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from JO’s sermon tonight:

on the inside of each one of us is a blessed, prosperous, victorious person.  this person is free from addictions, bad habits.  they’re secure, confident, talented, creative, disciplined, focused.  but just because they’re in you doesn’t mean they’re automatically going to come out;  they have to be released.  Paul said:

Romans 12:2 (NIV)

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

that word “transformed” in the original language is “metamorpho”;  it’s where we get our word “metamorphose.”  we know how a caterpillar metamorphoses into a butterfly.  this is saying, “if you’ll get your thoughts going in the right direction, and not dwell on negative, condemning, not-able-to thoughts, but program your mind with what God says about you, then a transformation will take place.”  the little caterpillar starts off as one of the most unattractive insects, it’s very plain, nothing really special about it, but God predestined it to go through a transformation. it forms a cocoon, this metamorphosis starts to take place;  it’s a process, little by little it changes.  one day it begins to push out of the cocoon;  a leg, wing, head comes out, before long it’s totally free from the cocoon.  it goes from being one of the most plain insects to being one of the most beautiful, colorful, graceful insects.  instead of having to crawl on the ground, squirm around, now it can fly wherever it wants to go.  we all start off as worms, so to speak;  our thoughts, without being retrained, naturally gravitate toward the negative.  we think, “I can’t take that promotion, I’m not qualified. I’ll never rise much higher, I come from the wrong family.  I’ve made too many mistakes, God could never bless me.”  those are wormy thoughts.

but just because we start that way doesn’t mean that we ‘re supposed to finish that way;  God has predestined us to go through a transformation, from a worm that crawls and barely gets by to a beautiful butterfly that soars.  here’s the key;  it’s not up to God, it’s up to us.  the only way to release your butterfly is to get your thinking in line with God’s word.  what will keep you in your cocoon?  “I’ll never lose this weight, my business isn’t going to get off the ground, I’m not a good parent”;  those thoughts will keep the full you from coming out.  you have to realize, there is a great parent already in you, just waiting to be released. if you’re going to see your metamorphose take place, you’ve gotta be convinced, “in me right now is a great father, mother, I’m gonna renew my mind to get them out.”  you may be struggling with an addiction, but in you right now is a person that’s totally free.  you may be down in your finances, business is slow, but in you right now is a person that lends and not borrows, the head and not the tail. if you’ll just keep renewing your mind, agreeing with what God says about you, it’s just a matter of time before that person comes out.

when the thoughts tell you, “you’re never going to change, it’s never going to get any better,” no, just remind yourself, “I’m being transformed, my metamorphose has already begun”;  that’s how you release the full you.  some people have incredible talent, so much to offer, the problem is, they’ve never gone through their transformation;  they’re allowing the same negative recording to play in their mind all day long.  your life is going to follow your thoughts;  if you think you’ve reached your limits, then you have.  if you don’t think you can break that addiction, then you won’t.  you have to change your thinking.  some of you have been in your cocoon way too long.  God is ready to take you to a new level;  He’s ready to release a new wave of His favor.  you gotta rise up and say, “that’s it, I’m done thinking these wormy thoughts, it’s my time to be transformed.  I know I am forgiven, redeemed, talented, creative, disciplined, well able.”  that’s not just being positive, that’s renewing your mind. when you do that, part of your wing is coming out of the cocoon;  you keep that up, and before long you’ll release the full you.  you’ll be transformed into a beautiful butterfly, soaring to places that you’ve never dreamed of.

people will try to keep you in your cocoon, tell you what you can’t do, can’t become.  some people are still kinda squirming around, but God has destined you to soar;  there is a butterfly in you, victory, freedom, excellence, it’s all on the inside, but you’ve gotta do your part and go through the transformation.  a lot of us, we were programmed by the people that raised us, or by what somebody has spoken over us;  maybe they were good people, but now that programming is limiting us.  as long as you think that you’ve gone as far as you can, then you’ll stay in your cocoon.  if you think, “I can’t break this addiction, I’ve had it too long, I’ll never get well, I’m not that good of a parent,” that’s going to keep your butterfly from being released.  the transformation takes place when you renew your mind, program your thinking with what God says about you.  God says:

Proverbs 4:18 (HCSB)

18 The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,
shining brighter and brighter until midday.

all through the day, “I’m rising higher, I haven’t seen my best days, something good is going to happen to me.”  as you meditate on that, day in and day out,  you’re breaking out of that cocoon.  people may have spoken negative things over you;  people don’t determine your destiny.  you are not who people say you are, you are who God says you are.  people have told you what you can’t do, what you’re not going to become, no, let me tell you who you really are:  God says you are blessed, talented, valuable, confident, hand-picked by the Creator of the universe.  quit dwelling on what people say you are, and program your mind with who God says you are.  on the inside of you right now is a victorious, successful, not average, not mediocre, world-changer, history-maker, just waiting to break out.  I’m asking you to release the full you.  you are destined to leave your mark on our generation. there is no limit to what God can do in you and through you, when you reprogram your thinking and start believing that you’re blessed, valuable, one of a kind, more than a conqueror.

