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Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others

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Codi

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.

Joy

Mary was carrying Jesus in her womb. She traveled to meet her cousin, Elizabeth, who was also carrying a child that would become known as John. When the two women met one another John leaped in Elisabeth’s womb because he sensed that Jesus was near.

How do you react when you acknowledge God’s presence in your life?

Are you grateful that The Lord has chosen to involve Himself into your day to day walk? Or are you put off by the fact that He wants to mold you and make you into what He would have you to be, perhaps going against your own desires?

The way you’re living, the priorities of your life will dictate how you feel about The presence of God.

Live so that, like John, you enjoy being with Jesus.

From Bad to Good

As Jesus lay asleep in the ship a storm surrounded them. The wind blew. The waves rocked the boat. The disciples were scared. They went to Jesus afraid that He was going to let them die.

Jesus said “Peace, be still.”

The winds stopped. The waves settled. The storm was gone.

With those three words Jesus showed His disciples that He truly was God.

They realized His power.

All because of a storm they went through.

In this life we will endure uncertain times. This doesn’t mean Jesus has abandoned us or that He doesn’t care. It’s in these difficult times that we can see God’s power.

Run to Him.

Be amazed by the God you serve.

Decisions

Money was what kept the Roman soldiers from telling what had really happened to the body of Christ.

They had traded spreading the resurrection of Jesus for temporary pleasure.

Sometimes we neglect to spread the gospel. We decide that for whatever reason (whether it be money, pride, etc.) it isn’t worth it.

But we are wrong. Spreading the joy, hope and peace that we have is worth whatever it is that we may have to sacrifice.

May we always be blessed with enlightened eyes to recognize the decisions we are making for what they really are.

Keep at it

Silas, Timothy and Paul were led of the Spirit to preach Jesus to the Jews in Corinth.

The message wasn’t well received and neither were they.

But that didn’t stop them. They didn’t quit preaching Jesus. Discouragement didn’t keep them from moving forward in their calling to spread the gospel.

They just dusted themselves off and kept on working.

They could do this because they knew what they would be held accountable for: spreading the Gospel, not how people reacted.

You may not be getting the results you have anticipated or hoped for. But as long as you are following the guidance of the Spirit rest assured you are doing good and right and your work will stand the fire.

God’s Leading

God told the children of Israel that they couldn’t enter Canaan until the oldest generations had passed away.

So why didn’t they just kill those folks to get there faster? Wouldn’t that have worked?

If you are thinking “no!!”; I’d have to agree with you.

The Children knew that if they killed the people they would be going against God’s law “thou shalt not kill”.

They wouldn’t be rewarded for wrongdoing. It wouldn’t have helped out. It would have made it worse.

So let’s put that on a smaller scale.

How often do we take matters into our own hands even when it goes directly against God’s will? What do we wrongfully compromise to get an intended end result?

Your temporary fixes won’t help your situation.

Follow God’s guiding throughout the entire journey. His will, and timetable, are always perfect.

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