Saturday, November 3rd,
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DIE TILL YOU'RE DEAD!
that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave clothes..." (John 11:44)
It is expected that a dead man would be wrapped
in grave clothes, but on a living man, such garb would be way out of place.
Jesus commanded the bystanders to "loose him, and let him go". Why? Because it
would look a bit ridiculous for a live man to go to town, go to work, go out to
eat or whatever, wrapped in mummy gauze. If Frank says, "I want to be buried in
my favorite blue pinstripe suit", then continues to wear that suit it would
seem to me that he has a death wish. Don't die till you're dead. Don't swap
warm blood for embalming fluid. Forgive the morbidity but what I mean is, there
are millions who, still in their forties, fifties and sixties, have surrendered
to defeat and are dressed for interment just like a youngster puts on his
pajamas to go to bed. Even if you are ninety, refuse those bedclothes.
When a person "settles" for what life gives
him, he has accepted the mummy tape. The attitude that acquiesces, "I will
never get ahead, I will never get out of this dead end job, I will never find a
husband, I will never be able to have a child, I will be pricking my thumb
checking my sugar the rest of my life", these are confessions of the man or woman
who has forfeited dreams and quit. "I Quit" is supposed to be a sticker that
ex-smokers wear not a scowl on the faces of should-be winners. Twice Jacob
complained that his sons were going to "bring down [his] gray hairs with sorrow to the grave"
(Genesis 42:38, 29). What a give-up attitude. Little did he know that while he
was making such defeated talk, while he was being measured for grave clothes,
his son Joseph was being promoted to vice president of all affairs in Egypt
and that the break of his lifetime was only days around the corner. Don't die
till you're dead, man, God may be up to something that involves you! Jacob was
about to receive the promotion he'd always waited for along with a move to the Beverly Hills of his day and he didn't even know it.
"Lazarus, come forth!" (John 11:43) We do have
to walk away from things like defeat, doom, depression and disaster before we
can be loosed from old grave cloth attitudes. Martha recoiled at the thought of
opening the sepulcher, "By now he stinketh!" For the Lazarus in management or a
business office the odor is called, according to Zig Ziglar, "stinking
thinking". The man has to be removed from the grave before the grave can be
removed from the man. "Loose him, and let him go", implies that most people
will need outside intervention, a mentor's encouragement, a stirring faith
sermon or perhaps a preacher's prayers. And removing negative thinking systems
takes time and effort. The mummy tape had to be stripped back from Lazarus
strip by strip. What took years to wind and bind you can certainly be shredded
in an instant by the power of God but more often it requires a process of
renewal and a decision to personally strip off every layer of the old nature.
And once completed the ex-dead man will be standing there naked. That too is
all right because the first man Adam was naked and God has to bring all of us
to pure nakedness before God and ourselves before He can commence the process
of redressing us after His image. Don't die till you're dead! Strip off every
thought, attitude or compulsion that has anything to do with the realm of
darkness then discard it like oily jeans to the hamper marked "biohazard"...then
start living again.