SOARING WITH THE EAGLES

By Irene MCGOUGH

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Disciples of Jesus Ministry

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SOARING WITH THE EAGLES

Eagles have been classified in the prophetic world as being symbolic of the prophetic.

Isaiah 40:31 KJV 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.

Deuteronomy 32:11-12 NKJV As an eagle stirs up its nest, hovers over its young, spreading out its wings, taking them up, carrying them on its wings, so the LORD alone led him, and there was no foreign god with him.

1} VISION We have all heard of eagle eyes. Just like the eagle, we as believers must have vision. The eagle's eyes can see great distances. They can also see directly into the sun without being blinded. Our desire should be to look directly at the King of glory to see the God the Son so much more clearly. John 12:46 NIV I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. Ephesians 1:18 MSG your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for Christians, 2} LEARNING FROM PARENTS Eagles must learn to fly and hunt and are taught by observing their parents. Eagles are born with an instinct called imprinting. Konrad Lorenz first discovered imprinting when he observed ducks and geese hatching out of their eggs. He noticed they would bond with the first moving object they saw, regardless of whether this was their parent. From that first moment of imprinting, they follow their moving parent (or adopted parent) until raised See the words of Paul in the verse below. 1Co 11:1
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Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ. We do need to be very careful who we imitate though, and particularly new and young believers when it comes to imitating other believers. Matthew 7:21-23 NKJV "Not everyone who says to Me, "Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, "Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' And then I will declare to them, "I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!' Like the eagles, a Christian’s foundations of learning to fly and hunt must be learned. They need to be discipled by strong spiritual fathers and ministries. Proverbs 22:6 NKJV Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. 3} SOARING We must learn to fly just like the young eagles. Sometimes when a young eaglet is afraid of taking its first flight away from the nest, a parent will withhold food to force it out. This is similar to what happens to those who have been closely mentored and the Lord says its time the "fledglings" got their wings. The fledglings find their mentors increasingly unavailable and or are told to try and hear the Lord for themselves. One month after leaving the nest it has learned to soar and climb with the winds. It takes an eagle 4-5 years after this to become an adult eagle. An eagle learns to soar by using thermal currents of air. These warm air patterns are created by the surrounding terrain. They will spread their wings and their tail feathers and let the wind carry them to new heights, then glide down to catch another upward thermal. Soaring saves eagles energy because they do not have to flap their wings as often. Spiritual eagles learn to soar empowered by the Holy Spirit. The wind of the Spirit helps them to soar to new heights. When we move in the might and power of the Spirit in ministry we have our strength renewed constantly and what we do is not in our own strength. Isaiah 40:31 But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength;
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They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.

4} WINGS OF FAITH Faith is a heart condition where we stretch out and reach towards the Lord believing and doing what the Lord leads us to do through faith, while the winds of His Spirit. He holds us afloat for faith is indeed a gift straight from Him. (Eph2:8) When we soar, we are resting in our trust in the Lord and letting Him carry us amidst the surrounding terrain. The Lord teaches us through faith, how to rise above difficulties and hindrances in our life. We learn how to rise high enough to gain His perspective on what is below. We have to abide in Him to gain that perspective. Joh 15:4;6;7; 10 NIV Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me..... If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you................ If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love.

5} STABILITY Looking now at the role of the tail feathers for landing and manouvering in flight. It stabilizes the eagle and is actually used like a brake when landing, just like an airplane. It tilts back and forth, up and down, depending upon the need. We need to walk in stability in our relationship with the Lord. Those who wait upon the Lord shall rise up like eagles. (Isaiah 40:31) If truth be told though this is something most of us find difficult to do. Sometimes He wants us to wait because the timing isn’t right. Sometimes He wants us to wait upon Him because He wants to carry us so we don’t suffer burnout in flapping our wings!

John 5:19 NKJV

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Then Jesus answered and said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. 6} EAGLES ARE HUNTERS Eagles are hunters and an eaglet’s first lesson in hunting comes right after hatching. We know that other mother birds will eat the food, then regurgitate the partially digested contents, and individually place the food in the baby’s gaping mouth. However a mother eagle shreds pieces of fresh fish or meat with her beak, then coaxes her young to take the raw morsel. She does not put the food directly into its mouth like other birds, because this is the eaglet’s first lesson in hunting. She offers the food over and over again, until the baby finds the prey, grabs it, then takes it for its own. The Lord wants us to be like hunters and seek Him out, to seek His face. Jeremiah 29:13-14 NKJV And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the LORD, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the LORD, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive.

2Chronicles 7:14 NKJV If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Psalm 27:8 When You said, "Seek My face," My heart said to You, "Your face, LORD, I will seek."

7} EAGLES NESTS

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Job 39:27- 29 NKJV Does the eagle mount up at your command, And make its nest on high? On the rock it dwells and resides, On the crag of the rock and the stronghold. From there it spies out the prey; Its eyes observe from afar. The eagle makes it’s nest in high places, it builds it’s home upon the rock. We too are to build our homes upon the rock – Christ Jesus. We are to dwell in high places with the Lord- those heavenly places. Luke 6:48 NIV He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. Ephesians 1:3 NIV Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Ephesians 2:6 NIV And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,

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