The Eagle Christian (story continues..)

So in the first section of this, we learnt about how as Christians we should keep our visions focused as eagles, we should learn to soar high to God, abiding under His shadows when we feel we are being pursued. We should put on our ‘sunglasses’ and head towards the sun (Son). Lastly, we learnt we should use the storms to rise above the clouds instead of running for cover and being afraid and discouraged by it. This part I’m going to bring you more lessons we need to pick from the eagles and also show how we are a lot like them in God’s kingdom.

 Let me try and give you the story of the life of a baby eagle or eaglet as they are called. When Eagles are ready to lay eggs, the female and male eagle identify a place very high on a cliff where no predators can reach. The male flies to earth and picks thorns and lays them on the crevices of the cliff, then flies to earth again to collect twigs, which he lays in the intended nest. He flies back to earth and picks thorns laying them on top of the twigs. He flies back to earth and picks soft grass to cover the thorns. When this first layering is complete the male eagle runs back to earth and picks more thorns, lays them on the nest; runs back to get grass it on top of the thorns, then plucks his feathers to complete the nest. It has thorns around it to protect the eaglets from predators and intruders. So the nest is well built and comfy and well protected. Here when the eagles are hatched, the mother and father eagle constantly feed it and nurture it. We as new Christians or babies in Christianity are also supposed to be constantly hungry for the word of God. God creates for us a nice cozy nest high in the mountains, away from harm. He, just like the Father Eagles makes available His word, its our duty to open up our hearts and receive it to nourish us and make us grow strong and mature. Without God’s word, we become sick and feeble and eventually die. Not natural death but we become dead in our spirit, a dead spirit can not ‘soar’, cannot reach the heights God has planned for your life. Some of us get picky with our food we receive from God; we make our revised versions of the word. We choose the things that pleases us and avoid the ones that confront, convicts and challenges our thinking and personal views. If we stay altering the word or choosing only fractions of it, we would not mature in God and we would never be ready to leave the nest. Leaving the nest and soaring is part of journey of a Christian life. God doesn’t intend for us to stay as eaglets in a safe warm and comfy nest forever.

So the time of training the young ones to fly is here. The mother eagle throws the eaglets out of the nest. Because they are scared, they jump into the nest again. Next, she throws them out and then takes off the soft layers of the nest, leaving the thorns bare. When the scared eaglets again jump into the nest, they are pricked by thorns. Crying and bleeding they jump out again this time wondering why the mother and father who love them so much are torturing them. “Mummy and daddy are mean and acting wickedly” I’m sure they think. “We aren’t ready”. Thing is, how do you know when you are? You’ve never been a full-grown eagle so how can you tell it’s not time? . Next, mother eagle pushes them off the cliff into the air or She grabs her with her huge talons and she puts that baby on the edge of a cliff. This saddens baby eagle. She is scared to death, as she looks down below.

But her parents pay no attention to the baby’s cries for help, because they know it’s time she learns to soar. She was born to soar, but she doesn’t know it yet. They’ve got to show her what her destiny is.  As they shriek in fear, father eagle flies out and catches them up on his back before they fall and brings them back to the cliff. This goes on for sometime until they start flapping their wings. They get excited at this newfound knowledge that they can fly.

 I’m sure you are catching my drift now. God knows it’s our destiny to fly, not sit in that nest and be fed. Are you being push off the cliff? Do you feel as though you’re going to be dashed against the rocks and destroyed? I want you to remember that your Heavenly Father is hovering over you, watching you every minute, and I want to assure you that your heavenly Father can fly faster than you can fall.

