Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others



History Lessons

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Jephthah knew his history. He knew how God delivered time after time. He was able to quote the battles. To find strength from the victories. To be bold when faced by the enemy.

Not because he lived through all of those battles. Most of what he referenced happened three hundred years prior to the battle he was facing.

But because he knew that The Lord had always been faithful to his people he put his confidence in the one true God.

The Bible gives us an entire collection of accounts where God was faithful to his children. Get into his word. Study it out. Be strengthened by what it has to offer.

Jesus has never failed his chosen ones. He won’t begin with you. Find hope in his word.

Psalm 31:1

Judges 11:12-28


Romans 12:1

Just imagine what it must’ve been like when The Lord designed Samuel. He was designing a worker for himself.

Imagine how The Lord must’ve felt when he heard Samuel’s response to the call He had made to him: “speak; for thy servant heareth.”

Think of the joy The Lord must’ve felt as he watched Samuel live his entire life for him, dedicating his life to the work of The Lord.

Maybe you had once thought of Samuel, a prophet of God as being an example of a life that we could strive for but never obtain. You might have thought that living a life like his is something that is rare and exclusive to Samuel and his situation.

But it isn’t. Samuel wasn’t the exception. He was just a precursor to what our lives could be.

You were created by God, for God. He designed you with every intention of having you work exclusively for Him. By accepting the calling of doing His work you have chosen to dedicate your life to His will.

You have so much in common with Samuel.

He finished strong in The Lord. You can do the same.

Qualified to Work

Philippians 4:19

Zacharias and Elisabeth. Two people in history that were chosen to be part of God’s plan. This couple would become parents to John the Baptist.

What made them so special?

They were righteous and blameless.

Righteousness. Yours was as filthy rags….until you accepted Christ’s.

Blameless. You were guilty of sin….until Jesus washed it away.

So where does this leave you, Child of God?

Conditioned to take part in God’s plan.

You’re special. You’ve been chosen.

A Chosen Vessel

Acts 9:15

The Ark of the Covenant was a testimony to the people of Israel. It was a chosen vessel of God.

Inside of the Ark were three items: the Ten Commandments, manna and Aaron’s rod. The Ten Commandments were the rules that the Israelites were to live by. The manna was a reminder of how God provided for his people while they were in the wilderness. And Aaron’s rod was kept as a testimony that God was with them when they came up against opposition.

Like the Ark of the Covenant followers of Christ are chosen vessels of God. Just as the items in the Ark spoke to the people of Israel our lives are a testimony to the people around us.

Choose to live by the God’s teachings, filling yourself with the Word. Rely fully on God for your every need as the Israelites relied on God for manna. And like Aaron’s rod budded, be a fruitful Christian so that people can see the presence of God in your life and know that Jesus is on your side.

Taken Care Of

Galatians 1:4

The children of Israel were given strict directions when choosing a sacrifice for the Passover. They had to choose a first year male goat or sheep, without blemish on the tenth day of the month. Then they had to keep it until the fourteenth day before they were to kill it that evening. Next they were told how to apply it to their doorframe. Strict orders were also given on how to eat and dispose of the sacrifice. Even their dress code and speed at which they ate were dictated to them.

Today a sacrifice for sin is still needed.

Unlike the Israelites, none of the pressure of securing a perfect sacrifice is laid on us. Jesus was the perfect Lamb chosen by God. Jesus came to this earth as the firstborn Son of God and of Mary. He came without spot or blemish and died after living a perfect and sinless life. He met all of the requirements of a perfect sacrifice. God’s choice was perfect.

But, just like the Israelites, we are responsible for what we do with the sacrifice once it has been offered. We have to choose to apply the blood of Jesus to our life. After that He will gladly lead and guide us in every detail of our life if we surrender it to Him.

How grateful we should be that our perfect Lamb has already been chosen and sacrificed. All we had to do was accept it.

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