Wrong Pig

Upon having visitors to New Life Trails, we embark upon a guided tour. Of the many animals that we visit, Chunky the pig is one of the favorites! Figuring out that a crowd of people means donuts, he quickly moves in with his tricks for the harvest!!! One day, after introducing him, I was puzzled. He usually responds quickly to the request to sit for a donut! However, today he seemed totally confused! After several diligent tries, I resolved that he was having an off day when suddenly one of the girls bellowed across the paddock, “That’s Belle, not Chunky!!!” I did a double take and she was right! Belle is Chunky’s Mom. They do look a lot a like, but normally I know which one I’m addressing. No wonder she didn’t respond, she didn’t have the ability to perform the request. It would not have mattered how many donuts I had, she would not have done the “sit” trick.
Later, I couldn’t help but think how similar Belle and Chunky’s situation was to many of my own spiritual dilemmas. Many times, I call upon the fleshly(old nature) part of my nature to do that which can only be done in the Spirit of God. I try so hard to change from the outside in! I resolve that I am not going to raise my voice, talk hateful, pout, eat that cookie, ( you name it)……… True change with longevity has to come from within…..from God’s Spirit within me. When I became a Christian, God’s Spirit became alive within me. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation, old things are passed away and behold all things have become new. Ephesians 2:4-5 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in sin, made us alive together with Christ. At that moment, I received the power of the Holy Spirit (the Fruit of the Spirit Galations 5:22) to:
Love when I have a right(by the world) to hate
Have joy when I have a right(by the world) to despair
Have peace when I have a right(by the world) to be anxious
Have patience when I have a right(by the world) to be impatient
Be kind when I have a right(by the world)to be mean
Be gentle, when I have a right(by the world) to be harsh
Be self-controlled, when I have a right(by the world) to be self-willed
Good when I have a right(by the world) to be bad
Faithful, when I have a right(by the world) to be unfaithful
The key for me is knowing and identifying who I am in Christ. (I forget all the time! Satan has spent my life screaming in my heart all the things that I am not!)Any success that I have( speaking to the right pig(so to speak))comes from the memorized Word of God(Bible verses). The Rely verses(Shield of Faith)(God’s Promises). I can tell myself that I’m not going to do something, or I’m going to do something, but it is not until I speak out loud the promises of who I am in Christ with THANKSGIVING, that I find victory! Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.
A-(I can do ALL things (through Christ )which strengtheneth me. ) Philippians 4:13
B- (BEING confident of this very thing, that (He) which hath begun a good work in you, will perform it until the 
day of Jesus Christ.) Philippians 1:6
C-(and ye are COMPLETE(in HIM), which is the head of all principalities and powers. ) Colossians 2:10
D-(fear thou not; for (I) am with thee;) be not DISMAYED; for (I) am thy God: (I) will strengthen thee; yea, (I) 
will help thee; yea, (I) will uphold thee with the right hand of (My) righteousness. Isaiah 41:10
E-(now unto Him tht is able to do EXCEEDINGLY abundantly above all that we ask) or think according to the power 
that worketh in us. Ephesians 3:20
F-( I will praise thee: FOR I am fearfully and wonderfully made)marvelous are Thy works, and that my soul
knoweth right well. Psalm 139:14
G-(GREATER is (He) that is in you, than he that is in the world. ) 1 John 4:4b
H-(for (I) will restore HEALTH unto thee, )and (I) will HEAL thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord. Jeremiah 30:17a

I-((I) will instruct thee and teach thee in the way in which thou shalt go()I) will guide thee with (Mine) eyes. Psalm 32:8
J-(but my (God) shall supply all your needs according to (His) riches in glory by Christ JESUS.) Philippians 4:19

K-((Thou) wilt KEEP him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on (Thee),) because he trusteth in (Thee). Isaiah 26:3
L-(behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear. ) Isaiah 59:1
M-(MANY are the afflictions of the righteous, but the (Lord) delivered him out of them all. ) Psalm 34:19

N-(NOT by might, not by power, but by (My Spirit),” saith the Lord of Host.) Zechariah 4:6b
O-(for (He) shall give (His) angels charge OVER thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. ) Psalms 91:11
P-(the (Lord) will PERFECT that which concerneth me.) Psalm 138:8a
Q- (nay, in all these things we are more than CONQUERORS, through (Him) that loves us. ) Romans 8:37
R- (for which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man (is )renewed day by day.) 2 Corinthians 4:16
S-(for SIN shall not have dominion over you, for ye are not under the law, but under grace.) Romans 6:14
T-(I know that thou canst do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be THWARTED. ) Job 42:2
U-(and we know that to them that love God, all things work together UNTO good, )to such as, according to (His) purpose, 
are called to be saints. Romans 8:28
V-( through (God), we shall do VALIANTLY, for (He) it is that shall tread down our enemies.) Psalm 108:13
W-(WHEN thou passest through the waters, (I) will be with thee )and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee; 
when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. Isaiah 43:2
X-(for I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord,) thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you 
an EXPECTED end. Jerremiah 29:11
Y-(and whatsoever YE shall ask in(My) name, that will (I )do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. ) John 14:13
Z- ( for with God nothing is impossible. ) Luke 1:37