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Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others

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March 2014

Bubbling Over

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John 4:12-14

Dehydration can be fatal if not taken care of.

But not just for our physical bodies but for our souls too.

This world can provide drinks of water (success in careers, popularity, education, relationships) but they will never be able to quench the thirst of the soul.

Jesus alone provides living water springing up within a believer. He is the one that is capable of preventing dehydration both physically and spiritually speaking.

I encourage you to not to rely on the world to quench your thirst. Instead allow the living water within you to provide your hydration. You’ll never thirst again.

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Shine On

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I Corinthians 15:58

Luke 8:17

Do you sometimes get discouraged in your walk with Christ because you feel like you aren’t really making a difference?

If Jesus is living within you then He is radiating through you. Your light is shining bright. You are having an affect on this dark world.

Your obedient life isn’t being lived in vain.

Keep on shining.

Leftovers

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Matthew 6:33

I Kings 17:8-16

All Elijah wanted was a little water and a morsel of bread. That’s all he asked of the woman. No big deal….except for they were living in the midst of a three year drought and the woman had just enough flour and oil to make a meal for her and her son.

Maybe she could eat sparingly and then pass on the leftovers…surely that would be acceptable.

But it wasn’t. Elijah wanted the first serving. That’s specifically what he had asked for.

At first glance you’re probably thinking “really Elijah? This is her and her son’s last meal…”

But in reality Elijah was opening up the door for her and her son to be blessed. And by specifically asking for the first portion of the meal he was closing the door to a greater temptation to deny him. He also gave her a guarantee: If the woman did as he had asked she and her son wouldn’t have to go hungry during the drought another day.

The woman gave Elijah the first serving and was blessed just as Elijah had said.

This is a picture of our relationship with Jesus.

Put yourself in the role of the widowed woman and allow God to take the part of Elijah. The son could represent the cares of this world.

God comes to you seeking the best, the first portion of your life. In return you’ll receive blessings. You are then met with a choice: do you deny yourself and give to Him or do you take care of your needs first and give God what is leftover?

What do you choose to do when your confronted with this decision? I encourage you to be like the widow woman: choose to give God your best. He’ll bless you for it.

Endurance

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Paul traveled many miles in the name of Jesus. On these trips he was mocked, persecuted, beaten and imprisoned. Eventually he died as a martyr for our Lord.

He never quit running the race. He just kept going. He kept relying on the strength of God.

Keep living for Jesus. He’ll see you through to the end.

Wiping Out Debt

Matthew 6:15

Nehemiah 5:1-13

The Israelites were holding debts over each other’s heads. People were being traded into slavery. The lenders were taking more than their fair share from the debtors. The situation was getting out of hand.

The Lord told the lenders to wipe the debt from the records and to restore the people.

He told them that if they didn’t they would suffer consequences.

The lenders gladly freed their brethren of their debts.

Isn’t that a picture of forgiveness?

The offender (debtor) has gotten into a mess and the offended (lender) capitalizes on the situation. They just keep oppressing them from a poor judgment choice once made.

But when they offended (lender) listens to what God has to say “forgive them or I won’t forgive you” the situation changes. The offender (debtor) is released of the torment of constantly being reminded of how they were wrong. The offended (lender) no longer has to keep a record, constantly reminding themselves of the wrongdoing.

God holds nothing against you when you come to Him. Let the burden of holding grudges go. Everyone will benefit from it.

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Teammates

Psalm 124:1

If it had not been The Lord who was on our side…

David went on to acknowledge that without the help of The Lord the Israelites would have long been destroyed by their enemies.

How would you finish this sentence?

…I’d be on my way to Hell.

…I’d be unsure of the life I’m living.

…I would be second guessing every decision I make.

…I would be scared to raise my children in this world.

…I wouldn’t have a smile on my face.

Think on what The Lord has provided for you. Meditate on who you are because of Him.

Have you thanked Him lately for the difference that He has made in your life?

A Good Conversationalist

Psalm 27:14

Habakkuk 2:1-2

A good conversation generally consists of at least two people. Two people that are listening and responding. Two people that are engaged in the topic being discussed.

So why then, when it comes to our prayer life, do we often times have one sided conversations? Conversations that just consist of us making our requests known and usually little else?

How often do we watch for a response? Is it rare for us to quiet ourselves to listen to what God has to say on the matter?

Habakkuk had just finished talking to God. Afterwards he waited to hear what God had to say to him. The Lord answered.

Next time before you abruptly end your prayer time I encourage you to pause and listen for what The Lord has to say to you. Or get into the Word and see what He has already said on the matter.

Keep talking to Jesus about it. Keep listening for His response.

Coming Up Clutch

Psalm 18:3
I Kings 18:21-40

Elijah set up a contest: Whose God Will Accept the Offering?:The Prophets of Baal and Baal versus Elijah and The Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel.

Whosever God would consume the sacrifice with fire was the God to be served.

The prophets of Baal made an altar and laid their bullock upon it. They began to pray to Baal. Nothing happened. They leaped on the altar begging for Baal to answer. Nothing. They started cutting themselves, pleading for Baal to acknowledge them. Still yet, no response.

Elijah steps up to the altar for The Lord. And for dramatic effect he douses it, the trench around it and the sacrifice with water. Then he calls upon Our Lord. Immediately God responds. He consumes the sacrifice and licks up the water from the trench.

Our God is clutch.

You can trust Him even in the most intense situations.

Forgetting God

Psalm 34:1

Hosea 13:5-6

The drought came upon the wilderness that Ephraim was camped in. But they harvested a great crop in spite of it. Undoubtedly it was God that chose to bless them in their time of need.

Their reaction?

They got caught up in the blessings. So much so that they forgot God.

Forgetting God. It seems outrageous because God blesses His people in ways that we can’t explain. But sometimes we don’t even acknowledge Him. Maybe it’s because we’ve busied ourselves too much with the blessings He’s poured out upon us. Or maybe it’s because we’ve become so used to receiving them that we come to expect it and forget to give thanks.

Regardless of the reasoning we need to be mindful to appreciate God, thank Him for the goodness He provides and keep Him first in our life.

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