Take Away The Stone

Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39 “Take away the stone,” he said….(John 11:38–39).

I have had many stones laid upon my heart that have kept me in deep bondage. Stones of anger, shame, fear, worry, and resentment.
 
You see before Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, He first had to take the stone away. I do not believe its possible for us to live in true, lasting freedom with the Lord Jesus Christ until we first ask Him to roll the stones away that have been stored up in our hearts. We cannot, nor will we ever experience the fullness of the resurrection power of Jesus if we carry anger, bitterness, fear and resentment with us in our lives.
 
God has been resurrecting many stones in my life over the past few months as I have been seeking Him. I have seen Him roll away fear, resentment, anger, and worry. I still have a long ways to go, but truly, this season of my life has not ended in terror. Instead, It has been the re-birthing of resurrection in my heart.
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Sometimes Jesus wants to take us somewhere so deep that pain accompanies it, not because He delights in the pain, but because something has to die in us first before He can “roll the stone away.” We often view our most painful seasons as curses from the grave, when they very well could be gifts from God for the resurrection of new life in our hearts. As Lazarus walked out of the tomb, he was a new man with a new appreciation for life. We too, as we hold fast to Jesus during dark seasons in our lives will walk out new people as we experience the fullness of His resurrection power.
 
Jesus, every season is for the purpose of drawing me closer to you. I have the resurrection power of Jesus Christ that lives inside of me. I have your love that restores all things that sin has tried to destroy in my life. I have you and you roll the stones away that I have stored up in my heart. Thank you, Jesus, for your resurrection power. I am a new woman because of it, in Jesus name, Amen.

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