Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others



Hiding or Seeking

The Holy Ghost had revealed to Simeon that he wouldn’t see death until he saw the Christ the Lord. To put it plainly, he was guaranteed a next breath as long as he didn’t see Jesus.

Some would have fled any place that might have the potential of being visited by Christ just to live a little longer. But Simeon chose not to. He, being led by the Spirit, went to the temple: the very place babies went to be dedicated to the Lord. It was here that Simeon was given the honor of blessing the baby Jesus, his parents and prophesying about the wonders of Christ.

Simeon understood that running from the presence of Jesus wasn’t worth missing out on the glory of being part of His story.

It is my prayer that you and I will have that same frame of mind causing us to be willing to offer everything we have to be used to glorify Christ.

Luke 2:21-32

#winning Word

What’s with the Flag?

So how does a book with #winning as the title have a picture of a white flag of surrender?? It wasn’t the original plan, I’ll tell you that. I had a completely different vision. But, when the proof came back for me to sign off on, I couldn’t do it. I didn’t have a peace about it. I talked to my group that has helped me with several decisions concerning this book over the past couple of years (Dad, Mom, Cass, Jeffrey, Tim, Kayla, Sarah and of course Trae) While I was talking to Mom and Dad, Mom suggested a flag. Immediately the white flag came to my mind. As soon as we hung up I prayed for the Lord to give me confirmation that the white flag was to be on the cover. The very next words I heard were “white flag in the wind” from the song Air I Breathe by Mat Kearney playing on Klove. I knew then that the Lord wanted that as the cover for #winning. So, here’s a special shout out to my mother. I am so glad that she is sensitive to the Lord’s voice and willing to act on it. Also, I am super grateful and continuing to stand in awe that Jesus, the King of Kings, cares about our details!!

Qualified to Work

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, the forerunner to Jesus.

What made them so special? Luke 1:6 tells us that they were righteous and blameless.

Our righteousness was as filthy rags….until we accepted Christ’s. We were guilty of sin….until Jesus washed it away.

Because of Jesus, God looks at you, Child of God, as righteous and blameless. You are now qualified to do great things for God’s kingdom. Don’t allow self-doubt deter you from following Christ’s leading. He is covering you and preparing the way.

Dual Purpose

The Philistines were ready to destroy Samson. He stood bound by cords, without a way to defend himself. As they shouted, taunted and verbally tormented Samson the Spirit of The Lord descended upon him. The cords were loosened. A weapon to defeat the Philistines was provided:
The jawbone of a donkey.
Then Samson needed water. Single handily, he had just destroyed a thousand Philistine men. He was weakened and thirsty. Samson couldn’t find anything to drink from. Then The Lord provided water for him:
In the same jawbone of a donkey. 
The jawbone was the tool that Samson used to defeat the enemy. It was also the instrument that was a available to sustain his life. The jawbone had dual purposes.
The Word. It has dual purpose in our walk with Christ. The Lord has provided it to be used as a weapon to defeat our enemy. He has also given it to us to use as the source of life.
Samson used what The Lord provided him with. You do the same. Use The Word to fight your battles and to nourish you.
Judges 15:14-19

Same Scripture

“Have courage.” “Don’t be afraid.” “God is with me.” “Go.” Joshua 1:9 has a very special place in my family’s hearts. It was the scripture that led us to KY. Today God used it again to comfort us as we enter into another phase of life.
The Word of the Lord is alive. Be careful not to skim over scripture because you think there isn’t anything you can gain from it. If the Lord has led you to it, then he has something for you. 


A little disclaimer: We are not moving again. All of the kids are school age for the first time and we are preparing for the upcoming year. 😬



Battles are Won

Jesus told Peter that he would deny him three times before the cock crowed twice. 
Instead of Peter asking the Lord to strengthen him, to change his heart, to keep him from that temptation he argued with him. He wouldn’t hear of the “nonsense” that Jesus was speaking. 
He allowed the words of Christ to have zero effect on him. So he did as exactly the Lord said he would: He denied Jesus.
Jesus cautions us when we’re tempted to choose evil. He encourages us to pray for ourselves that we wouldn’t be led into that temptation. He tells us to get into the Word to memorize it so we that won’t sin. 
But so often we ignore His wisdom. 
He loves us in every word He has spoken to us. Every nudge of warning is not only for His kingdom’s benefit but for ours too. 
Choose to make decisions based on Jesus. 


So Z Dilly and I were playing a little bit of baseball this morning.
After hitting it twice in a row he said “I’m a good baseball player.”
Immediately scripture came to my mind “let a stranger praise thee”. 
I thought ‘oh no. He’s having so much fun. And I have been saying it…maybe he’s just repeating me. He’s too young for this lesson right now.’
Immediately I felt loving conviction: is anyone too young to be taught my ways?
Answer: No. The Word can be hidden in even a toddler’s heart. The Word only helps to grow a person to be more Christlike. It never harms them. 
“I’m a good baseball player mom!” He said it again. 
“Buddy, instead of saying ‘I’m so good!’ how about ‘look how Jesus helps me!'” I said. 
“Jesus helps me!” he said with a smile on his face. He wasn’t upset at all. 
Now that the moment has passed I look back and am so grateful for the conviction of the Spirit. For that verse in Proverbs. 
Because at age 3 my little guy is learning that all good gifts come from Jesus and that He is the one that deserves praise. 

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