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Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others

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June 2018

Rise Up Revived

Elijah sat holed up in the cave ready to give up. He had dedicated his life to God only to have seemingly everyone turn away.

“There are seven thousand that haven’t given themselves to idols.” replied God to Elijah’s cries.

Elijah, being encouraged by this fact left the cave, ready to once again work for God.

Have you had this type of a conversation with God: “What could have I done differently to show them you? They’ve turned away! It’s just me. I’m alone. And it seems as if the devil himself would like nothing more than to destroy me.”

Let me remind you that God is faithful. Count the people around you that are living a righteous life. And be encouraged by the faithful servants, no matter how small the number may be.

Rise up renewed, revived and ready to proclaim Jesus to a lost and dying world.

Just please, don’t give up. Don’t stay hidden in a cave. Get out there and keep preaching Jesus. Keep studying the word. Keep walking the straight and narrow pathway. The Word you are living won’t return void. It will accomplish a purpose. Somebody is being affected. And they are worth it all.

II Kings 19:14-18

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Be thankful

The Israelites felt like they were on the brink of starvation. The Lord provided for them miraculously. He sent bread from heaven for them to eat. It tasted so good to the Israelite people.

I imagine there was a lot of worshipping going on within the Israelites’ camp when they first tasted the manna.

That lasted about a year.

After days on end of miraculously receiving this food they tired of it. They became unhappy which led to ungratefulness. They decided they’d rather have fish, cucumbers and melons. Just like they’d had in Egypt.

Does this sound familiar?

We pray for God to bless us in our life. He does and we’re happy and grateful for awhile. But then that doesn’t satisfy us any longer and we want what we used to have or something different altogether.

Instead of following every whim of our flesh we need to learn to be content with God’s providence. We can do this by purposely thanking to Him for supplying our every need according to his riches in glory.

Numbers 11:4-9

It’s in the past

Have you allowed yesterday’s poor decisions affect today?

Have you allowed a missed opportunity to proclaim Jesus put you in a place where you’ve decided you’ll never be of use to The Lord?

Have you committed a sin that you feel has completely ruined your witness? Are you wanting to just give up serving Him because you think there is no coming back from it?

Remember Paul? The guy who we first met at the stoning of a Christian? The guy who was living his life to see Christians persecuted and sentenced to death? He was literally doing everything he could to get rid of Jesus’ followers.

Until he became one himself.

Then he turned into a huge advocate for the case of Christ. He spoke to councils. He led churches. He became one of the first missionaries. He penned down the majority of the New Testament.

How did he do this?

He kept his eyes fixed on Jesus, not on his past. You should do the same.

Be Perfect

“Well, nobody’s perfect.” says the follower of Christ as he deals with conviction of sin.

Then he goes on. No remorse. No asking for forgiveness. Just a nonchalant “I knew that was coming” attitude.

But Jesus called us to be perfect, even as he is perfect.

In our flesh we can’t obtain this goal but through the covering of Jesus’ blood and reliance of the Holy Spirit not only can we reach it but perfectness is expected of us.

If we set our standards to our flesh we will fail.

But if we set our standards on Jesus, trusting in Him, failure isn’t an option.

Matthew 5:48

Be Encouraged

Those obstacles you are facing may be a blessing in disguise.

Change

Abraham’s servant eagerly shared the blessings of The Lord with Rebekah’s family.

He gave them the account of how he met Rebekah at the well. He told them of her generosity. He assured them that she was the one The Lord had chosen to become wife to Isaac, Abraham’s son.

The time came for Rebekah to leave, to go to Isaac.

“Just give us ten more days, then she can go.” Rebekah’s mother and brother were hesitant to let her go. They knew it was The Lord’s will but they weren’t ready for the change. They wanted to enjoy their life as they knew it for just a little longer.

But Rebekah said that she must go, now. She understood that her place wasn’t with her family any longer. Her place was with her husband. With him she would be prosper. With him she would be in synch with The Lord’s will. She wanted to be there as soon as possible.

Are you like Rebekah’s mother and brother? Are you hanging onto the “here and now” because you like things the way they are? So much so that you are being a hindrance to The Lord’s will?

Embrace the change. No, your life won’t be the same, but be confident that God will work it to your good and His glory.

Genesis 24:29-60

Be Humble

“There is not a man upon the earth that can tell you what that dream means,” said the Chaldeans.

Then in strolled Daniel with the interpretation.

Can you imagine the pride that would have tried to rule in his heart? None of the Chaldeans could interpret it but Daniel could.

Instead of glorying in himself Daniel chose to exalt God. He thanked him for imparting wisdom upon him. He blessed him. Praised him. Worshipped him.

Daniel did this because he realized that even though he would receive glory on earth that his God in heaven was the author of this success.

Every good and perfect gift comes from God alone. Remind yourself of that when you catch yourself feeling prideful.

Daniel 2:1-23

Ministering

If you claim Jesus as your personal savior and believe on him for forgiveness of sin and for eternal life then you are an ambassador for Christ. A representation of the great I Am. You are the light shining into this dark world.

How seriously are you taking this responsibility? And furthermore, what are you doing to fulfill your role?

Abstaining from sin? Attending church?Reading your Bible? All excellent and needful in any walk with Christ. But are you also helping others?

In Acts we read about several different people who lived their life following after Jesus. In the introductions of these people it is almost always mentioned that they helped others.

Phillip. Tabitha. Cornelius. All of these devout Christians had the introduction of ministering to the people.

Doesn’t that speak volumes?

Yes, they abstained from sin. I’m sure they gathered with other Christians to draw strength and encouragement. And surely they studied the ways of The Lord. But their reputation was that they ministered unto others. They helped those in need.

Look to let your light shine by helping others.

Speaking to You

Sihon and Og. Ever heard of them?

I hadn’t. Until I was reading in Psalm about the creation of the earth, the deliverance from Egypt and then surprisingly the defeat of Og and Sihon was squeezed into the middle of the account.

Immediately I was intrigued. What had happened here to get mentioned with the ranks of creation and the parting of the Red Sea? I searched the scriptures looking for more information.

But about the only thing I could find was that God had defeated them. Plain and simple.

To us (at least to me) it isn’t as clear why those victories were important enough to be mentioned throughout the Old Testament. But to the Israelites it was obviously a point of strength.

Isn’t that like our history with Jesus?

Surely you’ve been through things that to others would seem insignificant, but to you they are an aid to your faith.

I have.

Paul’s imprisonment changed my life. It was the revelation that Paul penned down the Word from prison, effecting millions, that encouraged me to look for ways to reach people from within my home.

Before The Lord had shown me Paul’s bondage from this perspective I was discouraged with thoughts of “I’m not able to do anything for The Lord because I’m not in the public.” But knowing that Paul reached others while in bondage gave me courage to seek a way to have an effect on others lives on a daily basis even though I wouldn’t actually be with them.

From the synopsis of Paul’s imprisonment this blog (my tool to encourage other Christians) was born.

Just like Og and Sihon didn’t have a large effect on me, most likely Paul’s imprisonment hasn’t had the same effect on you. Maybe it has. Regardless, his story has effected me like the stories of Og and Sihon effected the Israelites.

Jesus knows exactly how to speak to His children. He knows how to encourage us. Cling to what He has given you, no matter of what importance it is to someone else.

Psalm 136:1-26

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