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Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others

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make a difference 

Phillip. Tabitha. Cornelius. All of these devout Christians had the introduction of ministering to the people.
Doesn’t that speak volumes?
Yes, they abstained from sin. I’m sure they gathered with other Christians to draw strength and encouragement. And surely they studied the ways of The Lord.
But their reputation was that they ministered unto others. They helped those in need.
Living a life in which you know Christ as your own is a great blessing. But living a life for Christ in a way that leads others to Him is even greater.

a great prototype

  

When Josiah began his reign as King of Jerusalem life in the land was grim. The people were worshipping false gods. They had forsaken the ordinances of the Lord. The temple was in ruins. 

But when Josiah took charge things changed. He cleared the land of idol worship. He began repairing the temple. He reinstated ceremonies given by the Lord. The country did a complete turn around. 

King Josiah’s reign is the perfect example of what a Christian’s life should look like. 

Allow the Lord to get rid of the sin. Let Him restore you, the temple of the Holy Spirit. Be an example that people can follow after. Live so that people around you will benefit from your decisions. 

We all have an opportunity to become royalty in God’s kingdom. How will you govern?

He’s Already There

  

As a teenager I had always dreamed of marrying a brown eyed preacher boy. 

Those were my qualifications of my future spouse.
Now I see the blessings that come with marrying a man that is willing to lead in God’s wisdom, one that is quick to forgive and grant grace and one that nurtures his children in love.
I didn’t know to ask for those things at that time. But God’s grace was abundant. He was answering far beyond my prayers when he gave me the desire of my teenage heart. 
On our thirteenth wedding anniversary I am reminded and so grateful that Jesus is directing His children’s steps and that He’s working it all out for good, every step of the way–even when we’re oblivious. 

support system

  

Lord, surround me with people that serve you. Put me in relationships that will be strengthening and encouraging to my walk with you. I want to bring you glory.

Paul must’ve prayed a prayer similar to that. Here is why I think that:

He had been stoned and then dragged out of the city and left for dead. But he survived. And when he woke up the first faces he saw were the faces of his friends, his fellow disciples. They were there with him, surrounding him, standing by his side.

Clearly The Lord had provided a support system for Paul. 

Who comes to your side in your times of need? Do you have strong in the faith, founded Christian friends? Are you putting forth effort to surround yourself with Godly people?

God will provide us a network of people that we can glorify Him with. Our prayer needs to be that our eyes will be opened to the people that God puts in our life. And that we would be willing to invest our time and ourselves in relationships that will bring glory to Him.

hierarchy of your heart

  

Tears of joy streamed down the woman’s face. She was overcome with love and gratitude. The Lord had blessed her with the desire of her heart. Finally, her prayers had been answered. Hannah had just given birth to a precious baby boy, Samuel, her firstborn child.

Within moments she remembered her prayer: “I will give him to you Lord.”

This thought could’ve torn apart the elation she was feeling. She could’ve turned her back on God for requiring her to give Him her son. Very easily she could’ve allowed her son to take the place in her heart that belonged to God alone.

But she didn’t. She knew that God was the one responsible for the miracle she was holding. He was the one she should worship. Graciously, Hannah gave Samuel back to God. 

Sadly people often times don’t follow Hannah’s lead. Parents choose children. Workers choose jobs. People choose hobbies. All above Jesus. They allow the blessings of God to become their God.

We are responsible for the hierarchy of our heart. Jesus should always be found at the top, reigning in our lives.

i for an eye

Saul was jealous of David. He hated him with a passion. He threw a javelin at him, on two different occasions, attempting to kill him. He hired hit men to take David out. Saul spent a lot of his time as king of Israel seeking to destroy David from the face of the earth.

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

Saul was worn out. He and three thousand men had searched for David all day. He entered into a cave for rest. Unbeknownst to him, David was in that same cave, in the shadows. Saul fell asleep. David’s opportunity for revenge had presented itself. His men urged him on. Now was his chance.

But David wouldn’t kill Saul. He cut off a piece of his garment to show Saul that he could have. But he didn’t. His reason: 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.

Jesus taught that we should love our enemies, bless the people that curse us, do good to those hate us and to pray for the ones that persecute and despitefully use us. Not because that’s what they deserve. But because Jesus wants what is best for us. He doesn’t want His children to carry hatred in their heart, to be found always trying to avenge themselves. Instead He wants us to lay down our fleshly instincts and to let Him handle the situation.

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

false prophets

  

The Lord had just spoken about prophets that would prophesy a lie to the children.
He told them what would happen and what the false prophet would say to deceive them. 
Along came the prophet, Hananiah, and made his outrageous false prophecy. He did it in front of all the priests and people. He had no shame. 
Thankfully Jeremiah, a prophet of God, called him out on it. 
Boldness and confidence are persuasive. But just because someone is bold or confident doesn’t make them right.
Stick with what the Lord has shown you to be true, no matter how persuasive, or enticing the false prophet may be. 

don’t give up

  

The man stood in solitude.

A familiar noise filled the air. He looked to find the source of it. On the horizon he saw an army of people coming toward him. 

In disgust he turned his back on them and walked away.

These were the people that had wronged him. They were the ones that had made him feel unimportant, useless, unintelligent and unloved.

“Why would they be coming at me again?” he wondered. “I want nothing to do with them.”

A hush fell over the crowd that was pursuing him. He turned to look.

The Captain appeared from within their midst. He was walking toward him.

Immediately the man recognized Him.

“I’m coming to you in love, on their behalf, for your good. They’ve repented for the way they’ve treated you. They’re sorry for the way they’ve made you feel. They are seeking you’re forgiveness.” 

The man stood speechless. It had been years since he had been wronged. For years he had been ignoring their plea of repentance. He had never even given it consideration.

Until now.

Now, as the captain spoke, something within him gave way. The man felt the bars he had put up begin to crumble. Finally the bitterness began to subside. Relief started to trickle over him as forgiveness filled his heart.

He was tired of denying these people. Tired of refusing the plea from their captain. Sick of the burden that had taken an ugly toll on his life.

He could stand it no longer.

The man fell into step with The Captain and went to meet the army in love.

Reconciliation had been won. Both sides were declared victorious.

And so goes the battle for an offended brother. 

The bible teaches that an offended brother is harder to be won than a strong city.

But upsets happen all the time.

Keep praying. Keep consulting The Captain, our Lord, on their behalf. Ask others to join you in the fight for their soul. And let Jesus lead the battle.

Let your light shine

Elijah called fire down from heaven to consume the burnt sacrifices. This act was used to remind the Israelites that God was the one to be reverenced, not Baal.

Fast forward to Jesus’ ministry on earth.
James and John were with Jesus as He was rejected by the Samaritans. Immediately they asked if they could call down fire to destroy the people for their rudeness, citing Elijah’s fire experience. 
Jesus said “I’m not here to destroy man. I’m here to save them.”
That was the difference between Elijah’s experience and James and John’s. Elijah wanted to save. James and John wanted to destroy. 
How do you react when your Jesus is rejected? Do you write those people off or is your reaction one that still points them to Christ?
Use the gifts you’ve been given to lead others to Jesus, not to condemn them. 

 

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