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Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others

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January 2015

Circle of Friends

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Moses climbed up the mountain ready to do his part in the battle against the Amaleks. His job was seemingly simple. All he had to do was hold the rod of God in the air and the Israelite people would prevail.

But as the battle raged on Moses tired of his task. When he would put his arm down to rest the Amaleks would take the lead.

In stepped Aaron and Hur. They came to Moses’ aid by holding his arm up for him. Because of their help Moses was able to lead the Israelites to victory.

Who comes to your side when you’re facing a battle? Which friends can you count on to encourage you, to help you succeed in doing God’s will for your life? Ask The Lord who those people are and then strengthen those relationships. If you can’t think of anyone pray that Jesus will send you Godly friends.

Who Are You Looking to Please?

Ezekiel consumed the Word. He rejoiced in doing so, praising God for the goodness of it.

He did all of this knowing that the message that was to come from it probably wouldn’t be well received.

As he delivered the message he trusted that God knew what was best and was glad that it had a positive effect on at least one person: him.

Bottom line: Ezekiel wasn’t living to be a crowd pleaser. He was living to please his God. God blessed him for it.

Who are you living to please?

Pray and Work

Naaman knew that God was able to cleanse him of his leprosy by just speaking a word. But instead of being prayed over and walking away cleansed Naaman had to do something. He had to dip himself in the river seven times. This highly irritated Naaman. He knew it was unnecessary because God could just heal him. He pouted around and turned away before he finally surrender to doing things God’s way. As soon as he followed God’s plan he was healed.

Does this sound familiar to you? Have you ever petitioned God about something and then expected it to just happen? Of course it can work like that but sometimes God requires more from us. I doubt that a person will become a bible scholar without ever studying the word. Or rarely does a person instantly become a great pianist without ever playing before.

Often times we are asked to aid in the answering of our prayers. Not because God isn’t perfectly capable of answering them on His own but so that our faith will grow in Him.

II Kings 5:1-15

Hebrews 12:12

Let It Go

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The Word says “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” (I Thessalonians 5:23)

Meaning: Don’t just accept whatever has become the norm. Find what is good and devote yourself to it.

—I have prayed for you. I’ve prayed that the spirit of wisdom would descend upon you, the knowledge of Jesus would be revealed unto you and that your eyes would be enlightened to understanding as you seek out God’s presence in your life.—

The Word Trumps Flesh

One of the most difficult things for me to do as a parent is to consistently discipline my children.

I’d really rather not do it. But that isn’t an option because The Word says it is our responsibility.

So since the Word teaches me what to do it doesn’t really matter what I want to do in my flesh.

Because The Word always holds the authority. You should always give it final say in your decisions, in life. Even when it’s hard.

Proverbs 29:17

Alone Time

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Abraham and Isaac had traveled three days with a group of men. On the third day they climbed a mountain by themselves.

God met them in their solitude.

He provided for them in a way that they had never experienced before. He made himself known to them in a way that they would never forget.

While they were alone.

Jesus will meet with you too. Carve out time for him in your day to day. Personally seek His face. And then be ready to experience the presence of your Savior.

Genesis 22:1-14

The Shepherd’s Leading

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Elisha warned the King of Israel to not cross by a certain way. He knew the enemies camp was set up, ready to war against them.

The King took Elisha’s advice and steered clear of the area. Because of this Israel was saved the hardship of fighting a battle.

Most times we praise The Lord for leading us to “green pastures”. But don’t neglect to praise Him for leading you away from “the shadow of death”.

II Kings 6:8-9

Procrastinator

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The lady rolled over for the fourth time, swatting at the alarm clock.

She thought, “What does it matter if I hit the snooze button one more time?”

-It matters because procrastination doesn’t just affect the procrastinator.-

In the book of Proverbs we read about a virtuous woman who woke up while it was still night to prepare meals for her household and maidens….she chose to have things ready when they were needed, without delay.

She and those that she was providing for were blessed because of her efforts.

So when The Lord gives you something to do don’t “hit the snooze”. Get up. Get to work. Because you aren’t the only one who is being affected.

Proverbs 31:15

Mum’s the Word

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Jesus didn’t say a word when they were persecuting Him….He answered the governor nothing when told to identify Himself.

Not because He didn’t know what to say. Not because He couldn’t win the argument.

But because He knew that silence was the type of answer the situation needed.

Use wisdom. Words, no matter how true, aren’t always the right answer.

Matthew 26:66-68 & 27:11-14

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