasurer decided that he wanted to live his life for Jesus, Philip was there to lead him to The Lord. After he accepted Jesus as his savior they looked out the window and saw water and the treasurer was baptized.

Timing was key. It was no coincidence that Philip arrived as soon as the treasurer began dwelling on the scripture about Jesus’ sacrifice. It also wasn’t a coincidence that after he was saved they passed by water, in the middle of a desert, to be baptized.

The Spirit had told Philip to go to the chariot at just the right time. Philip didn’t argue that the people within the chariot would refuse him. He didn’t worry that he wouldn’t know what to say. He wasn’t concerned with his surroundings. The Spirit said go and he went. He ran to the chariot.

Philip’s immediate obedience to the Spirit allowed him to be a part of the biggest blessing in a person’s life: coming to Christ.

Really?

Romans 8:28

A widow woman was facing a trying time. She was the sole provider for herself and her son. And she was living in a drought. She was down to the end of her supply. She had gathered two sticks and was going home to make the last meal.

On her way home she met Elijah, the man of God who had prophesied the drought. He asked her for some water. As she turned to go get it he also asked her to make him some food. She argued that she and her son were on the brink of death and that she had only enough ingredients for one last meal.

There was no way that the three of them could be sustained with the amount of food that was left. Elijah’s response: Don’t worry. Go on and make the meal. Just let me eat first then you and your son can eat. God will bless you for taking care of me. You’ll have enough ingredients to get you through the drought.

She did it. She went and made the meal and served Elijah first. And The Lord blessed her just as Elijah said He would.

Have you ever been in that place where the situation didn’t seem like it could get any worse just find out that it could? You had been asked to do the impossible and if you accepted the challenge you would be blessed. But everything in you was telling you to just go find your own way and you’d figure out the details later.

God sees the situations we are in. He knows how difficult they are for us. But, He, in His infinite wisdom also sees an opportunity to strengthen us, to grow us. If we are willing to go along with His plan, no matter how outlandish it may seem the blessings will flow.

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