This process is repeated time and again until that baby eagle realizes that by spreading her wings and catching the wind current, she can soar like her parents. God wants you to know the joy of soaring, and once you get the gist of it, you won’t ever settle for anything else. It may sometimes seem like an agonizing lesson, but you don’t want to miss the joy of soaring. Remember that the eagle rides the air currents while the other birds are flapping their wings. She flies effortlessly, because she learns how to soar on the wind. And as an Eagle Christian, you don’t have to flap your wings. If you will, by faith, spread out those eagles’ wings, they will carry you on God’s Wind, His Spirit. As an eaglet, we have to be pushed off a high cliff and start a grievous downfall. But God our father Eagle is always hovering over us, and He never allows us to be dashed against the rocks below. Doesn’t that encourage your heart to know that your heavenly Father will never allow you to be dashed against the stones, because GOD CAN FLY FASTER THAN YOU CAN FALL. He will always always be there, not a second late to catch you.  Gosh!  That’s refreshing to me. God has never and would never take His eyes off me and cause me to be doomed upon the rocks and struggles below. I was made to soar so I submit to God’s will and brace myself for the push off the cliff. God doesn’t want us to fear when we are being push off the mountain. He expects us to wait upon Him, seek His face, look to Him, hope in Him. So that we shall gain our strength and ability to fly so that we would run and not be weary, walk and would not faint (Isaiah 40:31)

 I would leave you here for now; pick up more traits we can learn from later. I don’t want to bore you but wait if you are bored, you need to question yourself because only spiritually dead people have no use for food (word of God) hence they find it boring. I just don’t want to overwhelm you or dump all of these amazing things we learn from eagles in one post. I hope we are going to learn from eaglets and feed on Gods word so we are strong, mature and ready for the push and when the push comes, we would be void of fear because we know we serve a God who would not let our feet be dashed against a stone. (Luke 4:11)

stay blessed!

THE EAGLE CHRISTIAN…

How many of us sing Christian songs with lines pertaining to an eagle’s strength and abilities? How many of us have heard in preaching and teachings, Christians being compared to eagles? I think this is my first post that I’m totally excited about writing. I mean I enjoyed when I wrote about all my other posts but this particular topic has given me so much excitement. I mean I can’t keep calm! So yesterday my pastor asked us in passing to go read on eagles so we can understand why God calls us to be Eagle Christians. Curious me, I grabbed my laptop right after church and googled personality traits and characteristics of an eagle. I’ve been reading since yesterday, as I write I’m still reading on the side but all I can say is I want to be identified as an Eagle Christian. It is my new mission to live my Christian life like an eagle. Hopefully I’d be able to capture this new discovery well enough to get you on board. So paragraph-by-paragraph, I’m going to be listing the nature of an eagle and linking it to Christian life. It might not follow any particular order because I’m writing off my head.

 Gosh learning about eagles has been exciting. Like how and why am I now learning about them? Anyway, better late than never no? Firstly, let’s talk about the eagles exceptionally good eyesight or vision. The eagle’s eyesight is if anything four times better than the vision of a human with perfect eyesight. The eagle can spot its prey from miles away. When it does, it focuses its vision unto it and sets out to get it. No matter the obstacles, the eagle would not shift focus until its gotten hold of its prey. In the same manner, you have to narrow your vision, like an eagle. You have to take hold of the truths that come from the Word of God for your life and your calling. Have a vision and remain focused, no matter what the obstacle and you will succeed. We need to seek God’s vision, obstacles may come, troubles may come but just like an eagle we are supposed to keep our eyes on the goal and keep going at it. This exceptional eyesight the Lord gives to us should make us capable to see what the world or unbelievers will fail to see or neglect and makes us neglect what the unbelievers see. I found this very helpful but I know personally, I wish I could keep my vision on things above and finding my purpose but tough times comes and I turn to shift attention towards that instead. I’ve decided to learn to keep my eyes on the goal just like an eagle would. Let the obstacles come, God will fight my battles for me so I won’t have to shift focus.

