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 of 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—along 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)
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[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”

  1. Thank you, Blessed Woman. There is so much going on in my life right now personally and in my children’s lives. We need renewal, grace, mercy, and vindication through Christ Jesus. Hoping without doubt has been challenging, but I trust God. This word you released has nourished my bones. I resolved last week that I needed to clear out some old things naturally. This word confirms that and more! Thank you. Now praying the strength and determination to get it done. I believe some breakthrough is in that too. God bless you, Helen Calder.

    1. that’s extraordinary YT – and I pray your family experiences a powerful move of Jesus’ uplifting and strengthening grace. Testimonies to speak of for years to come

      1. Glory to God! Thank you for your prayer and declaration! I actually receive it as a proclamation! God’s Finest Blessings to you, Helen Calder.

  2. Helen thank you so much for this blessed word . It brings great hope to me and clarity as I been seeking the lord for a sign – a word , which I haven’t been able to get of recent due to lack of sleep and other issues arising despise prayers and fasting .i receive it fully in Jesus name . On the part where we are Lazarous sitting and having a space at the lords table ! Wow ! Synchronicity ! I had a dream that I know it was a clear visitation a few years ago I was sitting around a long wooden table talking with the lord amongst many others !!
    Glory to God !
    I pray God bless’s you i everything you require and increases you mighty in wisdom and much more in Jesus name .
    Blessed Easter ahead
    Much Gratitude and appreciation
    Please keep me in your prayers to remain strong in the lord Thank you

    1. isn’t it a powerful image Vass – Lazarus at the table. One day I’ll bring the two stories together – Mephibosheth at the King’s table
      “As for Mephibosheth,” said the king, “he shall eat at my table like one of the king’s sons.” (2 Sam 9:11)
      (Meshibosheth’s name means “dispeller of shame”…wow such a story of grace) <3

  3. Catherine Saint Fleur

    Wow. I always knew that I was redeemed by Christ Jesus and have always been grateful for how He has saved me. However, I never perceived myself as a Lazarus. Your Lazarus analogy as described in your vision just brought so much wisdom and understanding to my spirit which makes me realize how much more I ought to be grateful and seek to live my life more for HIs glory. HalleluYah. Thank you so much for allowing Him to use you for His glory.

  4. Hi Helen thank you for your words. It brings a smile to my heart, for weeks I’ve been drawn to and declaring to the words of this song ‘Make Room’ it speaks of making room for God, laying down burdens, crowns, lies and doubts and completely surrendering. My fav part in the bridge goes “shake up the ground of all our traditions and break down the walls of our religion your way is better’ . God is amazing, may he continue to speak to his people, blessings.

  5. Thank you so much for this encouraging word. As I type this I am sick in bed. I have been extremely sick and stuck in bed for the last four months. I have been to many doctors and hospital so many times to be told there is nothing they can do for me. I have been praying and believing for a miracle for the last few months but my conditions have worsened and I was beginning to lose hope. I am due to go back to work soon as I have run out of leave and feeling very stressed as to how I will cope. My life has completely gone on hold with this sickness. I have not been able to work, do my University course or be a normal wife and mother. It left me wondering what will happen to me. This message of the resurrection power of Jesus has given me fresh hope. The focus on Lazarus wasn’t on his sickness but what Jesus did for him. Thank you for inspiring and increasing my faith with this prophetic message. Even though everything looks lost for me I believe God will resurrect me and give me a new beginning. My testimony of healing will be an encouragement to others. Praise God!

    1. Hi Belinda, I’m praying with you right now, His resurrection power at work in you, from the inside out and in all surrounding you

      The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. (Rom 8:11, NLT)

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