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Summary: The change that takes place in a Christian’s heart should be able to be compared to the change that happens when a worm becomes a butterfly.

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a. In its consequences.

b. In its continued pull...draw...temptation.

II. You are never stronger than when you have emptied

your self of self...have humbled yourself...and call upon

God for strength.

A. a congregation.

II Chron. 7:14 - 14“if My people who are called by My

name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face,

and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from

heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

B. Individually

II Cor. 12:9 - 9And He said 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.

C. God cannot work with us in rebuilding our lives

if we are going to hang on to pride.

1. We must admit our weakness and inability

and vulnerableness and call upon God for

our strength.

a. It is a call that will never god

un-answered, we have His word on that.

III. With changes made, life can go on...and it can go on

as a butterfly now.

A. When we have left the carcass of sinful habits

behind and are striving to make God a real part

of our everyday life...then we can soar.

1. When we caved in to sin, we were no different

from the world...we were crawling around like


a. When we are released from sin, through

forgiveness and humility, then we can

achieve the greatest hights of under-


b. Only then can we truly be “like God”.

1.) This is something that should

happen if we have become His

Children...born again...into His



B. Life is a learning experience.

1. Life, in Christ, is no different.

a. We should learn from our mistakes and

this should make our path forward...just

that much easier.

1.) Mistakes are only good if we can

lean from them.

2.) If we will not learn from them, then

we are doomed to repeat them.

a.) We will return to crawling

around with the other detest-

able slimy, slithery, evil

creatures of the earth who are

only worthy of destruction.

2. Indeed, life goes on, but there should be a

change from worm to butterfly.

a. One cannot fly if one hangs on to the

pupae shell.

1.) Our life in Christ is constantly

going through renewal stages...

this is good.

a.) It is bad for us, a Christians,

to not not change...

to not shed the old sinful

nature and ascend to new



Off with the old...on with the new.

A. This happens when we are converted to Christ...

but it happens over and over as we stumble

through life.

1. Step one is to get out of the past...leave the

sin and habits of sin behind.

a. Fight the good fight between the flesh

and the spirit.

Rom. 8:1-9 - 1There is therefore now no condemnation to

those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according

to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2For the law of the

Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law

of sin and death. 3For what the law could not do in that it

was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own

Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He

condemned sin in the flesh, 4that the righteous requirement

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