It is time to FLY! – Part II

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Jeremiah 48:40 states “For thus says the Lord “Behold one shall fly swiftly like an eagle and spread his wings against Moab” It is your time to fly!

It is said that eagles have great vision, because they have two sets of eyelids. The first set of eyelids the eagles has they use when they are resting and doing day to day activities. The second set of eyes in enable them to see perfectly through at least 3 miles during a storm. It is clear that the second sets of eyes are used for enhanced and long focusing. In this way, us as the children of God need to have vision like that of an eagle. During storms we need to have the vision of an eagle, we need to be able to see through and past the storm. Proverbs 29:18 says that “Where there is no prophetic vision, the people perish”. Vision for us is important because as a child of God, the devil will constantly try to pull you from the presence of God by giving you trials and temptations and it is a must that we have to see our way past these problems, we have to have enough vision to see ourselves overcoming the these trials and temptations because if we don’t, we will perish. In the book of Ephesians 1:18-19 Paul prayed that the eyes of the Ephesians would be opened so that they can see. In this way he wasn’t pray for physical vision he was praying for spiritual vision. Brothers and sisters we are all at different stages in this Christian walk. Ask yourself, what stage is your vision at? Maybe you see yourself going through the storm and coming out better than you were before, if this is you well done! Continue to endure, it is not in vain, be encouraged! Maybe you lack vision all together? Maybe you can see yourself passing through the same and just about coming out alive? Whatever stage you are at pray to God and ask him to take you to another level with your vision in this year. In the book of 2 Kings (Ch. 6) there was a Syrian king warring against Israel. This king had set his mind on seizing Elisha because he had been warning Israel about the plans of the Syrians. One night the Syrian king sent his armies to surround the city of Dothan where Elisha was. To people that didn’t have prophetic vision the situation was absolutely hopeless. Elisha’s servant panicked and in so many words asked Elisha, what are we going to do? In v16 Elisha said “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them”. In this way Elisha was speaking with prophetic vision and I’m sure the servant thought his master had gone crazy or something because physically from what he could see there weren’t many people on their side. This is when in v17 Elisha prayed saying “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see”. God answered his prayer and behold the young servant saw the mountain and it was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. In this way, if Elisha and his servant didn’t have spiritual vision by faith, the would have really thought that the situation was dire and because they wouldn’t have seen that they’d overcome the storm, they possibly may have given up? You see in this way spiritual vision is critical for us because without is we may not overcome battles that will take us a level higher in this walk with Christ. Brothers and sisters we labour for the kingdom of God, within the kingdom of God we are soldiers, soldiers know what their weapons are and how to use them. Don’t perish because of lack of vision when the bible warned you sternly about what happens to people who lack vision.

When eagles are flying they’re not like pigeons which constantly flap their wings as they’re flying. An eagle usually fleets twice before it soars. The eagle’s wings stay straight as it flies. Why is this? It is said that eagles are very heavy birds and by flapping their wings they will waste too much energy. Eagles save energy for the storm because unlike other birds, eagles don’t dodge storms, they face the storm and come out better at the other end. In this way brothers and sisters we need to think, how have we been wasting energy and time on things that will not profit us? Do you realise that every minute that God gave us we are answerable for? You know it kind of baffles me when people waste time or don’t stick to a plan that they have made for the day because for every minute that you have lost gossiping, or watching a useless show on tv, you could have done something productive for the kingdom of God. In 30 minutes of watching a show like Family Guy, you could have used that same 30 minutes to watch a life changing sermon on a Gospel channel. Don’t waste time people of God, I can’t stress enough how important time is in our lives. If you waste time doing something you were not meant to, I guarantee you that you’ll have to make up that time in some way or you’ll just continue wasting time. It’s like a with a secondary school student in school. In class they’re given time to work on different exercises, at the end they’d usually get homework which will in turn compliment the work they did in class. If a student spends time in class not doing the work, they’ll have to spend time at home doing the class work and then even more time doing homework. In this way time they spent doing class work maybe they were meant to be doing something else like reading a book for another subject or practising for sports, all of these things will need to be made up for in time and in turn it’s not shocking when something suffers, for example if the student is doing homework in turn for something else they may rush it because the time they’re using maybe time that they had intended for something else. In this way, the bible says there is time for everything, don’t waste time, be sure to balance your time and organise your day. Someone once told me that in a day we have 8 hours to sleep (that’s actually the recommended time for adults too), 8 hours to work and 8 hours to play/relax. In this way I encourage you not to waste time on useless tv shows, talking to friends that are going to pull you down and things of such. You know where you are wasting time, ask God to help you to plan your day. God gave us enough hours in a day to accomplish his will so don’t slack just because you didn’t plan your day.

