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The White Swan

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect will of God (Romans 12:2).

That you put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:22-24).

Beloved, now we are children of God; and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that when he shall appear, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And every man who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure (1 John 3:2-3).
Everyone is familiar with the tale "The Ugly Duckling" who was actually a swan being raised in a "duck" environment. All innate Christians start off life like that duck-swan, perceived as a duck, expected to act and look like a duck, which is contrary to our nature and the innate heredity that we received from God before the foundation of the worlds were laid.

We belonged to God before he created time, before our mothers met our fathers we were his. Yet we are raised in a world that knows not God and are, even before we ourselves realize that we belong to God, are picked, prodded, persecuted and abused because those of the world and of Satan are keenly aware that we don't fit in the construct of evil where they dwell. They keep projecting upon us their own evil natures and trying to persuade Christians yet to be to sink into the degradational depths of sin's disgrace. 

The wicked, having failed in their mission, leaves God's sons and daughters to somehow or another catch a reflection of themselves in the abstract pool of God's creative power, and begin to understand why they never fit in with the cruel "ducks" of this present world.

We were created to love and to serve God Almighty, the author and finisher of our faith! Once we catch a reflection of who God created us to be, we swim out of the "duck pond" to find the "swans" who mirror our true existence; other like-minded people who have come to the realization that they belong to God altogether in heart, mind, body and soul, and have dedicated themselves to serving God's will, and fulfilling the purpose, which he gave to us before we were even born into this fleeting world that is encased in the very arms of death.

Everything and everyone that we see with our eyes are in the process of dying, it and our earthly foreverness was deleted in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve sinned. But thanks be to Jesus that he obeyed the Father, dying for our sins on the cross of affliction, and giving us the opportunity to return to right relationship with the Father, God the Creator.
A problem exists and persists though because the "ducks" are never going to be happy with your new found isness, and will block your way at every turn to prevent you from leaving their murky "duck pond" of death and destruction in search of the pond where the beautiful and graceful swans reside, those who are saved by grace dwelling in the protective arms of the living God.

Persecution is intensified as you begin your journey out of hell's rancid embrace and into the divine will of God for your life. The transition into the newness of life is like a child being born through great pain and suffering, an indication that your own new God-created world is nigh and is awaiting your arrival with open arms to embrace you in Godly love.

Sometimes as Christians it may feel like we are walking on broken glass; the painful pieces of our lives scattered before and behind us, nevertheless, we walk forward into our own, into our destiny, into our purpose, having first shunned the world and everything therein because we know that it has innately become a soul trap for the unwary travelers moving through hell's clutching hands of soul death; mental and physical dissipation.

Your journey through hell will either make you stronger or break you into multiple devourable pieces of abject beings void of humanity, a humanity that was traded to Satan on the auction block of fleeting pleasures and the things that money can buy.

What then is the price of your humanity, thus your soul, thus your eternal life in the presence of God? Do you stay in the pond with all of Satan's ugly ducks who are black with sin, or do you make the transition to another pool where the beautiful white swans of God dwell? 

We have to choose what kind of life we are going to present to God. It is always a choice to either live in the flesh or to live in the spirit. We must first crucify our flesh so that when we are presented with the temptation to sin against a holy God we have the power within us to turn way from sin and towards the will of God for our lives.
Just think how far we could have gone over into God if we had not swam in the "duck pond" overlong, if we had not embraced the sins of the world overlong, all the while God was wooing us to himself with love and understanding, listening to our desperate prayers and answering them when we had not as of yet accepted him fully into our hearts; backslidden and lost in a world that only offers the soul devouring empty pleasures in life for a season.

Where would we be if we had stayed at the feet of God and not allowed Satan to defeat our purpose even for a moment? Not yet having fully realized that once we know God we are his, and he is married to us, and will search us out in the hedges and byways of our disobedience, he will find his bride and entice her to fall in love with him once again, to recommit herself to him and vow to love him forever.

Having gone through great trials and tribulations we find ourselves again in the embrace of the safe arms of God, but the duck siren song reaches our ears periodically, trying to persuade us to leave our Father in search of what we do not have, but patience is all we need. God will give us the desires of our heart if we wait until our time of blessings arrive!

Bible stories teach us that God has a distinct purpose for our lives, and the greater the purpose, the more pain and suffering we must endure to build within us the underlying foundation so that God can construct upon it his divine purpose.

So it doesn't matter how long the suffering, we know that God will perform his Word in our lives, that he is preparing us for what is to come, a life that he can use to augment his kingdom on earth. God uses tried and true vessels for his glory. So if you are still in the "trying stage" know that he is making you stronger and wiser, and building you up so that you will become a mighty warrior in his army of saints!
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