Lessons From Lazarus

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But even now I know
John 11:22

Lesson one: Jesus knows how you feel. At Lazarus' funeral, 'Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, 'See how He loved him!'' (John 11:35-36 NKJV). This story proves we serve a God who can not only raise the dead, but can 'sympathize sympathise with us' (See Hebrews 4:15 NKJV). So if you're grieving today turn to God and allow Him to comfort you.

Lesson two: Jesus can give you back what life's taken from you. He can 'restore to you the years' that life has stolen (See Joel 2:25). Claim that promise; take it to the place where you've lost so much, and ask God to replace and renew. Martha said, 'Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You' (John 11:21-22 NKJV). Instead of saying 'if only,' pray 'even now I know.' It's not too late, God can move on your behalf.

Lesson three: Jesus can set you free. 'He cried...'Lazarus, come forth!' And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes...Jesus said...'Loose him, and let him go' (John 11:43-44 NKJV). God's Word is greater than the thing that has bound, limited or enslaved you. Even though your mind doesn't fully comprehend it, let your spirit respond to God. Pray with the Psalmist, 'Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law; indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, for I delight in it' (Psalm 119:34-35 NKJV). When you pray such a prayer your faith will grow, and the circumstances that seem impossible will be changed by God.

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Steve said…
Thanks for this inspiring encouraging word!