PREPARING FOR OUR SPIRITUAL JOURNEY IN 2019 AND BEYOND!
SHARON FELLOWSHIP CHURCH OF HOUSTON FIRST SUNDAY MESSAGE
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Turkeys and chicken are heavy and cannot fly high
Eagles are light and live in the heights
Turkeys and chicken on dirt walk
Eagles leg rests on the Rock
Eagles don’t fear any harm
Because they fly above the storm
Eagles have a heavenly vision
They stay focused on their mission
Eagles fly alone at high altitude and not with sparrows or other small birds.
Eagles fly with Eagles
Eagles have strong vision. When an eagle sites his prey, he narrows his focus on it and set out to get it. No matter the obstacles, the eagle will not move his focus from the prey until he grabs it.
Have a vision and remain focused no matter what the obstacle and you will succeed.
Eagles do not eat dead things. They feed only on fresh prey. Vultures eat dead animals, but eagles will not.
Be careful with what you feed your eyes and ears with.
Eagles love the storm. When clouds gather, the eagles get excited. The eagle uses the storm’s wind to lift it higher. Once it finds the wind of the storm, the eagles uses the raging storm to lift him above the clouds. This gives the eagle an opportunity to glide and rest its wings. In the meantime, all the other birds hide in the leaves and branches of the trees.
We can use the storms of life to rise to greater heights.
Achievers (eagles) relish challenges and use them profitably.
The Eagle tests before it trusts and makes another eagle it’s companion. Read Psalms 1
Whether in private life or in business, one should test commitment of people intended for lifelong partnership.
When ready to lay eggs, the female and male eagle identify a place very high on a cliff where no predators can reach.
Live in heights in heavenly place in Christ Jesus.
When an Eagle grows old, his feathers become weak and cannot take him as fast as he should. When he feels weak and 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 can come out.
We need to wait in God’s Presence to renew our strength
The grand old monarch of the craggy rocks is still young when generations of other birds have passed away. So our youth is renewed like the eagle’s—that is to say, our spiritual life continues on, and on, and on through time—right into eternity!
8.0 Renewal in:
How is the eagle’s youth renewed? I suppose in four things—in its sight, its flight, its might and its fighting.
The eagle has a keen eye, but its eye would grow dim unless there was a constant renewal of its youth and, therefore, its eyesight is renewed. The eagle-eye belongs to every gracious man. He can see farther than the eagle can. He can see beyond the gates of pearl—he can see farther than that—to the throne of God! Yes, farther than that—into the heart of God. He can say— “The streams of love I trace Up to their fountain, God. And in His mighty breast I see Eternal thoughts of love to me.” But the eagle eye of faith is often clouded with unbelief, and it is a blessing for us that God increases our faith and that, once again, we can see invisible things and rejoice to behold what has never been given to mortal eye to see.
The eagle is a bird of strong flight, and that flight may be reckoned as a part of its youth which is renewed. Large as it is, sometimes measuring from six to eight feet broad when its wings are outspread, yet as soon as it vanishes out of sight it is lost in the blaze of the sun. At another time the eagle is on its flight, simply making progress. So with the Christian. His youth is renewed. He mounts upwards in communion with God, higher, higher, higher. His motto is— “Nearer, my God, to Thee, Nearer to Thee!
This still my cry shall be— Nearer to Thee, nearer to Thee!” Up he mounts like the eagle, or at other times he goes onward in his Christian pathway, going from strength to strength until he appears before his God. Now, it is a mercy for us that the Lord is pleased to renew our power of fellowship with Himself—our power of making progress in the divine life—just as He renews the eagle’s youth.
The eagle has great power and might, too. He had need to be strong, or when he carries his prey to his young ones, he might soon weary. And you and I have souls to feed, and work to do for God and for His kingdom—and we need that our might should be renewed, like the eagle’s, that we may be strong for every service imposed upon us.
And then the eagle is made to fight. It smells the battle afar off and delights in carnage. And the Christian, though he is a man of peace, is also a man of war. From his youth up he has to contend with his corruptions and fight with spiritual wickedness in high places! And he needs that his power to fight should be daily renewed, even as is the eagle’s. May we experience day by day what it is to have our youth renewed in these respects.
9.0 Renewal Through
The eagle’s strength is renewed by the food it eats. That is indicated in the text, “Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” When the eagle has satisfied his hunger, he is strong again and when you and I have fed upon the Word of God—especially upon the incarnate Word of God—when we have been privileged to eat His flesh and drink His blood, as spiritual men know how, ah, then again, our youth has been renewed!
The eagle’s strength is renewed by the air he breathes. Not here below, in this smoky atmosphere, but up there, in the clear azure, where all is bright—there does the eagle breathe the pure air and thus renew his strength. So the Christian renews his strength, not here among groveling gold hunters or pleasure hunters, or fame hunters, but up, up there in the rarefied atmosphere of communion with God! There he grows strong, again, and comes down from the heaven of heavens with his face glowing with the radiance of renewed youth, renewed by breathing the atmosphere of the skies!
The eagle’s youth is renewed as the season returns, or, if the reference I gave to some naturalists is correct, there is a season for renewal. So when the times for God’s Spirit to visit us with times of refreshing come, then, and our strength is renewed. When we feel once more the Holy Spirit bedewing us and our heart gets to be like Gideon’s fleece and we are saturated, then, like the eagle’s, our strength is renewed!
How Eagles Reflect Our Spiritual Journey—how we can soar with eagles
The challenge of being “eagle Christians” is learning to wait on the Lord, until we catch the wind of the Spirit. Eagle believers are those who seek to find out where God is going, and then go with Him. They don’t sense fighting against the wind currents; they find out what God’s doing and enter into it. Jesus modeled this for us when He said in John 5:19—”I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.”
Never acting independently, never moving on His own, Jesus saw what God was doing and moved with it. That’s what “eagle Christians” do: develop an ability to sense the motion of the Spirit and refuse to move until they know what God is doing. Oh, we know the opposite of an “eagle Christian,” because most of us have been a part of another kind of Christianity many times in our lives.
The simple call is to mimic the eagles, wait on the Lord and the wind of the Spirit will renew our strength so we can “…soar on wings like eagles…”
10.0 Don’t be a Turkey, be an Eagle
Turkeys are no eagles.
First of all, turkeys can’t fly, they can’t defend themselves, and they need to be fed and taken care of. Turkeys are a lot of work, they are high-maintenance. Besides, people eat turkey on Thanksgiving.
Eagles on the other hand, have no natural enemies (name one animal that eats eagles), they can fly and they feed and care for themselves. NO ONE MESSES WITH AN EAGLE.
Not only do eagles fly, THEY SOAR.
Turkeys are high-maintenance and eagles are not.
Eagles are winners!
Eagles make things happen!
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But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Is 40:31
Victory in Christ: