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Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others

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April 2016

Come, Be With Me

  
“Lord, have your hand upon me.” We, like Jabez, pray this prayer on a daily basis. But is that where the invitation stops? Or do we show the Lord that we really are wanting to welcome His presence into our daily lives? 

Reading the Word, worshipping through song, on-going conversation with the Lord are ways to show the Lord that we truly are seeking for His presence in our life. 

Jesus is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him. 

Scripture taken from:

I Chronicles 4:10 

Hebrews 11:6

  
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.
Originally posted April 29, 2013

Building a Reputation

  
David had fought a few battles, all of which he won. After the battle with the Syrians the Word says he was recognized for the victories he had gained. People came to realize that David was a guy that was hard to defeat.

Without the battles he wouldn’t have gained the recognition.

The trying times we face aren’t useless. It’s in these times that we can make known who we are fighting for. Build a reputation that glorifies God. 

God Knows Best

  
Uzza kept the ark from falling to the ground. Most likely he thought that he had to step in or else there would be a mess. But Uzza’s “help” was in direct contrast to what the Lord had said: “don’t touch the ark”. 

Uzza’s decision to “save the day” was a reflection of where he had chosen to place his trust. He had chosen to rely on himself and his knowledge instead of following the instruction of God.

It is tempting for us to go against the Lord’s will under the pretense of “helping Him out”. …speeding up a plan when we’ve been told to wait…speaking when we’ve been told to be silent…staying when we’ve been told to go…

But when we are deliberately disobedient to the guiding of God we are basically saying that He is wrong and we are right. 

Jesus is the one most capable of taking care of us and our situations. Always. Trust Him and what He shows you to be true. 

  
33 years ago today my world changed, unbeknownst to me. 

I was oblivious to the plan that God had set in motion and would continue to be for years. 

But God knew all along the path He was leading me down. He knew from the beginning how momentous this day would be. I am so grateful to be reminded that God’s story for our lives are being worked out according to His plan–even when we aren’t let in on the details.

Happy birthday, Trae Gandee, you are the love of my life and always will be. I am so grateful that the stories of your life are what makes up mine. 

Keep Walking

  
Maybe Rebekah was tired of going to fetch water out of the same well day after day after day. 

But her faithfulness to the present time proved beneficial to her future.

It was at that familiar well that she met up with the next step in the plan that God had for her life. 

You may be struggling to find contentment in the work that the Lord has presently called you to. It may be that it’s becoming too repetitive for your liking. Hang in there. Keep at it. If God has called you to it then there is purpose for it. This chapter in your life is leading to the next. 

Cry Out to Jesus

  
Jonah sat in a fish’s belly. The events of the days leading him to where he was flash backed through his mind:….God told me to go to Nineveh….I went in another direction….I bought a ticket…..a storm came while we were at sea…..I told them to throw me over….I was the cause…..
Jonah began sobbing. The reality of his decisions had finally hit home. He poured his heart out to God. He begged for forgiveness.
The Lord forgave him.
Even though Jonah had purposefully chosen to go in a direction that The Lord wasn’t leading him in.
The Lord forgave him.
Even though Jonah was in direct contrast to God’s will.
The Lord forgave him.
God didn’t hold out on forgiveness for Jonah. He forgave him as soon as Jonah humbly prayed to be forgiven.
Jesus is able to forgive any person at any time they choose to come before Him with a repentant heart.
Even if that person has purposefully turned their back on God.
Originally posted April 30, 2013

A Good Father

  
So I’m having a wisdom tooth pulled today. I have heard stories from different people of their experience, their craziness after coming off of the sedation. 
That makes me nervous. 😳 
When I opened the Word this morning this verse jumped out at me: “Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.”
So yes, I’ll pray that the Lord does this for me. But as of now I am just praising Him that He knows my concerns and that He is willing to let me know He has it all under control if I’d just ask.
We serve a good Father. I am grateful to be a child of His. 

His Provisions

  
Moses, as leader of the Israelites, wanted nothing more than to lead his country to victory over the Amaleks. 
He needed to rely on the strength of God. 
For Moses the strength of God came in the form of Aaron and Hur offering to hold up his hands while Joshua and the Israelites fought for their country. 
The help came from the Lord and so did the victory. 
Relying on the strength of God doesn’t mean that you reject the help of others or the resources God has given you. Instead it means that you look for and then accept what God provides for you. 
May we never become so prideful that we reject the provisions of God because it comes in the form of help from others. 

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