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Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others

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Encouragement

Courageous

  God said to Joshua:

“Walk your people through a riverbed.
Defeat a city with marching and trumpets.
Single out one person that has sin in his heart.
Stand before the nation and make it known that no matter what you will serve me.”
This could have been Joshua’s response:
We’ll take a boat.
Went in with weapons.
Did away with the entire tribe.
Gone with the crowd.
But instead he remembered the words of the Lord before it all began,”Be strong and of a good courage”.

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The disciples stood in shock and awe. In utter disbelief really. “Is this a spirit?” was the prevailing thought among them.
You can imagine the their fear. Jesus had just appeared to them after His resurrection.
His response to their reaction: “Do you guys have anything to eat?”
Now it’s funny to imagine that Christ just had a snack with a grin on His face and waited for reality to sink in to the disciples. 
Then it dawned on them. “It’s really Jesus in the flesh. He’s alive and well!” These statements were made after he ate the fish and honeycomb. 
Which makes a person wonder…was he really eating only to pass the time?
No, of course not. 
In this case He was eating to show that He was human, raised back to life, that He wasn’t just a random spirit to be afraid of. 
Jesus never does things frivolously. Everything He does serves a purpose. He doesn’t just wait around. 
He isn’t just sitting by idle watching your life pass you by. What you’re going through, good or bad, will be used to bring Him glory and to draw you closer to Him.
Take comfort in the fact that Jesus is always at work. Even within your life.

Unexpected 

  

The Lord chose Amos, a man that had a background in fruit picking and herding animals to become a prophet. 
He had zero experience. Not even a mentor.
But he was the one that God wanted for the job. That was the only qualification needed.
Amos accepted the calling. He was blessed.
The possibilities are endless when a person is willing to surrender themselves to the Lord. 

embrace your uniqueness 

  

Jesus had made breakfast for his seven disciples that had been fishing all night. When they saw Jesus sitting on the shore all of them wanted to get to him. One of the disciples jumped into the water and swam to shore. The other six came to Jesus in the boat. These were different ways to show Jesus their love for him. But he rewarded all of them with the same breakfast.
Maybe you’re a methodical, organized, play it safe type of person. You could be a throw caution to the wind, I’ll figure it out when I get there, never do it the same way twice kind of guy. Either way Jesus created you. He loves you.
Don’t compare yourself to other Christians. Just keep loving Him the way you do.

Be Amazed

  

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.

“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.

don’t let it slow you down 

   

So a door was shut in our faces.


The teenage girls youth group and I had been walking the neighborhood inviting people to church. 

So from the doorstep I, as the youth leader, had to make a decision:

1) call it an evening and not go to the rest of the houses

2) keep attempting to share Christ’s love —also known as “shaking the dust off our feet”

Jesus used the term “shake the dust off your feet” to encourage His followers to not allow rejection to play into their future endeavors.

Paul and Barnabas followed after His teaching when they had been thrown out of Antioch. They didn’t allow disappointment or fear of rejection stop them. They just “shook the dust off their feet” and headed into Iconium, spreading the Gospel.

The girls and I kept at it too. I encourage you to do the same. Take the teachings of Christ and apply them to your life today. 

 

Opportunities 

  

One of the many reasons that our armed forces fight is for religious freedom.

I encourage you to exercise your rights today  by acknowledging what Jesus did for you on the cross of Calvary. 
A Memorial Day celebration could be the perfect leeway to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

A Different Approach

  

Always before I’d hear “the golden rule” and think “if you don’t want to be treated badly –don’t treat others badly.”

But then the Lord opened my eyes to a different take on the same scripture: “if you want someone to be nice to you –be nice to them.”
We’re here to intentionally spread love, not to just try to hinder evil.
In an effort to avoid conflict have you neglected to show the love of Christ?
If so I encourage you to reevaluate the situation. Handle your approach differently. Then watch God bless. 

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