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Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others

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May 2015

weekend warrior 

  

It seems like the majority of the workforce is just looking forward to their weekend. Waiting on that day off.

Let me quote Jesus: “My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.”

So what prompted that statement?

The Jews persecuted Jesus. They wanted to slay him. All because He had healed a man on the Sabbath day. 

His response in short “I don’t take days off.”

Isn’t that a comfort? The God we serve is ever watchful over His children leading and guiding them no matter what hour or what day it is.

So trust, even though it might seem as if God has taken a vacation concerning your situation, He hasn’t. He’s working it all out to your good.

Be Amazed

  

As Jesus lay asleep in the ship a storm surrounded them. The wind blew. The waves rocked the boat. The disciples were scared. They went to Jesus afraid that He was going to let them die.

“Peace, be still.”

The winds stopped. The waves settled. The storm was gone.

With those three words Jesus showed His disciples that He truly was God. 

They realized His power.

All because of a storm they went through.

In this life we will endure uncertain times. This doesn’t mean Jesus has abandoned us or that He doesn’t care. It’s in these difficult times that we can see God’s power. 

Run to Him. 

Be amazed by the God you serve.

Blood Donor

  

Yesterday my husband gave blood.

He came home with a red wrapping on his arm. Our chickadees started asking questions. 
This was the bulk of my reply: “Your daddy gave blood to help someone live longer. But you know what is really impressive? Jesus. He gave His blood so people can live for eternity.”
God is so good to us!

don’t let it slow you down 

   

So a door was shut in our faces.


The teenage girls youth group and I had been walking the neighborhood inviting people to church. 

So from the doorstep I, as the youth leader, had to make a decision:

1) call it an evening and not go to the rest of the houses

2) keep attempting to share Christ’s love —also known as “shaking the dust off our feet”

Jesus used the term “shake the dust off your feet” to encourage His followers to not allow rejection to play into their future endeavors.

Paul and Barnabas followed after His teaching when they had been thrown out of Antioch. They didn’t allow disappointment or fear of rejection stop them. They just “shook the dust off their feet” and headed into Iconium, spreading the Gospel.

The girls and I kept at it too. I encourage you to do the same. Take the teachings of Christ and apply them to your life today. 

 

Opportunities 

  

One of the many reasons that our armed forces fight is for religious freedom.

I encourage you to exercise your rights today  by acknowledging what Jesus did for you on the cross of Calvary. 
A Memorial Day celebration could be the perfect leeway to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

You’ve been chosen

  

Zacharias and Elisabeth. Two people in history that were chosen to be part of God’s plan. This couple would become parents to John the Baptist. 

What made them so special?

They were righteous and blameless.

Righteousness. Yours was as filthy rags….until you accepted Christ’s.

Blameless. You were guilty of sin….until Jesus washed it away.

So where does this leave you, Child of God?

Conditioned to take part in God’s plan.

You’re special. You’ve been chosen.

No loop holing 

 

 Jesus said to the Samarian woman, ‘Go get your husband…’

‘I don’t have a husband,’ she answered.

‘True. You’ve had five though and your living with a man now.’ 

Jesus didn’t mind awkwardness. 

(That was lighthearted but true. And seriously we shouldn’t mind awkwardness either when it comes to standing for what we believe in.)

The woman stood there dumbfounded. Here she had just tried to loophole the Messiah and He called her out on it.

We might think “what in the world? Why would she think she could trick Jesus?”

But haven’t you tried that before? 

I have. I’ve tried to justify sin. I’ve tried to find a way to make it okay in my mind. I’ve tried to twist the Word to meet my needs.

But it doesn’t work that way. No one is capable of molding Jesus into what we want Him to be. Instead we need to allow ourselves to be molded into what He would have us to be.

Loopholing doesn’t help us along. Instead it is a lie that will only slow us down.

Call sin sin and get out of it.

Immediately Act

  

The Israelite army listened to the threat of Goliath for forty days straight. Day after day passed and no one could summon up the courage to fight the giant. They actually reached the point where they would flee when Goliath would just show his face. 


Then came David. He heard the threat of Goliath once. Immediately he reacted. He went to the king to seek permission to fight on his country’s behalf.

He fought and won.

What was a difference in David and the army of men?

David’s boldness wasn’t given time to dissipate. His immediate action took away the opportunity to dissect why his plan wouldn’t work. On the other hand the army’s procrastination was the perfect breeding ground for fear. 

Let us take a page out of David’s book and be quick to act on the Lord’s will so that the voice of the enemy doesn’t wear us down.

Fishing Tales

   

My four year old reeled in her line. The hook was empty. No fish. No bait. 


“That fish got a free dinner.” she said. And she was happy with that result.


She could have quit. Given up. Become discouraged because she didn’t catch a fish. But she didn’t. She was happy that at least the fish benefited from her efforts. 

Isn’t that the way it should be? Spiritually speaking?

Shouldn’t we be happy to have shared the Gospel, even if the person didn’t come to the Lord? 

Sometimes we can fall into discouragement when we don’t get the results we are after. We feel like we’ve failed. 

But we shouldn’t feel that way because we’ve just shared Jesus. We’ve “sowed a seed”. We’ve won a battle.

So be faithful to “cast a line”. The Lord will bless–even if you never know the results. 

 

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