“A LAZARUS MOMENT”

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John 11:11: Then he said, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but now I will go and wake him up.” NLT

We all have times in our lives when we need a Lazarus moment.  What is a Lazarus moment?  Something in your life that appears to be dead that’s not intended to remain dead. There is something that needs to be brought back to life or revived.  For some of you it may be a situation or circumstance in your life that appears dead and needs to be resurrected from the dead.  For others, it may be that the vision you once had, has died.  Whatever it is I believe the Lord wants to breathe life back into the dead parts of your life.

Lazarus had died but it was not the Lord’s intention that he remained dead.  John 11:4 says: “But when Jesus heard about it he said, “Lazarus’s sickness will not end in death. No, it happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God will receive glory from this.”  He was dead for four days before He raised him from the dead.  I don’t know what you’re facing right now that seems dead, but it’s not the Lord’s intention that it remains dead.  I hear the Lord saying: “Your vision (or passion, or health, or whatever fits for you) has fallen asleep, but now I will go and wake it up.”

As I write this I have a strong sense that some of you reading this need your vision and passion revived.  Remember the passion you once had?  Remember the vision you once had?  It was not the Lord’s intention that it dies and remain dead.  He’s saying, “Now I will go and wake it up.”

John 11:38-44 reads:  Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. 39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.”  40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?”  41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.  42 And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.”  43 Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!”  44 And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with grave clothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”

Maybe your situation has been dead for so long, it has a stench to it but the stone is being rolled back and the Lord is crying with a loud voice, “Vision, come forth”, “Passion, come forth”, “Health, come forth.

Lazarus came out of that grave bound with grave clothes until Jesus commanded; “Loose him, and let him go.”  You too, will come out of your grave, you may still be bound with grave clothes but the Lord will command, “Loose him, and let him go.”

Now is the time for your Lazarus moment, are you ready?  There is too much for you to do.  Dead situations are about to be made alive.  The Lord is saying, whatever is dead in your life, “Now, I will go and wake it up!”

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