 Now this next trait I found really interesting. Eagles have two eyelids. I never ever knew that. That is awesome, I read somewhere and the writer said, one is used as sunglasses ha-ha.  What do eagles need sunglasses for? Well, let me tell you. When eagles are being pursued by another bird or let me say an enemy bird, they soar up out of their reach. The eagle would fly directly into the sun when the enemy bird is in hot pursuit. As soon as the eagle flies into the sun, it uses its sunglasses eyelids, and then the enemy bird is blinded by the sun and loses the eagle in the blinding light of the sun. Cool huh? Aye eagles are so smart!  What does this teach us? You are aware that you have an adversary of your soul, the devil, who is keen and devoted to keeping you from soaring to greater heights in God. With that, the devil will come after you in various ways—through discouragement, through failure, through sin in your life. With these, he is convincing you that you’ll never be able to soar. He will discourage you and try to break you. In times like this, God calls us to act like the Eagle. All you have to do is fly right into the “sun”; Son of God, get close to Him, stay in love with Him, keep your hope and trust in Him and don’t take your eyes off of Him. Your enemy/ devil is blinded by the righteousness that is emitted when you go to the Father. The devil would send people will disappoint you; circumstances will go sour; your dreams may fall to pieces and your hopes may be scattered. But I can utterly, confidently promise you that Jesus will never fail you. Never ever! So when you fly straight into the Son (sun), you will have victory over your enemies. This is what God calls us to do as Eagle Christians. We do not fight, curse, seek revenge, demean, or humiliate. We simply soar out of the enemies reach, praying for them in Jesus’ name as we fly upwards and away. As we get nearer to God, Satan and our enemies cannot reach us. Satan cannot touch us there.

 Other thing God calls us to do is to love storms. If you know about Eagles you know that when all the other animals ran away from storms, eagles ran towards it. I know you might think they are idiots but in a few seconds, you’d take that back. 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 eagle uses the raging storm to lift him above the clouds. An eagle will soar high on the strong thermal currents produced in a storm. It does not run and hide but uses what the storm brings to go higher. A storm does not tear an eagle up but carries it up. I repeat A STORM DOES NOT TEAR AN EAGLE UP BUT INSTEAD CARRIES IT ABOVE THE CLOUDS. You need to know that when you face a crisis in your finances, your health, your education, your career, your family, your marriage or any other area of your life, you can either run and hide like the other animals or you can face the crisis with God and go to another level of faith, trust and blessing. When the eagle uses the storm to soar, it gives the eagle an opportunity to rest his wings. The eagle Christian must love the storm and not fight the storm as some of us 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 came from. God has permitted it and He may even use anyone to bring the storm in our life. An eagle Christian knows his security is in the Word of God and so when the storms come, he faces them boldly in prayer, in studying the Word, in fellowship with God and with his brethren. He doesn’t run away, He runs towards it. He knows if God permitted it, God will use it to send him to greater heights. Look at Joseph, David and even Job. Look at the storms they faced in their lives but just like an eagle, they embraced it and used it to reach amazing heights. They know their God is faithful and would not give them more than they can handle so they know the storm was there for good. Lets begin to look at life and its storms like eagles do. A time to soar higher trusting in God and not a time to ran for cover.

 I have too many other traits to discuss but I’d let you feed and meditate on these ones for now. I want to whet your appetite, tease you a little before I bring the rest. The best parts haven’t even come yet. I’d take you through a lot more and hopefully by then you’d join me on my journey to becoming an Eagle Christian. I’m sure at the end you wont even look at eagles the same. You wont sing ‘we will wait’ with the same attitude you used to. When you sing or say the line, ‘we will mount up with wings as eagles’. You would fully understand what that entails of. Hopefully this post has blessed you as it blessed me even writing it. Stay blessed and stay tuned for the next part.

littlethingsaboutgod

littlethingsaboutgod:

spiritualinspiration:

Friend, if you’re going to live in victory, you have to know how to praise in your midnight hour — when things seem the darkest, when you’re in pain, disappointed, lonely or experiencing a loss. When you praise Him no matter what, that’s when God can enter your situation. That’s when He can break your chains and set you free!

