Redeemed and Restored

By Joseph Odongkara

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Lazarus was called out of his tomb but he needed help, to be unbound. Like Lazarus, we have many people who need he. Be available for them. (image from intothekingsgarden.blospot.com)

Loose him and let him go…..(John 11:14 NKJV)

When Jesus stood at his friend’s grave and said, “Lazarus, come forth,” his friend who had been dead for four days, struggled out, still bound from head to toe in grave clothes. His grave clothes did not just fall off the minute Jesus spoke to him. No, he needed someone to ‘loose him, and let him go’.

There is am important lesson here. When you accept Christ, he changes you from the inside out. But certain experiences in your past can slow you down, keep you bound spiritually and determined how you see yourself. And when the Holy Spirit does the initial work, transformation is a process, one that needs the help of others. It doesn’t happen overnight, it takes time.

The Bible says, “….if anyone is in Christ, he is a anew creation, old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV)

When Jesus saves you it is like emerging from the tomb wrapped in the grave clothes of your past. What are those grave clothes? Negative influences and thought patterns, low self esteem, old habits, destructive relationships, etc.

That is why God sends people to love you, help liberate you and release into your potential. It is important that you identify these people and build your life around them. It is also why you need to develop an intimate relationship with God through prayer and Bible reading.

Through the Word of God, you get a true picture of how He views you. Through prayer you get to know His heart and begin seeing yourself through His eyes. When that happens, you begin to live a redeemed, released and redirected life.

Prayer

Eternal God, thank you for giving me eternal life in Christ

I need the enabling of your Holy Spirit

To life a spirit filled life

In fellowship with you and fellow believers

Help guide me towards a fellowship of friends

Together with whom we can experience the new life in Christ

And be established for your Kingdom’s sake

Amen!

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