Today’s Devotional – July 29th (The Chrysalis Christian, Part 2: Afflictions)

By admin On July 22nd, 2014

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Today’s Devotional – July 29th

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The Chrysalis Christian, Part 2: Afflictions 

TO READ PART 1, JUST CLICK HERE… ” January 7th (The Chrysalis Christian!)”

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.James Lindsey at Ecology of Commanster

In Part 1, the butterfly was presented as a perfect illustration of the “Born Again” experience. It was seen that just like the caterpillar that eats the green herbs of the earth, so too, the unconverted eat the things of this world, as their time on earth passes by. 

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Shargacucullia scrophulariae caterpillar James Lindsey at Ecology of Commanster share-alike license

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THE CHRYSALIS STAGE

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But the caterpillar finally reaches that time, when it finishes its days on earth. And so it ceases from its pursuit of earthly food, and begins to form a chrysalis, a type of shell-like encasement.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Chrysalis(Pupa)_of_a_Common_Crow_Butterfly_(Euploea_core).jpg

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And this too, compares to the person who is finished with this selfish world. And that person begins to surround himself with a total devotion to prayer and study of God’s Word. All this, of course, is actually the work of the Holy Spirit, upon that person’s heart.

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Chrysalis (Pupa) of a Common Crow Butterfly – Wikimedia – Share-Alike License

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THE DYING STAGE

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Now the caterpillar goes into a metamorphosis-stage. It actually turns into liquid, within the chrysalis! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Munch_Det_Syke_Barn_1896.jpgIt completely dies!  

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And so too, the Christian goes through a process of dying to self and dying to this selfish world. And this is greatly accomplished by the many trials which come upon him (or her). And God quite often allows the Devil to bring afflictions upon the Christian, via friends, family or even work-related trials. But God also works through natural events as well. Physical illness can also be used by God to cause the suffering Christian to wrestle in prayer.

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So whether by physical infirmities, or by spiritual warfare brought on by the Devil, God works through all these many afflictions to cause the Christian to fully cease from trying to bring about good, by his own strength. And so, the Christian more and more, dies to his self-will. And more and more, the Christian leans on God’s precious promises!

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Munch Det Syke Barn – 1896 – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

Christian and Apollyon – Pilgrim’s Progress – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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THE WRESTLING

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The caterpillar fully transforms into an entirely new creation within that chrysalis! Anhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Jacob_Wrestling_with_the_Angel.jpgd now begins a struggle to break free of that Chrysalis.

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And of course, this reminds us of the story of Jacob, as he wrestled all night with an unknown assailant. And Jacob wrestled until the break of day. And as he beheld his attacker, he realized that it was none other than the angel of the Lord, with whom he struggled all night! And in those morning hours of the rising of the Sun, Jacob received the ultimate blessing of God! No longer would he be known as Jacob the Deceiver. But the Angel pronounced his new name: Israel, The Prince Who Prevailed With God!

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Jacob Wrestling with the Angel – Wikipedia – public domain

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THE NEW CREATION

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:South-American_butterfly.jpg

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Finally, after 14 days of this total transformation, the once-caterpillar breaks free from its chrysalis, and emerges as a beautiful butterfly! And it now has wings, and departs from its former earthly estate.

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And now, its sole purpose is to seek the sweet nectar from every correct flower! And in this process, the butterfly unknowingly cross-pollinates all the flowers, as it travels back and forth through the air.

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South American Butterfly – Wikipedia – Share-Alike License

 

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LIVING THE CHRIST-LIKE LIFE!

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 So too, after the Christian fully crucifies the Old Man within, with all his affections and earthly lusts, that new creation by God is ready to live out the rest of his, or her life for the glory of God!

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And unbeknownst to that Born-Again Christian is a constant witness to the world! Whether at work, or at home, or at recreation with spouse and children, the Christian is spiritually pollinating all those around, with the great Agape Love and Purity and Holiness of Christ.

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Yes, that New Creation of God, is now changed into the likeness of the holy Christ!

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And the rest of that Christian’s life, there is an ongoing ascension on the upward pathway to Heaven!

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ABOVE PICTURE: Winter – Revelation 12 Woman with Eagle Wings

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Munch_Det_Syke_Barn_1896.jpg

TAKE HEART DEAR CHILD OF GOD!

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And so, dear child of God, we must not become discouraged by trials, afflictions, or illnesses, knowing that God can and will work through all these unhappy experiences, for our good.

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Listen to Paul… “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” 2nd Corinthians 12:10

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to endure the many trials and afflictions which are coming upon me! Let me not be discouraged, but strengthen me to remain faithful, even unto death, that I may live eternally with Thee…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Crown of Revelation 12: What Is “The Time of Jacob’s Trouble”?” or you can also read… “July 20th (Vaccinated Christians!)”

 

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THE END

 

.Orion Constellation at Eagle Ridge

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS = “COME FOLLOW ME”

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This whole scenario paints the portrait of just what it means to become a disciple of Jesus. We are all called to “go and sell all you have, and give to the poor…and come follow Me”.  And so the new Christian begins his or her heavenly sojourn. Oh yes, we’re still here on Earth. But we now begin a spiritual pilgrimage, as we follow Jesus in our hearts, and learn of Him. The Woman Constellation giving birth to the Christ-child typifies the Church (all true worshippers) as we struggle to rightly present Christ to the world. “My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you.” Galatians 4:19. So Paul was using this idea of child-birth as way of illustrating how a Believer is in spiritual labor pains, waiting for Christ to be formed within.

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Remember the parable of ‘the Sower who went forth sowing seed’ (Matthew 13:3-9)? Hopefully our hearts are made of good soil into which the gospel seed can be sown. The Gospel is only planted as a little seed. The seed must grow. But if we are true worshippers, then our desire is to be co-laborers together with Christ, to purify our lives, in order that the world can look at us, and see Christ in us. And every man who has this hope in Him purifies himself, even as He (Christ) is pure.” John 3:3. Such a condition would be what the Bible speaks of, as seed planted on good soil.

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TIME OF JACOB’S TROUBLE

RECEIVING THE CROWN… We have now arrived at that day, which the Bible refers to as The Time of Jacob’s Trouble (see Jeremiah 30:7). Like this woman, we too are grasping for the Cross/Scepter. And just like that crown not yet on her head, we have yet to receive that crown of life.

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 “Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to them that love him.” James 1:12 

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But the sins of the Church are great. God’s people are ashamed at how un-Christ-like we are before the onlooking world. We pray that Christ would be formed within us, that we might glorify Him in all that we do. But we fail so often. With family. With friends. With seemingly everyone! Prayers seem unanswered. Characters still roughly hewn. We can certainly say along with Paul… “O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” Romans 7:24. 

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Woman of Revelation 12 (Woman in Travail)” 

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TOMORROW:

“July 30th (A Heavenly Hobby!)”

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above picture: Prophet Jeremiah – www.christianimagesource.org – Public Domain

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