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Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others

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Testimony

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God chose you knowing the struggles you have, fully aware of the battles you face.
And still yet He promises to strengthen you, to guide you, to help you.
Allow Him to turn your rags into His riches. 

Making His Works Known

  

I am so grateful for the hand of the Lord upon my life. He placed me in a wonderful Christian home, brought up by parents that honor the Lord. He has blessed me thousands of times over with my sister, brother-in-law and nephews. He has encouraged me countless times through my brother and sister-in-law. My grandparents and aunts and uncles played a positive role in where I am now. And I have been blessed with a wonderful mother-in-law and father-in-law.

When we left our family behind and moved away God had our Christian family waiting on us, to love us and welcome us with open arms. He has given us friends to go through life with. I am so thankful for these people.

Not only am I honored to be married to the love of my life, my best friend, but I consider it a privilege to sit under his teachings both at church and at home. I am also so very grateful for the three beautiful children that we are raising to walk in the truth.

But above all of this I am so thankful for the Word, for Jesus, for the redemption plan. Without it I wouldn’t have the joy that I have in my heart today. 

I Chronicles 16:8 tells us to give thanks to the Lord, to make known his deeds among the people.

So today I share with you God’s goodness in my life: His guidance, my salvation and the people that I call family. To Him be the glory both now and forever. 


Through the Fire

 Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego were publicly facing the biggest trial of their lives. They stood in the midst of the fiery furnace as onlookers and King Nebuchadnezzar stared in awe.

Instead of seeing three men bound and scorched they were watching four men walk through the fire, loosened and unharmed. 

The fourth man was likened unto the Son of God.

What type of a testimony do you live as you’re going through trials in your life? 

Are you viewed as a person that gets bound by the circumstances and falls apart under pressure? Or can people look at your situation and see Jesus walking right there beside you, strengthened by Him?

Jesus will gladly lead you through the fires of your life. Be willing to seek Him for guidance and support.

 

laying the groundwork 



David laid some serious groundwork before Saul really began to inquire about who he was. 
He literally had to fight and kill a giant before King Saul asked about his heritage.
When the conversation finally happened David could unashamedly say who his father was. 

Building a testimony can take time. Keep at it though. Because when the time comes for you to give the reason for your actions Jesus will be glorified.

Spread Love

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Christians seem to focus a lot on abstaining from sin to be a good witness to the world…rightfully so.

I want to encourage you to add to that. Put forth effort to show Jesus’ love: be patient, joyful, gentle, faithful, loving, etc.

We are to “practice what we preach”. If you are “preaching” Jesus, Love, then you should be spreading it.

A Living Example

Isaiah says for us to “cast up the highway; gather out the stones”.

Cast up the highway? Or modern day terms: “take the high road”.—-choose carefully how you react to situations, how you represent your God.

Gather out the stones? —-if you see something that has the potential of harming a person, physically or spiritually, get it out of the way. Look out for others.

We aren’t living this life just for ourselves. We are here to glorify Jesus. We can do that by showing His love to others.

Live a life that can be followed after.

Power of a Testimony

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The Lord dried up the waters of the Red Sea and then the Jordan River so that His children, the Israelites could pass over on dry ground.

This gave the Israelites a great testimony of God’s goodness in their lives. The spreading of their story led to their enemies taking God and His children seriously.

Sharing what the Lord has done for you has potential to change a person’s mind about Christ.

Heart Exchange

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A year ago today my dad was coming out of open heart surgery. The doctor had cracked open his chest, chiseled out the build-up and put in a new valve. It was one of the worst cases the doctor had ever seen.

*A couple of days ago my dad was cleared to not come back to the cardiologist until 2016.*

Praise the Lord for my dad’s complete recovery!

I can’t help but be reminded of receiving a new heart from Christ: Jesus sees your heart of stone, you repent of your sinful ways and accept Him as your savior, then He gives you a new heart of flesh to serve Him. Without the exchange of hearts you’d be lost for eternity.

*Jesus continues to walk with you and grow you in Him.*

Praise the Lord for the miracle of salvation!!

Ezekiel 11:19-20 And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you: and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.

Your Name

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The Israelites were in the midst of a pagan nation, worshipping false gods. They weren’t living the life that God had planned for them.

God removed the children of Israel from the wickedness. He removed them from the sin they were in. He did this “for mine holy name’s sake”.

Do you take into consideration that if you are referring to yourself as a Christian you are representing the name of Jesus? In doing so your decisions don’t just reflect you but the Almighty God.

Next time you find yourself in a situation where you are tempted to sin or are in sin itself, remember who you are representing. Remember the name you carry.

Represent Jesus well.

Ezekiel 36:21-23

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