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Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others

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November 2014

One Authority

Before Paul converted to Christianity he had to get approval from his superiors to accomplish his goals.

Once he surrendered to Christ the need for man’s approval vanished. Christ became the One he answered to.

There is freedom in Jesus.

Recognize humans’ judgments for what they are: opinions.

Jesus is the only one with authority in your life.

Galatians 1:10-20

Life and Death

Psalm 119:25 My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word.

Without The Word I am as good as dead. Jesus, bring life.

Polar Opposites

1 Peter 3:18

For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.

None of what Christ did was logical according to man’s wisdom. He was righteous and without sin but yet chose to take on a death he didn’t deserve in hopes that one day we, the filthy sinner, would choose to accept the gift of salvation.

He, “the perfect one” gave himself in hopes of gaining us “an imperfect people”.

Thank the Lord that his ways aren’t our ways.

The Creator

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“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from The Lord, which made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2)

He created this to remind you that he can make beautiful things out of what was once nothing.

He, the Creator, is your helper.

Go ahead. Worship your God

Faithful Servant

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David looked out over the sheep that he had just saved from the bear and the lion. True, only he and his family would be directly affected by the victory, but they would all be grateful.

Now David stood on top of the giant, Goliath. God’s children, an entire nation, had been saved from slavery. David had once again taken care of the enemy.

Why had God chosen David to save his people from the giant? I’m guessing it was because he proved himself faithful when he saved his family’s flock of sheep.

After all, The Lord says “he that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much”.

Are you showing your faithfulness to The Lord in the work he has blessed you with now? He’s preparing you. Keep pressing on.

Luke 16:10

I Samuel 17:34-37

Personalize It

I’d like to break down a piece of scripture with you. It’s simple, but so powerful and telling of your walk with Christ. I ask that you do it with me, allowing the Lord to speak to you.

The background: This is Jesus speaking to the Heavenly Father before He is betrayed by Judas. His time on earth is coming to an end. He is reflecting on his life lived.

Here is the scripture:

John 17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.

Here is how the Lord broke it down for me:

I I, Codi
have at this point in time
glorified Made Jesus known, wasn’t ashamed of Christ, praised my Saviour, made decisions with His cause in mind
Thee Jesus
On the earth In my life
I I, Codi
Have At this point in time
Finished Gave my best effort, completely gave it over to Jesus, was willing
The work Motherhood, wife, pastor’s wife, blogger, study guide writer, daughter, friend, sister, teacher, intercessor
Which Thou Which Jesus
Gavest Bestowed upon me, entrusted me with
Me Codi
To do Accomplish

This verse is to encourage us, to show us how we should stand before the Lord when we come to meet Jesus face to face. This is a goal of ours that we can hide away in our hearts and work toward.

The Word has been recorded for your benefit. I encourage you to personalize it.

Whose Plan Are You Submitting To?

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The Israelites knew their enemy’s plan to ambush them as soon as they set foot outside the city walls.

As a result the Israelites lived in fear.

But then they got wind of the Syrian’s scheme being thwarted.

They left the confinement of the city to abound in the spoil the Syrians had left behind in their haste.

The Israelites had considered Satan’s plan. But what they hadn’t taken into consideration was God’s plan.

How was the Syrians’ plan overthrown?

God had caused the Syrians to hear a great noise, leading them to believe that they were about to be attacked. They scrambled and fled.

Sometimes all we can think about is the scheme of Satan causing us to live in fear. But really we need to be focusing on God’s plan, which always defeats the devil’s.

Don’t allow Satan’s scheme affect your confidence in Christ.

II Kings 7:1-16

Start a Fire

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Solomon offered a sacrifice to the Lord. The fire came down and consumed every bit of it. The glory of the Lord filled the house where the sacrifice was made. The people knew that the Lord was good.

When we offer our sacrifice to the Lord—ourselves—he accepts us as we are. He fills us with his holy fire. People can look upon us and see a difference. They can see God’s goodness.

If you haven’t offered your sacrifice yet…if you haven’t given your life over to Jesus…now is your opportunity to start a fire in your soul.

II Chronicles 7:1-3

Becoming A Christian

Reverently Listen

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“The word of The Lord came again unto me, saying,”

Isn’t that amazing?

The Lord, our Savior, the Righteous and Holy One speaks to us through his word.

May we never take that for granted. May we always appreciate and act upon what he speaks into our lives.

Ezekiel 37:15

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