Can a leopard change its spots?

The world says: “A leopard can’t change its spots.” 
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The bible says: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

The world will tell us that a leopard can’t change its spots. This is in reference to people not being able to change.
There are other sayings that go along the same line. Here’s one off the top of my head now for example: Once a cheater, always a cheater, which is referring to people who cheat on their partner/spouse.
They assume that, just because someone has cheated once or possibly more, that they will always be the same. And, in the world, that might be true. But the bible tells us that people can and do change. I am living proof of this. I’m not perfect by any means, but God is working on me, so I’m a work in progress. 😉
I will use myself as an example, because it’s the only way I know to get my message across. I can’t type up someone else’s testimony because, well there’s no-one else here right now, and also I know it to be true. I can only speak the truth if I’ve lived it. 

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
This verse just about says it all doesn’t it?
Once you are in Christ, or a born again Christian, you are a new person. The old you has gone and the new one takes its place. You become a new person. 
You start to lose interest in the things that used to excite you, that you used to enjoy. 
I can testify to this. 

I come from a line of drinkers so it’s only natural that I ended up like that. I think people tend to live what they see as children. Of course this isn’t always the case, but I think it most cases it probably is. I know of some people that had pretty bad parenting as children so they made a vow with themselves to never be like that, and they weren’t. 

Anyway, back to my story. I used to drink, a lot. It wasn’t unheard of for me to drink nearly a whole bottle of bourbon in one night, to myself and by myself. The same with beer. I could drink a dozen (mid-strength) beers in one sitting on my own (In my late 20’s I switched to mids because I could drink more and not get as much of a hangover as will full strength beers). Now, I’m not a very tall person so for someone of my size to drink that much is a big deal. 
It was so bad that In my early 20’s my dr was so concerned about my drinking that she got me to have a liver function test because she thought my liver would be shot. Thankfully it was ok, but that still didn’t deter me. I just kept drinking as if my life depended on it. 
If I was down or angry, I’d turn to my friend alcohol. If I was happy or excited about something, I drank. If it was a birthday or something else to celebrate, I’d drink. 
Nothing was ever done that didn’t include alcohol. I got myself in some really dangerous situations when I drank, and I look back now and I honestly think that the Lord had his hand on me because I probably should have died from alcohol poisoning several times over. There were times that I drank so much that most of the next day was spent vomiting. It was really not a pleasant thing.

I don’t mean to go on and on, but I’m trying to set the scene for you, because my deliverance from the demon drink was nothing short of miraculous. 
It didn’t happen overnight, but it did happen. I had some Christian counselling, and within weeks the desire to drink started to wane. It didn’t take me long to almost completely lose the desire to drink at all. It’s been just over 3 years since I have stopped drinking, praise the Lord! I won’t say it has been easy for all of those years because it hasn’t. The devil has tried to tempt me back into drinking so many times, but with Jesus by my side, I have been able to resist all those times that I’ve been tempted. 

I also used to rely heavily on anti-depressants and took them for about 10 years. It was around the same time that I weaned myself off them and haven’t had one since. Again, it hasn’t been all sunshine and rainbows as I’ve had many obstacles thrown my way, and I do get down, but I will never go back to that poison. 

I am walking proof that people can, and do, change for the better, and the only way to do that is through Jesus Christ. Yes, psychologists or therapists might work for a while, but the true change in you will only come through Jesus. He will make you a new creation, a new person and the old things will pass away. 

If you are not a Christian (or even if you are) and have a problem with alcohol, drugs, sexual addiction or any kind of addiction, please, call out to Jesus now to help you. 
“And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13

Modesty, is the best policy.

As you can probably tell, this post is going to be about modesty. But I’m not going to write it, someone else is. I came across a blog the

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other day and this lady writes about it far better than I can, so I am going to link her blog posts here for you to read.
Her blog is called The Ministry Mama and reading her post about modesty the other day was like a beacon of light to me. It was great to know that I’m not the only one that feels the way I do about how young girls/women dress these days and I hope you are as blessed by her writing as I was.

As I have been doing research on modesty, one phrase keeps popping up, “modest is hottest”.
Hmm, ok, since when are we supposed to strive to be “hot” and attractive to the opposite sex? Isn’t modesty all about being humble, meek, gentle, having good manners/values and not dressing to draw attention? To me, modesty encompasses many things, not just the way we dress. It’s our actions, our behaviour and how we present ourselves, as a whole, to society. We need to remember who we are representing, and that is God. If we “dress to impress” people, then we have it all wrong. We need to dress and act how God would have us do it, not how we think society wants us to.

Also, I have a started a group on facebook called Mothers (and others) for Modesty. **Edit – This group has been changed because focusing on just the one topic was far too limiting.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/149002501970627/

Another point with modesty is the relationship between a father and his daughter is so important because it will more than likely set the tone for future relationships of her

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I don’t mean self-respect in the way the world means it though, I mean to have enough respect for herself as a child of God to dress and behave like one. If she knows her worth in Christ, then she would never lower herself to dressing like a tramp (sorry to use that word, but it was the tamest one I could think of) and sleeping around like children of the world do these days.

Here are the links. It is a 3 part series, and definitely well worth the read.

http://theministrymama.com/2013/07/19/the-case-for-biblical-modesty-gods-true-purpose/

http://theministrymama.com/2013/07/11/the-case-for-biblical-modesty/

http://theministrymama.com/2013/07/22/the-case-for-biblical-modesty-its-appearance-to-all/

Ye are the body of Christ.

“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.” Ephesians 4:11-16

As Christians, we have all been given different roles, as the above verses state:
-apostle
-prophets
-evangelists
-pastors/teachers.

We have those roles for a reason, which the same chapter tells us:
-perfecting of the saints (“that is, to train and equip the rank-and-file Christians to do the work of the ministry”)
-the work of the ministry: is to (see next)
-edify the body of Christ (until we);
-come into unity of the faith and the knowledge of Jesus
-to be perfected like Jesus.

“But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.” 1 Corinthians 12:20-27

To deny one person their role, or to say that what one person is doing isn’t ok, is to take away a part of the body of Christ. All the different parts of the body of Christ are meant to be there, no matter what they are, or how insignificant they seem, and all are meant to work in unity with each other.
These roles are given to us by God because He knows our strengths and weaknesses (and yes we have those because we are not perfect {yet}).
So please, instead of cutting each other down, start to build each other up like we are supposed to be doing.
“Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

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God bless you.