Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others


March 2015

go for it

Nehemiah set out to build the wall around Jerusalem. He had just finished rallying the Jewish nation when the surrounding countries interjected their opinion: “are you crazy?” And “this will never work!” 

Nehemiah looked them in the eye and stood on God’s promise. “It is going to work and you have no part in it. We aren’t consulting you.”
And then Nehemiah and the people began to work on what the Lord had given them. 
Remember this: we don’t need the world’s nod of approval before we do the work of the Lord. We need only God’s confirmation.

Turn on the Tunes

Elisha couldn’t get focused on the task at hand. His thoughts were running rampant. 

So he asked for music to be played.
The music calmed him. It also ushered in the hand of the Lord.
He then spoke according to the Word of the Lord.
When I have trouble focusing on the Word I try Elisha’s tactic. I pull out my iPod, listen to God glorifying music and allow the Lord to work within me. 
The method still works all these thousands of year later.

Don’t be deceived


Sergius Paulus wanted to hear the Word of God. So he called for Paul and Barnabas to come to preach to him. 
When the preachers arrived Elymas, a false prophet who was with Sergius, tried to stop Barnabas and Paul from getting to Sergius. He knew that these men spoke truth and he wanted Sergius to have no part in it. 
Are you under the impression that no one really intends to hurt you? That everyone is looking out for your best interest?

Don’t be deceived.
The battle we are in is real. Be careful who you surround yourself with. Who you allow to have influence over you. 

…on their behalf

The people of the town mocked and laughed at Jarius and his wife. “Why,” they asked, “would Jesus devote time to your daughter?” “She is too far gone” they taunted.

But they kept seeking Jesus. They followed His lead. They did everything they could, holding out hope–knowing that their prayers were the only ones that their daughter had.

Jesus honored that. The girl was healed.

You may be the only one praying for your family member, your friend. Keep praying even when the situation looks dim and others have given up hope. We serve a miraculous God and with Him nothing is impossible.

trust and obey

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 widowed woman: choose to give God your best. He’ll bless you for it.

Don’t Quit

Nehemiah sat on top of the wall working for the Lord. Along came the enemies, coaxing him to come down.

“I am doing a great work. Why should I stop to come meet with you?”
He recognized the enemy. He knew their intent. He denied them and kept on with the work of the Lord.
Christian, God has called you to a great work. Don’t allow the enemy to persuade you to stop. 

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