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The eagle was raised the same way as all the other birds in the barnyard; eating the same food. The
chickens went about with their heads down scratching as they stepped here and there among the debris
and trash on the barnyard floor scratching for corn kernels and such. They worked franticly knowing that
time was short, and they would soon have to run for safety against the raging storm that was brewing
above. (I hear a great message in this….10 virgins + (Matthew 25:1-13))

Very different was the actions of the once baby eagle than the actions of the chickens; where he had
been raised. While the storm was brewing; while the chickens were hurriedly scratching out food the
eagle sat on a fence post, his head lifted to the sky with his sharp piercing eyes searching the heavens
almost as if he knew that, that was where he belonged.  

As he stretched his wings slothfully, not quite sure what would happen, a gust of wind almost lifted him
from his perch.  It was thrilling sights to see as his magnificent wingspread seemed to just float out as if
they knew they were suppose to catch the wind. As his wings lifted I could see the feathers of his wings
that had once been clipped back to prevent him from flying away had grown back to their full length; my,
my, my, what a lesson.

With much patience the farmer had raised this eagle and tried (key word here is ‘tried’) to tame it,
domestic it; but from the very first it had not fit in with the routine of the chicken coop.  (This sounds all
too familiar to me)  The eagle, many times, walks alone.

Isaiah 52:11:
Depart! Depart! Go out from there, touch no unclean thing; go out from the midst of her, be
clean, you who bear the vessels of the LORD.

II Corinthians 6:17: Therefore “Come out from among them and be separate,” says the Lord….

This eagle did not find much fellowship with the other little chicks or the hen that had warmed his egg to
birth.  And though, from the day it had hatched knowing only the domestic environment around him, he
had a deep desire to be free. Something inside him cried out, ‘This is not my home’.  That is exactly how I
have felt since I met Jesus.  There is something inside me that wants more and more of Jesus….to climb
higher and higher to see what He sees.

As the eagle grew larger, its wings had been clipped.  Unable to fly, it sat in the barnyard daily, looking
upward its body confined to the earth, but its heart hungry knowing there was much more. Unable to
explain, yet there was a constant call from within to rise to greater heights in heavenly places above.  My,
my, my you would think God was reading my mail….my heart. This, my friends, I believe is what God
wants us all to feel.

Something had distracted the farmer and he failed to keep the eagles wings clipped and one day while
perched on his favorite fence post he saw another eagle riding the storm clouds. Suddenly the piercing
cry from the other eagle caught his ear, he looked up and caught a new vision, a vision of him flying.
About that time as he spread his wings a gust of wind lifted him from the fence post and with a scream of
victory he left the barnyard forever. He was free and he was never to return to the barnyard but he would
forever soar the skies with those of his own kind.

Luke 9:62:
But Jesus said, to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back; is fit for the
kingdom of God.”

I hope you can see what I see. Since the day I met Jesus I have never been the same and continue to
desire to go higher and higher with HIM.  

Until the Lord told me one day, “You will fly high like the eagle.”  I was not really interested in studying
about them. But God is very interested in all His creation and we can learn a lot from nature if we just
listen. God has a lot to say about eagles in the Bible and what He has to say is very significant in relation
to His saints, the Body of Christ…..those who are called to the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. You
may be asking. ‘Who are those called to the high calling of God in Christ Jesus?’ Answer: Whosoever will!

Philippians 3:14:
I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore
let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal
even this to you.

THE LESSON:

Eagles are symbolic of a certain type of person.
 “But they that wait upon the Lord…shall mount up with
wings as eagles” Isa. 40:31.
 The mounting up process is important and necessary for the sons and
daughters in Christ.

II Corinthians 6:18:
” I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughter,” says the LORD
Almighty.

Necessary in God as we are to be conformed into the image of the Son of God,

II Corinthians 3:18:
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being
transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

and necessary for us to rule and reign with Him forever.  But it only comes to those who will wait/tarry in
His presence until…until the glory that shines from ‘His Face’ changes them from the image of the earthly
into the image of their new found King.

Romans 8:29: …
He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the
firstborn among many brethren.
Eagles are very protective/watchful   of their young, nurturing them while growing up.  Also when they

mate it is for life.  Another protective measure is they build their nest at the top of mountain sights so they
can spot danger from a distance.   

Chickens are also symbolic of people.  The only time chickens are referred to in the Bible, Jesus used
them as a type of those people in Jerusalem who could/would not hear His message nor heed/obey His
call.

Matthew 23:37:
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent
to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings,
but you were not willing!"

They travel in crowds, in broods, (hang together, gain strength from each other, to confirm they are right)
and they

are earthbound.   They keep their eyes upon the things of this world, heads bent low. Scratching out a
bare existence, and never lifted their heads to see Him who is from above.  Do you know anyone like that?

They eat the handouts that are cast to them, and search greedily in the crowded barnyard for more to fill
their bellies. The chicken is by nature an unclean bird, and will eat dead things and unspeakable filth.  My
word what a message is in that. I am not saying that if you follow the norm (crowd) that you are dead, but
I am saying that many Christian live so close to the world you cannot tell them apart. The Scripture says
we are to be separated, different, peculiar people…so I rest my case.

II Corinthians 6:17:
Therefore “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch
what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters,
says the LORD Almighty.”

I Peter 2:9: But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special (peculiar)
people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous
light.

But not the eagle… for he has inherited a nature that cannot and will not survive in the confining captivity
of the barnyard fowl.  To be happy and to fulfill his purpose in life, he must be free to soar in the wide-
open spaces among the cloud of heaven.  

Now I know where the excitement inside of me comes from; the hunger to know more and go where He
wants to take me, seeing places I’ve never seen, etc.  It may be lonely up there but worth it all. For there
are not many who will dare to rise to such heights, but the eagle does not care, for it is not in his nature to
mingle with the multitudes or the majority.

Listen to this…sounds like where many of us have walked: There is much we can learn about our
heavenly calling as we consider what the Bible says about eagles.  As it says in Deuteronomy 32:11:
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,
….This is how the young eagle gets his introduction to the
practice of soaring in the heavens.  

Let the eagle saints hear carefully!  It says that the mother eagle, ‘stirs up the nest—flutters over her
young—‘spreads abroad her wings’ and ‘bears them on her wings’.  The time has come when the young
eagle must leave the nest and strike out on his own.

But, looking down from the mighty heights of the mountain peaks, he is not ready to begin such a new
and dangerous journey….he has ‘not passed this way before,’ and gets dizzy just looking down from the
nest.  So the mother eagle begins making things uncomfortable for him in the nest. The nest is so soft, so
safe, so comfortable,

and he is satisfied to remain there.   None of this business of ‘trying out your wings’ for him; so the
mother eagle ‘stirs up the nest

With her beak   and talons   she begins tearing up his soft bed, breaks the twigs until the jagged ends
stick out.   In other words, she begins to make life very miserable for him in the placed that had once
seemed so
nice and safe.  Sound familiar?    
 (Selah) Continued next week.






Blessings

Dee Knupp
dee@powerinunity.com

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