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Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others

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March 2015

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The rain and snow come down to fill the land with growth, to cause it to flourish.


At the root of a farmer’s success is precipitation. Without it he wouldn’t have income, wouldn’t live for lack of nourishment.

And so it is for a Christian.

Isaiah likens the Word of God to the rain and snow.

Without the Word a Christian won’t be able to produce fruit. A Christian would lack nourishment, taking away the opportunity to thrive and flourish.

That’s how important God’s Word is to His children, His church.

Treat it as a commodity that you can’t live without. Cherish it. Use it. Pray for it to be constant in your everyday life.

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Joshua was lying on the ground defeated. The Israelites had just lost thousands of men at war with Ai. The Lord commanded Joshua to get up and to sanctify the people. He was told that once the sin was out of the camp the blessings would begin to flow again.

Before we accepted the blood of Jesus for the atonement of our sins we were wallowing in misery. We weren’t able to accomplish anything for The Lord. We knew that we weren’t bringing any pleasure to the One True God. Then we heard the call. “Up. Sanctify yourself.” In the moment that we chose to rise up with Jesus, becoming one of His children, our lives changed. We discovered our purpose: to live in Christ. God was giving us direction and we were taking it. Sin no longer ruled in our lives. Blessings began flowing from the throne of God.

Make a choice to not be found lying in misery and uncertainty. Choose instead to be found up and about The Lord’s business being showered with the blessings of God.

Stop the rumor mill



Jesus said “Even if John doesn’t die, I’m still the one to be followed.” 


The disciples response “Did you hear that John isn’t going to die!” The misunderstanding started to spread.

John stopped it in its track “No, Jesus didn’t say that I wouldn’t die. He said that my death shouldn’t matter to you followers of Christ.”

Could you imagine how Christians would be effected around the world if they were allowed to keep believing the lie that John wouldn’t die? John’s death would have shaken their faith to the core because they would begin to doubt Christ’s words.

If you hear a piece of information that you know to be false…be bold in standing up for the truth. If you let it go people could be seriously hurt. 

laying the groundwork 



David laid some serious groundwork before Saul really began to inquire about who he was. 
He literally had to fight and kill a giant before King Saul asked about his heritage.
When the conversation finally happened David could unashamedly say who his father was. 

Building a testimony can take time. Keep at it though. Because when the time comes for you to give the reason for your actions Jesus will be glorified.

Friend or Foe?



A true friend is one that encourages you to grow in your walk with Christ, even when it may be awkward or hard to accept. 

And an enemy isn’t necessarily always forthright in their intentions. They’re destruction can be camouflaged to look like support.
Prayerfully decide who you will take advice from, who you will accept as a friend. 
Proverbs 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of the enemy are deceitful. 



Simon and Andrew were fisherman. It’s what they knew, liked and and were successful with. Jesus was able to take their profession and use it to His glory. With an analogy He opened the men’s eyes to service.

Jesus can go beyond using analogies. He can actually use peoples’ professions or hobbies as means to glorify Him: 

A carpenter can use his skills to help repair a House of The Lord….

An musician can perform in worship service….

A baker can bake food for a homeless shelter….

If you’re struggling with finding some way to reach out to the world look at what God has already given you.

Take the talents He has already blessed you with to bring Him glory.



rooted on the Rock



The wise builder dug into the earth until he hit rock before he began building his house. Therefore his house could withstand harsh weather. The foolish builder built upon the surface. His house fell when the floods came.

Decisions are made daily based upon our opinions. If our opinions are rooted in Jesus’ teachings then we will be able to survive the hard times. If our decisions are made based upon the opinions of ourselves we will fail.

The wise man’s house was rooted on rock. What are your opinions and choices rooted in?

help a person out



Nehemiah was faced with a problem: the people were buying and selling on the Sabbath day from outside merchants.


His solution was two-fold: 

1) he told the children to stop buying on the Sabbath; to be obedient to the law.

2) he told the outsiders that they weren’t allowed to sell there anymore.

Remember that approach next time you face a similar situation: Encourage the person going through it to follow God’s will and do all within your power to make the situation easier for them to succeed.

It isn’t worth it 



Have you ever been tempted to sin because you didn’t think the outcome would be significant enough to really affect anyone?

Paul says “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.”

Meaning: There isn’t any room in your life for sin.

Sin is what cost Jesus his life. He lovingly gave himself away to pay your debt.

It shouldn’t be taken lightly.

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