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Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others

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August 2013

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Philippians 4:8

Sometimes we deal with heartache much longer than is necessary because we replay the pain over and over again in our minds.

Sometimes we stress about what might happen in the future.

Sometimes we dwell on all the wrong going on in the world.

….when you find your thoughts running away on you ask yourselves these questions:

Is it true?

Is it just?

Is it honest?

Is it pure?

Is it lovely?

Is it of good report?

Is it virtuous?

Is it cause for praise?

If you can’t answer yes to every question then you need to stop thinking on it. Think instead on the things that do hold truth, honesty, justice, purity, loveliness, good report, virtue and praise…think on Jesus.

Blameless

Ephesians 1:4

“He tried to take advantage of me!!! I screamed and begged him not to and he finally ran away!!” Potiphar’s wife painted a vivid picture for her husband and his men of what had transpired between herself and Joseph, all the while holding Joseph’s garment.

Potiphar left in an outrage. He sentenced Joseph to jail time.

Joseph, an innocent man, would spend two years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit.

Sometimes things we say or do are misinterpreted. Sometimes people just try to do us wrong in whatever way they can.

God knows this will happen. He also knows that it’s out of our control. So He tells us to be blameless and He’ll take care of the rest.

Take comfort that He is a just Judge, that He knows the truth and that He has the final word.

Overcoming Obstacles

Philippians 3:14

People had followed Jesus to a house in Capernaum. They wanted to be witnesses to the miracles He was said to be able to perform. They wanted to hear what He had to say.

Some were there purely out of curiosity. Others were there to try to discredit Jesus and His works. Some came to glorify Him. And others came to be healed.

…just like the man who was bedridden with palsy. He had heard that Jesus, a miracle performer, was near. Four men graciously picked up his bed and made there way to meet Jesus.

But the crowd was huge. The people stood, blocking the entrances, making it impossible for the four men to carry their sick friend through the door.

So they went through the roof.

They lowered their friend into the house. Jesus saw their faith. He healed the man of his sin and of the palsy.

Do you have that same desire to be near Jesus? One in which you wouldn’t allow your flesh, other people or material possessions get in the way of a close relationship with Christ?

Overcoming all the obstacles was worth it to this man.

It will be worth it to you too. Continue to seek Jesus. Don’t be deterred by the obstacles you may face.

Courage

Hebrews 13:6

Queen Esther’s people were to be slaughtered.

She had two options:

1)she could keep her identity as a Jew hidden and watch the massacre, hoping the King wouldn’t find out her heritage

2)she could try to persuade the King on her and her people’s behalf

Gathering courage she decided that she would be a voice for her people. She asked them to fast for three days and three nights.

She understood that God had placed her in this position to save her people. She knew that He was on her side. Her response to the task laid out before her: “…and if I perish, I perish.”

Esther was willing to do the will of The Lord regardless of the outcome.

God blessed her courage and obedience. She and her people were saved.

No matter what the cost, no matter who is standing against you, trust in The Lord as your helper, your deliverer.

We’re Sheep

I Peter 5:3

Every human is in need of a sacrifice to cleanse themselves from sin.

Jesus’ blood is the pure, unblemished and holy sacrifice that is capable of doing that.

Only Jesus’ blood.

So if we, as Christians, are covered by the same exact blood why do some perceive that they are more righteous than others?

All of our righteousness was as filthy rags. Jesus blood is the only washing that can take care of our sinful filth.

Your righteousness comes from Christ alone.

Don’t be proud, boastful, or haughty…without the blood you are lost.

Humble yourselves before The Lord and your fellow Christians. We’re in this together.

Exceeding Expectations

Isaiah 61:3

Israel, formerly Jacob, cried tears of sorrow. He had just determined that his youngest son, Joseph had been mulled to death by an animal. He refused to be comforted. Instead he said, “I will go down into the grave unto my son mourning.”

Years later Israel’s life was coming to an end. With dim vision he looked upon his son Joseph and his two grandsons. Israel spoke to Joseph. He said, “I had not thought to see thy face: and, lo, God hath showed me also thy seed.”

In this time of joy Israel had remembered the time of sadness…not to dwell on it bitterly, but to recognize God’s sovereign plan.

If we couple our times of gladness with the acknowledgement that God is the one in control, how much more would we enjoy the blessings of The Lord?

Remember what The Lord has done for you.

Praise Him for His guidance in your life…for the blessings that you thought were impossible.

Live the Word

Psalm 27:8

In Ephesians Paul is divinely led to write about “praying always for the saints”. In his letter to the Colossians we read that he actually prayed for the people without ceasing.

Paul had taken the message from God to heart. He didn’t just write it down and forget about it. He applied it to his life.

Make sure your bible reading is more than a habit. Read it. Meditate on it. And then apply it to your life.

Unity

Psalm 133:1

Jacob and Esau. They came out of the womb fighting one another. They grew up with clashing personalities. They had different interests. Even their birthright was a cause of dispute.

Deception was involved when it came time to receive the blessing from their father. Jacob’s mother convinced him to deceive his father. Esau was left dealing with the consequences of Jacob’s choice. His future had been stolen.

Jacob fled the country for fear that his life would be taken by Esau…his twin brother.

But then, after years of separation, Jacob and Esau are reconciled. Jacob offers an apology and Esau extends forgiveness.

The past was left behind them.

They made a choice to live in the present.

What an amazing ending to such a difficult beginning…how great it is that they could dwell in unity.

Is there a brother or sister in Christ that you are at odds with? Are you in the position to offer an apology or to extend forgiveness?

Put the past behind you. Live in the present. Dwell in unity with your brethren.

Shine

Isaiah 60:1

Let your light shine bright.

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