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Unwrapping The Bandages by Cheryl Rendle
September 4, 2014

So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out 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.” (John 11:41-44)

This summer the ladies Bible study group I’m involved in has been studying Lazarus. Growing up in the church, I never really remember much being said about Lazarus except that Jesus loved him and raised him from the dead. There’s not much else said about him in Scripture. Oh, to be known as the person who made Jesus cry, how would you like that hanging over your head? ☺

The author we were studying mentioned something that has had me examining my own life. She pointed out that when Lazarus came out of the grave he was wrapped up in cloths (bandages) and Jesus told those watching to unwrap him. He was bound up and needed help getting the bandages off. Jesus didn’t do it for him and Lazarus couldn’t do it for himself. He was helpless.

What could this part of the passage possibly mean for me? I’m not tied up. I’ve never had a near death experience. What can I learn from this? I’m not helpless. I’m just fine, thank you very much, and I don’t need any help. Wait, what was that last thought? I don’t need any help?

Yes, of course we want others to think we’ve got it all together; that we have no major issues and those “little” challenges we do have, we easily “let go and let God”, as the saying goes. Let’s face it, we all have spiritual challenges in our lives. To let others come close enough to help us can be frightening. To let down a wall or two and be vulnerable leaves us wondering, “What will they think of me? What if they don’t accept me anymore?” Sometimes we, or should I say “I” need a close friend or someone with spiritual wisdom to help me. Someone to help me unwrap the sin that binds me so that I can live an abundant life in Christ.

As we prepare for the simulcast let’s pray for God to reveal areas in our lives that are binding us and preventing us from living an abundant life in Christ.

Galatians 6:2-6 (ESV)

Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load. Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches.

Cheryl Rendle

Father, we come before you longing for you to prepare our hearts for what you want to teach us through Living Proof Live 2014. Please reveal to us areas of sin that need forgiveness and places where we are deceiving ourselves. Thank you Lord for the women in our lives who walk along beside us and help us even when we think we don't need it. Guide us as we minister to the ladies attending the simulcast. May each one find the help she needs in you, and in your church. In the healing name of Jesus, we pray, amen.

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