When it comes to flying, eagles fly high anyway but when they’re just learning to fly they don’t fly at maximum altitudes. The older and more experienced they get the higher they fly. In this way as children of God the more mature and experienced in this Christian walk the higher we fly. The higher we fly the less anything concerns us because we’ll be closer to God than ever before. If you’ve ever been on a plane, it’s like this when the plane starts lifting off even though you’re high above the ground you can still see and even name some of the buildings you’re flying over, you can still that the object you’re looking at maybe a car or a bus. However the higher up you go the more the objects lose form and shape, you get so high into the sky that you can just about see that there’s something there, you can’t tell if it’s a bus or a building. You get so high that everything beneath you is so tiny and so insignificant. Likewise brothers and sisters the higher you fly into the presence of God the more things of the world are meaningless and insignificant to you. The troubles of the world are so far from you that even when a trial comes you won’t even care, you’ll just fly into the presence of God and you’ll know that regardless of the problem you’ll overcome it. Isn’t that amazing? Brothers and sisters we need to get to this stage. We have a problem in the kingdom of children of God that want to be eagles but they are scared of storms and trials. Let me tell you now, rejoice and rejoice again when you have a trial because if you overcome it, it will strengthen your character and it will take you to a higher altitude of flying. When trials come never, I repeat NEVER give your tears to the devil. Give your tears to God alone when you are in deep praise and worship. Have faith that God will take you through it unharmed.

Eagles go through a time of solitude, a time of separation from their friends and family. This is the time it reviews its energy and the way it is functioning. During this time the eagle only drinks water and it beats its beak on a rock until its beak falls of a new on regrows. If the eagle’s eyes are not functioning as best as they should the eagle looks directly into the sunlight so that the sunlight burns away all the impurities. In this way, the eagle is renewing itself through fasting. Brothers and sisters how to we expect to fly higher and higher if we don’t take time to fast and review our progress? Psalm 103:5 says “[God] who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagles” Through fasting and separating yourself, God renews you in the same way he renews the eagle. In Luke 4:2 Jesus fasted for 40 days and forty nights. If Jesus Christ had to fast for that long, brothers and sisters we have to fast too. If Jesus hadn’t fasted in those 40 days and 40 nights where he was being tempted by the devil who knows how the story would have ended up?

Did you know that eagles have pocked of oil under their wings? These pockets of oil in the sense of the children of God are compared with anointing oil. Usually when people are anointed in church, olive oil is used. The fact that olive oil is used is very significant because olives grow very well in dry desert like conditions. They grow where people think that nothing will grow there. In this way people of God, to be anointed you need to be willing to go through the desert. When we read the book of Luke 4:18 it says that “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me…” In this way Jesus himself was anointed. How did this come about? At the start of Luke 4, Satan tempted Jesus – just after Jesus had been filled with the Holy Spirit. After Jesus was tempted and he overcame, that is when he was anointed. Is this coincidental? No, it isn’t because you have to show that you have passed the test before you gain the qualification.

In this way brothers and sisters I shall finish of with Isaiah 40:28-31. Speak this bible verses into your life. We are eagles and we shall fly and soar like eagles.

Isaiah 40:28-31

Have you not seen? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the universe. He never grows weak or weary; no one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the weak and to those who have no might he increases strength. Even youths will faint and grow weary and you men will fall in exhaustion, but those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They shall mount up on wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint.”

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