The Butterfly Effect: Shedding The Old Skin…#SpiritualSundays

 

The Butterfly Effect: Shedding the Old Skin

 

#SpritualSundays

 

2 Corinthians 5:17

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new”. (NKJV)

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Have you ever wondered how a caterpillar sheds its old skin and then becomes a butterfly? Anyone that really knows me will know that I am terrified of butterflies! I don’t know why but ever since I was a child I would run when I saw them or when they got anywhere near me. Visiting my dad just a few months ago one got close to me and I was out; he laughed and said, “you got to be kidding me; you’re still scared of them?” I almost laughed at myself but then I had to think about it; what was I afraid of and how could I move past it?

Sometimes to fully understand or comprehend something you should put on your investigative hat and do some research; so, I decided to dive in; care to join me?

First, I wanted to find out how do butterflies even come into play? I learned in elementary that caterpillars turn into butterflies (by the way I don’t care for caterpillars either or anything creepy and crawly!) and they go through stages to become a butterfly; but what were those stages?

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First stage: Egg

Second stage: Caterpillar or Larva (The Feeding Stage)

Third stage: Pupa (The Transition Stage)

Adult: Butterfly (The Reproductive Stage)

The whole process is called metamorphosis which in Greek means “transformation or change in shape” (The Academy of Natural Sciences: Drexel University)

And this is where scripture comes into play; let’s look at 2 Corinthians 5:17 again; you are a new creation and the old things have gone away (paraphrased). How do you become a new creation? How do you rid of the old person, old ways, old habits, old language, old reflexes, old tendencies, old temptations; and become new and improved?

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Just like a caterpillar you enter metamorphosis and become transformed! Romans 12:2 says this “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will”. (NIV)

When you were conceived you were just an egg that had to be developed; when you began to grow inside your mother’s womb; you had to be properly fed and receive proper nutrients to develop vital parts and organs (caterpillar), to be full term you are there for 9 months and protected not only by the womb but also another protective layer (pupa) due to being precious cargo. When it is time to be born (you shed the old skin and take on a new skin); you are handed to the one that carried you during the transition stages and will continue to guide you through the rest of your life (adult).

How different are our life stages from a butterfly? What do you think is going on through the pupa stages that differs from a human baby; how does that tie into being a new creation (Christian-follower of Jesus-born again)? Can you go to the club on Saturday and be in church on Sunday praising Him? Can you still be committing adultery and ushering people to their seats on Sunday morning? Can you still be going to the strip club and serving as a Youth Leader on Sundays? Can you wish harm on others and still pray for God to bless you? “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon [money, possessions, fame, status, or whatever is valued more than the Lord]”. Matthew 6:24 (AMP)

Growth and change takes time; but you should be involved and committed to the full process! You can’t say you Luv God and don’t act like it! You can’t say you’re a born-again Christian and don’t fully represent Him! You can’t say touch not my anointed and you’re living like you’re from the demon family!

If you’re aspiring to be a part of the Kingdom of the Most High; then your old man/woman has to be shredded and shed! Throughout the stages of becoming a butterfly; caterpillars shed their old skin and come out beautifully and wonderfully made! Need I say anymore?

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So many of us are claiming to be born-again, Christian, saved, sanctified and filled with The Holy Ghost but who are you representing? Anyone that makes a statement isn’t doing so under oath and therefore how do we take it to be truth?

So as I reflected on my fear of butterflies I had to check myself! How can I claim to be a child of the Most High and fearful; not only that but fearful of something that He created? “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control]”. 2 Timothy 1:7 (AMP)

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Copyrighted 2017 Tamara McCarthy Enterprises

References:

www.biblegateway.com

http://www.ansp.org/explore/online-exhibits/butterflies/lifecycle/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pupa

Spiritual Warfare: Spiritual Sundays

What Is Spiritual Warfare?

Spiritual warfare is an epic battle between good and evil which began when Satan was cast out of heaven” Dr. Tony Evans

 Spiritual Warfare Is Real, Difficult, and Dangerous” Jason Jackson

Spiritual warfare exists in the unseen, supernatural dimension, where God is all-powerful and Satan is in revolt”. (www.allaboutfollowingjesus.org)

How Do You Prepare?

Research! Research! Research! Many of us don’t like doing our own research! To learn and be effective this is highly recommended; don’t just take the word of others at face value when the lives of the ones you love and your life is at stake!

Read your Bible, locate the scriptures that reference spiritual warfare (many bibles have a section on topics and if all else fails; go to Google and look for reputable websites), get your prayer warriors and intercessors ready and pray (these should be people that you really trust and have been in your life and care about the outcome). Spiritual warfare isn’t something you play around with; it’s not going to go away on its own!

When you decided to change your life for the better; you took on your number one enemy in a whole different form! The enemy has always been but when you were on his team; he didn’t mess with you in these ways. You were living and doing as you pleased and that’s what he likes; as soon as you get standards, a backbone, and renewal in your mind, body, soul, spirit and heart; then it’s on and he is on the attack!

