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Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others

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June 2013

Every Time

II Chronicles 20:15

Jehoshaphat prayed before the people of Israel: “Lord, you’ve fought for us before and you said you’d fight for us again. We have three groups of people that are out to get us. Will you take care of it? We have no idea what to do. We’re looking to you for deliverance.”

The Lord responded: “Dont be afraid. The battle is mine, not yours. Go down against them tomorrow by the cliff of Ziz and you’ll find them at the brook. You’ll not have to fight the battle. Just watch. I’m going to be with you.”

The people worshipped The Lord.

The next day they reached the cliff of Ziz and looked over. Their singing stopped. They stood in awe. Their enemies already laid dead upon the ground. The three groups had turned on each other.

Keep counting on Jesus.

He is always faithful.

Rerouting

Psalm 19:13

“…Lead me not into temptation…”

Imagine how much better our day would be if we began it with that prayer.

All Are Accepted

Romans 12:5

Jesus had made breakfast for his seven disciples that had been fishing all night. When they saw Jesus sitting on the shore all of them wanted to get to him. One of the disciples jumped into the water and swam to shore. The other six came to Jesus in the boat. These were different ways to show Jesus their love for him. But he rewarded all of them with the same breakfast.

Maybe you’re a methodical, organized, play it safe type of person. You could be a throw caution to the wind, I’ll figure it out when I get there, never do it the same way twice kind of guy. Either way Jesus created you. He loves you.

Don’t compare yourself to other Christians. Just keep loving Him the way you do.

Checklist

Proverbs 6:16-19

Seven Abominations Unto The Lord:

1)pride
2)a lying tongue
3)murderers
4)evil imaginations
5)looking for trouble
6)a hypocrite
7)a sower of discord

So,

1)Be humble
2)Speak truth
3)Act in love
4)Think on Jesus
5)Give people the benefit of the doubt
6)Practice what you preach
7)Live peacefully

What If?

Matthew 6:21

Imagine that you’ve been beaten, thrown into prison and chained to the ground.

What would your prayer be?

Would you pray earnestly for an opportunity to escape? Would you pray diligently that you would be let go? Or would you pray for God to be glorified? Would you pray that The Lord would use you to lead others to Christ?

Paul and Silas didn’t have to imagine that scenario. They lived it. In the midst of their imprisonment we are told that they prayed and sang praises to God.

What did they pray?

The bible doesn’t record their words so instead we’ll look at their actions:

An earthquake came while the jailor slept. Paul and Silas’ chains were loosed off their feet. The jailor was ready to kill himself. And then Paul yelled out “we’re all here”.

Escaping must not have been at the front of their minds.

The jailor humbly fell before Paul and Silas. He wanted to be saved. Paul and Silas explained to him salvation. The man and his household were saved and baptized within the hour.

Leading others to Jesus must have been the bulk of their prayer.

The next morning Paul and Silas were free to go worship with their new brothers and sisters in Christ.

God has every situation working for your good. You focus on Him. He’ll work out the details.

Starting Point

Isaiah 57:15

Willingness to be a servant of God.

Completely surrendered to trust Jesus.

Obedient to the commandments of The Lord.

Ezekiel possessed these three qualities. He saw a great revival. Revival from dry bones. Bones that had previously been laying in a valley with no movement. He saw those bones get up and begin walking around as a great army.

Willingness to be a servant of God.

Completely surrendered to trust Jesus.

Obedient to the commandments of The Lord.

Apply these three qualities to your sin free, blood bought life to begin a revival within you.

Ezekiel had an affect on a valley full of dead people.

You could too.

What’s Your Plan?

II Chronicles 31:20-21

Hezekiah had a plan. He had determined within himself that he was going to do right by The Lord. That he was going to seek his God in all things. And that he was going to fully commit himself to every work for The Lord.

What’s your plan?

Do you start each day determining to be found blameless before The Lord? Or do you go about your day without any conscious effort of being Christ like?

Do you seek God’s will in your life? Or do you just go along without considering if you are doing what The Lord wants you to do?

Do you give yourself completely to God all the time? Or do you serve him wholeheartedly only when it’s convenient for you?

Follow Hezekiah’s lead: be blameless, seek God, give everything over to Jesus.

Neighborhood Watch

Luke 6:38

Elisha, a man of God, traveled through Shunem often. A woman, also of God, noticed this. She fed him on each of his journeys as he passed through. Because of these meals she was able to get to know Elisha. She perceived that he was a man of God, a fellow believer.

Elisha continued to travel through Shunem. The woman wanted to do more than just provide a meal for him. She spoke to her husband about making a place for him to stay when he passed by. So they did. They made him a room with a bed and a table. Now when Elisha would travel through Shunem he knew that in addition to being fed he would also have a place to stay.

The woman had been such a blessing to Elisha. Her generosity made his traveling easier, less stressful. In return of her kindness Elisha wanted to be a blessing to the Shunamite woman.

He blessed the barren woman with a child.

Look for ways to be a blessing to your brethren…doing so will start a chain reaction of blessings from the Father.

He’s Already There

Proverbs 3:5-6

Two mothers stood before King Solomon. These mothers shared a lot in common. They lived together. They delivered their babies within days of one another. And they both gave birth to baby boys.

King Solomon listened to their story: One of the babies had been suffocated in the middle of the night. Both mothers were claiming the living child.

King Solomon announced his decision: “Bring me a sword. Divide the baby in two. Give each mother a half of the baby.”

The woman whose son had died agreed with the idea of slaying the living infant. The mother of the living son broke down in tears. She begged King Solomon to not kill the baby but to give it to the other woman.

“Give the baby to her. Don’t slay it. She is the mother.”

The living mother rejoiced. King Solomon had judged correctly.

Previously King Solomon had been given the opportunity to ask for anything he wanted from The Lord. Riches. Honor. Anything. But he asked for an understanding heart to judge the people of God.

When the two women approached King Solomon he had to rely on The Lord to show him the truth. It seems so simple reading the story. But to actually be sitting in King Solomon’s position would’ve been very difficult. He didn’t have any idea who the living child’s mother was. He trusted that The Lord was leading him in making the correct decision.

Perhaps slaying the living child seemed a bit far fetched to King Solomon. Maybe he wondered if that would really work. But if he did doubt The Lord he didn’t allow his opinion to override the divine direction. And because he trusted The Lord’s plan he was able to correctly identify the mother of the living child.

King Solomon had every opportunity to deny the wisdom of The Lord and come up with a plan of his own. But he didn’t. He trusted in Him instead.

Trust Jesus. He knows all of the factors. He knows how people will react. He knows what the outcome will be. Don’t try to come up with a better plan. Trust the One who has it already figured out.

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