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Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others

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December 2018

New Beginnings

The coming of Christ was a new beginning for Mary, Joseph and the world. Both Matthew and Luke record many details of his coming that can help us to be revived, or start anew.

Mary, for instance, experienced a great change on a random day that not only affected her but also humankind. ~Today could be the day that your something new takes place.~

Joseph thought on what the angel told him. He considered how to deal with his espoused wife. His decision to stay with Mary was a result of his way of thinking. ~For a new way of life our thoughts need to be heavenly minded.~

Surely the trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem wasn’t the smoothest of travels. A pregnant lady, riding a donkey only to find that there wasn’t a place for them to stay?? I’d say that there were frustrations. But in the midst of the frustrations the Savior of the world was born. ~New beginnings aren’t always easy but if they’re of the Lord, they’re worth it.~

Jesus was born!!! This place was forever changed. ~Experiencing God’s presence in your life will change you forever.~

While you’re looking to close out this year let the account of the nativity be a narrative on how to approach the new one coming. The old has passed away, all things are new!

Jesus wants to be found

For this Christmas season I have been praying for revival for myself, my family, my church and my community. As I was reading the story of Jesus’ birth in Luke 2 I was reminded that Jesus wants to be known by his children.

He came into this world in a stable, wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. Pretty descriptive and an unusual place for a baby to born. His birthplace was so odd that it would stand out from all the others at that time. To me this screamed that he isn’t hiding. He doesn’t play games with those that want to draw nearer to him. Instead he tells us where he is, what he does and how to grow in him. Jesus wants to be found.

The question then becomes, are we willing to find him? Are we willing to look for him in our everyday? Are we willing to make an effort to get to know him?

Isaiah tells us that he inhabits eternity and is holy, looking to revive the humble and those that are contrite. He goes on to say that sin is the only thing that separates us from God. God’s hand isn’t shortened. He is reaching out to us. (Isaiah 57:15 and 59:1-3)

If you are like me, wanting to be revived and strengthened in Spirit, I encourage you to look to Jesus. Allow today to be the day that revival begins in your soul. Get in his Word. Learn about him so that you will recognize his presence in your life. Pray for forgiveness if necessary, but also just to communicate with the one who lived and died for you. Commit yourself to knowing the One who has known you from the beginning.

Joy with Jesus

The wiseman traveled toward Jesus. Maybe they were expecting to find Him in the king’s palace, after all they were searching for a king. Maybe they knew that they’d find Him in a small home. But regardless of where their journey led them they were joyous when they reached their destination because Jesus was there.

You might find yourself in a completely unexpected place…but if Jesus is there you can still have joy.

Still yet

He knew that his most beloved cousin, John, would be beheaded because of Him.

He knew that his best friends would fail Him when He needed them the most.

He knew that he’d have to go head to head with the devil in the wilderness.

He knew each piece of the crucifixion He would have to endure.

Jesus didn’t blindly walk into becoming flesh. He is the Word. He knew what He had coming…yet He came. For you.

He loves us.

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us…”  (John 1:14)

Hope for the Broken

Jesus’ lineage wasn’t perfect. It consisted of a deceiver (Jacob) and an adulterer (David), among many others that had made bad decisions or chosen sinful lifestyles. Also hundreds of years of his ancestors’ lives were spent in captivity.

What does this say to us?

To me it teaches that Jesus wants to take the broken and shamed to use them for his glory; that before Christ even stepped down onto earth he had already painted a picture of what he would offer to mankind: forgiveness, mercy and grace.

If you feel broken, misplaced or unredeemable don’t give up hope. Jesus came for you through people that felt the same way you are feeling. Jesus offers redemption. Be willing to accept it.

How will you respond?

Mary had a decision to make. Would she accept the message from the angel Gabriel or would she decide to not take part in it.

She could have said ‘not me’ when told that she was chosen to carry Jesus in her womb, to be His mother. She had the same free will that we have today. But she chose to submit to God’s will. She said “behold thy handmaiden of the Lord. Be it unto me according to thy word”

Can you imagine the blessings she would have missed out on if she refused to follow God’s plan for her life?

We are all given a choice of how we respond to God’s call. Our response can be ‘not me Lord’ or it can be ‘here am I, lord, send me’ How will you respond when faced with a decision?

Born to Die

Of every man, woman and creature, Jesus is the only one that has ever chosen to be born. He is also the only one who knew that in choosing life He was ultimately choosing death. Literally, He was born to die.

And still yet He chose you. Us. Everyone.

While surrounded by legions of angel worshippers, in such a place of beauty that we can’t even fathom, He chose to leave it all to be born in a lowly manger. He left it all so that He could become our righteousness through the death of the cross.

“He was born to die” may seem like a morbid statement at first. But if you know Him, if you call Jesus your Savior, then those words not only give you reason to celebrate this Christmas season; they give you reason to live.

Joy

As the shepherds stood before the angel they must’ve experienced emotions other than happiness. Maybe they faced fear, reluctance, doubt, even annoyance.

But the message that was given to them”fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy” spoke straight to their souls, abolishing all fleshly concerns.

The message is still capable of speaking to us today.

Maybe you haven’t experienced the “great joy” The Lord has to offer you through salvation. Or maybe you have but continue to shut Him out of certain areas in your life, because you fear His reaction. But just as the angel had spoken all those years ago…Fear not. He wants to bring you glad tidings of great joy:

Fear isn’t a reason to try to keep secrets from Jesus. He has come to save you, encourage you, comfort you and be faithful to you. He only wants what is good for you. Accept His presence, guidance and love to experience the great joy that He has to offer.

Journey On

After years of studying the sky the wise men noticed that the star in the East had appeared. They must have been overwhelmed with joy. I’m sure they were ready to hit the road running…allowing themselves no detours along the way. And then imagine the joy and excitement that the wise men felt as they finally reached their destination. After roughly two years they came face to face with Jesus. they were being rewarded with the biggest blessing of all…worshipping at Jesus’ feet.

Did you start out your journey excited and eager only to find that now you are becoming a little road weary?

I encourage you to remember why you chose the road you are on….remember the joy you experienced when you first met Jesus as your savior. Because whether you’ve been traveling for hours or even decades the end goal is the same. Keep following The Light. Worshipping at Jesus’ feet will be worth the journey.

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