 

Scripture Reference:

Read Ephesians 6:10-20 and then watch the video below….

 

 

 

Don’t Be So: #SpiritualSundays


Don’t Be So! Written by Evangelist Angie Bee

Don’t be so consumed with the integrity of your work, that you miss an opportunity to minister. Have you ever seen those TV commercials where the child is questioning her parent’s love, because they are cleaning the home on a Saturday instead of spending time with her? Are we busy doing “things” instead of building relationships? Are you missing out on opportunities to share your thoughts, wisdom and love?
Don’t be so effected by your damaged feelings that you forget to pray for your enemies.

In the July 9, 2017 issue of #SpiritualSundays, Ms. McCarthy wrote about “Church Hurt” and how the pain can change your perception of religion, people and even yourself. The article continues to talk about how the devil’s job is to steal from you, kill you and those around you and destroy your perception of life and God’s love for you. This is SO TRUE! We can not let the nudge from an enemy change the pathway that God has placed you upon. When the rock is thrown through your window, you do move out of the house? No! you repair the window! When the house catches on fire, you rebuild! Don’t let the actions or the words from another cause you to feel so much pain that you withdraw from your own path and fail to pray for others. Your prayers may initiate the change in their life that they need!
Don’t be so focused on the Spirit of Excellence that you procrastinate on accomplishing the anointing that was placed on your life, in that moment.

I have spoken to several people over the years that had “visions of grandeur” in terms of a new business or a desired lifestyle. “My business will have state of the art equipment where can provide exceptional service to my clients” or they will say “My home will look like this or my car will be that and people will come to Christ because they want to live like me!”
Over the years, these SAME people have not achieved the status that they aspired to achieve. Why do I believe this is so? These people got SO caught up in the image of doing things with a Spirit of Excellence that they never, even START on the process! Can you imagine if Jesus never began his walk in ministry if his goal was to look excellent or BE excellent or appear excellent? Our sins would never be forgiven! Take that first step! Improve as you go along! LEARN as you make those steps! Strive towards excellence and always give glory to Our Lord through the journey!
In 2 Timothy 2:15 we are instructed to “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth”
and the book of Titus 2:7 instructs us to “Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity”.
Model of Good Works – Do the best that you can while you are improving, and stop waiting for the EXCELLENCE to be achieved in order to begin.

Google defines “Integrity” as – the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.

Dignity is defined as “the state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect” and also “a sense of pride in oneself; self-respect”.
We are all at the beginning of something new, each and every day that we awaken. Let us not be SO focused on tomorrow that we don’t allow God to lead us today.

Evangelist Angie BEE

Author, Producer, Promoter and Servant of the Lord

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#SpiritualSundays: Church Hurt….Don’t Walk Away..


Spiritual Sundays:Church Hurt: Don’t Walk Away!

 

Church hurt is real and many have experienced it! Me included and I will be honest; when it first happened, I was hurt but more disappointed because like so many I didn’t want to go back! But guess what? I wasn’t going to allow the enemy to win! “No weapon formed against me shall prosper”! (Isaiah 54:17)

 

Have you allowed the actions of another person take you away from your Heavenly Father? Have you allowed them to speak negativity into your life? Have you accepted what they did to you to be from above? Have you left and returned to your old way of doing things? Who does that benefit? Who wins when you turn your back on God?

 

We must remember who our enemy is and what his plans are! Look at John 10:10 “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly”. (KJV) Unfortunately the enemy has an army that loves to carry out his antics and they happen to be in the church; right on the pew sitting next to you! Everyone that steps foot in the four walls that we call “church” isn’t there for the right reasons; but we shouldn’t allow them to push us out! Stop giving your enemy ammunition to destroy your life and keep you from living in abundance and perfect peace!

Whomever told you that walking away from your old life to be a renewed person in Christ was going to easy; misled you! This walk comes with a whole new bucket of trials and tribulations; the enemy doesn’t like to be defeated! So yes, he will be turning it up a notch; but we are built for this! Is this your first battle?

I can tell you from experience; it won’t be your last! But I want you to remember this and get used to saying it: I will not run and hide; for God is on My Side! “And he said, hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, thus saith the Lord unto you, be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s”. (2 Chronicles 20:15)

 

Stand and don’t you sway! We will have to answer to the things we have done and said in this life! Don’t be one that will lead others astray! “For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed”. (Isaiah 9:16)

So, I ask you; who will you serve? What side of the fence will you stand on? “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”. (Joshua 24:15)

The hurt we have experienced can’t be changed, you won’t get an apology, they won’t even admit to their wrong doing; not our problem! At the end of the day we can only control how we respond to it. At first, it will hurt and you just might shed some tears but guess what? You will wake up the next day and that’s when you begin again! Smile; the enemy hates when you do that!

 

Copyrighted 2017 Tamara McCarthy Enterprises

 

References:

All scriptures used throughout this article are from King James Version and can be found on http://www.biblegateway.com