A few days ago, as I was writing down some thoughts for a message I was going to share, The Lord showed me a caterpillar and said:
“So many of My children live their whole life as a caterpillar and never become butterflies!”
He encouraged me to find out more about the life cycle of a butterfly, and what I found out blew my mind!
There are four stages to the life cycle of a butterfly, and the caterpillar stage, which is the larva stage, is the second stage.
All the caterpillar needs to do, is eat. Eat until it is big enough to go through the metamorphosis. As the caterpillar grows, it molts, four-five times, thanks to a hormone called ecdysone, from the Greek root word ekdusis, which means shedding.
As we grow in the Lord, by feeding our spirit with The Word and prayer, we will begin to “shed” all the layers of our flesh that do not align with His will.
Once the caterpillar is ready to go through the transformation, it wraps itself in a cocoon.
That’s when a process called apoptosis, is triggered by enzymes called caspases.
Apoptosis is the self-destruction of cells. From Ancient Greek apóptōsis, “ a falling off ”, from apó, “ away from ” + ptôsis, “ falling ”. Hippocrates uses the word “apoptosis” to indicate tissue death, detachment, and fall from the body.
Every tissue that forms the caterpillar is completely destroyed, until the only particles left are the imaginal discs, from which a whole new creation will be birthed.
Imaginal, from the Latin word ‘imago‘, which means image.
In this place of darkness, isolation, waiting, dying, we are completely transformed from the inside out. Everything that does not resemble Him is burned away like chaff, disintegrated, and all that’s left is His image reflecting through us!
Dying to oneself, it’s not easy, it’s not meant to be. It’s supposed to be painful, uncomfortable, it’s supposed to humble us.
We need to be yielded vessels, pure vessels so that His Word spoken and acted trough us will be completely devoid of anything that belongs to us. Consecration is essential, setting oneself apart for Him, is something we need to do daily.
Galatians 2:20 NKJV –
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
I found that for me, fasting and praying is a very effective way to keep my flesh submitted to The Spirit.
Fasting is not an option, it’s an essential part of our Christian walk.
I mean, if Jesus fasted, who do we think we are not to have to?
Matthew 4:2 NKJV –
“And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.”
We have been given everything we need to overcome everything we will ever face in this life when we received Jesus as our Lord and Savior. He Has equipped us with every weapon to fight every type of battle.
We have to remember that we are already seated in Heavenly places.
Ephesians 2:6 NKJV
“and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”
Minister and Physician Patrick Oben of Patrick Oben Ministries, explains this concept perfectly when he says,
The Apostle Paul spoke the words above through the Spirit, unveiling a mystery of the new creation in Christ. We are seated together with Christ in the heavenly places. What does this mean? Where are these heavenly places?”
The word “places” is not present in the original Greek of this verse. It was added to bring out the sense of the sentence in our English language version. In the original, it reads “made us sit together in heavenlies…”. The word “places” adds meaning to the word “heavenlies” to convey the idea of place or location. Literally speaking, the verse means we are currently sitting with Jesus, where He is now in the heavens. Can this be true? How can we be sitting in heaven at the same time we are here on the earth? Two basic truths will allow us to resolve this superficial paradox.
The first is that heaven is not a physical place. We are often tempted to think of heaven as if it is up there, somewhere higher as though we can get into a rocket and travel far enough to reach it someday after billion of light-years. No, heaven is not a physical place. It is a realm, a dimension that is outside of the physical.
The second truth that will help us understand this mystery is that the human being is a mysterious unity of spirit, soul, and body. We are one being, made of different parts yet not functioning in different parts but functioning as one. The truth above that we are currently seated in the heavenly places right now is a truth that is addressing the state of our born again human spirit, that is, our spiritual or pneumatic existence. Your spirit at this very time as you are reading these words is seated with Christ in the heavenly places, at the right hand of God, far above all powers of darkness. When Satan, who is spirit, looks at you, he sees this position of authority and trembles. However, since many of us still do not even see that but are wholly consumed by our physical existence, the part of us that is physical here and now, we continue to function like ordinary beings.
You are seated in the heavenly places at this very instant! The realities of that realm are meant to govern your physical existence. A sad truth is that it is possible to be seated with Christ, enthroned in heaven in your pneumatic existence while being enslaved by sin, Satan, disease, poverty, etc in our earthly physical existence. This is the dilemma of the majority of believers today. We are still to be transformed and yielded entirely to the Spirit to bring our physical existence to conform to our spiritual existence.”
Start using the authority and power The Lord gave you! Only you can change your circumstances with your obedience and faith.
YOU HAVE BEEN ANOINTED!
1 John 2:27 NKJV –
“But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.”
This is an updated edition of a post originally published on The Rising of the Esthers