Metamorphosis

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According to Wikipedia the definition “Metamorphosis” is a biological process by which an animal physically develops after birth or hatching, involving a conspicuous and relatively abrupt change in the animal’s body structure through cell growth and differentiation. Some insects, amphibians, mollusks, crustaceans, cidarians, echinoderms and tunicates undergo metamorphosis, which is usually accompanied by a change of habitat or behavior. Just dive into this concept of “human metamorphosis” and try to forget about any previous “rehab” experiences.

While the scientific usage of the word “metamorphosis” may pertain to biology, I feel it is equally useful in our journey toward sobriety and a new life. There are historically idealist ideas of transformation, as in Goethe’s Metamorphosis of Plants that influenced the development of modern day ideas of evolution. I would like to challenge you to start your own journey towards “personal metamorphosis” and I will give you the tools for an easy-to-understand method of transformation so that you will begin to succeed where before you failed. Metamorphosis is about a change of habitat or behavior and these are the two components of your new life.

Just think about it! You’ll never have to suffer again from the pain and hassle of living a life addicted to alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, or wondering if you’re doing what it takes to break free from that hook.

God wants to give you a new beginning

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

What is “The New Creation”? Paul tells us that all believers have died with Christ and no longer live for themselves. Our lives are no longer worldly; they are now spiritual. Our “death” is that of the old sin nature which was nailed to the cross with Christ. This is not a mysterious mythical experience but a real concept for living. We did not inherit the new nature or decide to re-create ourselves anew. Neither did God simply clean up our old nature;

He created something entirely fresh and unique. We can decide to change but just be powerless to proceed with the new patterns of life that can lead us in a better direction but we alone have no power to operate these changes. However in Christ we can count on the Power of the Holy Spirit to help us move from the pit into the Throne.

Today you have the opportunity to follow a method that will show you how to transform your life with a complete rebirth. You simply do what I am about to share in this message… and soon you will be in a brand new path, free FOREVER!

There is never a better time to begin a new life than right now. You will learn how to change your habitat and simple and easy to understand steps to modify your behavior.

Do you know that you have the power to create something from nothing?

Imagine that you set out on a camping trip. You load up your car with all the gear you need to enjoy a fabulous week-long vacation in a hidden paradise, you than plan your destination, and set out on the drive. Halfway along your route, the road gets rough and bumpy. Now you are driving along an unpaved path with potholes and pits. There are bushes scraping the side of your nice car. It’s an uncomfortable ride with a lot of jolting and bumping in your seat. Unfortunately, this is the only way you can get to that amazing destination and you already decided that you are going to get there. What do you do? Do you turn around and give up? Or do you decide to endure the ride for the sake of arriving to the desired destination?

Metamorphosis takes time and effort

While the scientific usage of the word “metamorphosis” may pertain to biology, I feel it is equally useful in our journey toward a new life. There are historically idealist ideas of transformation, as in Goethe’s Metamorphosis of Plants that influenced the development of modern day ideas of evolution. I would like to challenge you to start your own journey towards “personal metamorphosis” and I will give you the tools for an easy-to-understand method of transformation so that you will begin to succeed where before you failed. Metamorphosis is about a change of habitat or behavior and these are the two components of your new life.

Just think about it! You’ll never have to suffer again from the pain and hassle of living a life addicted to alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, or wondering if you’re doing what it takes to break free from that hook.
You now have the opportunity to follow a method that will show you how to transform your life with a complete rebirth. You simply do what I am about to share in this book… and soon you will be addiction free FOREVER! There is never a better time to begin a new life than right now. You will learn how to change your habitat and simple and easy to understand steps to modify your behavior.

GIVE UP! (Put off the “old man”)

When you start living with Christ you will soon start to feel that the things we once loved, we now detest. The sin we once held onto, we now desire to put away forever. We “put off the old man with his deeds” (Colossians 3:9), and put on the “new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:24).

This all starts with a mindset and soon it will become part of who you are. Personality is hard to change but Character can be shaped through life.

Generational Cycles

Monarch butterflies follow a very specific generational migration. Starting in Mexico, the first generation will fly to the southern United States where they will remain for life. Their offspring will fly to the central states, stopping somewhere around the Ohio River, where they will reproduce. At this point the third generation will migrate to Canada to lay eggs. The fourth generation that is born in Canada will then take a miraculous flight all the way back to the same mountains in Mexico where their great grandparents originated from.

