Mom’s “Minute Devo”-Monday, November 26th

How dead is dead?

Wow! What a title for right after Thanksgiving? Giving thanks on purpose definitely has something to do with it, but we’ll get back to that!

You remember the story of Lazarus in John 11? Jesus was with his disciples in another place when Lazarus became ill. His sisters, Mary & Martha, sent word to Jesus, but instead of going to Bethany to see Lazarus, Jesus delayed two more days. By this time, Lazarus died.

Jesus then told his disciples they must go to Bethany for Lazarus had “fallen asleep,” yet it was all for “the glory of God,” Jesus said. Martha heard that Jesus was coming and met him, but Mary remained in their house. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” John11:20-22 ESV

Jesus went on to say to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” Martha said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God…” John11:25-27ESV

Martha then sent for Mary, who also came to Jesus and fell at his feet, crying earnestly, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died!” When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. And he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” John 11:32-34 ESV

They went to the tomb and Jesus ordered that the stone be rolled away! But Martha protested saying, “Lord, he’s been dead four days and by now he stinks!”

Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” Sothey took away the stone. And Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I know that you always hear me,but I say this that they may believe that you sent me.”  When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth.”  The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.” John11:40-44paraphrased

OK, so the question remains, how dead is dead? Lazarus had been dead four days! That’s good and dead, right?  No doubt, as Martha rightly feared, there was a stench!  But Jesus, looked up to heaven and THANKED GOD!  He thanked God!  AND, he declared that God ALWAYS hears him!  Then, after thanking God and declaring that God always hears him, he COMMANDED Lazarus to come forth, come out, get up and walk out!!

What is dead in your life?  Is there anything so dead that it stinks? During holidays, we often gather with extended family and others with whom we have long term relationships.  Are there any dead relationships in your life that need resurrection like Lazarus? Is there anyone or anything you’ve given up on, someone or something you think will never live again? It could literally be a spouse, a child, a sibling, or another family member or friend; or it could be a dream or desire you had years ago, that somehow has fallen by the wayside.

Thanksgiving morning, I woke up with these words, “how dead is dead?” and was stirred with the story of Jesus and Lazarus!! Let this encourage us to look to heaven, as Jesus did, THANK GOD, declaring that he HEARS US, and call forth those people, those dreams, those relationships to be resurrected, in Jesus Mighty Name!

Prayer:  Father God, thank you that you care more than I possibly can about______________, and that you ALWAYS hear me!  I call forth now _________________ to live again and to rise up in your power and love and favor and blessing!!  I command life back into _____________ in Jesus Name and speak blessing over __________. Show me how to walk in belief as Jesus called Martha to do.  Lord I believe in you and your word now! Amen.

Belief and Blessings with Thanksgiving to you this week! 

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