June 8

Today's Bible Readings
     Deuteronomy 12
     Psalms 97-98
     Isaiah 40
     Revelation 10

''But they that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." (Isaiah 40:31)

            It occurred to me on one occasion that the eagle is the only bird God told us to be like. There has to be a reason for that. I observe, in the Body of Christ, many other birds - chickens, turkeys, buzzards, peacocks, parrots, crows, canaries and other caged birds, and many other strange birds. I often discover that birds of a feather seem to always flock together, but I find very few eagles. It is still true that God told us to be like the eagle. Why? I set out on a lengthy and intensive study of the eagle. This study resulted in ten messages and sufficient Biblical truth that changed my life.
            You may know that the eagle is the strongest and most noble bird in all of nature. We can actually call him the ''king of birds." This majestic bird can fly nearly two miles into the sky and see his prey on the ground, and even under water, with perfect vision. He moves at speeds up to 180 miles per hour with a wing span sometimes reaching nine feet, and not make a sound. He never loses perfect focus of his prey, even at those speeds. His abilities and lifestyle excel that of every other bird in the air. No wonder God told us to be like the eagle.
            The big question is what are the habits and lifestyle of the eagle that make him the king of the birds? Consider the spiritual analogies and applications of these eagle characteristics.  Are they true in your life  today?
The eagle builds his nest on the rock,as near the sunas he can get.  Is your life built on the rock  Jesus?
The eagle does not fly in the energy of his flesh, but on the thermal current of the wind. The same word in the Old Testament Hebrew and the New Testament Greek for the windis the word for the ''spirit of God." Do you live your life in the energy of the flesh, or in the power of the Holy Spirit?
            The eagle's diet consists only of living things unless that is not available. Is your diet living things like the Word of God and wonderful Christian literature, or do you feed yourself on the filthy, dead things of this world, as would a vulture or a buzzard?  We must never forget that garbage in is garbage out.
            The eagle fellowships only with other eagles. You won't find him hanging around chickens, crows, and turkeys. Neither can you. Iron sharpens iron, and you will become like those you spend your time with. You must guard your heart in this matter.
            The eagle has learned to fly alone, and to teach his young to fly alone. He doesn't fly in flocks like geese and ducks, and other common birds. There comes a time when you must have more than a wet noodle for a backbone, and have the courage to stand alone.
            I believe strongly in support groups, accountability groups, and in ministering to one another, but hear me carefully; there will always come a time when you, as a spiritual leader, must choose between not only right and wrong, or good and better, but between better and best. One of the greatest needs in families today is to have godly fathers and mothers who can teach their children how to stand alone.
            When the storm comes, the chickens run for the barn, and the turkey goes crazy. The eagle simply grabs hold of the thermal current of the wind and flies higher than he has ever been. God has not created, nor redeemed you, to live your life as a common bird. He has created you to be an eagle. It is time today to know who you are in Christ and to begin to soar the rest of your life as the eagle.

            Libyais a country where open evangelism is not allowed, and personal freedom is restricted. The only reason that there is a large Christian community is because of expatriates, those from the outside who work there. Very few Libyansare Christians, and if they converted, they face great persecution because of their conversion. We must pray for alternative means that are available for reaching Libyanswith the Gospel. These include broadcasting, literature, tape cassettes, and Internet access. Pray especially for the use of the JESUS film that it might yield eternal fruit.
             The hope for Libyais not in outside missionaries, but in the training of Libyanbelievers to become pastors, evangelists and church planters.  They are able to bear lasting fruit with less likelihood of martyrdom. 

''The tears of affliction are often needed to keep the eye of faith bright."
C.H. Spurgeon