Lazarus: God is Giving you Hope and a Fresh Beginning

Just as Lazarus’ name means, “Whom God helps”, you are the one God helps! Today, the Lord is removing lingering questions and doubts from past events.

Recently as I was praying, I saw a huge warehouse, and a sign on it said, “Clearance!”
With it, came a sense of urgency, to surrender our lives to Jesus.
God has marked some items—that have occupied our lives like furniture—for removal.
These include priorities that were good once but are not His best for us right now.
And it is time to release these past treasures, to receive the new life He has for us.

“Let Me Take Care of This!”

I saw an angel with a giant broom—and I realized the vision spoke of God at work around us, sweeping out His house.

As I meditated on this, I heard the Lord say, “I am making room!” [1]

“Clearance” is joyful news! Clearing out the old makes way for the new!
Yet at times, we wonder how to clean up the clutter that has built up around us.
Or, there may be parts of our lives that painful experiences have soiled.
And we don’t know where to begin.

You are Defined by Love

But the Holy Spirit is moving in this space—“Let Me take care of this!” says the Lord.

Today, “clearance” speaks of hope and a new beginning. The Lord wants you to know that you are a miracle—and this is how you are known in Heaven:

  • You are defined by the love of your Saviour
  • And by the power of God

Lazarus was a Living Testimony

Lazarus was the much-loved brother of Mary and Martha, who fell sick and died. [2]
But his destiny on earth was not over.

For four days, he lay in a tomb, but when Jesus called, “Lazarus come forth!” life entered his body.
And Lazarus walked out—a living testimony of Christ’s resurrection power.

From a Tomb to a Table

In a short time, Lazarus goes from lying in a tomb to feasting at a table!

For in the final glimpse of Lazarus—in John chapter 12—he sits at a table, at a celebration held in Jesus’ honor!
His sister Martha is hosting—and Mary is at Jesus’ feet, pouring out fragrant oil from her alabaster box.

This party takes place during the events leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion.
By now, Lazarus’ story has been passed around. And many people have gathered to Jesus and believed in Him as a result.

But Lazarus is also in the eye of the storm—at the center of the controversy that will lead up to Jesus’ crucifixion.

A Last Touch of Lazarus’ Portrait

And John tells us,
“When all the people heard of Jesus’ arrival, they flocked to see him and also to see Lazarus, the man Jesus had raised from the dead.
Then the leading priests decided to kill Lazarus, too, for it was because of him that many of the people had deserted them and believed in Jesus.” (John 12:9,11, NLT)

So much attention is swirling around Lazarus in this final window into his life.
And this is the last we see of him—a last touch of the portrait—Lazarus is at the house at Bethany, dining with Jesus.

Today, Lazarus steps out of the pages of Scripture and reminds us—that no matter how far we have fallen, we also have a place at the table.
We too have a Redeemer.

What Matters Most about Lazarus

Recently, it stood out to me that we never do learn the details of what Lazarus was sick with!
On the other side of Lazarus’ resurrection, what mattered was not what had caused his death. But the One who had brought him to life.
And his purpose—which was to live for God’s glory! As John writes, “It was because of him that many people…believed in Jesus.”

Today, Jesus, the One who declared “I am the Resurrection and the Life”, has new life and freedom for you.
You too can receive His grace to begin again.

A Part of God’s Army

Resurrection was also the theme when the Holy Spirit took Ezekiel to a valley, where there were many dry bones (Ezekiel 37).
And perhaps—since they arise a mighty army and are located together in a valley—we can assume they died in battle.
Yet, like Lazarus, their cause of death doesn’t even warrant a mention!
What matters, is how and who has brought them to life.
Along with their purpose, which was to be a part of God’s army.

For the word of the Lord changes everything.
The word of the Lord—together with the breath of the Lord—has resurrection power.

Like Lazarus, You can say, “Jesus has Done This!”

