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.
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. Collectively...as 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.
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
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
family...THEN WE SHOULD
BE LIKE OUR FATHER!
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
1.) Our life in Christ is constantly
going through renewal stages...
this is good.
a.) It is bad for us, a Christians,
to not grow...to 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
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