Are you in your butterfly season? Well, first let’s look at the season of the caterpillar:
Everything goes really slow but steady. It seems like it takes so much effort to get anywhere spiritually. You do a lot of feeding on spiritual things, but they may not make any sense. You may read a lot of spiritual books and the Bible, go to church a lot, go to a lot of fellowship meals, join a lot of groups, try to hook up with God by working really hard. You are full of yourself, but feel great spiritually. You are trying to convince yourself of many things spiritually, but in your quiet times (which you make sure don’t happen much), you don’t feel much different on the inside. Still, you stay so busy you don’t have to go there too much. Continue reading “Butterfly Season”
Ezekiel 36:26-27 (NLT) And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.
From the moment we chose Christ, Holy Spirit enters us and starts transforming us from glory to glory. “Glory to glory” means one step at a time. So be patient with the progress. Be gracious with yourself just as our heavenly Father is.
Our habits, our attitudes, our wrong choices will change with time. Once we get impregnated with the Holy Spirit, we have all of His gifts in us. However, just like a pregnant woman doesn’t show in the beginning stages of pregnancy, neither do we. It takes time and constant intimate pursuit with the Father that will start showing our growth and change into the beautiful being He intended for us to be.
The more we pursue Him, the more we fall in love with Him, which automatically makes us want to do the right thing simply because we love Him!
I am trustworthy. I will not fail you. I am not fickle like man. I do not abandon you, or leave you without hope.It is not in My nature.
My child, look for Me at each step. Make every effort to seek Me. I am not far away from you – I’m closer than you think. It may not feel that way, but don’t go by your feelings, instead turn to the truth of who I am.Continue reading “Trustworthy to Transform”
2 Corinthians 5:17 (AMP) Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life].
All of what you were and all you are matter. Refuse shame. God has washed your sins away and every one of your experiences God will use for His glory. Your sins are gone! Receive His forgiveness, grace, and love. You are His beloved. He sent His son, Jesus, to die and live again for you that you may be whole, complete, and fulfilled in Him. Continue reading “Be Renewed, Be Transformed”
As I was finishing up with some work one day, I suddenly was drawn to thoughts on the butterfly. The butterfly and its story have been highlighted to me a lot recently. I had a sudden image come to mind of the butterfly’s transformation process, and I quickly went to find a picture as I pondered what the message was.Continue reading “Patience in Transformation”
Webster’s defines “shame” as a “feeling of guilt, regret, or sadness that you have because you know you have done something wrong.” It is also “the ability to feel guilt, regret, or embarrassment, dishonor or disgrace.” Shame can become so familiar, almost like an old friend. You know that old friend who your mom told you wasn’t a good influence but you didn’t listen. You look at that old friend and memories of a different time and a different you start to surface. It’s the “before Christ” you, and it isn’t pretty. All of the sudden you are haunted by the shame of your past and it’s crippling. At some point, we have all wrestled with shame. Even the most mature believer can fall prey to shame. I know because it recently happened to me.Continue reading “Removing the Root of Shame”
In my desire to always have a heart of repentance, my constant prayer to be cleansed, my cry to be transformed more into Jesus’ image, and by my intentional choice to remain watchful of how I live and represent my God – even in doing all that, I may come upon something that rears its head. Something that I thought was out of the way – healed and dealt with. Another layer of my soul has revealed something that is still present from events of the past that are in need of attention. As I bring these things to the Lord, He is faithful to continue to work on these layers of my inner being. He’s ever so careful and gentle in dealing with me one layer at a time. Continue reading “One Layer at a Time”