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Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others

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July 2013

Whosoever

Acts 2:21

Paul had dedicated his life to destroying those who had chosen to follow Jesus.

Then Jesus asked Paul to follow Him.

Paul accepted the call of The Lord and was saved.

Timothy was raised in a household that brought him up to know the Gospel as truth.

Jesus invited Timothy to be saved.

Timothy accepted. He too became a child of the King.

It doesn’t matter what your background is. Jesus is extending you the opportunity to come to Him for salvation.

Hide and Seek

Ezekiel 34:16

The sheep were scattered throughout the terrain. Some were hidden behind rocks. Others were stuck in the mud. Some were wandering in the opposite direction of the food source.

The shepherd went after those sheep. He put forth effort in finding them. Once he found them he led them out into a safe path, in green pastures where he could see them and they could see him.

People try to hide themselves from God. They go to places they know are full of sin. They hide behind the worldly success they may have obtained.

But Jesus pursues those people. He doesn’t just offer the obligatory call to Salvation once. Instead He finds them where they are. And He is adamant about them following Him.

That’s love. Jesus humbled himself again to come after you. He pleaded with you to come to Him. He sought you out.

Providence

Philippians 4:8

The hunting parties had ceased. The farming had stopped. The children of God lacked food. They were dying of starvation within the walls of their own city.

The Syrians stood just outside the walls ready to ambush God’s children as soon as they came out for food….or so they thought.

God’s people were living in fear for no reason.

God had already sent the Syrians away. He had caused them to hear a noise that sounded like a great army coming to destroy them. They fled. The Syrians left everything behind.

Instead of being faced with an ambush the Israelites would be greeted with food, silver, gold, horses, and clothing.

Are you withdrawing from what The Lord has for you because you have convinced yourself that you wouldn’t be able to stand against the enemy?

God doesn’t want you fearing the enemy.

The enemy fears Him.

Go boldly in the direction He has called you. He has already cleared the way. An abundant life is awaiting you.

Seeing Results

Matthew 6:6

Joshua was commanded to take off his shoes because he was on holy ground.

The removing of his shoes had significance. It wasn’t just a random commandment of The Lord.

Joshua’s shoes represented the filth of the world that he had been dealing with.

The removal of the shoes teaches us that we are capable of putting all things aside and focusing completely on Jesus.

Just as Joshua was able to take off his shoes because he was on holy ground, you are able to separate yourself from the cares of this world when you commune with Jesus. Begin with prayer. Ask The Lord to change your frame of mind…to lead you…to consume your thoughts.

It will require effort to meet with Jesus fully focused on him. Just as it required effort for Joshua to remove his shoes. You may have to move to a different place. (Maybe from the work area to the kitchen table.) He may have you change the time you meet with Him. (Maybe from a nighttime reading to an early morning devotional.) Just be willing to make any changes He requires of you. The results will be well worth it.

Ants

I Timothy 6:19

The ant is spoken of as being a wise creature. It hoards up its food during the summer so that it can survive during the winter.

We can learn from the ant:

Gathering Food in Summertime

Stockpile your blessings. Write them in a journal. Record them. Do whatever it is that will help you to remember what The Lord has done for you.

Because He has blessed you in so many ways. You know that His loving hand is upon you. You’ve without a doubt experienced His presence.

Winter Will Come

But there will be difficult times. Times that will make us wonder if God even cares about us.

When those times come think on how He has previously blessed you….how He has never let you down…

Get out your journal: read about it. Play back your recording: listen to it.

God still loves you. Sometimes we just need a little reminder.

The ant kept going…staying focused on it’s future. Keep your heavenly home in mind. Eternal life with Jesus is worth preparing for.

Communications

Ephesians 4:29

What a person says speaks a lot about them.

Choose your words wisely.

Neighbors

Ephesians 4:12

Hiram, king of Tyre, had just learned that Solomon had been anointed king of Israel. Immediately he sent word to Solomon. He offered his congratulations, spoke highly of his father, David, and made known that he would be there for him in any way that he could.

Solomon asked if Hiram would provide the lumber for the house of God. Hiram graciously agreed that he would.

Perhaps you’re an older Christian. You could be likened to Hiram. Hiram sought out Solomon, a new king, to offer what he had to him. As an older Christian you should be seeking out younger Christians to help them on their walk with The Lord. Jesus has provided you with wisdom, experience and endurance. Share it with someone new.

Maybe you’re like Solomon. He had just begun his reign as King of Israel. You’ve just started your journey with Jesus. Solomon was willing to take Hiram up on his offer to help. If an older Christian offers their help, like Hiram did for Solomon, be willing to take it. Learn from the people that God has placed in your life.

So are you a seasoned Christian that can be of help to a new convert? Or are you recently born again, in need of guidance?

Open your eyes to the Christians around you and be ready and willing to grow in Jesus. You may be the Hiram in somebody’s life. Or you may be the Solomon. Regardless we are in this journey with Jesus together.

Sin is Sin

I Corinthians 5:6

Joab came to David, warning him to not take a census of the people.

But what could be so wrong with figuring out how many people are in your kingdom? After all, it’s just a number…just information. It’s not that big of a deal, right?

The problem with the census was:

a)God commanded against it.

b)God knew the numbers could lead to pride and independence from God.

Sadly David refused Joab’s advice. He numbered the people. As a result David was punished. Seventy thousand of his men died of a pestilence.

Sometimes we talk ourselves into doing something impure because “it’s not that bad”. But the word of God tells us that even just a little bit of evil can ruin a good thing.

Don’t allow yourself to be fooled into thinking that sin isn’t sin.

Whose Servant Are You?

Colossians 3:23

The king told Amos to leave…he told him not to prophesy in his courts…he said he didn’t want to hear it…

Amos’ response?

I’m not prophesying for you. I’m working for my God…the God who took me, a herdman and fruit picker, and made me a prophet.

People may not want to hear what you have to say…they may try to get you to quit living a life like Christ’s….but we don’t answer to people. We answer to the One True God.

Live your life for Jesus alone.

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