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Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others

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November 2018

Trust God

“Row! Row!” the crew members shouted at one another. “Row harder!!”

“Just throw me in! The storm will stop! Just throw me in! I’m running from the Lord!”

Jonah was sure that he was the reason for the storm; that he was the reason the boat couldn’t reach land.

The crew members were convinced that they were going to throw Jonah to his death. But They went against their own thoughts and threw Him overboard. The storm ceased.

The pagan crew members then began worshipping the Lord, in awe of His power over nature.

Surprisingly Jonah didn’t perish. The Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. He had a life preserver waiting.

It’s hard not to follow our common sense. But the Lord’s thoughts are higher than our thoughts. If you are being led to go in a seemingly outlandish direction—go with it, no matter how doubtful you are about the outcome. The Lord will bless in ways that you would never expect.

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Mind changer

Adam and Eve were unashamed of their nakedness as they walked in the Garden of Eden.

Then they sinned against God.

Immediately they became uncomfortable with something that had once been acceptable.

Quickly they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.

Sin had altered their way of thinking.

We are told to abstain from the appearance of evil; to pray that we won’t give into temptations; to be renewed in the spirit of our minds.

One reason we are given these commandments is so that we will be level-headed as we make decisions for our future; so that we won’t allow the influence of sin to influence our choices.

Because of the fall of man the original plan of perfection has been altered. But Jesus brought with Him a plan of redemption, able to restore us to the perfect grace of God.

So let us press on, willing to make decisions based only on His righteousness.

Followers

Saul hated David. He spent a lot of his time as God’s anointed king of Israel seeking to kill him.

David, in turn had spent a lot of his time running from Saul. His life had become consumed with outsmarting Saul and his men.

After a day of hunting David, Saul fell asleep in a cave. Unbeknownst to him, David was in that same cave. David’s opportunity for revenge had presented itself.

But David wouldn’t kill Saul. He didn’t want to kill the man anointed of The Lord.

David could’ve avenged himself. He might have felt relief and satisfaction for a while. But David knew that those feelings wouldn’t last with him the way that guilt for going against God would. By not returning evil with evil David was able to stay free of the burden of guilt, free from regret and free from sorrow.

The teachings of Jesus may at times seem restricting and unfair. But in reality Jesus’ teachings are always freeing and He is always just.

Follow Along

Naaman was not only captain over Syrian’s army but he was also a leper. He went to Elisha, a prophet of God, to be healed of the disease.

Elisha told him to be cleansed of the leprosy by washing in Jordan seven times.

Naaman left in a rage. How dare the prophet tell him to do something as simple as washing himself in the Jordan River! He was going home angry…and still diseased with leprosy.

Naaman’s servants stepped in: “Master, if Elisha had asked you to do some great thing, wouldn’t you have done it?”

The servants had learned to be obedient to their master. They didn’t allow their opinion to affect their service. They were willing to obey at all cost. This way of life prepared the servants to offer wisdom to Naaman when he became the one receiving instruction.

We aren’t here to lead The Lord in what direction we think is best. We are here to be led by Him. As followers of Christ we should be willing to do whatever task The Lord has laid out before us, regardless of our opinion.

You Can Do Hard Things

The enemy was furious. The Israelites we’re building a temple for God. “Who told you to build this temple? Give us their names!”

The elders of Israel looked them square in the eye and said “the God of heaven and earth.”

Two things to notice:

1) the Israelites knew who they were working for

2) they knew to make it about God, not themselves.

It is so much easier to do hard things when you remember that you are working for the God of heaven and earth. When you remember that the battle really isn’t yours but it’s His and He has it under control.

God is for you. He is using you to bring Him glory. Be bold in doing His will.

Get Rid of It

Are you willing to get rid of any object that might stand in the way of you serving Christ?

The crowd stood in awe at the bonfire the men had going. Items valued at fifty thousand pieces of silver shot up in flames.

The scorched items were once sorcerers books. The information, practices and beliefs went directly against what Paul had just taught. The material was the opposite of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

So the men, after accepting Jesus as their personal savior, took their books and burnt them.

They wanted to take away the temptation to turn back to their old way of life.

Is there something standing between you and the Lord? If so I encourage you to give up whatever it is. It isn’t worth the value you have placed on it.

Don’t Quit

Nehemiah set out to build the wall around Jerusalem. He had just finished rallying the Jewish nation when the surrounding countries interjected their opinion: “are you crazy?” And “this will never work!”

Nehemiah looked them in the eye and stood on God’s promise. “It is going to work and you have no part in it. We aren’t consulting you.”

And then Nehemiah and the people began to work on what the Lord had given them.

Remember this: we don’t need the world’s nod of approval before we do the work of the Lord. We need only God’s blessing to go forward.

Firstfruits Instead of Leftovers

All Elijah asked of the woman was a small meal. No big deal….except for they were living in the midst of a three year drought and the woman had just enough flour and oil to make a meal for her and her son.

Maybe she could eat sparingly and then pass on the leftovers…surely that would be acceptable.

But it wasn’t. Elijah wanted the first serving.

At first glance you’re probably thinking “really Elijah? This is her and her son’s last meal…”

But in reality Elijah was opening up the door for her and her son to be blessed in the future. And by specifically asking for the first portion of the meal he was closing the door to a greater temptation to deny him.

The woman gave Elijah the first serving and was blessed with plenty of food from that day forward, just as Elijah had said.

God comes to you seeking the best and In return you’ll receive blessings. So will you deny yourself and give to Him or will you take care of your needs first and give God what is leftover?

Friend or Foe

Sergius Paulus wanted to hear the Word of God. So he called for Paul and Barnabas to come preach to him.

When the preachers arrived Elymas, a false prophet who was with Sergius, tried to block Barnabas and Paul from getting to Sergius.

Elymas knew that these preachers spoke truth and he wanted Sergius to have no part in it. He knew that a change in Sergio’s’ heart would mean that he’d be out of a job.

Are you under the impression that no one really intends to hurt you? Or That everyone is looking out for your best interest?

Don’t be deceived.

The battle we are in is real. Be careful who you surround yourself with and who you allow to have influence over you.

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