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Resting in the Faithfulness of Christ (7)

June 30th, 2009
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Scripture of the day: Deuteronomy 32:10-11

 In a desert land he found him,
in a barren and howling waste.
He shielded him and cared for him;
he guarded him as the apple of his eye,

like an eagle that stirs up its nest
and hovers over its young,
that spreads its wings to catch them
and carries them on its pinions
.(NIV)

 To soar like an eagle one must learn tot FLY LIKE AN EAGLE.

We can learn much about soaring like an eagle from Deuteronomy 32:11. It tells how the eagle gets his introduction to the practice of soaring in the heavens. The mother eagle “stirs up her nest”, “flutters over her young”, “spreads abroad her wings”, and “bears them on her wings.” The time comes when every eagle must leave the soft, secure nest and live the eagle life.

Looking down from the heights of its nest is scary for the young eaglet. It’s also dangerous. He is reluctant to venture out, so the mother makes it very uncomfortable in the nest. She tears up the soft bed, beats her wings over the eaglets, and finally spreads her wings and the eaglet is taken for a ride on her back. Suddenly the eaglet tumbles off and must either spread its wings and learn to fly or crash to the ground. Tumbling end over end, the eaglet utters a frightened screech. After what seems like almost certain death, the mother eagle flies underneath and “bears it up on eagles wings”, until it learns to soar like an eagle.

In our previous interview beween Elmer Colyer and Mike Feazell
EC: And he begins to walk on the water, to Jesus. And as long as his eyes are fastened on Christ, he walks on the water. But remember it says that he beheld the wind and the waves. A wave slapped him on the right cheek and another matched it on the left; in that moment of time he began to reason with himself, you know, this is really ridiculous – people don’t walk on water, what am I doing out here? And he goes down for a dunking.
And then comes, Mike, the most important verse in that whole story. And I think a lot of Christians – this is how their Jesus’ responds: “You know Peter, you deserve it. I am glad you went down for a dunking, you weak faith… you took your eyes off me, you’re getting just what you deserve!” Is that what Jesus does in the story?
JMF: Immediately…
EC: Immediately, Jesus reaches down his hand and catches him. You see, when our faith fails, Christ’s faithfulness doesn’t fail. We don’t rest our Christian life, we don’t rest the existence of the church on our faithfulness – on our faith. We rest it on the faithfulness of Christ. And even when we doubt, Christ’s faithfulness is unshakeable – he reaches down and finds a way to catch us and lift us out and put us back on the boat.

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Resting in the Faithfulness of Christ (6)

June 29th, 2009
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Scripture of the Day: John 3:3-7

 In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”

“How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!”

Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ (NIV)

 To fly like an eagle, you must BE BORN AN EAGLE. Someone once said, “If it quacks like a duck, walks like a duck, and looks like a duck – it is a duck.” An eagle must be born an eagle to be an eagle.

In one sense because of our sin, our alienation from God we have become captive, timid, chickens. But in Jesus Christ we are given a promise:

“For as many as received Him gave He power to become sons of God, even as many as believed on Him” (John 1:12).

We are changed to be a new creature –one that can soar like the eagle in our freedom.

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Resting in the Faithfulness of Christ (5)

June 28th, 2009
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Scripture of the Day: Isaiah 40:30-31

Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
 but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint
.(NIV)

 For an encouraging true story about a man and an eagle, click here.

There is a majestic power the eagle represented to the prophet.

If you turn to God in your weakness his strength will raise you up to soar like the eagle.

What does it mean to soar on wings like eagles?

The eagle usually spends much more time soaring than flapping it’s wings. This is probably because soaring requires much less of the eagle’s energy. Eagles know how to ‘flow’ with the power of the wind. This is why when flying long distances, eagles often soar on thermals to cover the longest distance using the smallest amount of energy. Soaring on these thermals, eagles also reach great heights.

So one sense in this that the eagle is able to soar because he actually uses the energy in nature to lift him and cause him to soar above.

One writer said that eagles were made to soar not to live their lives like a chicken in the barnyard eating grubs and worms. When Jesus referred to chickens, he illustrated the type of people in Jerusalem who would not listen to his message. They travel in crowds, broods, and are earth-bound. They keep their eyes on the things of the world. They never lift up their heads to see Him who is above. They live on handouts and whatever unclean things they can find. Chickens cannot fly except to find a roost. They are confined by fences and are satisfied.
Eagles are born to soar.. They must be free to soar high in the sky. It may seem lonely up there, but the eagle doesn’t care. Because it is his nature to soar – not live with the multitudes in captivity.

So in one sense we see the eagle as a symbol freedom.

There are three things that amaze me – no, four things I do not understand: how an eagle glides through the sky” (Proverbs 30:18, 19 NLT).

The prophet is saying we were created to soar like the eagle – we are not meant to be timid and captive like a chicken.

So really in one sense we are being encouraged to live the life of freedom which God has purposed for our destiny.

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