God allowed this concept to be played out in so many parts of his creation. When plants take in nutrients at the roots, they grow strong and healthy above ground. When animals stay nourished, they have the energy they need for each day, living the way God intended them to live. When we allow truth and positive thoughts to fill our minds and hearts, we are helping our spirit and attitude to be one that is pleasing to God and helpful to others around us. I was asked once, "What happens when you squeeze an orange?" I responded, "Orange juice will come out." That's exactly it. What we are made of at our core is what will spill out when trials and attacks of the Enemy press in on us.
We women who already know Jesus as our Lord and Savior are, as the Word of God says, a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). We are ones who have left the old life (the caterpillar life) and have been made completely new (the butterfly life) by the Almighty God through His Son Jesus Christ. So if we are made new, when the stresses and trials of life press in on us, we SHOULD exhibit the characteristics of our new identity; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control which are all products of knowing Christ as Savior; the "fruit of the Spirit". (Galatians 5:22)
I am going to end with the first chapter of the book of James and the second chapter of the book of Ephesians in the New Testament of God's Word. It is so insightful and challenging to me. Both books, James and Ephesians, remind us of our new identity in Christ. They remind us that our tongue (our speech) is influenced by the condition of our hearts. Let us read it together and allow it to change us........today. Sisters, don't let this wait for another day. Butterflies can not return to the caterpillar stage. Let us embrace our new identity and honor God for His great work in our little lives.