To be an “Eagle Christian” means to be a partaker of the divine nature of God. Throughout the Bible, God likens Himself and His children to an eagle, and He protects, feeds and teaches His children as an eagle protects, feeds and teaches the eaglets. This is why we should seek to know and understand the life of an eagle and the following scriptures which reveals this truth.
Ex 19:4 You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to Myself.
Ps 91:4 He will cover you with his pinions, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
The word eagle is mentioned about 32 times in the Bible. The number 32 in God's arithmetic means covenant. God desires to reproduce Himself in us while showing us His covenant through the hidden life of the eagle. God uses such metaphors and analogies to give us a better understanding of spiritual things.
Rm 1:20 Ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature, namely, His eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
In other words, spiritual truths can be understood by studying natural things. Similarly, we can gain knowledge about the ‘overcoming' Christian life by looking at some of the characteristics of an eagle. Jesus always took something in the natural to explain a spiritual truth, as can be seen in the following parable while teaching about the sower.
Mk 4:3-8 "Listen! A sower went out to sow, and as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it had not much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil; and when the sun rose it was scorched, and since it had no root it withered away. Other seed fell among thorns and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. And other seeds fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirty fold and sixty fold and a hundred fold."
Mk 4:14-20 The sower sows the Word. And these are the ones along the path, where the Word is sown; when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the Word which is sown in them. And these in like manner are the ones sown upon rocky ground, who, when they hear the Word, immediately receive it with joy; and they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the Word, immediately they fall away. And others are the ones sown among thorns; they are those who hear the Word, but the cares of the world, and the delight in riches, and the desire for other things, enter in and choke the Word, and it proves unfruitful. But those that were sown upon the good soil are the ones who hear the Word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty fold and sixty fold and a hundredfold."
Prov 30:18-19 Three things are too wonderful for me; four I do not understand: the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a serpent on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a maiden.
These are things too wonderful or too great to understand. They are so glorious and mysterious that the world, and even Christians do not fully understand them. These four mysteries are symbolic to different aspects of the Church today. The way of a man with a maid, represents the relationship of Jesus Christ with His bride, the Church. The way of a ship on the high seas portrays the Church surviving in the midst of sin and the sea of wicked humanity. The way of a serpent on a rock speaks of the way Satan, ie the serpent, is trying to overthrow and destroy the kingdom of Jesus Christ , the Rock. Finally, the way of an eagle in the sky represents the mystery of the Christian who has learned to soar in the heavenlies, far above the winds of adversity and storms of life without any visible human means of aid or support. He has learned to partake of the divine nature, acting and talking like a child of God.
When a person becomes an “Eagle Saint”, it is one of the great mysteries of faith. He is no longer content to live with mediocrity, but begins to act like Jesus and live a dynamic, victorious and overcoming life. He becomes like an eagle who mounts up and rides on the air currents with hardly any effort. You are called to be an eagle, not a crow nor a sparrow. You are made for the heavens.
Here is a story of an eagle that had lost his identity.
An eaglet once fell from his nest and a farmer found him and took him home. He put him together with the chickens. The eaglet began clucking and pecking at some grains on the ground as the chickens did, since he thought he was a chicken, as he was growing along with them. Once the farmer's friend visited the farm and when he saw the eagle amongst the chickens, he said to the eagle, “You are an eagle, you are meant for the heavens, what are you doing here with the chickens?” Hence he picked the eaglet and threw him in the air. The eaglet flapped his wings, but fell to the ground and went back with the chickens. The next time, the friend visited the farm, he saw the same eaglet with the chickens again. He now took the eaglet to the top of the barnyard and threw him in the air, the eaglet again flapped his wings and fell to the ground and again went back with the chickens. The farmer's friend was sad. When the farmer's friend visited the farm for the third time and saw the eaglet still with the chickens, he felt really sad and this time he took the eaglet to the top of a mountain and threw him high in the air. The eaglet, very frightened, flapped his wings and fell downwards. As he was falling down, he flapped his wings harder and harder until suddenly he soared up into the sky and disappeared. He had learnt to fly.
You are not called to be with the chickens in the barnyard, but you are called to fly like an eagle in the heavens. When you are with the chickens, you may begin to think like the chickens. Your place is not with the chickens, you are made for the heavens.
The Hebrew word for eagle: Nesher , which means "to tear with the beak."
The eagle is the "King of birds". They are an international symbol of strength, beauty, authority and freedom. The eagle's wings are 71/2 ft. in width. Their talons are four times greater in strength than of a human hand. An adult eagle can weigh 10 - 11 kgs. The female eagle is usually larger than the male.
They have a lifespan of 15-20 years. Eagles are vulnerable to toxic chemicals in the environment. There are many species of eagles in the world, but their nature, their rearing of the young and skills of hunting are the same, they don't differ.
Eagles from birth have very unique innate and physical characteristics. They are born with their mouths open and their eyes looking into the sun. They have a tremendous hunger and constantly cry for food. The eaglets are fed sufficiently, not too much or too little. Both the male and the female eagles are involved in feeding their eaglets. They tear the food apart into small bits and put it into the eaglet's mouth, feeding them carefully and with great love. As the eaglets grow, they begin to eat on their own, but their food is brought by the eagles. The eaglets are well fed at regular intervals and they grow stronger. In the same manner, when we Christians are born again, we have a tremendous hunger for God's Word. The babes in the Lord need to be constantly and sufficiently fed with the Word of God with great love in their respective Churches otherwise there is a great danger of them going in search of food (Word of God) to other churches.
Eagles are the only creatures that can look directly into the sun. They have two sets of eyelids. One is used for hunting while the other is used while flying directly towards the sun.
When we, as eagle Christians fall into trials and temptations, we too must fly directly to the Son, Jesus Christ, who is the Father of light and His light blinds the enemy! Another important aspect is the eagle's eyes. They are always wet. As an eagle Christian, we know that the Word of God ensures us joy.
Ps 126:5-6 May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy! He that goes forth weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.
An eagle Christian is one who is burdened and bearing.
In order to fly, one must be strong. The eagle's strength is known to be in its diet. Eagles feed on freshly killed prey and don't eat anything that is dead, as long as they are not caged, they. An eagle can consume half a kilogram of fish in about four minutes, so voracious is their appetite. They are very wise as to see what they consume. Eagles cannot digest everything they eat, like bones and hair. These items accumulate in the craw (crop of a bird where food is stored), impairing their ability of free
| flight. Eventually that hindrance must be expelled. It is said that the eagle hits his beak against a rock, till the hindrance comes out. Hyenas and vultures feed on dead carcasses, they eat what others have left and tend to overeat. Due to this they get intoxicated, such that they can neither move nor fly and thus become prey to other animals. They never seem to get along well with one another. If you take in dead stuff, you too will be intoxicated, unstable and become prey to Satan.
Can you see a parallel? To be an eagle Christian we must check what goes in. Don't feed on things like pornography, slander, smutty jokes via mail or SMS, dirty scenes in movies and on TV. When you engage in such things, you are eating dead stuff. Make a decision never to get involved in any of this. Take refuge under God's wings. What enters in you determines your strength. You are what you eat. There are three gates from which you can take things in, the eye gate, the ear gate and the mouth gate. Be careful what you take in through your eyes, ears and mouth. If you want to know a person's character, listen to what he speaks, for example, slander, gossip, complaints, evil and negative talk.
Man has a substance in him that hinders his spiritual ability to fly. It must be knocked out, before he can dwell in spiritual high places with the Creator. Self-will must be surrendered to God, subordinated to His will, before we can soar to the heights He has planned for us.
If only “Eagle Christians” would do the same, what great deliverance it would bring to the church.
Ps 34:8 "Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good."
The word "taste" here means "to eat, discern, perceive and evaluate it is more than just eating food, it is to have the capacity to choose and delight in good things." We need to taste and see that the Lord is good. Feast on His Word, meditate and delight yourself in His ways.
Jesus said in Jn 6:57 "As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me."
Eph 4:31-32 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Ps 1:1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers.
You are warned not to sit with sinners, if you sit with such people, even if you are not saying a word, as you listen to their talk you will take in the evil that is said and you will never fly. Be on guard.
Prov 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.Be careful that no evil talk comes out of your mouth.
Rm 8:6-8 To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God's law, indeed it cannot; and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
The flesh and the spirit cannot go together.
There is nothing dead about Jesus, there is only life in Him. Take what He offers and have life.
Jn 1:4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
Jn 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
Jn 6:35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall not hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”
Jn 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live,”
Jn 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me.”
Rm 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death.
| An eagle has a strong vision up to 3 kilometers while flying in the sky. He has two foveae, or centers of focus, that allows the bird to look in the front and the side at the same time. An eagle's eye is almost as large as a human's, but its sharpness is at least four times more than that of a person with perfect vision.
The eagle can probably identify a rabbit moving almost a mile away. That means, an eagle flying at an altitude of 1000 feet over open
| space could spot his prey over an area of almost 1.5 sq kms. from a fixed position. When an eagle sights his prey, which may even be a rodent from this distance, he narrows his focus on it and sets out to get it. No matter what the obstacle, the eagle will not move his focus from the prey until he grabs it. An eagle's weight lifting power is about 2 kgs. In the same manner, you have to narrow your vision, like a full grown eagle. You have to grasp the revelations that come from the Word of God for your life and your ministry. You have to fine tune your ears to hear the voice of God and be positive and obey it. Have a vision and remain focused, no matter what the obstacle and you will succeed.
The male eagle takes interest in the female eagle when he is around three years old. A game of tag between the male and female eagle begins. This could last for days. The eagle tests, before it trusts. The female eagle takes a stick up in the air, approximately 8 to 10 thousand feet high in a three dimensional figure eight pattern and drops the stick from this height, and the male eagle has to catch the stick before it touches the ground. The male eagle has to then return the stick back to the female eagle. The female eagle, each time, flies a little lower and faster with a larger stick. The game climaxes when the female eagle is less than 500 ft. from the ground and she drops the stick. At this point, the male eagle has to catch the stick before it touches the ground. If not, the female eagle will chase the male eagle off. If the male eagle catches the stick, the female eagle is satisfied that he will be able to catch the falling eaglets, while teaching them to fly, thus assuring her that he will make a fit husband, which shows commitment. Only then, will she allow him to mate with her! Whether in private life or in business, one should test the commitment of people intended for partnership
The marriage vows of the eagles are made 10 to 15 thousand feet in the air. This ceremony is done by locking talons together and turning head over heels with both eagles screaming with joy. Eagles are totally committed to their mates. They will remain together for life, "In good times or bad, in sickness and in health, till death does them part!" What a difference this would make if the Church, the Bride of Christ, could make such a commitment as this to God and to their families! As eagle Christians, we should do the same. Once paired, eagles remain together until one dies; the survivor will not hesitate to accept a new mate who is not attached to any other eagle.
After marriage, the eagles begin to build their home.
The first step is to seek a proper location. They look for a high inaccessible location with their backs turned to a rock wall where no predators can reach . A typical nest is around 5ft.-9ft. in diameter, weighing about 2 tons.
A comparison to this in the Bible is in Job 39:27- 29 Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up and makes his nest on high? On the rock he dwells and makes his home in the fastness of the rocky crag. Thence he spies out the prey; his eyes behold it afar off.
