So today, we continue the journey through Lazarus’ resurrection. Last week, we had to face the fact that God does intentionally let our lovely deadlines pass. There will be moments in which He will let certain opportunities, relationships, etc. pass….for His glory. Trust that if He let anything in your life die, that He can either replace it with something better, OR raise it from the dead. However, if we move forward & read John 11: 13-27, we realize that we play a part in this process. We not only have to stop breathing life into something that God is trying to kill; we also have to believe for better.
Today, we start a 3 part journey following the story of Lazarus’ death & resurrection. Why 3 parts? Well, the more I read & thought about it, the more I wrote, and I wouldn’t dare upload something that long. Also, while it’s one story, each segment kind of deals with something different. Are you ready? Oh you better believe I’m ready! Let’s go!
The children of Israel that we encounter in Exodus 32 are an…interesting…slightly hilarious…and terribly impatient group of people. By the time we get to c32, they’ve crossed (and shouted across) the Red Sea, received a covenant (promise…special treatment) from God, and received manna from heaven DAILY. They’ve seen miracles (plural….like…more than one) with their own eyes….and now turn away from God because Moses goes missing for 40 days (makes you wonder who they actually trusted, huh?). It’s not like Moses was off wandering in a random place, he was with God getting direction for their next level; but because the children of Israel couldn’t SEE him, they lost faith in all that they had seen. Now, it’s easy to talk down on the children of Israel….until we realize how much we have in common with them.
Have you ever heard or read a verse, and it just….stick with you? Like, you can’t seem to shake it? That’s what’s recently happened between me & Genesis 12:1-3. Let’s talk about, shall we? Ohhhhh you bet we shall (lol)….
This is the day that the Lord has made……I’ll rejoice if I get my promotion. What? That’s not what it says? That’s not how the phrase goes? That’s not what the Bible says? Ok. Sorry. Let me try it again. *clears throat* This is the day that the Lord has made!…we will rejoice if nothing bad happens and/or nobody gets on our nerves. Still wrong? Dag nabit! Shucks! Ok, give me one more try, k? Ummmmmm…..this is the day that the Lord has made (that’s right, right? cool)….we will rejoice & be glad in it. That’s it? That’s….that’s right? Hmmmm…that’s interesting. Why don’t we act like that then?
A story is told in Luke 7:36 about a woman that comes to Jesus, kneels down behind Him, and begins to wash His feet. She then rinses them with her tears, and dries them with her hair. Throughout this entire encounter, she doesn’t say a word. She just…does it. To me, this story is one of the most important stories in the Bible. I think that woman is a picture that will eternally represent what Christians should be. I believe that her story is included as an example of true worship, sacrifice, and relationship with God. I think that if we acted more like this woman in (and actually, out of) church, we’d be closer to the God of the church. So, today, she’s our topic, and our trendsetter. Let's go....
There’s a popular story in the Bible of ‘the woman with the issue of blood’ that was healed by Jesus. I’ll break down the story in a few, but first, I want you to know why her story is relevant to yours. I believe that in some way, we all need to be healed. Since nobody is perfect, there’s something in us, whether we want to admit it or not, that’s broken. Something inside of all of us, regardless of age, race, nationality, years in God, etc., needs to be healed so that we can be better people. There are literally billions of people walking around with trust issues, low self esteem, physical illnesses, mental illnesses, etc., and in one way or another, we all contribute to that number. So, step one in this process: what in you needs to be healed? Well, whatever it is, I’m here to tell you that regardless of how long you’ve suffered or where the pain is, there’s healing…in His hem.
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