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Finding Freedom in Christ – Lessons from Lazarus (Part 3/4) [Friday Devotionals with Terra] – Episode 454

Finding Freedom in Christ - Lessons from Lazarus (Part 3/4) [Friday Devotionals with Terra] - Episode 454
Today we’re looking at the story of Lazarus, specifically at the significance of Lazarus being alive yet still bound in grave clothes. We’re examining parallels to believers’ lives, highlighting how one can be spiritually alive in Christ yet constrained by past sins, thoughts, and lies.

Let’s talk about how engaging with Jesus, His Word, and worship leads to true freedom, and how we can shed our "grave clothes" for a fuller life in Christ.
Today we’re looking at the story of Lazarus, specifically at the significance of Lazarus being alive yet still bound in grave clothes. We’re examining parallels to believers’ lives, highlighting how one can be spiritually alive in Christ yet constrained by past sins, thoughts, and lies.

Let’s talk about how engaging with Jesus, His Word, and worship leads to true freedom, and how we can shed our "grave clothes" for a fuller life in Christ.

You can listen to the full episode here 🡻

  • 0:00 – Introduction to today’s Bible study
  • 2:02 – Reading of John 11:38-44
  • 3:28 – Reviewing the story and expanding on the significance of the events that took place
  • 6:35 – Parallels of this story to our lives as Christians
  • 8:35 – What are “grave clothes” to us?
  • 10:10 – How to find freedom in Christ
  • 13:20 – Transformative passages to memorize to build a deeper relationship with Christ

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Steps to Embrace Freedom in Christ

As we dig into a third episode on the story of Lazarus, we’re looking at tangible ways to find freedom in Christ. 

This powerful narrative serves as a mirror to our spiritual lives. Like Lazarus, we are called forth from death to life by Jesus, yet often remain hindered by the remnants of our past – our sins, lies, and old ways of thinking. 

We’re sharing the ways that we can find true freedom, rooted in a deep, personal relationship with Jesus and His Word. 

  • Scripture Engagement:
    The Bible is a transformative power in our lives. By reading, meditating, and memorizing pivotal passages like Psalm 119 and Colossians 3:1-17, we invite God’s Word to renew our minds, change our perspectives, and align our thoughts with divine truths. This practice is foundational for spiritual growth and freedom in Christ, as it anchors us in God’s promises and equips us to face life’s challenges with faith and wisdom.

  • Worship Through Singing:
    This serves as a profound way to deepen our connection with God. Engaging in worship, whether alone or in a community, allows us to express our love, gratitude, and devotion to God. Singing praises liberates our spirit, helps to shift our focus from our circumstances to God’s greatness, and fosters an intimate relationship with our Creator. Worship becomes a vehicle for experiencing God’s presence and celebrating His faithfulness in our lives.

  • Personal Reflection and Prayer:
    These are essential practices for nurturing our relationship with God and experiencing freedom in Christ. Through prayer, we communicate with God, share our hearts, seek guidance, and find peace in His presence.

Powerful Passages to Read, Meditate on, and Memorize

Scripture From This Episode

John 11:38-44 NIV

38 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.

“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”

40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”

43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.

Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

ESV (English Standard Version)

 

ESV (English Standard Version)

44 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.”

 


Amplified Bible 

44 Out came the man who had been dead, his hands and feet tightly wrapped in burial cloths (linen strips), and with a [burial] cloth wrapped around his face. Jesus said to them, “Unwrap him and release him.”

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