The building of the nest is begun with the male. He collects thorns and lays them on the crevice of the cliff, then flies back to collect twigs which he lays in the intended nest. He then picks thorns and lays them on top of the twigs and then covers the thorns with soft grass. He then flies back to pick rugs to put on the grass. When this first layering is complete, the male eagle again picks more thorns, lays them on the nest and then covers the thorns with grass and rugs, after which he plucks his feathers to complete the nest. The thorns on the outside of the nest protect it from possible intruders. Eagles work together to build their nest and to raise their young.
|| The nest is deep with a shallow 18 inch brooding area on top. The mother eagle will lay one to three eggs in the brooding area. While preparing for birth, the mother eagle will pull from her breast, downy feathers that make soft and warm bedding for the eaglets. While in the nest, eagles move about with their talons balled into fists to avoid accidentally breaking of the eggs or skewering their offspring. Once the eaglets are born, they have a constant craving for food.
|They are very unattractive with raccoon like eyes; however, they will grow into a beautiful species. The eagle brings threads, shiny metal, pieces of wool as toys for the eaglets. A good spiritual parallel to this is that we as eagle Christians should never judge eaglet Christians by their outward appearance and behavior.
Is 33:22 says, "The Lord is our Judge, the Lord is our Lawgiver, the Lord is our King: He will save us."
The eaglets grow stronger and bigger and soon begin flapping their wings, but they do not take off. They just flap them and roam around in the nest. Once the eaglets reach a certain age, the mother eagle knows that it is time for the eaglets to learn to fly. This process begins with the mother eagle flapping her wings and sweeping out of the nest all the soft things and toys the eaglets have grown accustomed to. The mother eagle begins pulling out the feathers and wool from the nest, and what remains there are bare thorns. She stops bringing the daily food for her young. She does not cover and protect them from the storms. Suddenly, everything is no longer provided as before. In the same manner, God causes His children to grow up by allowing adversity and problems to develop in their lives.
Ps 34:19 assures us, "Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivered him out of them all,"
I Pet 4:12 confirms, "Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you, but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings' that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy."
The mother eagle throws the eaglet out of the nest, who is scared, and jumps back into the nest which has bare thorns. When the scared eaglet jumps into the nest, he is pricked by the thorns. Shrieking and bleeding, he is wondering why the mother and father who love him so much, are torturing him. Next, the mother eagle pushes him off the cliff into the air. As he falls from a great height he shrieks in fear, but the father eagle flies and picks him up before he hits the ground, and brings him back to the cliff. This happens about 7-8 times, until they start flapping their wings. They are excited at this newfound knowledge that they can fly and not fall at such a high speed. The father and mother eagle support them with their wings. The changes in the nest teach us to prepare for changes in our life. The preparation for the family teaches us that active participation of both partners leads to success. Being pricked by thorns tells us that sometimes being too comfortable where we are, may result in our not experiencing life, not progressing and not learning to fly at all. The thorns of life come to teach us that we need to grow, get out of the nest and live. We may not know it, but the seemingly comfortable and safe haven may have thorns.
In Deut 32:11 it says, Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, that flutters over its young, spreading out its wings, catching them, bearing them on its pinions, the LORD alone did lead him, and there was no foreign god with him.
The mother eagle then throws the brooding nest from the cliff and takes the eaglet for a wild ride on her back. While in the air, she flips over, and the eaglet tries to fly. All this while the papa eagle is overseeing the whole process. If he sees that the eaglet cannot fly, he flies down at a speed upto 100kmph to catch the eaglet, before it hits the ground. God will also do the same for us as He begins to stir our spiritual nest and remove us from our comfort zones. As you begin to fly spiritually, you need not fear because God is always near! In Deut 33:26 it says, "He descends from the heavens in majestic splendor to help you." Deut 33:26 “There is none like God, O Jeshurun, who rides through the heavens to your help, and in His majesty through the skies.”
When persecutions come our way, remember it is God teaching us to fly. He will come to our rescue and not allow us to get crushed. We must not grumble during trials and persecutions, for we are learning to fly. Its not in the first attempt, but only after being thrown down 7-8 times, the eaglet starts fluttering its wings and then suddenly realizes that he can fly and thus he learns to fly. Strive in being obedient to God's Word and through every trial and temptation, God will teach you to fly.
