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Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others

Silence

Jesus didn’t say a word when they were persecuting Him….He answered the governor nothing when told to identify Himself.

Not because He didn’t know what to say. Not because He couldn’t win the argument.

But because He knew that silence was the type of answer the situation needed.

Use wisdom. Words, no matter how true, aren’t always the right answer.

Matthew 26:66-68 & 27:11-14

Procrastination

In the book of Proverbs we read about a virtuous woman who woke up while it was still night to prepare meals for her household and maidens….she chose to have things ready when they were needed, without delay.

She and those that she was providing for were blessed because of her efforts.

So when The Lord gives you something to do don’t “hit the snooze”. Get up. Get to work. Because you aren’t the only one who is being affected.

Proverbs 31:15

Unknown

Elisha warned the King of Israel to not cross by a certain way. He knew the enemies camp was set up, ready to war against them.

The King took Elisha’s advice and steered clear of the area. Because of this Israel was saved the hardship of fighting a battle.

We are more likely to realize when we are walking on a mountain, which leads to praise But don’t forget to thank the Lord for the unseen blessings, like protecting you from potential battles.

II Kings 6:8-9

Solitude

Abraham and Isaac had traveled three days with a group of men. On the third day they climbed a mountain by themselves.

God met them in their solitude.

He provided for them in a way that they had never experienced before. He made himself known to them in a way that they would never forget.

While they were alone.

Jesus will meet with you too. Carve out time for him in your day to day. Personally seek His face. And then be ready to experience the presence of your Savior.

Genesis 22:1-14

Aid to Faith

Naaman knew that God was able to cleanse him of his leprosy by just speaking a word. But instead of being prayed over and walking away cleansed Naaman had to do something. He had to dip himself in the river seven times. This highly irritated Naaman. He knew it was unnecessary because God could just heal him. He pouted around and turned away before he finally surrender to doing things God’s way. As soon as he followed God’s plan he was healed.

Does this sound familiar to you? Have you ever petitioned God about something and then expected it to just happen? Of course it can work like that but sometimes God requires more from us. I doubt that a person will become a bible scholar without ever studying the word. Or rarely does a person instantly become a great pianist without ever playing before.

Often times we are asked to aid in the answering of our prayers. Not because God isn’t perfectly capable of answering them on His own but so that our faith will grow in Him.

II Kings 5:1-15

Friends

Moses climbed up the mountain ready to do his part in the battle against the Amaleks. His job was seemingly simple. All he had to do was hold the rod of God in the air and the Israelite people would prevail.

But as the battle raged on Moses tired of his task. When he would put his arm down to rest the Amaleks would take the lead.

In stepped Aaron and Hur. They came to Moses’ aid by holding his arm up for him. Because of their help Moses was able to lead the Israelites to victory.

Who comes to your side when you’re facing a battle? Which friends can you count on to encourage you, to help you succeed in doing God’s will for your life? Ask The Lord who those people are and then strengthen those relationships. If you can’t think of anyone pray that Jesus will send you Godly friends.

Cycles

Have you ever felt like you were part of a monotonous cycle? Like every day was the same thing, just repeated over again and again?

The author of Ecclesiastes seemed to feel that way. The first eleven verses of the book are hard to read.

And then I noticed why: God wasn’t the focus. The problem was.

We get into ruts when we neglect to focus on Jesus. When we take our eyes off of Him to focus on our problems.

Focus on Jesus for purpose. He’ll fill your life with meaning.

Tithes

Their houses weren’t the best. Their clothes weren’t the greatest. They barely had enough food to eat.

They couldn’t figure it out. The money they were making seemed to be held in a bag with holes. It seemed as if they were always spinning their wheels, never getting ahead.

Then The Lord revealed to them the cause of their problems: unwise financial choices. He pointed out the house of God as it laid in ruins, untouched, uncared for. No one was willing to give to the rebuilding of the temple because they were too concerned with making sure they were taken care of.

Their money wasn’t being invested in the things of God.

Do you feel like you can’t get out of the hole? Or that you have to live just scraping by? If so take a look at where your money is going. If God isn’t on the list put Him there, at the top. Or if you believe that you are investing in the work of The Lord but aren’t seeing a good turnaround check and make sure what you are supporting. Dig a little deeper into the ministry to make sure that it is lifting up Jesus and not just a front to scheme money.

Being blessed financially begins with giving The Lord His portion first.

To-Do Lists

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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