Ricky Sinclair: Legacy – Were

Proverbs 13:22

What were you?

It’s not if you’re gonna leave a legacy, it’s what kind of legacy will you leave?

  1. What is Legacy?
    1. Legacy is what you leave when you die.
    2. Your legacy is what is still living on from your life.
    3. It’s the impact you made in this life while you were living.
  2. Living a life that is worthy of legacy.
    1. Legacy begins with the fear of the Lord. Psalms 112:1-5 Says, “Praise the Lord. Blessed is the man that fears the Lord, that delights greatly in His commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. Wealth and riches shall be in his house and his righteousness endures forever. Upon the upright there arises light in the darkness: he is gracious and full of compassion and righteous. A good man shows favor and lends, he will guide his

affairs with discretion.”

    1. Jeannie and I, when we got saved, came together in agreement that we would live our lives based on the word of God.
    2. Our marriage, our hopes, our family, our relationships, our rights, our ministry would all be the Lord’s and run by His word the Holy Bible. We committed our lives to God and His Word.
  1. Recognize the needs in the world and respond with compassion and action. Matthew 9:36 says, “And seeing the multitudes Jesus was moved with compassion because they fainted and were scattered abroad as sheep having no shepherd.”
  1. Jeannie and I coming from our past lives of brokenness and bondage realized three major areas of need in our world that we could make a difference in.
  2. Only what we do for others counts for legacy.
    1. Drug epidemic: 72,000 overdose deaths in 2017. New York Times reports in 2017 it was the worst year ever for drug overdose deaths in America.
      1. Cartels who are primarily responsible for the drugs worship Santa Muerte who is a female deity of death. She promises protection and safe delivery. Her alter is a woman skeleton clad in a robe usually holding a grim reaper sickle.
      2. My point is that there is a demonic spirit behind the drugs, the death, the destruction, which is represented and promoted by a spiritual kingdom called darkness to destroy mankind.
    2. Fatherless family epidemic:
      1. 25 million children today have absentee fathers.
      2. The absence of the father is the single most important cause of poverty, crime, behavior and academic struggles.
      3. These children are three times more likely to end up in jail by the age of 30 and have the highest rates of incarceration in the U.S.
      4. Abandoned mothers with the total demand and responsibility of kids, work, housing, bills, discipline, life pressures, often suffer from burn out, lack and neglect resulting in much hurt, harm and just plain out dysfunction as she does the best she knows how to do.
      5. Abandoned sons lack attention and development from a father’s impartation. Lack of a father’s authority and discipline results in rebellion, lack of respect and honor for all authority that leads to destruction to our children and our society.

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  1. Lack of leadership:
    1. Drugs and fatherlessness in our homes have contributed to what I call a leadership crisis in this nation.
    2. Leadership is crucial or what will the people be like. Everything rises or falls with leadership.
    3. Principles of leadership: Godly, righteous, wise, compassionate, character, honest, strong, willing to protect the weak and less fortunate, respect, powerful, bold, fighter for what is right, decision maker, protector, faithful, a rock, a fun person, a safe person, a straight shooter, a great person.
  1. Legacy questions: Did I fulfill my purpose and destiny for which God created me? Did I allow God to use me the way He wanted to?
    1. Was I the friend, father, mother, husband, wife, boss, employee, grandfather, grandmother that He wanted me to be.
    2. King David had flaws and made mistakes but today he is known for his faith that could strike down giants (Goliath). (1Samuel 17:24-51)
    3. King David is known for having a repentant heart that when he sinned he turned to God and ask Him for forgiveness. (2 Samuel 12:1-14)
    4. King David is known for his great leadership, because of his commitment to God.
    5. King David is known for God’s favor and blessing being upon him all the days of his life. A man after Gods own heart. (Acts 13:22)
  2. In Closing: What were you?