As the eaglet struggles and flutters, learning to use his wings, he finally discovers that he can fly and overcome the wind currents just like his parents. In the same way, God teaches us to become over comers through the increasingly difficult trials and tests of our faith. Rm 8:37 assures us, that "in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us."
Most eaglets do not learn to fly the first time they try; however, they continue the flight lessons until they have accomplished the goal of flying. Once the eaglet learns to fly, the papa and mama eagle fly in a circle to celebrate.
As with all eagles, the time will come for us to grow up and fly out from the nest. The eagle reaches his full potential when he learns to handle his adversary, with absolutely no fear at all. He is destined to be an over comer and not just a survivor. We must become full grown eagles, over comers who know how to attack the enemy, Satan.
God wants us to become eagle Christians who dwell in the high places. He wants us to develop our wings of prayer and praise, and to sharpen our vision and understanding, to grasp the revelations of His Word and destroy evil strongholds with our fierce weapons. He wants our ears to be fine-tuned to hear and obey His voice. Whenever an eagle finds that he cannot fly higher, he pulls out loose feathers from his body. In the same way, we must flee from sin and anything that weighs us down in order to fly higher.
Heb 12:1-2 Let us lay aside every weight and the sin which does so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus…
He wants us to spend time with Him so He can renew our strength and fill us with Himself. God's cry is, "Eagle Saints Arise!!"
In Ex 19:4 we read, "You have seen what I did to the Egyptians and how I bore you on eagle's wings and brought you to myself." God says He rescued us out of Satan's bondage and bore us on eagle's wings when He first brought us out of worldliness as baby Christians. We were His little ones, His eaglets. The word "bore" means to lift by divine form or power to the point of drawing to one's self. The adult eagle has five primary feathers on each wing. This is because the eagle can adjust his wings during long training flights to keep the eaglet from falling to the ground while teaching him to fly. The eaglet is always under the power of his father during training. eagle Christians should always trust that they too are always under their Father God's power when they are learning to fly spiritually. There is no situation that our Father God can't bring us out of!!
|| The eagle is the only creature who understands wind currents, he stands on the rock and waits for the right wind to take off. He has cylindrical bones and therefore, just glides and the wind takes him forward. The eagle Christian is one who has learnt to stand on the promises of God and who waits for the right anointing of the Holy Spirit to take off. The Spirit leads and guides him and the supernatural follows him. He has not limited God to a set of rules and formulas.
|He has not grieved nor quenched the Spirit of God by determining when and how the Spirit would be allowed to manifest. In short, he acknowledges God in all his ways. He is led by the promptings of the Holy Spirit. You should discern to know that the Spirit of God alone is leading, if you are unsure, pray with other Christians to confirm the same.
Eph 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
I Thess 5:19-20 Do not quench the Spirit, do not despise prophesying.
Prov 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thy heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.
We need to do three things
- Trust God with all your heart
- Not rely on your own understanding
- Acknowledge God in everything
And, He will direct your paths.
Be led by the Spirit, do not grieve the Spirit by sin nor quench the Spirit by despising His promptings, but follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
Unlike any other bird, the eagle loves the storm; he can sense a storm before he sees one. While other birds run and hide from it, the eagle flies right into the storm using its currents to rise and fly higher. When clouds gather, the eagles get excited. They use the storm to reach higher places. Once it finds the wind of the storm, the eagle stops flapping and uses the pressure of the raging storm to soar into the clouds and glide. This gives the eagle an opportunity to rest his wings. The eagle Christian must love the storm and not fight the storm as some Christians do. We have to fight the enemy and not the storm, the storm is not our enemy. Don't bother to find out from where the storm has come. God has allowed it and He may use anyone to bring the storm in our life. An eagle Christian knows his authority in the Word of God and when the storms come, he faces them boldly in prayer. His life is balanced. He spends time in studying the Word, in prayer, and in fellowship with God and with other Christians. Complacent Christians are like chickens who accept problems, as if they are powerless to overcome them. Like the chicken, their wings are underdeveloped and they cannot fly. They may know the Word in their minds, but they do not have a heart to heart relationship with God, to walk in His power and to apply spiritual principles in their lives. They have fed not on Scriptures, but on worldly scraps that have made them fat and lazy. They do not know how to use the Word to fight effectively and win their spiritual battles.
