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Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others

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April 2018

Distractions

The drought came upon the wilderness that the people was camped in, but they harvested a great crop in spite of it. Undoubtedly it was God that chose to bless them in their time of need.

Their reaction?

They got caught up in the blessings. So much so that they forgot God. It seems outrageous because God blesses His people in ways that we can’t explain, but sometimes we don’t even acknowledge Him. Maybe it’s because we’ve busied ourselves too much with the blessings He’s poured out upon us. Or maybe it’s because we’ve become so used to receiving them that we take it for granted and forget to give thanks.

Regardless of the reasoning we need to be mindful to appreciate God, thank Him for the goodness He provides and keep Him first in our life.

Hosea 13:5-6

You are Still Loved

David had a desire to build a temple for The Lord but The Lord wouldn’t allow it. The Lord wanted Solomon, David’s son, to build it instead.

David could’ve gotten mad and tried to build it anyway. He could’ve thrown the blueprints away. But instead he blessed Solomon as he gave him the charge to build the temple.

Sometimes we want so badly to serve The Lord in a certain way. Maybe we wish we could play an instrument, or have a great talent for speaking in front of others. The list of things that we may want to do varies.

But at the top of every Christians’ list should be the desire to see God glorified, even if it’s not in the way they had envisioned.

Our desires will become reality if they’re ordained by God. But if we realize that they aren’t then we need to graciously move on to what The Lord has for us.

I Chronicles 28:1-20

All is not lost

Have you ever experienced the sickening feeling when you realize that you’ve messed up big and that you’re not the only one being effected by your decisions?

Jonah probably experienced that feeling when he woke up on a ship being tossed all over the sea in the midst of storm. Immediately he knew that his disobedience was the cause of the storm. He knew that he and the others aboard the ship were experiencing the consequences of his choice to run from the calling of God. Every man on that ship was being adversely effected.

But God was able to turn even this situation to good.

Up to this point the men on the ship all served different gods. They didn’t serve Our Lord. But when they saw the power that He had over nature they bowed to The One True God. God used Jonah’s mistake as an opportunity to draw these men to Him.

I’m not suggesting that you choose to disobey God’s will in your life because it will work out fine. But I am wanting to encourage you if you’re experiencing regret over a decision you have made that all is not lost. God can use it for good.

Repent and start moving forward. God will not hold it against you but He’ll allow good to come from it.

Jonah 1:1-16

Stand With Jesus

Asa removed the idols that the previous king had made. He removed the queen from her throne because she too had created an idol to worship. Then he destroyed her idol. The previous king was his father. The queen he denounced was his mother.

Asa’s decision was to do right in the eyes of The Lord. Even when this meant going against his mother and father.

Sometimes in our walk with Christ we have to choose who we are going to side with. At times the decision can be easy but when we have to take a stand contrary to the people that mean the most to us it can be very difficult. But I still encourage you to side with Jesus no matter who is going against you.

I Kings 15:11-13

Run to Jesus

Have you ever been that person? The one in which nobody, not your friends, acquaintances, let alone enemies, want anything to do with you? The person that if they saw you they’d go the opposite direction?That’s hard.

Maybe you’ve done something to deserve that type of reaction. Maybe you haven’t. But regardless Jesus is standing there waiting on you to come to Him, arms wide open.

Run to Jesus. Seek forgiveness, if needed. Get shelter, if that’s what you want. He is there and He will gladly welcome you, no matter what the circumstances are.

Guidance from God

Paul began preaching as soon as he was certain of the will of God for his life.

It is interesting that he also pointed out that he didn’t go to others to gather their opinion on this calling from Christ.

Maybe it was because he knew that their opinions shouldn’t sway his decision.

I encourage you to go forth with what The Lord has laid on your heart. Don’t look to others for confirmation. Also, don’t look to others hoping for discouragement.

Just trust Jesus’ guiding and go on.

Galatians 1:15-16

Blessings

Numbers 24:1-9

Have you ever just paused and looked around at all The Lord has done in your life? Have you ever just taken a moment to ask The Lord to give you spiritual vision so that you can see how He has worked?

What a blessing it is to just look, through spiritual eyes, at God’s presence in your life.

Balaam, a prophet of our Lord received that type of spiritual vision as he overlooked the tents of Israel. He was reminded of all that God had done for them. He drew strength from that. And then he was encouraged by all that God would continue to do for them.

Just step back and ask The Lord to open your eyes to the blessings all around you. And then praise Jesus for it.

All Inclusive

Children swarmed around Jesus. They had been brought to Him just to receive His touch.

The disciples rebuked them.

Apparently they thought that the children weren’t capable of appreciating Jesus…maybe they thought that Jesus’ time could be better spent elsewhere…or perhaps they just didn’t like the thought of being recognized as followers of Jesus alongside a group of children.

Have you become as one of those disciples?

Do you catch yourself trying to decide who would be a good follower of Christ? Do you have the tendency to try to “screen” someone before you determine if they’re worth your time or prayers? Have you ever stopped yourself from sharing the Gospel because you didn’t want to risk being seen with that type of person?

Let me remind you that it isn’t your duty to determine who is fit for the kingdom of Heaven. It’s only your responsibility to share the Gospel, regardless of your opinion.

Share Jesus without discretion because He died for everyone.

Mark 10:13-16

Exceeding Expectations

Nathanael had already determined within himself and boldly declared to Philip that nothing good could ever come from Nazareth. Then Philip introduced him to Jesus, a Nazarene, and his opinion was forever changed. Good had come from somewhere he had never expected.

Maybe you’ve given up hope. Maybe you’ve already decided that the situation or perhaps even a relationship is too far gone for any amount of restoration. Don’t give up hope. Keep trusting in Jesus. He’ll work good in your situation.

John 1:43-49

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