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The Unwrapping of Lazarus
“Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go,” John 11:41-43.
Earlier today I had visions of a man being wrapped in grave clothes.
It reminded me of the story of Lazarus and how Jesus had come to where he had been buried. As we know from the biblical account, the LORD Himself had called him to come forth out of death and unto life.
The grave clothes that had wrapped Lazarus’ body were then abandoned and he was given the new clothes of life.
Death was then taken away from him as he came forth into the light that ushered forth from the spoken words of Christ.
I believe that there are many among us who are wrapped in the cloths of death.
It is a spiritual death and some are now slumbering not knowing that they are dead.
It is time to come forth and to let lose of the death cloths. This clothing has caused you to fall into a deep slumber that has now prevented you from living the life that you were called to do.
This garb that has been wrapped around you has now smothered you. The darkness where you have been laid to rest has been your home for so long that you aren’t even aware of it.
Let go of the dark chambers that have been your home for so long now.
Come into the light and ‘come forth’ even as Lazarus had done. You will be given the new clothing of new life.
The old will be done away and your former death cloths will be abandoned forever.
Remember that He is the resurrection and the life. Death will be swallowed up. The grave has no victory.
“O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” 1 Corinthians 15:55.
I Can Resurrect Those Dreams!
“3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. 4 Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. 6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday” Psalm 37:3-6.
“What are your dreams and hopes,” asks the LORD?
“What are the things that occupy your time?
I tell you that many of you have hopes and dreams that have never come to pass. But I can make those dreams come true,” says the LORD.
Many of them have drifted away like the wind. They have blown away like the chaff.
They have blown away because their seed was not fully grounded. You held those dreams up like an idol.
You fashioned them like a craftsman would have with his hands. But I can resurrect those dreams of yours,” says the LORD.
Give Me those dreams; let Me hallow them out and make them new again.
For I have come to fill the empty heart. I have come to fill the longings of your heart.
But many of the hearts that I see are not filled with true longings for Me. When you long for Me like the sunshine, then your longings are true and pure.
Examine those dreams and look into the mirror of my life in you of them. Do they reflect the true dreams of your heart?
I fulfill the dreams of those who are hungry. I fulfill the heart that longs to be with Me. I clothe your dreams in my splendor.
Many of you have left your dreams and you have buried them in the ground. You gave up on them long ago.
But now I AM blowing upon them like the embers of a fire. And now I call to them just as I called to Lazarus. I say for them to come forth!”
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?