Eagles can fly to an altitude of 10,000 feet. During level flight, a bald eagle can achieve speed of about
15 - 20 kmph. Eagles fly alone at a high altitude and do not mix with other smaller birds. No other bird can fly to the height of the eagle.
The eagle goes through a molting process which brings great depression. Calcium deposits accumulate on the eagle's talons and beak.
This is a painful phase that all eagles face. During this time, the eagle begins to walk like a turkey. He has no strength to fly and recedes into the valley. Other eagles, who have already gone through this molting process and survived, will fly above the valley in which the eagle is, and drop fresh food to help strengthen him. Unfortunately, some eagles do not receive the help of other eagles and will die in the valley, while others will, and regain their strength. Once they regain their strength, they climb the mountain in which they were raised. The eagle will then fly on the rock and beat the calcium deposits off his beak and talons. This is a very painful experience; however, it must be done. After this experience, the eagle will soar again with greater strength than ever before! As eagle Christians we too will definitely go through the valley, and without the help from the "Rock of our Salvation" Jesus Christ we will also spiritually die! Receiving help from our "Rock" is the only way that we will regain our strength, leaving behind those things that so easily beset us, making us stronger than ever before in the Lord!
Eagles also have preening glands. This is especially important in preparing for the day. Due to the previous day's flight, the eagle's feathers are beaten and ruffled by the wind. The eagle runs the feathers through his mouth breathing out to steam them. This process is done in order to reshape and strengthen the feathers. Eagles have oil secreted by the preening glands. This is used to coat the feathers and make them moisture resistant. All this is especially helpful, considering fish as a primary source of food for most eagles. The preening process of the eagle is a great lesson in Holiness for the eagle Christian. As an eagle starts his day with cleaning and preparing himself for what is ahead, the eagle Christian must also prepare himself spiritually, removing all sin, getting ready to face the daily battles which they will encounter, often causing their spiritual feathers to get ruffled. When this happens, they definitely need a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit, to renew them.
The eagle's deadly enemy is the serpent who robs the eggs from the nest. A serpent will never attack a full grown eagle for he knows the consequences. A full grown eagle is not afraid of the storm or the serpent. As eagle Christians, we know that we will always have to deal with the enemy, who is Satan. The eagle deals with the serpent in two ways: first by laying hold of him with his talons which are sharp like needles, and using his beak to peck the serpent's head till he dies or removing his head off totally, secondly an eagle will carry the serpent high up and drop him on a jagged rock a couple of times, causing him to die. The eagle Christian must use the spiritual gifts given by God to defeat the enemy and use the Word of God as a rock, to crush and defeat him.
In Lk 10:19 it says, "Behold, I have given authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall hurt you."
Christians are given authority over Satan with a promise that no harm will come upon them.
Scripture describes God as an eagle who does not tire and He gives strength to the weak. Even athletic young men shall faint and grow weary, people depending on their own might and wisdom will ultimately run out of strength.
Is 40:28-30 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary, his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might, he increases strength. Even youth shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted.
It is totally against our nature to stand still and do nothing when we are facing perplexing trials. In fact, waiting patiently for God to act is one of the most difficult things to do in the Christian walk. Devoted Christians have a tendency to panic when the Lord does not move according to their time table; however, the waiting time is never a wasted time with God! During these times, God is putting the eagle nature within the Christian. 22 different Hebrew or Aramaic words were translated “to wait," but all of them don't mean the same thing. The word that was translated “to wait," in Is 40:31 and
Lam 3:25 -26 was Qavah pronounced Kaw-vaw which means, "to wait upon” but it also means, "To bind together by twisting". The meaning of the word “wait,” as it is used here, has less to do with our awaiting God's delivery of something we need, even when He has promised it, and more to do with Him awaiting our decision to continue serving Him regardless of what happens next.