when you renew your mind, transformations take place.  the enemy doesn’t fight you for where you are, he fights you for where you’re going.  he would love to keep you in your cocoon, thinking these wormy thoughts.  he doesn’t want you break out, soar, live an overcoming life, he wants you to struggle, be insecure, be burdened by addictions and bad habits.  it all starts in our mind;  if he can control your thoughts, he can control your whole life.  what I’m asking you to do is, all through the day, “I can do all things through Christ, I am strong in the Lord, if God be for me, who dare be against me?”  maybe you’re not totally out yet, but don’t get discouraged, God is still working on you.  every day you think the right thoughts, you are breaking out of that cocoon a little bit more.  at the right time, you’re gonna take off, and God is gonna take you places that you could never go on your own. God wanted Gideon to lead the people of Israel against an opposing army, but Gideon had all these wormy thoughts;  he was stuck in his cocoon.  then one day:

Judges 6:12 (AMP)

12 And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, The Lord is with you, you mighty man of [fearless] courage.

I can imagine Gideon looking around, thinking, “Who is he talking about?  I am not a “mighty man of [fearless] courage.””   Gideon was afraid, intimidated, insecure.  but notice;  God didn’t call him what he was, God called him what he could become.  God sees your potential, knows what you’re capable of.  you may feel weak, but God calls you strong.  you may be intimidated, but God calls you confident.  you may feel less-than;  God calls you well-able.  if the angel of the Lord were to appear to you today, he would say the same thing he said to Gideon, “hello, you mighty man/woman of fearless courage.”  get in agreement with God;  start believing what He says about you.  Gideon answered the angel back:

Judges 6:15 (AMP)

15 Gideon said to Him, Oh Lord, how can I deliver Israel? Behold, my clan is the poorest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.

notice those wormy thoughts;  a lot of times we do the same thing, “I can’t do anything great, I’m not that talented, if I was a different nationality, had a better personality, if I hadn’t made so many mistakes”…  get rid of the excuses.  you are equipped, empowered, you already have everything you need to fulfill your destiny, it’s in you right now. now you gotta do your part to bring it out.  God your Creator can see things in you that other people cannot see.  sometimes, people will try to push you down, make you feel insignificant. sometimes our own thoughts will try to convince us that we don’t measure up. but God looks beyond the surface, mistakes we’ve made, what somebody said about you, and God sees your incredible value.  you may think, “I messed up, I’ve blown it, I failed, I’m all washed up,” no, God still sees the eagle in you.  God doesn’t just see what you are, He sees what you can become.  now you’ve gotta do your part;  get rid of those condemning thoughts, what somebody has spoken over you, and start renewing your mind.  down deep, start believing that you are redeemed, restored, talented, valuable.  even if you have made mistakes, believe that you can still release the full you.  God can still get you to where He wants you to be.

Jacob didn’t have a lot of character, he was dishonest, cheated people, tricked his brother out of his birthright.  he had a lot of flaws, but God doesn’t judge the way we judge, God doesn’t look on the outside, God looks at the heart.  even when we make mistakes, God doesn’t write us off, He doesn’t say, “you had your shot, you’re done,” no, God alway gives us another chance.  why?  because God can see the butterfly in the worm;  He can even see a champion in a failure.  but it’s up to us;  the ony way the transformation will take place is you have to believe that you’re forgiven, there’s mercy for every mistake, you are who God says you are.

Micah 4:9

… Is there not a king in you…

I believe God is saying the same thing to each one of us;  “there’s a king in you.”  you may have made mistakes, but the king is still in you.  you may have gone through disappointments, people may have treated you unfairly, you missed good opportunities, but let these words sink deep down into your spirit;  “the king/queen is still in you.”  you need to put your shoulders back, hold your head up high, carry yourself with confidence;  you have royal blood flowing through your veins, you are wearing a crown of favor.  I’m not lookin’ at ordinary people, I’m lookin’ at royalty, children of the most high God.  you’ve gotta start calling out that king, queen, release what God put on the inside.  “this is not for me today, I’ve made lots of mistakes, I’ve lived a rough life,” no, that didn’t change what God put in you.  you couldn’t be any worse than Jacob;  he failed again and again. but God’s mercy is from everlasting to everlasting, it never runs out;  God will never give up on you.  God kept working on Jacob;  his name literally meant “deceiver,” so:

Genesis 35:10 (NIV)

10 God said to him, “Your name is Jacob, but you will no longer be called Jacob; your name will be Israel.” So he named him Israel.

“Israel” means “prince with God”;  he went from being called a cheater to being called a king.  now, when somebody said, “hello, Israel,” they were saying, “hello, king”;  they were calling out his seeds of greatness, prophesying, reminding him who he really was.  some of you, the only thing that’s holding you back is your thoughts towards yourself;  you’re focused on your mistakes, how you blew it, didn’t measure up, you’ve gotta reprogram your thinking, get rid of those wormy thoughts.  all through the day, “I am redeemed, restored, royalty, more than a conqueror.”  today is going to be the start of some transformations;  some metamorphoses are about to take place.  you need to get ready:  talent is going to come out of you that you didn’t know you had, strongholds of inferiority are being broken, you’re going to feel a new boldness, confidence to step into the fullness of your destiny.  some of you have one wing out, and that’s good, but God doesn’t want you to stay in your cocoon;  He didn’t create you to squirm, He created you to soar.  it’s time to get the other wing out;  if you will start renewing your mind, programing it with what God says about you, then you’re going to release the full you.  I’m calling out the confident, successful, blessed, talented, disciplined, excellent you.  the king, eagle, butterfly in you is coming out.  you’re not gonna stay where you are, you’re being transformed, you’re going to soar and go places you could have never gotten to on your own.

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