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Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others

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October 2018

Work

Why should we do what the Lord has called us to do? According to Ephesians 4:12 we should work for Jesus to:

1) help God’s people grow in Him

2) see souls saved

3) encourage the church

Following through with the calling God has placed on your life doesn’t affect just you.

Choose to accept what Jesus has laid before you. Make a positive difference.

Spread Love

Christians seem to focus a lot on abstaining from sin to be a good witness to the world…rightfully so.

I want to encourage you to add to that. Put forth effort to show Jesus’ love: be patient, joyful, gentle, faithful, loving, etc.

We are to “practice what we preach”. If you are preaching Jesus, Love, then you should be spreading it.

You Can!

Bulrushes, slime and pitch. Those aren’t the components that you would think are needed to make a life saving device.

But those are the exact things that were available to Moses’ mother when she made the the ark that Moses’ floated to safety in.

Sometimes we get bogged down thinking “if only I had this then I would be better off”.

Look around. Because if God has called you to do it then He has provided you with the necessary resources. With the desire for obedience, the willingness to work according to it and faith in God you will be influential.

You may have to get creative like Moses’ momma did and you’ll definitely have to trust that Jesus can bless it. But with God all things are possible. So stop wishful thinking, take what The Lord has given you and get to work.

God’s Power Remains

Elijah prophesied to King Ahab that there wouldn’t be any rain or dew in his land for years. Then God sent him out of the town to go dwell in the wilderness.

A drought came upon the place, just as Elijah had said it would. Even though Elijah wasn’t in the land any longer God’s power remained.

The Lord may put you in a situation only for a while or only to speak a few words. Give it your best efforts though because the effects can be felt long after you’re gone.

Choices

Esau couldn’t stand the hunger pains any longer. He could think of nothing else other than the moment he was living in.

So when Jacob offered him a measly meal in exchange for his birthright Esau jumped at the chance.

He lost sight of his future for a moment of satisfaction.

Weigh out the consequences of your choices. Jesus always provides a way out. Take it.

Surprise!

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.

Nathanael had done that very thing. He 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.

Don’t give up hope. Keep trusting in Jesus. He’ll work good in your situation.

God, Not Man

Elijah had an ordained meeting with a widowed woman. He was able to receive a meal from the last of her ingredients and then watched as her supply was replenished again and again. He knew that the blessing was from the Lord, that the meeting, the entire situation was divinely appointed. She, on the other hand was unsure.

Later Elijah returned to that same woman. Her son had fallen ill and died. Elijah prayed over him and the boy was brought back to life. Again, Elijah knew from whom the power came, from whom the blessings flowed.

The resurrection of her son finally caused the woman to believe that Elijah was a man of God.

Thankfully, Elijah was faithful to minister even when the audience had been skeptical.

He could do this because his confidence was rightly placed in God, not in the approval of the woman.

Know that the callings that are placed on your life are from Christ. Then boldly go forth, regardless of feedback of those affected.

Learn the Tactics

Moses and Aaron sent spies to check out Cannan.

They sent them so that they could learn how the enemy lived and what their strengths and/or weaknesses were. They didn’t plan on facing the battle unprepared.

We could learn from them.

Recognize what Satan could use to attack you: lies, jealousy, idleness, pity, fear, etc. If you deal with these know that they aren’t of the Lord. Realize that you are in a battle that needs to be fought and won.

The best warriors don’t just happen upon a win. They recognize the enemy and devote themselves completely to winning the fight.

A Promise Keeper

“Isaiah, you mark my words. Before that baby is able to say ‘momma’ or ‘daddy’ Samaria and Damascus will be poor.”

So Isaiah recorded the prophecy, just as God had told him to do.

What was the purpose of that? Was it so that God would have something to jog His memory?

Of course not.

It was for the benefit of Isaiah, the Israelite people and anyone else that wanted to know.

The record was concrete evidence for them to look back on and learn that God always makes good on His promises.

It was recorded so it could be an aid to their faith.

Promises of God fill the Word. Search them out. Know they are true. Record what the Lord has promised you and then note when it comes to pass. Look back to it when you’re in need of encouragement.

Because God is always faithful.

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