Good morning, Family:
This word that the Holy Spirit put on my heart is strong, this morning. I know that most of you know the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. I need you to pay special attention to what Martha said and what Jesus did, and said, as a reply to her.
This is what God wants the world to HEAR, this morning:
There is nothing that is too big for God. Your past doesn’t scare God. Your addiction doesn’t scare God. Your sin doesn’t scare God. All that he wants is the opportunity to free you from a life of sin, death, and bondage.
When you hear God calling YOU OUT of the things that try to bind you and kill you, be responsive and obedient. Jesus has the power to free you from the thing or things that snare you and have become a stronghold in your life.
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God is calling you forth to an abundant life. Dont allow anyone to say tell you that your past “stinks,” like Martha told Jesus about Lazarus. When God brings you out, he brings you OUT, with new clothes and new smell. No matter what, you are a NEW CREATION.
Jesus told those that knew Lazarus the closest to unwrap him and let him go. Why did he do that? Jesus could have unwrapped Lazarus himself. Jesus wanted those closest to him to see the transformation for themselves. In other words, dont keep this man bound up. You may not want to forget who the old Lazarus used to be, but I have made him new. Now, “YOU, UPWRAP HIM AND LET HIM GO!!!!”
P. S. Jesus wept, because he was angry that the people didn’t believe he was who he said he was, after all this time. He used Lazarus as proof that he and the Father were ONE.
New Living Translation (NLT)
39 “Roll the stone aside,” Jesus told them.
But Martha, the dead man’s sister, protested, “Lord, he has been dead for four days. The smell will be terrible.”
40 Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” 41 So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me. 42 You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me.” 43 Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him go!”
I love this song by Jeremy Camp. Every time it comes on the radio, I turn it up as loud as I can. The name of the song is Word of Life, but I call it the Lazarus Song.