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Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others

Disappointments

Samuel was influential in Saul’s life. He had anointed Saul as king. He had been with him every step of the way offering counsel, sharing wisdom and making known the way of The Lord to Saul. Saul and Samuel shared an unique bond.

Then Saul turned his back on The Lord. He went against the instructions from God to rely completely on himself.

Samuel was distraught because the man that he had invested most of his life in was destroying the good that God had given him. Samuel mourned for the decisions Saul had made. He was consumed with disappointment.

Then The Lord came to Samuel. Samuel was told to quit dwelling on Saul because it was time to move on. He had work for him to do.

Sometimes things don’t work out the way that we had hoped they would. People fail us. But God doesn’t want us to stay in a place of defeat. He wants us to get up and get moving forward.

Make Time

Governor Felix turned away Paul and the invitation to be saved because it wasn’t a “convenient season” for him.

He chose to ignore Christ because it didn’t work into his plan at the moment. …sounds crazy.

But how often do our actions mirror Felix’s?

Have you been putting off a calling the Lord has given you? A project? A phone call? Have you been ignoring Jesus just because you don’t have enough time?

Make time. The Lord of Heaven and Earth wants to use you for the upbuilding of His kingdom.

Boldness

The Israelite army listened to the threat of Goliath for forty days straight. Day after day passed and no one could gather up the courage to fight the giant. They actually reached the point where they would flee when Goliath would just show his face.

Then came David. He heard the threat of Goliath once. Immediately he reacted. He went to the king to seek permission to fight on his country’s behalf.

He fought and won.

What was a difference in David and the army of men?

David’s boldness wasn’t given time to dissipate. His immediate action took away the opportunity to dissect why his plan wouldn’t work. On the other hand the army’s procrastination was the perfect breeding ground for fear.

Let us take a page out of David’s book and be quick to act on the Lord’s will so that the voice of the enemy doesn’t wear us down.

Worship

The wise men fell to the ground and worshipped their King, Jesus. Not because He had proclaimed great blessings on their life or because He had just delivered them out of a stressful situation or even healed them of physical ailments or financial ruin.

They praised Him just because of who He was: King.

It is so good for our relationship with Christ when we worship Jesus for who He is not just for what He has done. It focuses us on the awesome God we serve.

New Beginnings

The coming of Christ was a new beginning for Mary, Joseph and the world. Both Matthew and Luke record many details of his coming that can help us to be revived, or start anew.

Mary, for instance, experienced a great change on a random day that not only affected her but also humankind. ~Today could be the day that your something new takes place.~

Joseph thought on what the angel told him. He considered how to deal with his espoused wife. His decision to stay with Mary was a result of his way of thinking. ~For a new way of life our thoughts need to be heavenly minded.~

Surely the trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem wasn’t the smoothest of travels. A pregnant lady, riding a donkey only to find that there wasn’t a place for them to stay?? I’d say that there were frustrations. But in the midst of the frustrations the Savior of the world was born. ~New beginnings aren’t always easy but if they’re of the Lord, they’re worth it.~

Jesus was born!!! This place was forever changed. ~Experiencing God’s presence in your life will change you forever.~

While you’re looking to close out this year let the account of the nativity be a narrative on how to approach the new one coming. The old has passed away, all things are new!

Jesus wants to be found

For this Christmas season I have been praying for revival for myself, my family, my church and my community. As I was reading the story of Jesus’ birth in Luke 2 I was reminded that Jesus wants to be known by his children.

He came into this world in a stable, wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. Pretty descriptive and an unusual place for a baby to born. His birthplace was so odd that it would stand out from all the others at that time. To me this screamed that he isn’t hiding. He doesn’t play games with those that want to draw nearer to him. Instead he tells us where he is, what he does and how to grow in him. Jesus wants to be found.

The question then becomes, are we willing to find him? Are we willing to look for him in our everyday? Are we willing to make an effort to get to know him?

Isaiah tells us that he inhabits eternity and is holy, looking to revive the humble and those that are contrite. He goes on to say that sin is the only thing that separates us from God. God’s hand isn’t shortened. He is reaching out to us. (Isaiah 57:15 and 59:1-3)

If you are like me, wanting to be revived and strengthened in Spirit, I encourage you to look to Jesus. Allow today to be the day that revival begins in your soul. Get in his Word. Learn about him so that you will recognize his presence in your life. Pray for forgiveness if necessary, but also just to communicate with the one who lived and died for you. Commit yourself to knowing the One who has known you from the beginning.

Joy with Jesus

The wiseman traveled toward Jesus. Maybe they were expecting to find Him in the king’s palace, after all they were searching for a king. Maybe they knew that they’d find Him in a small home. But regardless of where their journey led them they were joyous when they reached their destination because Jesus was there.

You might find yourself in a completely unexpected place…but if Jesus is there you can still have joy.

Still yet

He knew that his most beloved cousin, John, would be beheaded because of Him.

He knew that his best friends would fail Him when He needed them the most.

He knew that he’d have to go head to head with the devil in the wilderness.

He knew each piece of the crucifixion He would have to endure.

Jesus didn’t blindly walk into becoming flesh. He is the Word. He knew what He had coming…yet He came. For you.

He loves us.

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us…”  (John 1:14)

Hope for the Broken

Jesus’ lineage wasn’t perfect. It consisted of a deceiver (Jacob) and an adulterer (David), among many others that had made bad decisions or chosen sinful lifestyles. Also hundreds of years of his ancestors’ lives were spent in captivity.

What does this say to us?

To me it teaches that Jesus wants to take the broken and shamed to use them for his glory; that before Christ even stepped down onto earth he had already painted a picture of what he would offer to mankind: forgiveness, mercy and grace.

If you feel broken, misplaced or unredeemable don’t give up hope. Jesus came for you through people that felt the same way you are feeling. Jesus offers redemption. Be willing to accept it.

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