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Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others

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March 2018

Playing a Part?

The life you’re portraying…is it an act or is it real? Are you going through the motions of living Christlike because that’s what you think people expect of you? Or are you truly living for Jesus? Are you living your life with the intent of bringing Him glory?

People walk around seemingly serving God. But God knows what’s on the inside. He knows whether it’s just for display or if it’s done out of deep love and devotion.

I encourage you to dig a little. Ask The Lord to show you why you live the way you do. If you feel convicted simply pray for the desires of your heart to change. Jesus will gladly turn your masquerade into rooted reality.

Purpose

John 12:26-28

Sometimes it can be so difficult to deny our flesh to do The Lord’s will. But that isn’t an excuse not to do it.

Jesus’ soul was troubled when he thought of the pain and suffering he would endure as he was beaten, and crucified. In His flesh he wanted no part of it. But in his spirit he knew that it was what his Father wanted from him.

Jesus knew that there was purpose in being the perfect sacrifice. That purpose was why He came to earth.

There is purpose in the work that The Lord gives us. It isn’t just a time filler. It’s not just for our own benefit. His will being accomplished in our lives brings glory to God and draws others to Him.

So before you brush off the dealing of the Holy Spirit remember that glorifying God is why you are here. It’s your purpose too. Allow the Father’s will to be the final say in your life.

What’s Your Base?

Through fleshly eyes we judge that murder is more sinful than honoring one’s parents. But breaking either commandment is sin. The varying part comes when the consequences are reaped.

Being a supremely moral person or a constant do-good worker is a great thing. But Jesus’ blood alone is what covers all sin allowing you to spend eternity in heaven.

Society’s standards judge differently than the Word. Do not be deceived. Live your life based on the Truth.

A new perception

Jesus teaches that the Spirit of The Lord living within us is what causes our eyes to see and our ears to hear. The Spirit provides us with a new perception. What was once foolishness now makes sense. What was once hard to believe now is the reason we live. The Spirit taking up residence in your life not only provides comfort and power but it changes your interpretation.

Matthew 13:10-17

Stand Your Ground

The Syrian King sent message to Ahab, King of Israel, telling him that he would be coming to take his silver, gold, wives and children. Ahab didn’t protest.

Then the king of Syria sent another message stating that when he came he would also go throughout Ahab’s servants’ houses and take whatever he thought would be beneficial to him. Ahab realized that he had a problem that needed to be dealt with.

He called upon the elders of Israel for counsel. They told him to stand against the king of Syria, to fight for himself and his people. Ahab took their advice.

Sometimes we decide to let things slide in hopes of sufficing the devil. That thinking is flawed. Free passes are cracks that will eventually crumble a foundation if left alone. Every decision that we make concerning submission to Jesus or submission to the schemes of the Satan affect us. Consider none of it lightly. Stand your ground.

I Kings 20:1-21

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Gardening, fishing, friendship, citizenship, farming, celebrations, weddings, family, architecture, baking and sewing. Some of these are hobbies. Some of them are careers. Others are relationships. All of them are experienced daily by millions of people. They are also the basis of parables that Jesus uses to teach his people.

Our savior wants us to be so focused on Him that He chose to teach on the things that are relatable to us. He knew that we would better grasp the concept if we understood the subject.

Pray that your eyes will be open to the teachings of Christ all around you and that you would be sensitive to the Spirit’s teaching. Jesus wants to meet you where you are.

Matthew 13:34-35

Interaction

Michal watched the celebration going on outside of her window. Her husband, King David had just brought home the ark of the covenant. But Michal didn’t join in on the praising of God. Instead, from her room, she despised David in her heart.

Hiding behind walls of isolation, anger, guilt or unhappiness will only feed your disappointments. Solitude will rob you of the opportunity to worship God with His people. It will make encouragement from and fellowship with your brethren impossible. Don’t allow yourself to stay tucked away from the good that God has for you through his people. Make interaction with God and his people a priority.

I Chronicles 15:25-29

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God guided His people out of Egypt with a cloud and a pillar of fire. The cloud was for the day. The fire for the night. The visibility of the people affected how they would see God’s presence. Even though God was always there and always the same God, the way the people viewed him was different.

Maybe you’re going through something and you’re wondering where God went. He hasn’t left you. He is still there guiding you. Your circumstances may have changed, which could have caused your vision to be altered. Ask for Jesus to help you see His presence in your situation.

Exodus 13:20-22

🌺Bloom🌺

The Israelites could have died out in Babylon. They could’ve seen their captivity as the end of them. They could’ve given up all hope. But God told them to grow, so they did. They built houses, they grew gardens, they expanded their families.

They made the best of the situation because The Lord told them that this wasn’t their end. He told them to multiply and to become strong because in seventy years they wouldn’t be captive any longer. God gave them something to work toward.

Sometimes we feel misplaced but God knows exactly where we are. Instead of feeling stuck in a situation try to see it as an opportunity for growth. Go to the Word for his promises. Ask God to give you a goal to reach for. Make the best of every season of life.

Jeremiah 29:4-14

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