I Thought I Was a Butterfly, But Maybe I’m Still Goo

Did you know that there is a time during the process of a caterpillar becoming a butterfly in the chrysalis that the caterpillar’s body is turned into goo?

 

It is.

 

When it is being totally transformed and remade into a totally different-looking and different-acting creature, it has to be completely melted and re-formed.  It sounds kind of gross, doesn’t it?

 

But when you think about it, you know it has to be true.

For a worm-like creature with no wings and lots of legs and no resemblance to a beautiful butterfly to be changed into one is going to take a total meltdown of all of its parts to be molded into the new creature.

The caterpillar has to be turned into goo.

I have thought I was already a butterfly. But maybe I’m still goo.

Jesus Asks: “Do You Love Me?”

I feel like Jesus is asking us right now, “Do you love Me?” the same way He asked Peter. (John 17: 23, 24)

What is your answer to Him? Do you really love Him?

If you hear Him asking you this, examine your heart and find out if you really love Him or exactly how you feel about Him.

What is the nature of your relationship with Him?

Are you serving Him out of obligation, tradition, religion, fear or love?

It matters.

A Father’s Love Letter

A Father’s Love Letter

The words you are about to experience are true. They will change your life if you let them. For they come from the very heart of God… He loves you…and He is the Father you have been looking for all your life. This is His love letter to you…

My Child…

You may not know me, but I know everything about you …Psalm 139:1

I know when you sit down and when you rise up …Psalm 139:2

I am familiar with all your ways …Psalm 139:3

Even the very hairs on your head are numbered …Matthew 10:29-31

For you were made in my image …Genesis 1:27

In me you live and move and have your being …Acts 17:28

For you are my offspring …Acts 17:28

I knew you even before you were conceived …Jeremiah 1:4-5

I chose you when I planned creation …Ephesians 1:11-12

You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book …Psalm 139:15-16

I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live …Acts 17:26

You are fearfully and wonderfully made …Psalm 139:14

I knit you together in your mother’s womb …Psalm 139:13

And brought you forth on the day you were born …Psalm 71:6

I have been misrepresented by those who don’t know me …John 8:41-44

I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love …1 John 4:16

And it is my desire to lavish my love on you …1 John 3:1

Simply because you are my child and I am your Father …1 John 3:1

I offer you more than your earthly father ever could …Matthew 7:11

For I am the perfect father …Matthew 5:48

Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand …James 1:17

For I am your provider and I meet all your needs …Matthew 6:31-33

My plan for your future has always been filled with hope …Jeremiah 29:11

Because I love you with an everlasting love …Jeremiah 31:3

My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore …Psalms 139:17-18

And I rejoice over you with singing …Zephaniah 3:17

I will never stop doing good to you …Jeremiah 32:40

For you are my treasured possession …Exodus 19:5

I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul …Jeremiah 32:41

And I want to show you great and marvelous things …Jeremiah 33:3

If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me …Deuteronomy 4:29

Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart …Psalm 37:4

For it is I who gave you those desires …Philippians 2:13

I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine …Ephesians 3:20

For I am your greatest encourager …2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles …2 Corinthians 1:3-4

When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you …Psalm 34:18

As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart …Isaiah 40:11

One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes …Revelation 21:3-4

And I’ll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth …Revelation 21:3-4

I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus …John 17:23

For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed …John 17:26

He is the exact representation of my being …Hebrews 1:3

He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you …Romans 8:31

And to tell you that I am not counting your sins …2 Corinthians 5:18-19

Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled …2 Corinthians 5:18-19

His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you …1 John 4:10

I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love …Romans 8:31-32

If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me …1 John 2:23

And nothing will ever separate you from my love again …Romans 8:38-39

Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen …Luke 15:7

I have always been Father, and will always be Father …Ephesians 3:14-15

My question is…Will you be my child? …John 1:12-13

I am waiting for you …Luke 15:11-32

Love, Your Dad… Almighty God

Taken from the Godvine newsletter at Godvine.com.

http://www.fathersloveletter.com/fllpreviewlarge.html

How Do You Treat Your Kids?

Racism, sexism and nepotism are not the way of God’s Kingdom, and when Christ talks about His Bride being without spot or wrinkle (see Ephesians 5:27), He is talking about a Church that shows no partiality, and loves without hesitancy. This is what He’s leading us to – to become His beautiful spotless Bride who loves as He loves.

When the Good Samaritan (see Luke 10:25-37) took such wonderful care of the man who’d been attacked on his way to Jerusalem, it showed those around him how they should be living. The priest and the Levite were known to be Godly men, yet did nothing for the injured man. The Samaritans were known for their degradation and violent culture, yet he went out of his way to help the man recover from the attack – he refused to walk away.

