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Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others

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March 2018

Security

The king traveled into battle. He surrounded himself with his strongest men. He rode on the most elite chariot. He thought that because he had the best protection available he had nothing to fear. He was killed. The enemy surpassed all of the security and destroyed him.

The king had misplaced his hope and trust. He had put stock in the things he could come up with instead of The Lord.

God is the deliverer of the soul. He is the one who saves His people. He watches each step. Be careful of what you put your trust in. Jesus is the only true security available in this world.

Psalm 33:16-21

Procrastination

The lady rolled over for the fourth time, swatting at the alarm clock. She thought, “What does it matter if I hit the snooze button one more time?” It matters because procrastination doesn’t always just affect the procrastinator.

In the book of Proverbs we read about a virtuous woman who woke up while it was still night to prepare meat for her household and maidens. She chose to have things ready when they were needed, without delay. She and those that she was providing for were blessed because of her efforts.

So when The Lord gives you something to do don’t “hit the snooze”. Get up and get to work because you probably aren’t the only one who will be affected.

Proverbs 31:15

Priceless

The lure of having the best of everything was worth more to the son than the relationships that had taken a lifetime to cultivate. He chose to leave his family behind to go after what he wanted: worldly things.

The Word teaches that we are to set our affections on Jesus, not the things of the world. How are you doing with that? What drives you? Are you sacrificing something priceless for something that can be bought?

Luke 15:11-13

Jesus is Enough

Job had suffered great loss. His animals, servants and children were gone. His response: “naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: The Lord gave, and The Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of The Lord.”

Habakkuk was distraught because the people were living in sin. He felt like he was the only one seeking The Lord’s direction. God comforted him by reminding him that He was in control, even if His plan didn’t line up with Habakkuk’s. Habakkuk’s response: “although the fig trees shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: yet I will rejoice in The Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.”

These two men had been facing real hardships. Yet they still chose to turn their attention to God and worship him. They knew that if nothing else they had Him and to them that was enough.

We control how we respond to adversity. What we choose to do shows where we are looking to gain strength. Will you continue to live your life according to the Word? Will you continue to talk to Jesus? Will you continue to glorify him? If you do, you are saying to Him, to yourself, to the world that Jesus is enough for you, regardless of what you may be walking through today.

Job 1:13-22

Habakkuk 3:17-18

Faithful Fellowship

As the disciples gathered around Jesus Peter declared that he would never deny Christ. Hours later Jesus’ accusers questioned Peter’s association with Christ. Peter denied knowing Jesus.

A noticeable difference in the time that Peter boldly spoke for Christ and then cowardly denied him was whom was surrounding Peter. At the time of his devotion he was with men that were after the same goal: to follow Jesus. At the time of the denial he had ventured off on his own leaving his fellow followers behind.

The fellowship of Christians is beneficial. We gain courage knowing that we aren’t in this alone. Be faithful to spending time with your brothers and sisters in Christ.

Stay on course

God chose Ezekiel to witness and take part in the resurrection of the dry bones. Ezekiel probably experienced an array of emotions that tempted him to get sidetracked in the pending miracle. Excitement of watching the plan come together could have cause him to skip a step or to neglect doing exactly as God had told him. Fear or doubt could have caused him to give up when it didn’t go as he thought it should.

But the probable excitement didn’t deter Ezekiel. Neither did he give in to the likely doubt or fear. Instead he trusted in The Lord and watched His plan unveil.

Like Ezekiel, you have been chosen to take part in a plan to accomplish God’s will. Don’t allow fear, doubt or even excitement take you off course. God has chosen you. Grow in Him and encourage others along the way.

Ezekiel 37:1-10

Life-Changing Testimony

Rahab was willing to risk her life for the two spies from the children of Israel. She hid them on her rooftop and then told them that she did it because she knew who they served and the greatness of their God.

Their testimony had proceeded them and it proved to be life saving, not only for themselves but also for Rahab and her family. Live so that someone might be willing to change their life based on the evidence of God in yours.

Joshua 2:1-14

Shift Focus

Sometimes as Christians we try to give explanations as to why people are experiencing life as they are. We spend time creating an answer for ourselves until we feel better about the situation or sometimes we create answers that make us feel worse.

Job had started to become weary of the trials he was experiencing. When the trials first came along his only response was “blessed be the name of The Lord.” There wasn’t any uncertainty in the statement, any question as to why he was experiencing the things he was, just full reliance and peace in God.

Later Job begins to search for what he might have done wrong or why this was happening to him. When Job started searching for an answer he moved away from his peace that he had had in God to insecurity of God’s role in his life.

God responded to Job. He told him that He knew what He was doing and that He had it all under control. He told him that there wasn’t any need to fear because He has always been, always is and always will be. He reminded Job of His greatness, His sovereignty and that He is just.

It’s then that Job once again finds peace in God. Not because God had given him an answer explaining the situation. Not because Job had come up with an answer that he was satisfied with. Job found peace again when he quit searching for answers and began clinging to God.

If you’re going through difficult times try focusing on Jesus instead of the journey. He already has everything mapped out, we just need to fully rely on Him.

Job 38:1-40:2

Rooted and Fruitful

There are some trees that are planted by the water with their roots spread throughout the river, constantly being fed, being kept alive. The seasons don’t affect the fruit it produces. Neither do the droughts that come along. During all of this the tree is fruitful.

A person that hopes and trusts in The Lord is likened unto this type of tree. This type of person flourishes as they draw life from the Living Water. The different seasons of life, or changes that they may encounter, will not adversely affect their walk with the Lord. Even hardships won’t cause this person to quit seeking Jesus. As life goes on so do they, being nurtured under His care. Stay rooted, stay fruitful.

Jeremiah 17:7-8

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