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Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others

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October 2017

Personal Prayer

Hezekiah received the news that his time on earth was coming to an end. He cried out to The Lord in prayer. He told The Lord exactly what was in his heart.

He could have turned to Isaiah, the prophet and messenger of the bad news, and asked him to pray. He could have just left it in his hands. But he didn’t.

Hezekiah knew that only he could convey to The Lord how he was feeling. He knew that The Lord alone could understand the tears he was crying. The passion he felt couldn’t be duplicated by another person. He knew he needed to take it before his God himself.

The Lord heard Hezekiah’s prayers. He saw Hezekiah’s tears. The Lord blessed him with another fifteen years of life.

Christians are all the time taking prayers requests of others before The Lord. They can be found praying for another person’s walk with Jesus or for The Lord to bestow blessings on a friend or family member. But how often are you pouring your heart out to God on your behalf?

Jesus loves to hear from you whenever you pray, regardless of the subject matter. But don’t miss out on the reason He died on the cross, the reason the veil was ripped in two. He did that to have a personal relationship with you. He is there for you, wanting to hear your thoughts, fears, praises. He wants you to tell Him all about you and your life.

Don’t neglect yourself in your prayer life. You know your situation, needs, desires, emotions better than anybody else.

Isaiah 38:1-5

Reigning Over You

The disciples were overwhelmed by the storm that they were in the midst of. It consumed them so much that they began to doubt Jesus’ care for them.

But when they went to Jesus they realized his authority. They became witnesses to the peace he commanded. They then knew that the most influential power was possessed by Jesus, not the storm.

In our trying times it is my prayer that we will always be found overcome by peace from our God instead of overwhelmed by the power of the storm.

Mark 4:35-41

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Practice What You Preach

Had Abraham just said “oh I’ll give you Isaac” but never climbed the mountain, built the altar or lifted his hand to sacrifice him, there would be room for us to doubt his genuineness.

But, Abraham walked up the mountain with his son, fully intending to keep God first in his life. He was so set on honoring God above all others that when the time came for him to live out those intentions he didn’t hesitate. Because of this display of obedience there isn’t room for us to doubt Abraham’s devotion to God.

Abiding by your words takes your witness to an entirely different level. Make certain that you are living what you are preaching.

Genesis 22:1-14

Loved, No Strings Attached

We can misidentify our growing relationship with Christ as him loving us more because of our obedience. At the root of this misconception is the thought that we have to earn God’s love.

But his love for us isn’t performance based. His love for you was evident long before you could return the emotion/commitment/action. Before you were born into this world Jesus loved you. He gave his life for you before you were even formed in your mother’s womb.

Be careful not to adopt the mindset of “I have to do this so God will love me more”. Instead allow it to be “I am doing this to show my love for God because of the love he has shown me”.

The music died. Everybody froze. Uzzah lay dead upon the ground.

“What happened?!?” someone in the crowd shouted.

“We were just walking along and the oxen stumbled. Uzzah reached out his hand to steady the ark of God and then….”

The law flashed through their minds: “thou shall not touch any holy thing, lest they die”.

As you set out to draw closer to The Lord be sure to follow His lead. Don’t allow your flesh to get in the way of something holy. Trust that God has it under control.

II Samuel 6:6-7

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