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sexta-feira, 2 de novembro de 2012

Don't be such a chicken!

Are you a chicken Christian or an eagle Christian?

To be an “Eagle Christian” means to be a partaker of the divine nature of God. Throughout the Bible, God likens Himself and His children to an eagle, and He protects, feeds and teaches His children as an eagle protects, feeds and teaches the eaglets. This is why we should seek to know and understand the life of an eagle and the following scriptures which reveals this truth.

Ex 19:4 You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to Myself.
Ps 91:4 He will cover you with his pinions, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

The word eagle is mentioned about 32 times in the Bible. The number 32 in God's arithmetic means covenant. God desires to reproduce Himself in us while showing us His covenant through the hidden life of the eagle. God uses such metaphors and analogies to give us a better understanding of spiritual things. 

Rm 1:20 "Ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature, namely, His eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse."

In other words, spiritual truths can be understood by studying natural things. Similarly, we can gain knowledge about the ‘overcoming' Christian life by looking at some of the characteristics of an eagle. Jesus always took something in the natural to explain a spiritual truth.

To be a chicken Christian,   is to be afraid of everything, never pursuing your dreams and being always defeated by your circumstances! Observe the chickens... what are they like? Are they courageous? Do they fly?

Here is a story of an eagle that had lost his identity

"An eaglet once fell from his nest and a farmer found him and took him home. He put him together with the chickens. The eaglet began clucking and pecking at some grains on the ground as the chickens did, since he thought he was a chicken, as he was growing along with them. Once the farmer's friend visited the farm and when he saw the eagle amongst the chickens, he said to the eagle, “You are an eagle, you are meant for the heavens, what are you doing here with the chickens?” Hence he picked the eaglet and threw him in the air. The eaglet flapped his wings, but fell to the ground and went back with the chickens. The next time, the friend visited the farm, he saw the same eaglet with the chickens again. He now took the eaglet to the top of the barnyard and threw him in the air, the eaglet again flapped his wings and fell to the ground and again went back with the chickens. The farmer's friend was sad. When the farmer's friend visited the farm for the third time and saw the eaglet still with the chickens, he felt really sad and this time he took the eaglet to the top of a mountain and threw him high in the air. The eaglet, very frightened, flapped his wings and fell downwards. As he was falling down, he flapped his wings harder and harder until suddenly he soared up into the sky and disappeared. He had learnt to fly."

You are not called to be with the chickens in the barnyard, but you are called to fly like an eagle in the heavens. When you are with the chickens, you may begin to think like the chickens. Your place is not with the chickens, you are made for the heavens.

Enjoy your blessings!

Pr R. Davis

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