Thursday, July 7, 2011
Be A Persevering Spiritual Butterfly!
One day a man found the cocoon of a butterfly. Later that day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through the little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could and could go no further.
So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small shriveled wings.
The man continued to watch the butterfly expecting that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would surely contract in time. Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It was never able to fly.
What the man in his kindness—and haste—did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening was God’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.
Exactly like that man who cut the cocoon to relese the butterfly prematurely, many times we try to by pass the suffering God allows us to go through in life and then we fail to grow in the Lord and inherit the spiritual blessings appointed for us now and for eternity.
Some of us think that if there is any hardship that comes to us, it is not from the Lord and it is from the devil, so we must resist it and reject it completely. Yes you are right, but God has a choke chain attached to Satan's head. Unless he allows, nothing of the devil can touch you. So you better resist the devils activities but not the trial itself like Paul the Apostle. Trials and suffering makes your spiritual muscles to grow, realize this truth to receive His Grace and thus learn to say like Apostle Paul, " 9 [Jesus says] to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong." (2 Cor 12:9-10). Without going through the struggles that God has ordained for us, we could never become strong as we are supposed to be.
If God allows us to live life without struggles, it will cripple us later in life. See the bigger picture of greatness in God that you will achieve in life through all your momentary struggles that you go through. Only God has the ability to work all things which are good and bad to work together for our good when we continue to lovingly trust him through our trials (Rom 8:28). With the increased trial comes a increased grace to handle it. So let us press on to perfection as long as we are here on earth, and then with great joy and happiness fly like a butterfly on the day of Rapture to be with the Lord forever. TRIALS TRANSCENDS PRESENT COMFORT AND TOUCHES ETERNAL CONSOLATION.
"2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing." (James 1:2-4).
"The only way to learn strong faith is to endure great trials." - George Muller
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