Your Time in the Cocoon

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2


Why Am I Going Through this? I’m A Good Person! Right now, you may be going through something that is undesirable, dark, lonely, and hopeless. “The struggle is real!” you keep professing to everyone every chance you get. You are in a cocoon. It’s not necessarily cocoon-02because you did something wrong.  You’re most likely in a place of growth. You were not meant to stay on one level in life. God wants to elevate you and keep you rising. The journey includes the struggle, allow yourself to be changed for better.

The frustrating thing, for humans anyway, is that cocoon seasons come when we least expect them.  Caterpillars don’t know their day or time. In their lives, like ours, presumably, all is well, and then things start changing. Their time of merely crawling is about to be over, but they don’t know it. The caterpillar is forced into a dark, lonely, hopeless place. Movement is restricted, options are removed, and comfort is something that used to be.  Sounds familiar, right?

Personally, I often feel as though I’m always going through something, and I watch those who don’t even believe in God or care about others, get favor and comforts ahead of me. However, I am reminded today, that I’m always going through, because I’m always growing, always improving, always advancing. That is the type of person I am; needing change, desiring more.  When we pray for elevation, what we see in our minds is instant elevation. We don’t consider the changes and growing pains required for the journey. Going to the next level will always be an uphill climb, so don’t listen to the people who don’t understand your growth and darkness. It is in the darkness of the cocoon that things shift and change into something greater.

How Long Will I Be in the Cocoon?  That depends on you. The average time for a caterpillar to be in a cocoon, is about 2 weeks. However, the length of time also depends on the species, (reference.com).  So, your time depends on the type of person you are. Are you patient, prayerful, hasty, ungrateful, faithful, vengeful?  God knows your timing; no man can define it for you. We emerge when we are fully prepared to do so. Butterflies are not able to exit the cocoon until their wings are strong enough to push through the confinement. When you are strong enough, you will breakthrough.

What Can I Do To Get Stronger? “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9. Confess your weakness and admit that you cannot get to the next level without going through the process.   Pray continually and worship regularly; focusing on God keeps you from focusing on your cocoon-01circumstances. Keep it moving; hiding from life is not an option on the path to growth. Be determined to make it; having an attitude of success will greatly influence your time in the
darkness. Remember that you are not experiencing something uncommon; it will be easy to fuss and cry and blame everyone else for your struggle, don’t give in, (1 Corinthians 10:13). BELIEVE!  If you don’t believe it will get better, it will not because all you will ever see is the struggle. Have faith (all you need is faith the size of a mustard seed – Matthew 17:20) that you will emerge better, stronger, and wiser. Believe in the good, and the good will come.

Why Prayers Don’t Get Answered and Life Doesn’t Change

The Short answer: You have separated yourself from God.

Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear. Isaiah 59:1-2blessings-denied-01

At this time of year, we are all filled with words of wisdom, predictions are made and resolutions are abundant.  But, it is also the time of year when we are waiting for the many prayers of the year to be answered. The declarations made a year ago about this current year don’t seem to have reached heaven; why?

Know that there is an answer to every prayer. It is either YES, NO, or NOT NOW.  But, as the text above states, there are things you may be doing that are causing  your petitions to go unheard, things within your control.

We are a stubborn people, we want what we want, when we want it, but God is the only one who truly knows what is best for us. After all, he created us and knows us better than we know ourselves.

Know that God loves YOU but he hates sin –God loves you, and WANTS to hear you. Jeremiah 31:3 says that God has loved you with an everlasting [unending, eternal, immovable ] love. That depth of love is a love that desires for you to be safe, healthy, and prosperous, but he hates sin.  Don’t think that others are better than you, or have it all together and that is somehow the reason for their blessings; none of us is sinless (Romans 3:23 “all have sinned…”).   How and when God blesses someone else has nothing to do with you.  God wants ALL of us to share eternity with him, and so he will bless the just and the unjust (Matthew 5:45). Don’t compare yourself to anyone else.

Repent and be saved – Turn your eyes inward.  What careless words or actions have gone unrepentant?  Are you given to gossip and backbiting?  Is your pride or self-righteousness getting in the way? Maybe there is something you knew you should have done and didn’t; instead you swept it under the rug or justified your inaction as being right in your own eyes… maybe you haven’t forgiven yourself for something…   We all love the Bible when it tells of goodness and light, blessings, prosperity, and the fall of our enemies; we get anxious when people suggest we are blocking our own blessings.

I don’t know what’s keeping your blessings from manifesting in your life.  All I can do is encourage you to pray to the Lord for revelation. Ask him to show you those things that you cannot put your finger on. God is very good at showing me where I messed up. Repent of your sin, and accept forgiveness.  What is done, is done. God will meet you where you are NOW, and guide you into the future, no matter what you have done in the past. God will turn his ear to you and send help, (2  Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, called by my name, would humble themselves and pray…”). 

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Don’t wait another day. Accept Christ as your Lord and Savior. Acknowledge him as the risen Lord, born of a Virgin. Admit that you are a sinner and cannot do this life without him.  Ask him to come into your heart and turn things around in your life. I can’t promise that everything is always going to make sense, or be easy, but I can promise that you will never be wrong for believing in the assurance of answered prayer, forgiveness, victory over sin, guidance, and salvation.  Start reading your Bible today, get into a Bible teaching church, and let God turn your heart ache into hallelujahs!

 

Be good, be gracious, and be a blessing to someone today!

Shaunna

http://www.speakministries.org

The Real “Lord’s Prayer”

 

So far as we’ve been told, Matthew 6:9-13 is “The Lord’s Prayer.” But, in this text Jesus was only giving a model; a template of how to assemble our prayers. In the 17th chapter oJesus prays in Gethsemenef the book of John, we see what is an actual, authentic prayer of Our Lord and Savior, also knows as, The High Priestly Prayer. He uses the template found in Matthew and constructs this deep, moving, meaningful prayer directly to his Father. May our own prayers for one another be so intricate, in the name of Jesus! AMEN

John 17 

After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

“I have revealed you[a] to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of[b] your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by[c] that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.

13 “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by[d] the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you[e] known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

Peace Be With You

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” NIV

 

Our heartfelt prayers are with our community members, friends and families around the world. May peace in abundance surround all of you.

 

Sincerely,

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