Is 40:31 but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
and in Lam 3:25 -26 The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.
From the word "wait", we get our modern word braid. Braid means to "interweave," just as the Holy Spirit and the Word of God binds together with our spirit Ecc 4:12 A threefold cord is not easily broken.
The eagle Christian waits on God, trusts in God's sustaining resources, and finds victory in acknowledging Jesus in every circumstance. Instead of burning out, he overcomes.
Those who wait on Him, rather than rushing off on their own, will receive whatever strength they require to be over comers, which is a reward for waiting.
Those who "wait upon" the Lord, as Isaiah pictured it, would on their own free will, bind themselves to God's will, confidently expecting His plan to produce the best possible results.
The real point, of course, encourages us to bind ourselves to God's will, to be willing to accept His plan for our lives and eager to do whatever He commands us, regardless of circumstances.
Another scriptural example that indicates “waiting" on the Lord as "being bound to His will," is found in
Ps 37:9-11 Where "Qavah" is translated to "wait" in this passage.
Ps 37:9-11 For the wicked shall be cut off; but those who wait for the LORD shall possess the land. Yet a little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look well at his place, he will not be there. But the meek shall possess the land, and delight themselves in abundant prosperity.
Num 12:3 Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all men that were on the face of the earth.
Mt 5:5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”
Mt11:29-30 “Take My yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”
You can be like an eagle when you wait on God, but you might have to wait with a servant attitude. You are a servant of God and to His people who need to hear and see your witness for Him. Wait on Him. Bind your will to His. Let Him determine your destiny. He knows the way because He is the way
Jn 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me.”
When the eagle grows old, his feathers become weak and his wings cannot take him as fast as they should. When he feels weak and feels he is about to die, he retires to a place far away in the rocks. While there, he plucks out every feather on his body until he is completely bare. He stays in this hiding place until he has grown new feathers, then he comes out and takes off with greater strength. We continuously need to shed off our old habits and sin that burden us and add no value to our lives.
When the eagle becomes sick, he stretches himself on the rock and lies in the sun. The sun rays absorb the poison from the sick eagle and he becomes strong again. Christians must come to the Rock of all ages and prostrate before Him and His rays of love will remove all the effects of sin in our lives. Come into His presence every day and receive a fresh anointing and a fresh vision. Finally, when the eagle approaches the last moment of his life, he lies on the rock, looks into the sun and gives up his life.
As God's people are filled with and led by the Holy Spirit and are soaring as eagles in a victorious and fruitful Christian life, we must always beware of the enemy's attempts to “clip our wings” or suck our blood, and destroy our effectiveness. Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
The story is told of a man out hiking in the country.
While walking, he happened to see a magnificent golden eagle flying upward into the sky. He watched it with delight and admiration as it soared higher and higher. But suddenly, something went wrong! The eagle seemed incapable of going any higher. As a matter of fact, it began to fall, and before too long lay at his feet as a lifeless mass.
What possibly could have happened? No human hand had harmed it. No sportsman's shot had reached it. Filled with bewilderment, the man went over and examined the bird, only to discover an astounding sight. Still curled up in the talons of the great bird was a little weasel, no doubt the prey of the bird that had been carried off up into the sky. As the weasel had been drawn in close to the big bird's body for flight, it had managed to worm itself partly out of that grip and had bit into the breast of its enemy and proceeded to suck out the lifeblood of that great eagle.
Unless we are on guard and walk in trust and obedience, the enemy can work like that weasel, weaken or destroy our witness and rob our joy and victory. The Word of God tells us in Eph 6:12-13 For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
In Christ Jesus, we have been called to be eagle Christians. To share in God's Majesty, not robbing Him of His Glory, but to reveal, as eagles, the glory of God to men. Let us always give glory and honor to the Master Eagle Himself who has mothered and fathered us, fed us, thrown us out of the nest, borne us on His wings and taught us how to fly. Let us give glory to the Author and Finisher of our flight lessons, Jesus Christ.
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