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Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others

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August 2018

What to do now?

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Give Direction

A solitary Levite roamed around the land looking for a place to fit in. He found a home with Micah, who was a thief and a creator of graven images.

Later the Danites came along in need of a priest. Micah’s Levite met their qualifications. The Danite’s convinced the Levite to come along with them and to become their priest. He happily went with them.

There are so many people in the world that are like the Levite. They are looking for something, someone, anything to make them feel loved and wanted.

They are wandering around without direction in their life.

But we have The Way to offer them. We can point them to who they need to purposely follow after: Jesus.

May we always be bold in directing a searching soul to Christ.

Judges 17

Still Blessed

People in Jerusalem were in the midst of a famine.

Did God send them manna from above? No.

Did Jesus bless five loaves and two fishes to feed that multitude? No.

Instead the people were fed through the generosity of the church, God’s people.

The method wasn’t as miraculous but it was definitely sufficient.

Have you ever been in the place where you’ve rejected God’s blessing because you were wanting something “better”?

Whatever or however God sees fit to provide for you is best. Gratefully accept his loving-kindness, his provision, no matter how it may come.

Acts 11:27-30

You are loved

The woman gathered vessels from her neighbors to be filled by God with oil. This was a public display of her faith.

Later, within her own home and her door shut she and her two sons filled every pot to the brim. They did so privately.

Sometimes we experience situations or trials that seem to be on display for the world to see. As a result The Lord blesses immensely. Occasionally those blessings come intimately, between only you and Him.

That doesn’t make them any less significant.

God loves you. Allow him to show you that even when no one else is looking.

Psalm 25:14

II Kings 4:1-7

What Are You Consuming?

The priests had to okay the food the people ate. They stood each morning and evening to praise God on the people’s behalf. They also offered their burnt sacrifices unto The Lord.

They were in charge of the congregation/holy place/tabernacle.

In the New Testament we are referred to as the temple of God.

How do you handle the responsibility of being in charge?

What do you choose to fill your mind, heart and soul with? In other words, is what you’re consuming good?

Do you make a conscience effort to praise God daily?

Are you familiar with the benefits of sacrificing your fleshly desires for obedience to God’s truth?

You have free will. You get to choose how you serve. I encourage you to follow the Levites lead and be faithful to your God.

Obedience leads to gladness

Written in the Word was the detail of how the people were to “set under booths” during the feast.

The generation of people that were listening to Ezra expound on this scripture were unaware of this…until now.

So the people were faced with a decision: were they going to put forth effort and build booths or were they going to push it to the side, saying that it didn’t apply to them.

They chose to build the booths.

In their obedience they found “great gladness”.

That same gladness is available to us when we choose obedience to God’s plan.

Nehemiah 8:13-17

Represent Jesus Well

The Israelites were in the midst of a pagan nation, worshipping false gods. They weren’t living the life that God had planned for them.

God removed the children of Israel from the wickedness. He removed them from the sin they were in. He did this “for mine holy name’s sake”.

Do you take into consideration that if you are referring to yourself as a Christian you are representing the name of Jesus? In doing so your decisions don’t just reflect you but the Almighty God.

Next time you find yourself in a situation where you are tempted to sin or are in sin itself, remember who you are representing. Remember the name you carry.

Represent Jesus well.

Ezekiel 36:21-23

Investment

Brass brings gold.

Iron brings silver.

Wood brings brass.

Stones bring iron.

The “measly” sacrifice you were sure would be of no benefit….

It’ll be worth something of great value.

Allow Jesus to deal with you because the return far outweighs the cost.

Isaiah 60:17

Self-Destruction

The Edomites had built a wall of pride within their hearts. They were self-proclaimed self-efficient people who had no need for anyone else. They could and would do it on their own.

But what about when the trouble would arise? What would they do if they were ambushed by an enemy larger than them? Who would fight with them on their behalf?

No one. That’s the problem with pride. It gives you false security.

Would you consider yourself like an Edomite? Do you refuse the wisdom, help, encouragement of others because you think you’re wise enough, strong enough or confident enough to go at it alone?

Could you call upon another Christian if Satan were to attack? Or have you turned your Christian family away so often that you have severed all ties?

Christians, be a blessing to those around you and allow others to be a blessing to you. God places us in each other’s lives for a reason. We are to encourage one another, pray for each other and help out if there is need.

Humbly give yourself over to following his plan.

Obadiah 1:1-5

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