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Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others

Month

September 2013

Spoken To

Isaiah 38:15

Isaiah 38:1-5

Hezekiah cried out to God about the defeat he felt had overtaken his life.

God responded by speaking to him. As a result Hezekiah became reenergized. His faith was strengthened. To hear from God was a changing point in his life. He praised him. He lived for him.

The moment before you accepted Jesus as your Savior He spoke to you. His presence in your life was a changing point for you too. No longer did you have to live stained with sin. After accepting the call to repentance you were changed to live a life that brings Him glory.

As you continue on your journey with Jesus He speaks to you often. Through His word. Through the Spirit. Through His creation.

God speaking to you is what prompted your faith in Him. And it is also what continues to strengthen your faith today.

Listen to what He has to say.

Heart Matters

Colossians 3:16

Jeremiah 17:9

Do you trust in the feelings of your heart?

Or do you trust in the Word hid within it?

Choose Jesus every time.

Living With Gratitude

Colossians 3:17

Psalm 84:10

Have you surrendered yourself to the calling The Lord has put on your life?

Or have you balked at the job that He has lined up for you…thinking that maybe you’re not qualified, maybe you feel overqualified?

Go with what The Lord has laid out for you. Be grateful that He would entrust you with accomplishing His work. Know this: all jobs given by The Lord are a reflection of God’s love and acceptance of you. Even if you’re a doorkeeper, like the psalmist speaks of, you’re still in the family of God, you’ve been separated from the world. You have reason to rejoice.

Dedicate yourself to being your best version of what God has called you to be.

Choose Compassion

Luke 6:31
Acts 28:1-2

Paul and his fellow travelers reached the island of Melita cold and wet. The rain continued to pour down when they met a few of the natives on the island.

The Melitians recognized the travelers situation. They acknowledged that they were in need of physical care. They realized they were capable of providing it. So they did. They took it upon themselves to care for the foreigners. They chose to be compassionate towards them.

Compassion begins with a choice. You have to recognize a need and then decide to act compassionately.

Compassion isn’t offered accidentally.

So when you’re faced with an opportunity to do good for a person in need put yourself in their shoes.

Do for them what you would want done for you.

Choose to be compassionate.

The Next Level

II Peter 3:18

Acts 7:59-60

Stephen, at the end if his life’s journey, offered grace to the people that surrounded him.

The people weren’t fellow Christians. They weren’t offering him kind words. Or comforting him in his last moments.

They were his attackers. The very ones that stoned him to death.

And yet he was gracious toward them. Praying for them. Having compassion on their souls.

As Christians we are told to not only grow in the knowledge of our Lord but also to grow in grace.

The level of grace you offer people is an indicator of your maturity in The Lord.

Stephen had reached a maturity level second only to Jesus’.

Don’t balk at opportunities to be gracious to others. Instead view the trials of your life as an opportunity to grow in our Lord.

Offer grace where it isn’t deserved.

Found

Luke 19:10

II Samuel 9:1-8

Mephibosheth, crippled from a young age, bowed at the feet of King David. He was grateful to the king for calling him out, bringing him to his house, sitting him at his table and restoring unto him the land of his grandfather, King Saul.

What a beautiful picture this is of our relationship with Jesus.

Previously we had wandered around crippled by sin. Until the Lord, our King, sought us out. He called us to be children of His. To come into His fold, to eat from his table.

As we humbly and gratefully accepted the invitation we became as royalty; joint heirs with Jesus.

King David sought Mephibosheth to give him a new, better way of life.

Jesus did the same for you.

A Conscience Clearer

Hebrews 4:12

Are you wrestling with a decision? Are you unsure how to handle a situation?

Let God’s Word be your conscience.

It is powerful. It is truth. It will reveal your thoughts and the intent of your heart.

Follow the wisdom it has to offer.

Persistent Prayer

James 5:16

Genesis 32:24-30

Do you have a passionate prayer life?

Are you really concerned with the results of your prayers?

Jacob wrestled all night long with an angel to see his prayers answered. Giving up wasn’t an option…even when he suffered a physical setback.

Jacob’s persistence won him favor with God and man.

God knows if our prayers are scripted, recited, and lacking emotion. He also knows when they are speaking straight from the depths of our heart, and the intensity in which they are offered.

Create a prayer life that yields results.

On The Lookout

Galatians 6:10

Exodus 17:8-13

Moses walked up the hill, rod of God in hand. Beside him walked Aaron and Hur, his friends. Below him Joshua was beginning to battle with the Amaleks.

Moses looked over the valley below. His men were fighting, under his charge. He raised the rod of God in his hand and watched Israel prevail.

Then he became tired. Physically probably from walking up the hill, from holding the rod straight up in the air for a long period of time. Mentally probably from realizing that the nation he was leading was winning a battle solely based upon his actions.

The pressures from the battle were wearing him thin.

His hands began to drop. The rod was no longer being held up. The battle started going the other way. Israel was losing ground quick.

In stepped Aaron and Hur. They provided Moses a seat. They held his arms so that they stretched the rod toward God.

They helped to shoulder Moses’ burden.

They took it upon themselves as if it were their own.

They had realized that the outcome of the battle affected them too.

Christians, don’t turn the other way when you see a person in need of encouragement or help. Instead bear their burden with them. Maybe you can help shoulder the responsibility through prayer, through actions, through example…but realize that the outcome affects you too.

We should do our best to help each other so that Christians can be viewed as a people that stand together and so that our God will receive at least a portion of the honor and glory that He is due.

Look out for your brethren.

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