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Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others

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February 2018

FIVE YEARS

This day 5 years ago I started teaching the Word through a blog. On that day I never dreamed that I would be doing what I am now. I didn’t plan to travel to speak at ladies’ conferences. I didn’t plan to write study guides. I never thought that I’d be hosting online studies for people to come together in the name of Jesus. I just said yes to the calling that the Lord put on my heart then. In this five years I have learned that my God is faithful. He not only gives me a message but He provides an audience. This hasn’t been easy, but it has been worth it.

If you are feeling led to step out into something you’ve never done before but are scared to death—do it anyway. The Lord won’t abandon you. He will provide. He is faithful to finish the work He has given you.

You may have your concerns and your doubts but your faith can override those. Show God that you trust His plan over your own by being obedient to Him.

Thank you for joining me in this journey. Much love and prayers. ❤️❤️❤️

Partitions

Before Jesus gave His life on the cross there was a physical separation between man and God. It was called the veil or the curtain. Only priests that had been chosen by God were granted access beyond the veil into the Holy of Holies. In this place the men were able to commune with God. At Jesus’ death the veil was ripped into two pieces, ridding the physical barrier between God and man.

But even though the veil has been removed sin didn’t cease when Christ died. That spiritual partition still remained. Only the acceptance of Jesus’ sacrifice tears down the spiritual veil that stands between you and Jesus. Jesus has completed his part in clearing the path to His throne. Neither a physical or spiritual barrier has power to stand between you when his blood is applied to you life and your sin is forgiven.

Hebrews 10:1-26

Cords of Love

God loved His people, the Israelites, so much that he called them out of captivity. Instead of choosing to walk in their freedom they chose to turn to false gods. But God didn’t give up on them. He directed their paths while bearing their burdens and providing their needs. He continued to pursue them, comfort them and bless them even though they weren’t recognizing Him for who He was in their life.

As a child of God you have been freed from captivity of sin. He knows exactly where you stand and the path you are on. He is preserving you, blessing you and providing for you. Turn to God and live this moment in the freedom of the Lord. Acknowledge His presence, goodness and love in your life. Don’t run from the cords of love that He has been patiently drawing you with.

Hosea 11:1-4

Null and Void

Do you feel unworthy to be spreading the Gospel? Like what you have to say won’t stick because of who you once were?

The woman at the well was a Samaritan who once had numerous adulterous relationships. Yet she chose to speak about what Jesus did for her to whoever she came in contact with. She didn’t allow her social status stop her from giving her testimony. Jesus loved her, accepted her and used her testimony to draw other to Him.

Allowing society’s standards to influence your willingness to share your testimony is dangerous. Let Jesus’ truth in your life make you bold.

John 4:6-30

Growing in Unlikely Places

God likened his care for his people to his ability to grow a forest in the desert. He could do it and the world would witness his hand in the phenomenon.

So if you in a seemingly hopeless situation, a desert place, allow God to flourish you. Look to Him for life. Cause the barren place to become a platform for praise.

Isaiah 41:19-20

Seeking Jesus

The woman had reached the well to draw water. And on this ordinary day, doing a routine thing, she encountered Jesus. In that unlikely time and place she had made a connection with the Messiah.

Born-again Christians know that the Spirit lives within them. We are aware that He doesn’t leave us when we walk out of the church doors or finish our devotions for the day. He is always near us. Therefore we should be actively seeking his face and his glory even in the most mundane, seemingly stagnant activities.

John 4:1-26

Go To Jesus

Bartimaeus was told to not yell out to Jesus. He was told that Jesus had more important things to deal with than him. But Bartimaeus knew that only Jesus could take care of his problem. So even though a crowd of people was telling him to not bother Jesus he called out to him anyway. Jesus then healed Bartimaeus of his blindness.

Regardless of how unimportant you may feel or how insignificant your prayer request may seem, Jesus always wants you to come to him. He wants to do for you what no one else thinks is possible.

Mark 10:46-52

We Win

Athaliah, the Queen, was power hungry. She was so obsessed with it that she set out to kill her own sons and grandsons in an attempt to prevent any of them from taking the kingdom from her.

She was almost successful except that her daughter had a strong desire too: seeing the Lord’s way prevail. She rescued Joash from his own grandmother when he was only a baby and then cared for him while hiding him for 6 years. In the 7th year Athaliah was slain and the child Joash was set up as King.

No matter what scheme the devil may have in place, the One True, all powerful God always prevails. We can take comfort in knowing that we are on the winning side.

II Chronicles 22: 10-12

Remember the End Goal

Timothy’s mother and grandmother had raised Timothy to be a godly man. They taught him the scriptures from a young age. They wanted nothing more than for to Timothy to be a follower of Jesus, living in His will.

But when the missionary Paul, formerly known as Saul, a well known persecutor of Christians, wanted to join up with Timothy surely their flesh questioned if this was the will of God for their son. Would Timothy be in danger just because of Paul’s presence? Timothy would be traveling away from home, that wouldn’t be the safest environment…

Timothy’s calling might not have been what they had envisioned when they were raising him. Maybe they had thought that he would be a local leader in their town…serving God from the place he had been raised. But God had different plans.

They were able to put Timothy’s decision to serve abroad into perspective. They chose to focus on their end goal: raising a man that would live for Jesus. Blessing Timothy in his choice to serve God outweighed their desire to keep him in the safe environment that they’d created for him.

God may be asking you to sacrifice something to grow you or those around you. Answer his call. Give away your comfort, routine, best-made plans, whatever it is…be mindful of the eternal results versus the way you may be feeling today.

II Timothy 1:1-5

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