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Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others

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January 2018

Testimony=Encouragement

As Nehemiah looked upon the ruins of Jerusalem he remembered how The Lord had put a burden on his heart for his home country, Jerusalem. He thought about how the king he was working for had graciously provided time off, men, horses and timber for him to accomplish his plan. He was able to look back and see God’s hand in all of it.

Nehemiah shared his story with the people he came to help. He told them about God giving him a burden, preparing the heart of the king and providing for this endeavor.

After hearing Nehemiah’s testimony the men were inspired to work. They said “let us rise up and build”.

Your testimony can be a powerful form of encouragement. Give God the glory. Tell others what He has done for you. Trust Jesus to use it to draw others to Him.

Nehemiah 1-2

Press On For God’s Glory

According to the leading of God, Baruch and Jeremiah wrote the prophecies against Israel in a scroll. It was to be read before the people and then later the king.

The king reacted by shredding the scroll to pieces and then throwing it in the fire.

Undeterred, Jeremiah and Baruch rewrote another one, just the same as before. They stood by their work and for their God.

How do you react in the face of opposition? Do you give up at the first sign of resistance or are you resilient in The Lord? Press on for God’s glory.

Jeremiah 36

Exceeding Expectations

Ruth went to Boaz’s field with the intention of sustaining her and her mother in laws life. She was working for barley. But when she left that evening she had more than she had planned on. In addition to the barley she had gained a place to refresh herself when she became weary during the day and food and water to give her strength as she worked.

Ruth had went into the fields expecting to just get by and left with blessings that exceeded her imagination.

Isn’t that just like our lives with Jesus? We come to Him just wanting a Savior, but in addition to that he feeds us, supplies our every need and gives us rest. He becomes our provider. Take comfort in knowing that God has great plans to bless you beyond what you can even imagine.

In His Death He Showed Us How To Live

In our flesh we don’t want to do good to our enemies, let alone pray for them and love them. In our flesh we always want something for what we’ve given. But because of Jesus we don’t have to be ruled by our flesh. Instead we can be transformed to be like Him. We should aim to live the example that Jesus gave us on the cross.

Love your enemies: Jesus loves us, the very people that nailed him to the cross.

Return evil with good: It was our sins that he had to die for, yet he blessed us with an option to spend eternity with Him in Glory.

Pray for those that use you: Jesus hung on the cross and prayed “Father, forgive them for they no not what they do” as they crucified him.

Give without expectations: He gave His life for us knowing that the decision would be ours to accept his sacrifice or decline it.

In what was some of Jesus’ harshest hours he gave us an example that we can live by. Look to him for the perfect picture of how to love.

John 23:32-46

Incomparable

Throughout Jesus’ life on Earth he gained many followers. Still yet some walked away from him. At one point Jesus turned to the disciples that were still with him and asked if they were going to leave him too.

Peter replied “Where would we go? You have the words of eternal life. We are sure that you are Christ, the Son of the living God.”

The Jesus centered lifestyle you are living may have you questioning if it is worth following the Lord. You may be wondering if denying your flesh will be worth the reward.

Keep following Jesus, the savior of your soul! No other option can even compare to what He is preparing for you.

John 6:66-69

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