Dying for the Glory of God

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Do you sometimes feel as though you might be swallowed whole in your current circumstances? I know I’ve felt that way lots of times and still have moments that I think I might not live ‘til morning.

I’ve been reading John 11 and studying the death of Lazarus. This story is certainly speaking about the physical death of Lazarus, but I couldn’t help but identify how we die a little each day when we are overcome with sicknesses that our fractured world thrusts upon us. Do you feel like your sickness has proved longer than any medicine?

It is easy for us to give up too soon. We size things up in our strength and resources only to cloud our view from the power of a Holy God willing and able to do far more than we could ever think to ask. God is not limited by death. He is a resurrection God! Sometimes He allows us to die in our circumstances so me might LIVE through Him!!! He can call us out from our graves at any given second, but we have got to believe He can and we’ve got to be willing to get up and walk out alive!

Are you dying in your marriage?

Are you dying in your finances?

Are you dying from un-forgiveness?

Are you dying from unmet expectations you’ve placed on others?

Are you dying from an illness – physical or spiritual?

I’m particularly fond of John 11:4 where Jesus says, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”

This verse is key because although Lazarus dies, his sickness does not end in death! Praise God! Over in verse 43 Jesus commanded, “Lazarus, come out!”

As I think about my past and the areas of my life where God has done His greatest work, I’ve had to die a little every single time. I’ve had to die to myself. In that death, God has raised me to life again! He resurrects the dead and our sicknesses and infirmities don’t end in death! However, every death He’s brought to life in my life, the glory of God shines bright in a way that only points to Him!

As we are living out Holy week, I hope you’ll join me in giving thanks to the many areas of your life where God has resurrected you from the dead! Praise God He died so that we might have life!!!


Because He’s Alive!





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  1. Posted April 2, 2015 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    Wonderful, wonderful, beautiful! So heart-provoking! I’ve printed it out (I printed out a copy for a co-worker, too) so I can continue to meditate on it. Hey, I can allow this devotion to lead me into a Bible study session at the Assisted Living!! Thanks, Kelli! 🙂

  2. Kelli
    Posted April 2, 2015 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Keneta for your kind and encouraging remarks! To God be the the glory!! Happy Easter!

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