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The Monarch

The Monarch

 

An egg is laid on a very toxic plant called “Milk Weed” and shortly a greedy little caterpillar emerges and consumes so much of this toxic plant that it actually bursts out of its skin, and out comes an even bigger caterpillar, who again eats so much and grows so fast that again it splits its skin emerging bigger still, until after a few such cycles, it is now a full sized, chubby and round, a brightly stripped toxic caterpillar.

One day, the caterpillar stops eating, hangs itself upside down from a twig or leaf and spins itself inside a silky cocoon, moulding itself into a shiny chrysalis. Within this protective casing, the caterpillar radically transforms its body, eventually emerging as a beautiful Monarch Butterfly.  Inside, the Caterpillar releases digestive enzymes into itself, thus it totally digests itself, turning its whole body into Caterpillar goo, most of the tissue disintegrates, leaving behind very little of anything, but in the DNA there is the templates for Total Transformation, there is a Butterfly, and then the soon to be butterfly organs start to use this nutrient-rich caterpillar goo to develop and to grow rapidly. 

Quickly all the butterfly organs and parts form and develop inside the chrysalis and the caterpillar goo quickly turns into solid organs, exoskeleton, legs, wings, antennae and all the bits that are critical to making a living breathing working butterfly.  One day, once more the skin splits, but this time, out comes a butterfly, the wings unfold, spread out, dry in the warm sun, and then stiffen, the new flying muscles flex, and away it soars on wings and breezes, what once was is nowhere to be found, everything has completely gone through a complete transformation.

The “New Birth” in Christ,  is just the same, and the Bible puts it this way, Romans 8:10 “And if Christ [be] in you, the body [is] dead because of sin; but the Spirit [is] life because of righteousness.”  Ephesians 2:1 “And you [hath he quickened], who were dead in trespasses and sins:” 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”  So has your “Old Life of Sin” passed away?  Has it vanished?  Has it turned into Caterpillar Goo?  Has it been replaced by something that clearly represents “The Monarch?” No not Butterfly; but God our Heavenly Father, the Monarch of all Monarchs.  1 John 3:2 “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”  God is “A Monarch” so do you wing on flights of Prayer, Contemplation and Fellowship through the “Holy Spirit” and “By Faith” experience the realities of Eternity?  

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”  Yes we are confined to this poisonous “Milk Weed” planet called Planet Earth, all that we are and do, all that we consume, is deathly and deadly and will kill us, we came from the dust and we shall return there, some quicker than others, but we are under the “Wages of Sin,” and there is no way for us to escape this cycle.  1 Corinthians 15:31 “I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.”  John 6:51 “I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”  John 11:25 “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:” Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

Why not experience a “Re-Birth” yourself, all Heaven is waiting for your transformation, let Jesus and the Holy Spirit come in, you will then be wrapped into a Chrysalis, where you will in essence “die,” what was will cease to be, just Caterpillar Goo, but this is a Re-Birth, old things pass away and behold all things become new.  This is a complete transformation, and not just a quick wash and rub down with a towel, what was has gone, replaced by what God has envisioned for you.  The Lust of the Flesh is being transformed into the passionate desires of The Spirit.  Galatians 5:19-21 “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”  These are just Caterpillar Character Traits.

Now as a Monarch, or representative or as a living semblance of the Monarch, here is what we look like, Galatians  5:22-25 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.  Why not let the lust of the flesh turn into caterpillar goo, and under re-birth, all things become new?  Life is so much better as a Butterfly than as a wiggly worm, so how is your re-birth currently developing Oh Monarch Butterfly Christian? 

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