New Life

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Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

John‬ ‭11‬:‭43-44‬ NIV

Lazarus was dead. His body wrapped tightly in grave clothes and laid to rest. The world had already moved on, the end of the story already written. It was over.

But the story was not over for God.

Just when Mary and Martha thought that it was too late, Jesus came and did the most unexpected thing: He raised Lazarus from the dead. He had someone roll away the stone and then called him out.

In one of the most remarkable passages of Scripture, Jesus speaks to death and it is defeated. It is powerless before the commanding Word of the Son of God.

You may think that your story has already been written.

That it is over.

That where you are right now is where you will always be.

That your usefulness, your marriage, your ministry, your job, your purpose, your hopes lay dead and lifeless at your feet.

Jesus still defies death. You may think the story is over but God doesn’t.

He will call life from death and unbind the grave clothes that cling.

He will call your name, remind you who you are and whose you are.

He will change the ending. 

He will resurrect relationships, restore callings, redefine life as you know it and move you into the light.

The story of Lazarus is more than an example of a miracle, it is a proclamation of the power of Jesus to raise the dead things in us and a reminder to us today that all death means nothing in the light of His love.

When fear rises up to tell you that your story is already over, begin to loudly proclaim that in Christ your story has only just begun.

Get Up

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“The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again.
    But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭24:16‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Get up.

God is not done with you.

God is not done with your purpose.

God is not done.

Get up…..again. 

God Is Always At Work

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In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” (‭John‬ ‭5‬:‭17‬ NIV)

God is always at his work.

You may not see it, understand it or even discern it but he is working.

What is God’s work?

Redemption.
Restoration.
Recreation.

God is at work in your life.

Redeeming that which has been lost.

Restoring that which has stolen.

Recreating that which has destroyed.

He does not take a holiday, he does not need to take a vacation. He IS working.

Earlier in this chapter, Jesus asked the
crippled man by the pool “Do you want to be made well?” It seems like a rhetorical question, right?

A Bible commentator named David
Guzik says this,

“His question may seem rhetorical, but Jesus knew that not every sick person wants to be healed, and that some are so discouraged that they put away all hope. Jesus is dealing with a man who may have his heart withered as well as his legs.”

God wants to restore hope to your heart as well as healing to your life.

Can you begin to hope again in that part if your life that you have given up on? Can you believe that God can restore it?

Yes. Yes.

You may have given up but
God has not.
He is always at work.