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The New Life of Spring

As we have over the last couple of weeks delved into our series of “Skewed Views”, it has highlighted for me the wonder of change and realigning our views in certain areas. Allowing the work of the Holy Spirit to realign our views, thoughts, lifestyle and attitudes, a metamorphosis of Spring, a beautiful life giving season

An old poem that we used to recite, around springtime “the spring has sprung, the grass has riz, I wonder where dem boidies is…” Looking at the pace that spring arrives this year I am still wondering about the “boidies” hhhmmm.

With much anticipated breath we have been looking for and waiting for our beloved spring time, and like everything in life, “that which is worth having is worth waiting for”; so my dear mom used to say.

The transformation of the seasons, is a beautiful thing to behold, we’ve seen all the signs, yet spring has taken her time, with father frost making unwelcome appearances. 

It is a great reminder that there is a process to change, for everything there is a gestation period. Growth and maturity for new birth must follow the process.

It is all about transformation. Sometimes it happens quickly and effortlessly, other times like the butterfly, struggling out of the chrysalis, the much needed transformation takes time and effort. If you rush the process. In regard to the butterfly, if you attempt to rush the process, and out your spin on it, they will never develop correctly and will die.

The prophet Zechariah, encouraged the people to call for the natural rain in springtime.

Ask the Lord for rain in the springtime.

Zechariah 10:1

We see the supernatural rain in Acts, of the gift of the Holy Spirit.

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. 

Acts 1:8

Our cry is  – Lord we want them both. I pray we hunger and thirst for this, and take our lesson from: But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. “But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual.” 1 Corinthians 15:46

We can dig our heels in; we see the vestiges of winter lingering, or we can wrestle for the metamorphosis like the beautiful butterfly, as it make its efforts from the inside out. 

Of course the rewards are with the butterfly. We see it fly free from it’s bound cocoon, into the natural sun. We can fly free to life, light and liberty, joy in the Holy Ghost. This amazingly ugly chrysalis has fought the battle and what has emerged is this magnificent creature. That flies free and seemingly flits from flower to flower.

James encourages us not to simply hear the word but to be “doers” of the word: “For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror”James 1:23

The alternative is to simply sit and stare at our own reflection as if that might produce something.

I remember as a child visiting a zoo with my parents and there was a gorilla with a mirror in his hand all he did was sit and stare at his reflection and utter these sound of “bebep, bebep, bebep”, attempting to lure the reflection into action or conversation, neither of which took place. He was simply and very intently staring at his natural face.  A sad revelation.

Our metamorphosis comes through our willingness to submit to the process. As we are discovering, one of the greatest agents of change is the word of God, meditating on the word, chewing on it, digesting it, understanding it, living it. A process in the word of God, developing and growing within us. It will and does bring liberty and freedom to our souls, which are constantly being bombarded each day by world forces; tirelessly engaging us, vying for our attention.

Unlike modern society, requirements that live at the flick of a button and microwave meals, the word of God cannot be microwaved into life. Allow the incubation process to come alive within us, it will then morph our lives radically.

I encourage you to daily digest, feast, hunger after, spend time in, mulch over God’s word. Your eyes, ears and heart will be opened. You will discern from Natural to Spiritual and live in the abundance and life of Him

Fly, fly, fly in the freedom and the liberty of the Holy Spirit, allow the metamorphosis to complete each one of us.

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Husband of one gorgeous wife, blessed father, delighted in my daughter, pastor, preacher, pedestrian, follower of Jesus, amazed that I have been chosen. Mark is the Senior Pastor at The Bridge Church For All Nations. Follow Mark’s personal blog