Remember, a sacrifice of praise is when it costs you something, when you don’t necessarily feel like doing it. Praise Him, not because of how you feel, but because He is worthy! Praise Him in your midnight hour and get ready to embrace the freedom He has planned for you!

jamieaustintaylor
verseinspire:

30 Things to do before you die.
Most bucket lists include things like, “Go on an adventure in a far-off land,” ”Learn a new language,” or “Buy a dream car.” Although all these experiences can make our lives more exciting, the reason we crave these activities goes a little deeper.
What drives each of these desires is one common connector, an innate yearning to belong and to feel love. When we do what we love, we become an expression of love and our happiness is infectious.
As I check off my own adventure list — skydiving, going swimming with wild dolphins, climbing Mayan Ruins in Belize — I find that with each activity I complete, I feel a sense of accomplishment, purpose and self-worth.
Which led me to think about our human desire to make a difference and live life more fully. All of us want the same thing: to be happy and live a wonderful life. But how we meet this need often differs from person to person.
In the spirit of loving life to the fullest, I’ve revised my list of things to do before I die. These seemingly simple acts have transformed my life. What it comes down to is not how long your life is, but how wide you live it and these 30 ideas can help.
30 things to do before you die:
1. Stop worrying about debt.
2. Forgive your ex-lovers.
3. Stop trying to control your outcome.
4. Look in the mirror and love yourself unconditionally.
5. Leave the job you hate.
6. Find your purpose and live it full heartedly.
7. Adopt a furry friend.
8. Don’t feel guilty for holiday weight gain.
9. Trust that everything is in right order.
10. Travel to the place you keep thinking about.
11. Try something that scares you daily.
12. Be open to change.
13. Let go of your past.
14. Stop trying to change people.
15. Stop looking for answer outside of yourself.
16. Stop thinking you did something wrong.
17. Be your weird, crazy, beautiful self.
18. Follow your heart.
19. Risk everything for love.
20. Reject rejection.
21. See the world as a beautiful, safe, and loving place.
22. See everyone as equals.
23. Give up all attachments to stuff.
24. Recognize the journey is the reward.
25. Stay hopeful and optimistic in difficult situations.
26. Welcome all life lessons.
27. See the opportunities in every challenge rather than give up.
28. Live your values.
29. Inspire others by your own bigness.
30. Play with the world.

verseinspire:

30 Things to do before you die.

Most bucket lists include things like, “Go on an adventure in a far-off land,” ”Learn a new language, or “Buy a dream car.” Although all these experiences can make our lives more exciting, the reason we crave these activities goes a little deeper.

What drives each of these desires is one common connector, an innate yearning to belong and to feel love. When we do what we love, we become an expression of love and our happiness is infectious.

As I check off my own adventure list — skydiving, going swimming with wild dolphins, climbing Mayan Ruins in Belize — I find that with each activity I complete, I feel a sense of accomplishment, purpose and self-worth.

Which led me to think about our human desire to make a difference and live life more fully. All of us want the same thing: to be happy and live a wonderful life. But how we meet this need often differs from person to person.

In the spirit of loving life to the fullest, I’ve revised my list of things to do before I die. These seemingly simple acts have transformed my life. What it comes down to is not how long your life is, but how wide you live it and these 30 ideas can help.

30 things to do before you die:

1. Stop worrying about debt.

2. Forgive your ex-lovers.

3. Stop trying to control your outcome.

4. Look in the mirror and love yourself unconditionally.

5. Leave the job you hate.

6. Find your purpose and live it full heartedly.

7. Adopt a furry friend.

8. Don’t feel guilty for holiday weight gain.

9. Trust that everything is in right order.

10. Travel to the place you keep thinking about.

11. Try something that scares you daily.

12. Be open to change.

13. Let go of your past.

14. Stop trying to change people.

15. Stop looking for answer outside of yourself.

16. Stop thinking you did something wrong.

17. Be your weird, crazy, beautiful self.

18. Follow your heart.

19. Risk everything for love.

20. Reject rejection.

21. See the world as a beautiful, safe, and loving place.

22. See everyone as equals.

23. Give up all attachments to stuff.

24. Recognize the journey is the reward.

25. Stay hopeful and optimistic in difficult situations.

26. Welcome all life lessons.

27. See the opportunities in every challenge rather than give up.

28. Live your values.

29. Inspire others by your own bigness.

30. Play with the world.