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In Need of Resurrection (Part 2)

“So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well. For on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and putting their faith in him.” ~John 12:10-11


Jesus did an amazing thing. He raised Lazarus from the dead. He did the impossible. He obliterated everyone’s expectations and brought a man back to life.

As the story would have it, not everyone was happy about the miracle. The corrupt priests were so concerned about their status among the people that they could not even recognize the miracle that had been performed. Instead, the leaders plotted for a way to kill Lazarus. They wanted to kill the miracle. They wanted to destroy the one who was a walking testimony of the work that Jesus had done.

The fact that Lazarus died was important. The resurrection could not have occurred….the victory could not have transpired if Lazarus had not died first. Think about a situation that almost took you out of here. Think about the near death experience that you might have had…the hope that was lost…only for God to step in, turn it around, and make Himself known. When I was little girl, I used to hear the older folks say, “The devil thought he had me, but Jesus reached out and grabbed me.” I feel like shouting even as I write this.

You see, you can’t experience resurrection unless something has died. Lazarus was dead for four days before he was brought back to life. I read about the process of decomposition that takes place when a person dies, but I will spare you the details. Lets just say a lot of decay can take place in four days.

If you think of areas in your life that are in need of resurrection, (i.e. your career, relationship with your partner, walk with the Lord, etc.), don’t get discouraged. It might seem as if that part of your life has died. Perhaps that part of you has decayed and rotted. Know that even still, God can resurrect it. He brings life to dead situations. Lazarus experienced it. Shoot, if you fast forward a little bit, Jesus exemplified it.

They tried to kill Lazarus. They felt threatened, and planned to take him out. They wouldn’t have tried to hurt him if there wasn’t something amazing within him. And even in the midst of the haters, there isn’t one scripture that says Lazarus was ashamed of the work that had been performed in his life. People will talk about you. Some will not believe the transformative work that God has performed within you or in the situation that surrounds you. It’s easy to get embarrassed when we consider the journey that we’ve gone through, or the road that still looms ahead of us. Don’t be ashamed. God can overcome alcoholism, drug addiction, sexual promiscuity. He can transform a gossip, a liar, a cheater, and a deceiver. And the amazing thing about God is that He is so thorough in His work that he can make it so that you don’t even have any residue. People will look at you and see the glory of God, but they won’t know the entire story of what it took to get you here.

Give that dead thing to God and let Him breathe life into it. Give him your career, your marriage, your children, your finances. He can fix the situation. And when He has done it, walk with your head high knowing that you are a canvass displaying the work that God has performed.

Give God the glory.

 

 

 


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In Need of Resurrection (Part 1)

I am a mother,  a wife, a writer, and an artist. I love to dance. I love to sing. I love theater, photography, and poetry.

As I continue on the path of finding balance, I find myself missing the woman that I used to be. I’m still strong and creative. I’m still a survivor and a fighter. I am determined. I am victorious. I am a daughter of the most high God. But…there is something missing.

While reading my Bible, I came across this passage: “…Jesus called out in a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, ‘Take off the grave clothes and let him go.'” ~John 12:43-44

In this passage, Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. Having been dead for four days, it’s not surprising that Martha, Lazarus’ sister, cautions Jesus about approaching the body. It must have smelled horribly (see John 12:39)! Hmmmmm….Jesus showed up to resurrect her brother, but she warns him of the stench of what he might find? Doesn’t she know who Jesus is?

As I seek to resurrect the parts of me that have been dormant over the past 3 1/2 months–my worship, my prayer life, my private devotion, my ability to recognize God in any situation…–Will I be afraid to surrender those areas out of fear of the way they stink? Will I miss out on the opportunity to allow God to work in those areas because I am ashamed of how they look, or even how they might smell?

What about you? Are there areas of your life that you “hide” from God because you are ashamed of how they will be perceived? Let me let you in on a little secret: He already knows. I love that after Jesus raised Lazarus, he told the people to take the grave clothes off and let him go. I imagine that Jesus already knew that he had been wrapped in grave clothes. He already knew how bad he would smell after being dead for four days.

Perhaps there is a part of you that has been dead for days, months, or even years. Don’t be ashamed to give it to God and allow him to take the grave clothes off. Jesus knew the situation he was walking into, and I love that scripture doesn’t record him commenting on Lazarus’ condition. Jesus saw past the hopeless situation and brought life to it.

He is able to heal you from your past, deliver you from your hurtful experiences, and forgive you for all of your sin. He already knows how bad it is. The amazing thing about God is that he can love you through it. But you have to take the first step and respond to him. He’s calling you.

“(insert your name here), come out!”