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Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others

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Decisions

no compromise 

  

An old man hosted a couple as they traveled home.
The enemy came knocking on the old man’s door. They were looking for the traveling man.
The old man made a compromise and gave them the two women in the house instead.
One of the women turned up dead.
Tribe fought against tribe. Thousands upon thousands were killed because of the murder of one.
All because the old man figured it’d be okay to try and suffice the enemy.
Don’t be deceived.
It’s never okay to try to appease the devil. He will take what you give him and destroy everything he can.
Continue to give Jesus complete ownership of all areas in your life.
There isn’t any room for compromise.

A Third Option

  

“Fight” or “flight” tend to be common reactions when a person is faced with opposition.

So when Balaam found himself in an alley with an angel of the Lord that had been sent to slay him how did he react? 

He didn’t fight nor did he run. Instead he chose to ask for forgiveness.

The Lord forgave Balaam and blessed him as he journeyed on. 

Follow Balaam’s lead. Don’t fight a losing battle and don’t run away from your problems. Seek forgiveness and the Lord will bless. 

cold turkey

  

The world seems bent on the “weaning processes” that intend to eventually lead a person to success. 

But here’s the problem: the vice is glorified because it is used throughout the process, even if only in small increments.
The Word gives another solution: don’t mess with the sin at all. Completely remove yourself from the situation/temptation. (Ephesians 5:11)
God’s healing is stronger than anything we deal with and more powerful than any program we could create. Let’s stop relying on our own strength to propel us to victory and instead rely solely upon the strength of God. 

Living for Eternity

  

The disciples of Jesus, friends of Paul’s, begged Paul to reconsider going into an area that put his life at risk. They were concerned for his well-being. 

But Paul said “I am ready to die for Jesus.”

Unlike Paul we sometimes allow ourselves to become persuaded not to follow the Spirit because of fear for our flesh. We allow our loved ones well-intentioned but misplaced opinions to influence our boldness in following Christ. 

Before you give advice or take it, make sure that what you are saying/doing lines up with the leading of the Holy Spirit. Don’t allow what may happen to this mortal body affect the calling Christ has placed on your life.

trickle effect

 

 To cover up an affair with Uriah’s wife David had Uriah sent to the front of the battle to be killed. 

Others had to be sent with Uriah so that the murder wouldn’t be so obvious.

Consequently, several innocent soldiers lost their lives because of one man’s sin. 

Sometimes when you choose to go against The Lord you aren’t the only one affected.

It isn’t worth it 



Have you ever been tempted to sin because you didn’t think the outcome would be significant enough to really affect anyone?

Paul says “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.”

Meaning: There isn’t any room in your life for sin.

Sin is what cost Jesus his life. He lovingly gave himself away to pay your debt.

It shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Consider the Future

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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.

Reasons to 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.

Pros vs. Cons

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People tend to weigh out decisions by making a “Pros & Cons” list. That’s a great idea. It really can be very helpful.

Until you start weighing out whether or not to do what The Lord has laid on your heart.

At that point you should throw the list out the window and take advice from Mary, mother of Jesus: “whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.”

Because the Christian that is obedient has already found the “pro” that outweighs all of the “cons” combined.

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