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Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others

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January 2018

Grow in Grace

Stephen offered grace to the people that surrounded him. The people weren’t fellow Christians. They weren’t offering him kind words. They were his attackers. The very ones that stoned him to death. Still yet he was gracious toward them by showing them compassion and praying for their souls.

As Christians we are told to not only grow in the knowledge of our Lord but also to grow in grace. (II Peter 3:18) For a Christian, the level of grace you offer people is an indicator of your growth in the Lord.

Don’t balk at opportunities to be gracious to others. Instead view the trying relationships as opportunities to grow in our Lord.

Acts 7

Present Day Church

“Children are the church of the future.”

We hear that statement a lot. And it is true. But we need not to overlook another truth: children are part of the present church.

Elisha, through the power of God, destroyed a group of children that mocked him.

This tells us two things:

1)children have an affect on those around them

2)God takes children seriously

Teach children the ways of The Lord. Wrap them up in prayer. Welcome them as workers in the kingdom of God.

II Kings 2:23-24

Past or Present

Jacob and Esau, twin brothers. They came out of the womb fighting one another. They grew up with clashing personalities. They had different interests. Jacob even stole Esau’s birthright from him.

That act was so wrong that Jacob feared that Esau might kill him. So Jacob fled to another country.

After years of separation Jacob and Esau meet again. Jacob offers an apology and Esau extends forgiveness. The men left their past behind them. They made a choice to live in the present. What an amazing ending to such a difficult beginning! How great it is that they could dwell in unity.

Is there a brother or sister in Christ that you are at odds with? Are you in the position to offer an apology or to extend forgiveness? Allow God’s grace and mercy to heal that relationship.

Genesis 33

From Sadness to Gladness

Jacob cried tears of sorrow. He had just determined that his youngest son, Joseph had been mulled to death by an animal. He refused to be comforted. Instead he said, “I will go down into the grave unto my son mourning.”

Years later Jacob’s life was coming to an end. With dim vision he looked upon his son Joseph and his two grandsons. He spoke to Joseph. He said, “I had not thought to see thy face: and, lo, God hath showed me also thy seed.”

During this joyous period Jacob referenced the previous time of sadness. He didn’t dwell on it bitterly, but he chose to acknowledge God’s goodness.

If we during our times of gladness we recognize that God is the one in control, how much more would we enjoy the blessings of The Lord? Remember what The Lord has done for you. Praise Him for His guidance in your life and for the blessings that you thought were impossible.

Genesis 37 & 48

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Our Righteousness

Every person is in need of a sacrifice to cleanse them from sin. Jesus’ blood is the only pure, unblemished and holy sacrifice that is capable of doing that. Our righteousness is solely dependent upon how we respond to Christ.

If we have accepted Christ’s sacrifice we have his righteousness. If we deny him we are stuck with the righteousness that is as filthy rags.

So if we are given the exact same options, why do some perceive that they are more righteous than others?

Don’t be proud, boastful, or haughty. We are adopted into the family of God because of Jesus, not based on our own merit.

No Matter What

Queen Esther knew that her plan to save her people could blow up in her face. She was well aware that there wasn’t any guarantee that she or her people would be saved from the massacre.

Yet she chose to honor the Lord regardless of the outcome. She boldly said “if I perish, I perish”.

Following the Lord’s will for our life when we can see a favorable outcome is easy. Following him while knowing it could end in death is the highest form of devotion, love, courage and bravery. Let us be like Esther and follow God’s will no matter what is at stake.

Esther 4

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Overcoming Obstacles

People had followed Jesus to a house in Capernaum. They wanted to be witnesses to the miracles He was said to be able to perform. They wanted to hear what He had to say. Some were there purely out of curiosity. Others were there to try to discredit Jesus and His works. Some came to glorify Him. Others came to be healed.

One man that set out to be near Jesus had been bedridden with palsy. He had heard that Jesus, a miracle performer, was near. Four men graciously picked up his bed and carried him to meet Jesus.

But the crowd was huge. The people stood, blocking the entrances, making it impossible for the four men to carry their sick friend through the door. So they went through the roof. They lowered their friend into the house. Jesus saw their faith. He healed the man of his sin and of the palsy.

Do you have that same desire to be near Jesus? One in which you wouldn’t allow your flesh, other people or material possessions get in the way of a close relationship with Christ?

Overcoming all the obstacles was worth it to this man. It will be worth it to you too. Continue to seek Jesus. Don’t be deterred by the obstacles you may face.

Luke 5:18-26

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