MORE ABOUT EAGLES AND OUR SPIRITUAL LIFE
MORE ABOUT EAGLES AND OUR SPIRITUAL LIFE
“The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:
7 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.
8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.”
Have you felt this way? Have you been in situations where you felt weak, helpless, and hopeless? God understands our human weakness, but He also has answers. One is in Isaiah 40:27-31 below:
” Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the Lord, and my judgment is passed over from my God?
28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
31 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.”
Even the strongest of men get tired, but those that trust in God have His strength and will never tire, because they build the “muscles” of their spirit instead of just their natural man. God made man a spirit.
Eagles are used as examples many times in God’s Word. Here, in Vs. 31, they are used to denote the strength we get from God. Eagles get their ability from four things, which the Lord gives to His people spiritually, as He gives to Eagles physically.
1.Tremendous eyesight,— Eagles have two centers of focus, and can see to the side and front at the same time. They can see fish in water from several hundred feet away, and this is tremendous because fish are shaded on top and very difficult to see from the top. Eagles have a translucent membrane which slides from front to back over their eye to clean it every 3-4 seconds, so they never lose sight for even a split second, like man, and most of the rest of animals which have opaque lids.
God uses eagles to show us that He has given us the eyes to see into spiritual things to know the powers, love, and duties He has for each of us.
We, too, have two lines of focus—spiritual and natural. When we are devoted to Our Lord, fully submitted to Him, we can see both at once, as well as the connection between them, giving us the ability to receive wisdom and guidance from Our Lord.
Like the eagle, we can see things that are difficult to see, because the Lord will show us in our quickened spirit. The world of the Holy Spirit is shaded from our eyes while we are in our bodies, as the fish is, but, much like the eagles, the Lord will give us the spiritual vision to see beyond the veil that separates the worlds. When we are face to face with Our Lord, after our bodily death, we will see clearly, as told us in 1 Corinthians 13:12
“ For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”
Meanwhile, He will “wipe our eyes” with His Grace, if we desire it with all our hearts, to see what He wants us to see through our spirits, as the second lid keeps the eagles’ vision undisturbed, and undeterred.
We can also learn from the ordinary things of eagles. They have good, but not great, hearing, and must work harder to hear than to see, so it is with the Child of God. While Our Lord will show us things as He sees fit, and when He sees fit, we cannot “manufacture” those sights. If we do, we are in danger of our imagination or opinion interfering with true spiritual wisdom.
Hearing, however, is something we choose to do, and must work at, as the eagle does. We must focus on the Voice of God, by always thinking of Him, enjoying His Presence, and wanting to know what He wants us to do. We need to read His Word, and simply get to know Him. We recognize the voices of people around us by spending time with them, and getting to know their voice, and how they think. To hear God, we must have the urgent desire to obey Him in all things, and have submitted to Him in all things, not wanting our will, but only desiring His will in all things.
2.The second weapon God gave eagles is a sharp, curved beak that can tear into meat. We are always being inundated by the forces of Satan. He can only work through our minds, if we are born-again, and thus have a quickened spirit. He cannot speak through our spirit because we are now indwelled by the Holy Spirit, and demons cannot get through. They can only work through our minds, as angels can only work through our minds. The only Being who can speak through our spirit—our true inner selves—is God—Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit. We need to ask for discernment in our lives, to distinguish between things coming through our minds or spirits. One way is to always compare it with the Word of God. If it doesn’t agree, it is not from God.
Once we know it is not from God, we can use His power within us to “tear into” the lies of satan’s minions with the Word of God. Even Jesus Christ Himself fought satan with “It is written”. Satan knows the Bible better than any human being, so we must study to make sure we are quoting correctly, and using it correctly, when using this weapon. Also, we must be sure we are fully surrendered to the Lord Jesus Christ before we attempt this, because satan knows a fraudulant heart also.
So, much like the eagle, God gives us our mouths to tear into Satan’s forces with the Word of God–the sharp two-edged sword of the Word of God that makes him back down with “it is written”, whether it is for our personal spiritual development, for using the Power against evil.
After we discern what comes from the evil one, and use God’s Word against him, then we need to get away from the situation.
3. To help them soar, eagles use thermals which are rising currents of warm air and up-drafts generated by terrain such as valley edges or mountain slopes.
We encounter many tools in life that can be used as updrafts to bring us above the situation we are experiencing.
Soaring is accomplished with very little wing-flapping, enabling the bird to conserve energy. The Lord spends our entire life trying to show us that it is not by our efforts that we will accomplish the relationship with Him that we desire, but by putting ourselves in a position to be lifted up by Our Lord.
This is what soaring is—-rising above the natural by resting in the Arms of God. Long-distance migration flights of eagles, are accomplished by climbing high in a thermal, then gliding downward to catch the next thermal where the process is repeated. This is how our lives are…..good times when we feel we are so close to the Lord, and we’re soaring high, then we gradually let the things of this world and our natural selves take over. That’s when we need to “catch the next updraft” and renew our strength from Him. This can only be done as we constantly keep our eyes on Him, and live in His righteousness and power, communicating with Him in our hearts and spirits constantly, and desiring to obey Him in all things.
Sometimes, when we get beaten down by the lies of demons, and the lies our natural man tells us within ourselves, the Lord has to arouse us and help us fly, as described in Deuteronomy 32:11 “As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings:”
4. Eagles, as all birds of prey, have sharp talons on their feet to hold down the meat as they tear it up with their beaks. He gives us a strong foundation for our feet. Jesus is our foundation. He holds Satan down, as we tear into his lies and deception through the Power of Jesus Christ, (The Lion of Judah) and the True Word of God.
The Word promised that Satan would be under our feet, because he is under the feet of Jesus, and we are one with Him.
(John 17:22 says, “And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one”
In His name and power, as we subject and submit ourselves to Him in all things, we receive the power and authority to act in His name, and hold evil under our feet, as the eagle holds its prey under its feet.
Malachi 4:3 further describes this:”And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts.”
Romans 16:20 says:”And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.”
As the Creator gave His creatures the tools they need to survive and thrive, how much more does He give His True Children the tools we need to draw closer to Him and rest in His protection, forgiveness, wisdom and power.
He will never leave us nor forsake us. Nothing can separate us from the Love of God! No matter what we encounter, we can be sure of these things.
Hebrews 13:5 “ Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
Matthew 28:20 “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
Romans 8:38-39 “ For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
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