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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Daniel Fast: Day Nine

Day Nine:

This morning I'm in John 11 reading about the death and resurrection of Lazarus, and two verses just jump off the page. Jesus had just heard that his dear friend, Lazarus, was very ill. “When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days” (John 11:4-6, NIV).

Whatever sickness or problem or situation or danger we face, it is to bring glory to God. Jesus loves us just as He did Lazarus. He lingered in rescuing Lazarus just as He lingers in our lives to rescue us in order that we might learn a lesson in the midst of hardship, or grow closer to Him through a prolonged illness. He knows of our troubles, and He comes when the time is right for deliverance and healing.

Jesus loves you just as much as His next child. He loves the ones He died for, but who have not accepted Him into their lives. But because you believe in Him, He rescues you. He does not linger to punish you, but to bring greater purpose to your life.

“Then Jesus said, 'Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?’ So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, 'Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.' When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, 'Lazarus, come out!' The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, 'Take off the grave clothes and let him go'” (John 11:40-44, NIV).

If you believe, you shall the glory of God. Believe it, and watch your stone roll away. Don't despair in the midst of your illness or your struggle or your problem or your heartache. Praise Him for His faithfulness to you even when He lingers for your benefit (Hebrews 13:15). He calls forth your healing, your deliverance, and your promise when His time is perfect. He rescues you from what would kill your faith and your life. And you walk forth out of the grave that has held you into His newness of life (Romans 6:1-4).

You are free indeed.

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