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Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others

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May 2018

Be Present

Mary, the mother of Jesus, Mary, Jesus’ aunt and Mary Magdalene stood by as Jesus was crucified on the cross.

I imagine that they stood huddled together, depending on one another for strength to even stand as they watched the one they loved walk up the hill to His death.

They were facing the hardest time that they would ever face.

They weren’t capable of changing the situation.

They had no control over what was happening before their very eyes.

But they had each other to mourn with, to lean upon, to face life’s toughest situation.

We Christians, as part of God’s family, have each other. Along with this title comes the responsibility to care for our brothers and sisters in Christ. We all face tough times. Look to make yourself available to a person in need.

The support you offer can make an unbearable situation bearable.

Looking for Jesus

Zacchaeus wanted nothing more than to see Jesus. He climbed the tree and watched for Him to pass by. He kept searching for Him in the crowd. He was looking for His presence.

Jesus didn’t hide himself from Zacchaeus. Instead he made himself known to him.

Could you say the same about yourself? Do you seek The Lord? Do you look for His presence in your life?

Seek Jesus daily. He’ll meet you where you are.

Luke 19:1-6

He Cares

A group of men watched as an axe swam to shore. Surely they were amazed. First off, it was iron floating and secondly, why would God care enough about an axe to save it?

The miracle took place because the axe meant something to the man that lost it and our Jesus loves to bless His people.

Don’t think that you’re requests are too small or unimportant to God. He wants to hear from you. He wants you to bring it to Him.

II Kings 6:1-7

Testimony in the Trials

Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego were publicly facing the biggest trial of their lives. They stood in the midst of the fiery furnace as onlookers and King Nebuchadnezzar stared in awe.

Instead of seeing three men bound and scorched they were watching four men walk through the fire, loosened and free.

The fourth man was likened unto the Son of God.

What type of a testimony do you live as you’re going through trials in your life?

Are you viewed as a person that gets bound by the circumstances and falls apart under pressure? Or can people look at your situation and see Jesus walking right there beside you?

Jesus will gladly lead you through the fires of your life. Be willing to seek Him for guidance and support.

Daniel 13:9-30

Domino Effect

To cover up an affair with Uriah’s wife David had Uriah sent to the front of the battle to be killed. Others had to be sent with Uriah so that the murder wouldn’t be so obvious. Consequently, several innocent soldiers lost their lives because of one man’s sin.

The decision to sin doesn’t come without consequences. Usually those consequences affect more people than just the sinner.

II Samuel 11:14-17

For His Glory

Simon and Andrew were fisherman. It’s what they knew, liked and and were successful with. Jesus was able to take their profession and use it to His glory. With an analogy He opened the men’s eyes to service.

Jesus can go beyond using analogies. He can use peoples’ professions or hobbies as means to glorify Him:

A carpenter can use their skills to help repair a House of The Lord….

A musician can play in worship service….

A baker can bake food for a homeless shelter….

If you’re struggling with finding some way to reach out to the world look at what God has already given you. Take the talents He has already blessed you with to bring Him glory.

Mark 1:16-18

Foolish Thoughts

Questions can turn a persons world upside down. They can even cause you to waiver in your faith.

Samson allowed himself to become weakened by listening to the same question over and over: “where does your strength come from?” Finally he answered Deliliah. That was the death of him and three thousand other people.

Be careful not to entertain thoughts that you know to be foolish, because after a while of being bombarded by them they may seem more legit. Instead go straight to the Word and cling to it for answers. The Truth will never lead you astray.

Judges 16:15-30

Let it Go

The Israelites were holding debts over each other’s heads. People were being traded into slavery. The lenders were taking more than their fair share from the debtors. The situation was getting out of hand. The Lord told the lenders to wipe the debt from the records and to restore the people. He told them that if they didn’t they would suffer consequences. The lenders gladly freed their brethren of their debts.

Isn’t that a picture of forgiveness?

The offender has gotten into a mess and the offended capitalizes on the situation. They just keep piling on shame because of a poor judgment choice once made. But when they offended listens to what God has to say “forgive them or I won’t forgive you” the situation changes. The offender is released of the torment of constantly being reminded of how they were wrong. The offended no longer has to keep a record, constantly reminding themselves of the wrongdoing.

God holds nothing against you when you come to Him. Let the burden of holding grudges go. Everyone will benefit from it.

Nehemiah 5:1-13

Wait on it

A good conversation generally consists of at least two people. Two people that are listening and responding. Two people that are engaged in the topic being discussed.

So why then, when it comes to our prayer life, do we often times have one sided conversations? Conversations that just consist of us making our requests known and usually little else?

How often do we watch for a response? Is it rare for us to quiet ourselves to listen to what God has to say on the matter?

Habakkuk had just finished talking to God. Afterwards he waited to hear what God had to say to him. The Lord answered.

Next time before you abruptly end your prayer time I encourage you to pause and listen for what The Lord has to say to you. Or get into the Word and see what He has already said on the matter.

Keep talking to Jesus about it. Keep listening for His response.

Habakkuk 2:1-2

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