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Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others

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September 2018

Strength Training

Want to find strength in the Word?

Try praying scripture. And then allow the Spirit to comfort you.

For example:

Scripture: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:9)

Prayer: “Jesus, thank you. All I need to do is to tell you about my sin. Every time I can count on you to hear my prayer for forgiveness. You are able to forgive me because through the shedding of Your blood you’ve paid the cost. You’ve cleansed me of my sin by blotting it out with your sacrifice. I no longer stand before you unclean, for You, Jesus, have given me a robe of righteousness.

I praise You for this forgiveness. It is all I need. I praise you for my sin being cast away. For the covering of your blood. For the strengthening of me, your chosen child.”

Perspective

The spies were sent in to scope out Canaan.

Two very different reports came back.

The majority of the people reported danger and probable defeat. They told of the giants and large number of inhabitants. They painted a picture of fear and dread to the Israelites.

Joshua and Caleb, on the other hand, came back talking of the wonder of the land. The supply of flowing milk and honey. The grapes that were so large that it took men to carry them. The vision they gave was given eagerly, spoken in encouragement, hope and satisfaction.

All men were looking in the same place. But they came away with vastly different perspectives.

The difference?

Focus.

Are you focused on Christ? His promises? The will He has for your life?

Or have you allowed yourself to become overwhelmed with fear and discouragement because what you are allowing yourself to see isn’t of the Lord?

God says “I will guide thee with mine eye.”

Try looking at your situation through the eyes of the Lord. He is always working things to your good.

You Matter

The disciples traveled the countryside with Jesus. They watched him heal many people, most of which were strangers to them.

But one day he healed one of their own, Peter’s mother-in-law. She had been sick with fever. They brought Jesus to her. They asked Him for a healing. Jesus blessed. She was healed.

This serves as a reminder to us that Jesus wants to hear about our needs too, not just the needs of others.

We are important to Him.

Don’t shy away from accessing the throne of God for yourself. He died for you too.

Luke 4:38-39

Leaders

People aren’t going to accept the Gospel of Jesus, if we, His followers are leading hypocritical lives.

Remember you really aren’t just living for yourself. You’re here to lead others to Jesus.

“Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.”

(1 Corinthians 15:34)

Godly Wisdom

Ahaziah turned to a foreign god when he wanted questions answered. Because of this he and over a hundred of his men lost their lives.

Who we consult for wisdom directly affects the outcome of the situation. Be sure that you are seeking the wisdom of our God and of not that of the world.

Shine Bright

We, as children of God, pray that we will be seen as followers of Jesus. We want our light to shine.

But sometimes we get discouraged, thinking that maybe it isn’t actually happening.

But it is! Isaiah 60:2 says “For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall rise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.”

Reflections

As a teenager I was adamant about checking my reflection in the mirror before I left the house. I wanted to be sure that I knew what people were seeing when they looked at me.

…if only that had carried over into my walk with Christ.

How often do we check our “reflections” according to the Word? Are you concerned with how people view you as a person, a Christian, a representation of Christ?

James says that we do good when we get into the Word to evaluate ourselves and make changes where needed.

So the next time you look into a mirror to check yourself physically let it be a reminder for you to look into the Word to reflect on yourself spiritually.

Sacrifice

Solomon offered a sacrifice to the Lord. The fire came down and consumed every bit of it. The glory of the Lord filled the house where the sacrifice was made. The people knew that the Lord was good.

When we offer our sacrifice to the Lord—ourselves—he accepts us as we are. He fills us with his holy fire. People can look upon us and see a difference. They can see God’s goodness.

If you haven’t offered your sacrifice yet…if you haven’t given your life over to Jesus…now is the opportunity to start a fire in your soul.

God’s Plan

The Israelites knew their enemy’s plan was to ambush them as soon as they set foot outside the city walls. As a result the Israelites lived in fear.

But God had caused the Syrians to hear a great noise, leading them to believe that they were about to be attacked. They scrambled and fled.

When the Israelites got wind of the Syrian’s scheme being thwarted they left the confinement of the city to gather the bounty the Syrians had left behind in their haste.

The Israelites had been living in fear, Satan’s plan. But what they hadn’t taken into consideration was God’s plan.

Sometimes all we can think about is the scheme of Satan. But really we need to be focusing on God’s plan, which always defeats the devil’s.

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