Today, by faith, see yourself in that place that Lazarus occupied, at the table with Jesus.
On the other side of a move of God, where all of the questions fall away.
Here, it’s no longer what happened and why.
But only, “Who did this?”

And you realize, Jesus is here—Jesus has done this!
He has healed me and brought me back to life.

And just as Lazarus’ name means, “Whom God helps”, you are the one God helps! [3]
“Clearance”: The old has gone and the new has come. Now, you live for His glory.

And this is your resurrection story.

Leave a Comment
How does this prophetic teaching about “Clearance” and Lazarus minister to you today? I can certainly identify with this in a recent journey I’ve had. I’d love to hear from you, so leave a comment below for your response, testimony, or prayer request.

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Lazarus: God’s Power is Over You! (Prophetic Word)
Genesis Season: It’s Time for a New Beginning


[1] When I describe a vision I’ve seen, it’s usually a vivid impression in my mind’s eye (in this case also “hearing”), accompanied by a strong sense of God’s Presence—I’m not speaking of an “open” (physical) vision. I believe all prophetic words, encounters, and visions should be compatible with Scripture and need to be weighed up—if you’d like to know more see 8 Ways to Grow In Prophetic Visions and Pictures

[2] Read the full story of Lazarus in John chapters 11 and 12

[3] Strong’s G2976

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41 thoughts on “Lazarus: God is Giving you Hope and a Fresh Beginning”


    thank you very much prophet, i am joel lukyamuzi, i live in UGANDA, Kampala capital city. I had a dream of which i needed explanation. i saw small trees being uprooted and throwm away but with thhat i could not care, finally i saw a huge tree with a long stem and a huge branches and leaves at the top, it was being lifted up holizontally in the sky and it rolled 3 times in the sky , it wanded to fall at my home place but some one flyed and kicked it away and it disappeared.

    1. Hi Joel, the Bible does use the imagery of trees and I encourage you to look into the Biblical symbolism

      1. Jane Norfolk UK

        Hi Helen,
        I don’t know if this is allowed but this comment from Joel resonated and I believe God has given me something to share with him. Is that ok to write it here? Or would you prefer not.. please let me know and delete this if not… thanks Jane

  2. AnnMarie Cassel

    After many years of full time caretaking, in difficult, painful and exhausting situations, I am bruised and weary in my spirit. In this time, I can see the toll it has taken, and the urge for a ‘spring cleaning’. There is more, and it is time to release what is not useful and step into a new season with the things that are. God is good, all the time!
    Thank you and God bless you

    1. Hi AnnMarie, I’m praying for you right now, may the refreshing wind of the Spirit blow through your heart bringing newness and a fresh awareness of His Presence

  3. Thank you, Helen for this word! It is so very timely. My mother died in August 2021 just in time for me to step into a new position with a lot more responsibility. Often, I have felt like quitting as I walk through the grieving process because I feel all over the place. There are also areas of my life that need restoration after almost 20 years of being a caretaker for my parents. I definitely feel lifeless at times just going through the daily struggles of life. The reminder that Jesus is the resurrection and the life and that the Holy Spirit breathes new life into dead places is so appreciated! God bless you!

    1. Hi Kim, that is so difficult. I’m praying for you to be renewed and filled
      “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Rom 15:13)

  4. Wow! How awesome of you to post this! I feel this is exactly where I am in my walk with the Lord – He is removing some old stuff that needs to go and filling me with the new and refreshed.

  5. Cynthia Johnson

    Wow!! Thank you Woman of God for this timely word. I have been seeking the Lord about a Rhema word that He shared with me concerning (Isaiah 22:22) I’m still pressing in for more wisdom, knowledge and understanding of this word. I have allowed Holy Spirit to close the door of my pass life. And to open the new doors that no man can open or shut.
    The Lord is raising me up in Leadership and the enemy is Mad. Thank you Lord for confirmation and revelation. Clearing out the old in with the new.
    Thank you!
    Much Blessings,

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