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Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others

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June 2015

Abundant Life Awaits

The hunting parties had ceased. The farming had stopped. The children of God lacked food. They were dying of starvation within the walls of their own city.
The Syrians stood just outside the walls ready to ambush God’s children as soon as they came out for food….or so they thought.
God’s people were living in fear for no reason. 
God had already sent the Syrians away. He had caused them to hear a noise that sounded like a great army coming to destroy them. They fled. The Syrians left everything behind.
Instead of being faced with an ambush the Israelites would be greeted with food, silver, gold, horses, and clothing.
Are you withdrawing from what The Lord has for you because you have convinced yourself that you wouldn’t be able to stand against the enemy? 
God doesn’t want you fearing the enemy. 
The enemy fears Him. 
Go boldly in the direction He has called you. He has already cleared the way. An abundant life is awaiting you.

Salvation to All

Paul had dedicated his life to destroying those who had chosen to follow Jesus. 
Then Jesus asked Paul to follow Him.
Paul accepted the call of The Lord and was saved.
Timothy was raised in a household that brought him up to know the Gospel as truth.
Jesus invited Timothy to be saved.
Timothy accepted. He too became a child of the King.
It doesn’t matter what your background is. Jesus is extending you the opportunity to come to Him for salvation.

working it for good

  

There are times when the teachings of Jesus are referenced by those that aren’t abiding by God’s Word. 
Take comfort in knowing that even in these instances the Word can be used for His glory. The Word won’t go out and return void.
~God’s Word is powerful enough to be heard over the voice of the speaker.~

wisdom served

 
 “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies…”
In the midst of your battle seek God’s Word. Purpose yourself to get into it, to sit down, to take time and be filled.
Battles aren’t the time to deny the fellowship of the Lord instead they are a time in which we should seek His face. 
He has wisdom for you, ready and waiting to be served. 

Praiseworthy 

 
So Z Dilly and I were playing a little bit of baseball this morning.
After hitting it twice in a row he said “I’m a good baseball player.”
Immediately scripture came to my mind “let a stranger praise thee”. 
I thought ‘oh no. He’s having so much fun. And I have been saying it…maybe he’s just repeating me. He’s too young for this lesson right now.’
Immediately I felt loving conviction: is anyone too young to be taught my ways?
Answer: No. The Word can be hidden in even a toddler’s heart. The Word only helps to grow a person to be more Christlike. It never harms them. 
“I’m a good baseball player mom!” He said it again. 
“Buddy, instead of saying ‘I’m so good!’ how about ‘look how Jesus helps me!'” I said. 
“Jesus helps me!” he said with a smile on his face. He wasn’t upset at all. 
Now that the moment has passed I look back and am so grateful for the conviction of the Spirit. For that verse in Proverbs. 
Because at age 3 my little guy is learning that all good gifts come from Jesus and that He is the one that deserves praise. 

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purposeful

The disciples stood in shock and awe. In utter disbelief really. “Is this a spirit?” was the prevailing thought among them.
You can imagine the their fear. Jesus had just appeared to them after His resurrection.
His response to their reaction: “Do you guys have anything to eat?”
Now it’s funny to imagine that Christ just had a snack with a grin on His face and waited for reality to sink in to the disciples. 
Then it dawned on them. “It’s really Jesus in the flesh. He’s alive and well!” These statements were made after he ate the fish and honeycomb. 
Which makes a person wonder…was he really eating only to pass the time?
No, of course not. 
In this case He was eating to show that He was human, raised back to life, that He wasn’t just a random spirit to be afraid of. 
Jesus never does things frivolously. Everything He does serves a purpose. He doesn’t just wait around. 
He isn’t just sitting by idle watching your life pass you by. What you’re going through, good or bad, will be used to bring Him glory and to draw you closer to Him.
Take comfort in the fact that Jesus is always at work. Even within your life.

Grace

  

Laws in Leviticus taught people to be lenient with the indebted. It taught them to give grace to those that were undeserving—–at their own expense. 
Sounds outlandish.
And it may be. 
But it is also the picture of the Gospel: Jesus, the sinless One, sacrificing himself for us, the sinful, giving us completely undeserved opportunity to live with Him. 
Grace at it’s finest. 
Aren’t you so thankful Jesus chose to grace you? Follow in His footsteps. Grace others. 

make a difference 

Phillip. Tabitha. Cornelius. All of these devout Christians had the introduction of ministering to the people.
Doesn’t that speak volumes?
Yes, they abstained from sin. I’m sure they gathered with other Christians to draw strength and encouragement. And surely they studied the ways of The Lord.
But their reputation was that they ministered unto others. They helped those in need.
Living a life in which you know Christ as your own is a great blessing. But living a life for Christ in a way that leads others to Him is even greater.

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