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Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others

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April 2015

Burnt Out

  

The crowd stood in awe at the bonfire before them. Fifty thousand pieces of silver worth shot up in flames. 

Purposefully.

The scorched items were once sorcerers books. The information, practices and beliefs went directly against what Paul had just taught them. They were the opposite of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

So the men, after accepting Jesus as their personal savior, took the books and burnt them. They wanted no evidence of the past in their future. They wanted no temptation as they moved forward.

Are you that devout? Are you willing to destroy any object that might stand in the way of serving Christ?

Jesus loved you so much that he had himself crucified. The only way that he could be that perfect sinless sacrifice was to deny himself.

I encourage you to give up whatever it is that stands between you and a closer walk with our Lord.

Serve Jesus wholeheartedly.

Be Bold

  

The enemy was furious. The Israelites we’re building a temple for God. “Who told you to build this temple? Give us their names!”

The elders of Israel looked them square in the eye and said “the God of heaven and earth.”

Two things to notice:
1) the Israelites knew who they were working for 
2) they knew to make it about God, not themselves.

It is so much easier to do hard things when you remember that you are working for the God of heaven and earth. When you remember that the battle really isn’t yours but it’s His and He has it under control. 

God is for you. He is using you to bring Him glory. Be bold in doing His will. 

Keep praying 

 

 The unjust judge gave the woman what she requested of him because of her persistence.

How much more then will our Lord give us the desires of our heart when we take them to Him? 

Keep praying. Don’t give up.

hierarchy of your heart

  

Tears of joy streamed down the woman’s face. She was overcome with love and gratitude. The Lord had blessed her with the desire of her heart. Finally, her prayers had been answered. Hannah had just given birth to a precious baby boy, Samuel, her firstborn child.

Within moments she remembered her prayer: “I will give him to you Lord.”

This thought could’ve torn apart the elation she was feeling. She could’ve turned her back on God for requiring her to give Him her son. Very easily she could’ve allowed her son to take the place in her heart that belonged to God alone.

But she didn’t. She knew that God was the one responsible for the miracle she was holding. He was the one she should worship. Graciously, Hannah gave Samuel back to God. 

Sadly people often times don’t follow Hannah’s lead. Parents choose children. Workers choose jobs. People choose hobbies. All above Jesus. They allow the blessings of God to become their God.

We are responsible for the hierarchy of our heart. Jesus should always be found at the top, reigning in our lives.

unbiased

Naaman was not only captain over Syrian’s army but he was also a leper. He went to Elisha, a prophet of God, to be healed of the disease. 

Elisha told him to be cleansed of the leprosy by washing in Jordan seven times.

Naaman left in a rage. How dare the prophet tell him to do something as simple as washing himself in the Jordan River! He was going home angry…and still diseased with leprosy.

Naaman’s servants stepped in: “Master, if Elisha had asked you to do some great thing, wouldn’t you have done it?” 

The servants had learned to be obedient to their master. They didn’t allow their opinion to affect their service. They were willing to obey at all cost. This way of life prepared the servants to offer wisdom to Naaman when he became the one receiving instruction.

We aren’t here to lead The Lord in what direction we think is best. We are here to be led by Him. As followers of Christ we should be willing to do whatever task The Lord has laid out before us, regardless of our opinion.

i for an eye

Saul was jealous of David. He hated him with a passion. He threw a javelin at him, on two different occasions, attempting to kill him. He hired hit men to take David out. Saul spent a lot of his time as king of Israel seeking to destroy David from the face of the earth.

David, in turn had spent a lot of his time running from Saul. He climbed mountains. He hid in caves. His life had become consumed with outsmarting Saul and his men.

Saul was worn out. He and three thousand men had searched for David all day. He entered into a cave for rest. Unbeknownst to him, David was in that same cave, in the shadows. Saul fell asleep. David’s opportunity for revenge had presented itself. His men urged him on. Now was his chance.

But David wouldn’t kill Saul. He cut off a piece of his garment to show Saul that he could have. But he didn’t. His reason: He didn’t want to kill the man anointed of The Lord. 

David could’ve avenged himself. He might have felt relief and satisfaction for a while. But David knew that those feelings wouldn’t last with him the way that guilt for going against God would. By not returning evil with evil David was able to stay free of the burden of guilt, free from regret and free from sorrow.

Jesus taught that we should love our enemies, bless the people that curse us, do good to those hate us and to pray for the ones that persecute and despitefully use us. Not because that’s what they deserve. But because Jesus wants what is best for us. He doesn’t want His children to carry hatred in their heart, to be found always trying to avenge themselves. Instead He wants us to lay down our fleshly instincts and to let Him handle the situation.

The teachings of Jesus may at times seem restricting and unfair. But in reality Jesus’ teachings are always freeing and He is always just.

false prophets

  

The Lord had just spoken about prophets that would prophesy a lie to the children.
He told them what would happen and what the false prophet would say to deceive them. 
Along came the prophet, Hananiah, and made his outrageous false prophecy. He did it in front of all the priests and people. He had no shame. 
Thankfully Jeremiah, a prophet of God, called him out on it. 
Boldness and confidence are persuasive. But just because someone is bold or confident doesn’t make them right.
Stick with what the Lord has shown you to be true, no matter how persuasive, or enticing the false prophet may be. 

Unaltered Thinking 

  

Adam and Eve were unashamed of their nakedness as they walked in the Garden of Eden. 

Then they sinned against God. 
Immediately they became uncomfortable with something that had once been acceptable. Quickly they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.
Sin had altered their way of thinking. 
We are told to abstain from the appearance of evil; to pray that we won’t give into temptations; to be renewed in the spirit of our minds. 
One reason we are given these commandments is so that we will be level-headed as we make decisions for our future; so that we won’t allow the influence of sin to persuade our choices. 
Because of the fall of man the original plan of perfection has been altered.  But Jesus brought with Him a plan of redemption, able to restore us to the perfect grace of God. 
So let us press on, willing to make decisions based only on His righteousness.

Making His Works Known

  

I am so grateful for the hand of the Lord upon my life. He placed me in a wonderful Christian home, brought up by parents that honor the Lord. He has blessed me thousands of times over with my sister, brother-in-law and nephews. He has encouraged me countless times through my brother and sister-in-law. My grandparents and aunts and uncles played a positive role in where I am now. And I have been blessed with a wonderful mother-in-law and father-in-law.

When we left our family behind and moved away God had our Christian family waiting on us, to love us and welcome us with open arms. He has given us friends to go through life with. I am so thankful for these people.

Not only am I honored to be married to the love of my life, my best friend, but I consider it a privilege to sit under his teachings both at church and at home. I am also so very grateful for the three beautiful children that we are raising to walk in the truth.

But above all of this I am so thankful for the Word, for Jesus, for the redemption plan. Without it I wouldn’t have the joy that I have in my heart today. 

I Chronicles 16:8 tells us to give thanks to the Lord, to make known his deeds among the people.

So today I share with you God’s goodness in my life: His guidance, my salvation and the people that I call family. To Him be the glory both now and forever. 


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