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Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others

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May 2013

Mirrors

Psalm 31:3

Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. (Acts 3:6)

Peter was proclaiming Christ. He had intentionally made public the connection he had with Jesus. As a result he was known as a man of God. The things he did were seen as Godly and of The Lord.

As followers of Christ we set ourselves apart.

The things we say, do and associate ourselves with reflect Jesus.

Give all areas of your life and all decisions over to Him. Because your choices don’t just affect you. They have an impact on the perception of Jesus.

Tell It To Jesus

Proverbs 18:24

Hezekiah received the news that his time on earth was coming to an end. He went to The Lord in prayer. He cried out to Him. He told The Lord exactly what was in his heart.

The Lord heard Hezekiah’s prayers. He saw Hezekiah’s tears. The Lord blessed him with another fifteen years of life.

How often do you pray for yourself?

Christians are all the time taking prayers requests of others before The Lord. They can be found praying for another person’s walk with Jesus. Or for The Lord to bestow blessings on a friend or family member.

But how often are you pouring your heart out to God on your behalf?

Hezekiah could have turned to Isaiah, the prophet and messenger of the bad news, and asked him to pray. He could have just left it in his hands.

But he didn’t.

Hezekiah knew that only he could convey to The Lord how he was truly feeling. He knew that The Lord alone could understand the tears he was crying. The passion he felt couldn’t be duplicated by another person. He needed to take it before his God himself.

Jesus loves to hear from you whenever you pray, regardless of the subject matter. But don’t miss out on the reason He died on the cross, the reason the veil was ripped in two. It was to have a personal relationship with you.

Jesus is there for you wanting to hear your thoughts, fears, praises. He wants you to tell Him all about you and your life.

Don’t neglect yourself in your prayer life. You know your situation, needs, desires, emotions better than anybody else.

Take it to Jesus. Tell Him all about it.

Peace

John 16:33

As Jesus lay asleep in the ship a storm surrounded them. The wind blew. The waves rocked the boat. The disciples were scared. They went to Jesus afraid that He was going to let them die.

“Peace, be still.”

The winds stopped. The waves settled. The storm was gone.

With those three words Jesus showed His disciples that He truly was God.

They realized His power.

All because of a storm they went through.

In this life we will endure uncertain times. This doesn’t mean Jesus has abandoned us or that He doesn’t care. It’s in these difficult times that we can see God’s power.

Run to Him.

Accept the peace He offers.

Be amazed by the God you serve.

Watch and See

James 2:26

Abraham trudged up the mountain with his son, Isaac. Today Abraham would show God that he trusted in Him. That he loved Him more than his long awaited promise from God.

As Abraham lifted his hand to the sacrifice the angel of The Lord called out to him. Abraham stopped and lifted his eyes. The Lord had provided a ram.

Abraham had provided a display of his faith.

Abraham could’ve said that he had faith. But by only speaking those words it could’ve left room for us to doubt him.

However when Abraham lifted the knife to sacrifice his only son, we could see, without any doubt, Abraham’s faith in God.

Show the world around you your faith. It will speak volumes.

In Return…

John 3:16

You’re the reason Jesus died. He gave his life for you.

Out of love.

He has loved you since he created you.

He loves you now.

Before you were born.

Before you could make decisions.

Before you chose to love Him.

He was already there, loving you.

So no matter what you do: Jesus loves you.

He loves you regardless of your situation or choices.

Jesus loves you.

So why do we feel more loved as we grow closer to Him?

Our perspective is different.

The closer we draw to Jesus, the more loved we feel…not because He loves us greater when we are obedient, but because our hearts are beginning to recognize the love that has always been there.

So continue to seek after Him.

Read his word.

Talk with Him.

Do His work.

Abstain from sin.

But don’t do it to earn His love.

Do it to show your love for Him.

Follow The Leader

James 4:8

The music died. Everybody froze. Uzza lay dead upon the ground.

“What happened?!?” someone in the crowd shouted.

“We were just walking along and the oxen stumbled. Uzza reached out his hand to steady the ark of God and then….”

The law flashed through their minds: “thou shall not touch any holy thing, lest they die”.

As you set out to draw closer to The Lord be sure to follow His lead. Don’t allow your flesh to get in the way of something holy. Trust that God has it under control.

Pillow to Pillar

Romans 8:28

Jacob methodically stacked the stones. He was creating a pillar to worship The Lord, who had blessed him in a dream the night before.

The use of these stones were a picture of God’s presence in his life.

Before his encounter with God the stones were just used for comfort as pillows. But now? Now they were being used as a tool to worship The Lord.

Jesus can take the things in our life that we think are of no consequence and use them for His glory.

We need to be willing to give everything, no matter how insignificant it may seem and turn it over to His authority.

Ring Ring

James 5:8

The soldiers were closing in on them. The disciples turned to Jesus….”They’re going to take you! Do you want us to kill them?”

Peter didn’t wait for Jesus’ reply. He sliced the ear off of a man.

The disciples realized that they needed the guidance of The Lord. They did good to ask Him what they should do in the situation they were facing.

But Peter wasn’t willing to wait on an answer from Jesus. He decided to ignore The Lord and rely on himself.

Peter made the wrong choice.

Usually we can all be found calling on The Lord. We seek out Jesus because we believe that He knows exactly the right way to respond.

But how often can we be found waiting for The Lord’s response?

Call on Jesus. And then wait for His answer.

Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe

Luke 16:13

The thought that maybe The Lord had something good to say to King Belshazzar went out the window as Daniel took in the scene before him. Stolen vessels from the House of God lay scattered around the king and his men. The king himself looked sickly. And then Daniel saw the writing on the wall. Quickly he read it to himself….this message was going to be hard to deliver, it would be devastating to the king.

Daniel had a choice to make. Would he deliver the message in obedience to God’s will or would he allow King Belshazzar’s possible reaction dictate his decision? If he read the message as God had given it the king could be angered and Daniel could possibly face ridicule, torture, imprisonment, even death. But if Daniel chose not to interpret the message as God gave it he knowingly would disappoint The One True God.

Daniel chose to take the chance of offending the king rather than displeasing God.

He interpreted the message: Your kingdom has come to an end. You failed to serve the One True God. Your kingdom will be given to the Medes and Persians.

The results?

God was pleased.

Daniel was rewarded.

The king was slain.

Sometimes we are faced with the task of delivering difficult messages. If we choose to deliver the message we take the risk of offending that person. However, if we don’t deliver the message we can be sure that we have just shown God that our relationships on earth are currently more important than our relationship with Him.

Who are you willing to please? Humans in their comfort zone or God in His kingdom?

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