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Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others

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July 2016

Blameless 


Do you ever feel like “What’s the point of letting my light shine? Nobody is seeing it anyway.”

I’m right there with you. But by believing that there isn’t any point we are believing a lie from the enemy. There is a point: to simply chase after Jesus regardless of what is going on around you. Being blameless is completely independent of a response to your witness and it is what we are told to be. 

Friend, keep fighting. Keep loving. Keep in the ministry he has called you to. You aren’t living your life for others. You are living your life for Jesus. He has called you to be blameless. So say “yes” to where he leads you. Say “no” to the enemy. “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” Psalm 27:14

Scripture taken from:

Psalm 27:11-14

  
Elijah sat holed up in the cave ready to give up. He had dedicated his life to God only to have seemingly everyone turn away.
“But what about the faithful seven thousand?” replied God to Elijah’s cries.Elijah, being encouraged by this fact left the cave, ready to once again work for God.
How about you?Have you recently found yourself with your head bowed, tears streaming down your face, completely distraught, tired and weary?
Have you had this type of a conversation with God: “What could have I done differently to show them you? They’ve turned away! It’s just me. I’m alone. And it seems as if the devil himself would like nothing more than to destroy me.”
Let me remind you that God is faithful. Count the people around you that are living a righteous life. And be encouraged by the faithful servants, no matter how small the number may be. Rise up renewed, revived and ready to proclaim Jesus to a lost and dying world.
Just please, don’t give up. Don’t stay hidden in a cave. Get out there and keep preaching Jesus. Keep studying the word. Keep walking the straight and narrow pathway. The Word you are living won’t return void. It will accomplish a purpose. Somebody is being affected. And they are worth it all.

Your Calling

  
Some of the men that volunteered for David’s army could shoot their bows with their right hands or their left. That’s bad news for the opposing team. But it could potentially cause problems for David’s army too. 
Here’s how: 1) the ambidextrous sharp shooters could become so proud of their skill level that they would begin to think that they didn’t need anyone else to battle 2) the other warriors could put so much trust in the men that they would leave them to fight alone 3) the other warriors would leave their shields behind and try to become shooters; leaving no preparation team or defense for their army. 
Have you ever thought of leaving your calling behind so you could chase someone else’s? Maybe you have thought so much of yourself that you feel no need to acknowledge the other’s God has blessed you to serve with? Or maybe you feel like there are enough people out there working for the Lord so you can just take it easy? 
You, just like others, are chosen for the ministry God has given. We are wanted, needed and effective where we are. Bring God glory by devoting yourself to his cause and he will bless. 
Scripture taken from:

I Chronicles 12:2

Blessings of Today

  
I think it’s very interesting that Elijah wasn’t told to leave his source of water until it had completely dried up.

If it had been me I would have probably left to start searching for another water source long before it ran dry. 

How often do we leave the blessings of today behind because we’re searching for tomorrow’s?  

A prayer I’ll pray for myself and maybe one you could say too: “Help me Jesus to not 

be so concerned with the future that I miss out on what you are doing in my life today.”

Scripture taken from:

I Kings 17: 1-9

Prayer 

  
When the Lord brings someone to your mind instead of just dismissing the thought pray for them. 

If you don’t know what to pray for try this: Pray for them to be strengthened by the Spirit and grounded in the love of Christ. 

Prayer is our direct line to God. It makes a difference. 

Scripture taken from:

Ephesians 3:14-19

Sharing Your Testimony

  
The man that had been possessed with the devil didn’t know what to do after he had been made clean. 

Jesus told him “Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.”

Telling others about Jesus is that simple. Just tell what he has done for you. 

Scripture taken from:

Mark 5:18-20

Do Not Fear

  
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.
Originally posted July 29, 2013

Forgiven 

  
Israel came to God seeking repentance. 
They said:

Please forgive us. 

Please graciously accept us. 

We won’t follow after false gods. 

Our trust won’t be in what we can do.

We know that blessings come from you.

We know you are merciful. 
God’s response was this:

I will heal you.

I will love you.

I am not mad at you. 

I will bless you.

I will make you to prosper. 
Seeking forgiveness and receiving it from the Lord is that simple.
Scripture taken from:

Hosea 14:2-7

Time for Work

  
“So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.” Nehemiah 4:6

The people didn’t wait on the wall to miraculously build itself. They didn’t wait on someone else to come in and build it for them. They. built. it. 

Following the Lord’s will takes effort. If we are going to grow as Christians, if the kingdom of God is going to be added to then we need to get to work. 

Pray. Study. Listen. Move forward with the ministry he has put on your heart instead of trying to give it someone else. Be a responsible Christian. You, others and God’s kingdom will benefit from your work for the Lord.  

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