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Like the Eagles - Part 1 

“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.” (Isa 40:31 KJV)

There are almost sixty varieties of eagles. These beautiful and powerful birds, known as the ‘king of birds’ boast a wingspan of almost two meters.  Their body weight starts from five- hundred grams to six-kilogram seventy grams. The Eagle is found on the continent of Australia (apart from New Zealand) and in all countries of the world. Most of its species are found in North America, Central and South America with three species in Australia.

Its nest is found in the rocks of mountains. It flies in the heights of the sky upwards of ten thousand feet!

The eagle has very sharp vision and can see five times farther than a human being   A flying eagle can see another flying eagle from the distance of fifty miles. A rabbit cannot escape from its sight on the ground from the distance of two miles.

The eagle searches for his food within an area of one hundred square miles. And he is very territorial and will not allow other eagles to enter his territory. 

 In the primitive days, wherever an eagle landed a new city was constructed.

According to the tradition of the Anglican Church, the eagle is the symbol of spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ!

According to tradition, the primitive Greek god Zeus, took upon himself the form of an eagle.

Historically, Native Americans offered the feather of the eagle to the people of other tribes and to the non-locals as a sign of respect.

There is much that can be learned from the eagle; it is to be understood as the sign and symbol of power, strength, liberty, greatness, and divine presence. 

 

1.  The vision of an eagle is very sharp

The eagle’s vision is five times stronger than human beings which allows it to pray on animals that camouflage themselves.  The   animals change their    colors with the sand, soil and greenery which means that they can adapt to any environment of any color; if they walk on soil, they take on the color of the soil, if they go into grass or plants or sand, they assume the same color upon themselves. . In this manner they are protected from their foes.  Nature has offered the eagle these attributes and characteristics that he is perfectly able to see those animals.

As believers and leaders, we can learn a practical point from the eagle: to keep our sight, our vision, right, clear, and sharp.  

Lord Jesus Christ appeared unto Paul, and he was presented before King Agrippa, and he said:

“Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision:” (Act 26:19 KJV)

Whatever he saw, he stood firm on it.

God gives us vision through His Word, prayer, and faith.  As a leader you can think about something or see something which other people cannot see. It is all seen through the eyes of the faith. When the inner eyes are opened, then the invisible things become visible.

It is essential that leaders have clear and sharp vision.

“Where there is no vision, the people perish:” (Pro 29:18 KJV)

Without vision people are destroyed. Vision allows us to focus on limits and boundaries so that we can focus our attention on a specific point.  And then... God gives us success. We need to concentrate on our work.

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”  (Jos 1:8 KJV)

2. Eagle flies very high.

Eagle flies at a very high altitude. There also must be height and width in the vision of the believer and leader. Likewise, the general point of view and imaginative power must also be very high.  His spiritual thinking must be very broad.

“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”

(Col 3:2 KJV)

Lead a simple life and think high thoughts because God can transform high thinking into a high superior reality for His glory.  We must have high imaginative and spiritual thinking

 

3.  The eagle does not fear his prey, no matter its size or strength

As the eagle flies, he concentrates on his prey. He is fearless - regardless of the size or strength of its prey. The bird does not feel nervous, and it also does not accept defeat. He can carry a goat and throw it from the mountains to the rocks below to break its ribs so that it can then feast on it.    

Practically speaking, God has put this nature in this powerful bird to be unafraid.  He faces every challenge and never turns back.

Likewise, we are advised and admonished in the Word of God to be unafraid, regardless of the size or strength of our adversary.  Which means that as a believer or leader when we go through different, difficult challenges and hardships, we should never be frightened or fearful, but instead we should strongly face them and have victory in the name of the Lord.

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

(Php 4:13 KJV)

 

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”  (2Ti 1:7 KJV)

“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”  (1Jn 4:4 KJV)

4.  The eagle faces the storm

The eagle does not fear the storm but instead he remains quiet and peaceful in the storm.  

“Be careful for nothing;” (Php 4:6 KJV)

This verse also means don’t be anxious.

During a storm, all other birds fly and hide themselves in their safe havens or refuges. But not the eagle, he takes full advantage of the storm; he uses the storm in his favor as it allows him to fly high into the sky.    

5.  The eagle can see and fly directly toward the sun 

This is the only bird that can fly in the direction of the sun; the bright light of the sun has no negative effect on its eyes. The eagle can fly despite strong winds, storms and even the very sharp and bright rays of the sun.

As a believer there are many times that we are discouraged and heartless.

“If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.”

(Pro 24:10 KJV)

It is very important and pivotal that we put our hope only in God.

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” (1Co 15:58 KJV)

It is very important and pivotal that we fix our Eyes only on Jesus.

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;” (Heb 12:2 KJV)

A sinner cannot be moved toward Lord Jesus Christ, instead he moves far away.  However, a believer who has great courage and boldness flies toward the Sun of Righteousness - who is our Lord Jesus Christ!  And he keeps moving forward in Christ.   

Happy New Year to you!

May Lord help us to fully do his will and spiritually get a fresh strength like eagle. 

Blessings