For countless years this incredible butterfly has been following this same four generation cycle, one of the most incredible yet mysterious journeys in the natural world. In short, they do it because it is in their nature. We carry genetic and spiritual information from our parents that can influence who we are. The good news is that in Christ we can break up with familiar spirits and generational curses. Generational cycles can be broken with willpower but there are traits that we received from our ancestors that will not depart from us. The great advantage of reinventing ourselves in Christ is that the Holy Spirit will help us in the journey of breaking free from generational cycles. We should honour our family and our parents but we shouldn’t follow sinful patterns as we honour them. God is at a higher place and we can be born again of the Spirit.

Follow the Leader

“One cannot be a good leader without learning how to follow.” -anonymous author

In the late seventies, David Carradine became a famous actor in the role of a Kung-fu master. The following story repeated in hundreds or maybe thousands of other similar movies. The script runs like this in most martial arts movies: There is a little fragile boy (or girl) that is treated unfairly and by chance or destiny finds an old master that is usually disguised as a poor old isolated man. Motivated by revenge, the main character decides to enter into a strict code of discipline and honor, and eventually is able to perform amazing physical and spiritual exploits in order to obtain revenge and justice.

I would like to encourage you to see yourself as this fragile student that is determined to follow the leader without being scared no matter the cost.

Have you ever seen a stupid person with a poster of Albert Einstein in their bedroom? What about the amazing display of Christian symbols in Hollywood actresses that have no idea of who Jesus is? Rebellious teenagers will have Che Guevara T-shirts and earrings with crosses as well as a “cool” Zen Tattoo. People have a great need for role models and the reason why society sometimes rejects religious models is because of biased opinions and trends.

When you follow a leader or a role model, you must have the intelligence to understand not only what that particular model looks like but the achievements and results of their respective teachings. Usually followers of Che Guevara will end up dead or persecuted like their model. Followers of Mao Tse Tung will end up being manipulated as puppets. If you follow a model of an historical person it’s only wise that you do a reality check. I admire Mao, Lenine, and others for creating change and progress during their lifetimes but as I see the end result of their doctrines I honestly cannot see why I should follow their doctrines or footsteps. Above all, life is a journey but we have to set our course in a destination.

Matthew 9:9 As Jesus went on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow Me,” He told him, and Matthew got up and followed Him. Simple, right? But in Jesus’ culture, tax collectors were the lowest of the low. They were Jewish people collecting Roman taxes from other Jews. They were hated. They were outcasts. They couldn’t go to the temple. They couldn’t be a part of society. They could only hang out with other tax collectors because even sinners didn’t want to be around them. Jesus could have walked up to Matthew and said sarcastically, “I bet your mother is really proud you!” Jesus was considered a rabbi. All of the harsh and disapproving things He could have or should have said to Matthew would have been justified as far as the culture around them was concerned. But Jesus looked at Matthew the tax collector and said, “Follow Me.” How radical was Jesus’ call to Matthew? When all eyes were on the Son of God, He chose to reach out to a tax collector. Was He approving of Matthew’s life? Was He saying, even indirectly, that sin didn’t matter?

Who Do You Follow?

Talk about one of your favorite bosses, coaches, or teachers. What made it easy for you to follow that person? You can break free from a bad habit by following a leader. Just make sure you chose the right one… Following Jesus is learned by following a PASTOR. Today most Christians live an independent style of Christianity and see pastors as equal friends. If you do this you are losing the opportunity to be discipled by someone who is more experienced in the things of God and you will be wasting the chance to get into a process of true transformation.

In the 1930’s multitudes of smart intelligent German people followed Adolph Hitler as he was some kind of messiah. Where they wrong or deceived? History paints a biased image of Hitler based on the fact that he caused one of the greatest humanitarian disasters of recent times. He wasn’t necessarily a bad or evil person when he began but the end result for him and his followers where disastrous because of a flawed doctrine and misguided motives. So it doesn’t matter much how you started if your ending is catastrophic. Most people that end on death row were great kids but couldn’t take control over their own lives because of the circumstances of their past.

“Remember the difference between a boss and a leader; a boss says “Go!” - a leader says “Let’s go!”” -E.M. Kelly

We all need some form of leadership in our lives and if we don’t get it we’ll just run wild.

Mark 8:34 Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Me.

What has been your response to Jesus’ call to “Follow Me.” What is one thing you can do this week to begin to follow Jesus or to follow Him more closely?

QUESTIONS

  1. Am I tired of my way of life?
  2. Do I know anyone in my community that I would respect as a mentor?
  3. Have I ever tried to submit to the authority of a leader? (School, sports, religion, or any other kind, excluding criminal organizations) I want to finish by challenging you to do 2 simple things 1.Give up of your old life and follow Christ 2.Find a spiritual leader (a pastor) and be mentored by Him/Her