What Christ was trying to reveal through this parable was what truly mattered to Him. It doesn’t matter to Him if you are a scholar, pastor, or teacher, but that you are revealing the character of Christ through your actions. By loving without conditions, we reveal Christ on Earth – we are bringing Heaven to Earth. People believe what we do much more than what we say, and to some, we may be the only Bible they will ever read.

~Victoria Boyson as published in The Elijah List

I know that Victoria is talking about the church here, but my church is my family, and the place I’m most real and most responsible for my actions. And the place where I’m the least loving and kind, I hate to admit. I’m so very patient and sweet towards people I don’t live with. But the people I live with see another side of me. As I’m writing this, I’m seeing that I treat my older kids pretty well. They don’t rely on me for much. They can take care of themselves, and they don’t demand much from me. It’s the ones who want something from me who see the side of me I would rather not admit to. It’s my little 7 year old twins and my 4 year old and 2 year old who bring out the real selfish, impatient me. They ask, sometimes demand, things from me that are very inconvenient and annoying to deal with. And they always seem to choose the wrong times to ask.

But I should always be kind and loving, even when they’re being immature, demanding and, yes, even bratty. I know I need to help them see the error of their ways, but I need to keep a warm, loving attitude toward them during the whole process. I only have four little ones left to get this right. I feel the Lord convicting me about this. I’m going to be watching my own attitude and correcting myself in the way I interact with my little ones. Maybe I can get it right before these little ones grow up and aren’t so needy. I believe it will mean a crown for me if I can maintain a calm, sweet attitude with them at all times.

Here’s my chance. I’m not going to blow it.

Lord, help me to be patient and kind with the ones who are under my care. Help me to show them Your love and Your ways as I gently guide them into the correct paths. Forgive me for being selfish in the past and showing them anger and impatience and false impressions of what You are like as a Father. Help me to give up my rights to finish what I’m doing or think my own thoughts when they want to talk to me.

Change me into Your image, and cause my children to see You in me.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen

He Sees the End from the Beginning and He Will Make a Way

Francis Frangipane:
He Sees the End from the Beginning and He Will Make a Way

Taxes, threat of terror attacks, illness and aging, finances, political conflicts, family relationships, church struggles, fears, insurance issues, air travel impositions, job loss, gasoline prices, war, injustice, death – these are just a few of the enemies most of us face daily. Yet, let me also tell you what the Lord has spoken to my soul:

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

The Lord doesn’t want us to simply possess a generalized peace, based on having no particular problems; nor does He plan to give us a slightly spiritual, yet human-sized kind of peace. If we follow the sequence of obedience He presents, His intention is to shelter us in His very own peace: the imperturbable peace of God.

The peace of God is the deep calm that envelops the thought processes of the Almighty. He is never anxious, always in command, never without a remedy. He sees the end from the beginning and views the needs of man from the position of unlimited resources and capabilities. He perceives the needs of His children with both compassion and confidence, for all things are possible for Him.

The peace He gives is not only from Him, it is an extension of Him – it is the very substance of His peace. It is God-sized peace. It is this divine fabric that He says will “guard [our] hearts and…minds in Christ Jesus.”

Amazing.

Many Verses Same Promise

Some may challenge my interpretation, but remember the Savior’s promise:

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful” (John 14:27).

Again, Paul says,

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful” (Colossians 3:15).

These Scriptures and others reveal that there exists a place of refuge for us, a dimension guarded by God’s very peace, where we can abide. As we enter this realm of trust, the God of peace promises to actually crush satan beneath our feet (Romans 16:20).

Give Peace A Chance

Of course, we must decide what realm shall preside over us. Thus, the Scripture says, “Let the peace of Christ rule,” and “Do not let your heart be troubled,” and “Let your requests be made known to God.” The word let speaks of choices we can make with realities that are at hand. Remember, even as circumstances begin to trouble your heart, you can retreat from fear. For the peace of God is also accessible. Take authority over your fretting, worrying attitude, for “it leads only to evildoing” (Psalm 37:8). Stand, instead, in faith upon the promises of God.

Peace is our shield and the Word of God our weapon. Therefore, capture negative, unbelieving thoughts that would magnify problems rather than magnify the Lord. Our Father knows what we have need of before we ask Him (Matthew 6:8).

Cease striving and know that He is God! If you are weary, come to Him and take His yoke upon you. You will find rest for your soul. Finally, recall Paul’s words to make our requests “with thanksgiving.” Many have been thinking too much and thanking too little. Therefore, let us cast our burdens upon the Lord, for He indeed cares for us. He will make a way.

Francis Frangipane
Ministries of Francis Frangipane
Email: francis1@frangipane.org

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