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Rising To The Highest Level Of Life

"Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall. But those who 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 40:28-31).

The Prophet Isaiah asks, "Haven't you heard? Don't you know? God wants to make a difference in your life!" You don't have to struggle along in life, to hang on, or get by until the Lord returns. The eagle has long been a symbol of strength, power, and majesty, and that is exactly what the Christian life is to be.

You are not called to live the life of a chicken--settling for a pen of limitation, living in the dirt, scratching around, and trying to be happy with worms. You are not called to live as a vulture--devouring, stealing, and living off dead things. You are not to be like the cuckoo bird--refusing to build a nest, laying eggs for others to care for and to raise. You are not a parrot--repeating what others have said or done.

God did not call you to live life as a canary--looking cute, sounding pretty, but going nowhere and doing nothing, content to read whatever newspaper page happens to get put in the cage. Your destiny is not that of an ostrich--fearfully hiding your head in the sand. You are not to live like a crow--making lots of noise, destroying other crow's young, and pestering and annoying those around you. NO, YOU ARE CALLED TO LIVE THE LIFE OF AN EAGLE!


Eagles only eat live food: They do not eat dead things. Some people are spiritually emaciated because they aren't eating at all. They get a couple of poems at church or a snatch of teaching on Christian television. Others eat the dead food of tradition and religion. Be sure you are eating like an eagle--fresh meat from God's Word. What are you eating spiritually?

Eagles build lasting relationships: An eagle has one mate for life, builds one nest, and lives there all of its life. God doesn't want you to be a spiritual nomad, wandering from place to place and church to church. You will never succeed without lasting relationships. "But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken" (Ecclesiastes 4:10-12).

Don't make friends with those at the local bar unless you want chickens for friends. Build relationships with those who want to live on the same level that you do. "Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Satan? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said, 'I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be my people'" (2 Corinthians 6:14-16).

Eagles have great vision: God wants you to have good vision--to see life biblically, from His perspective. Proverbs 22:9 states, "He who has a bountiful eye will be blessed..." Is your eye bountiful? Do you see opportunity, potential, and great things in the future? Or do you envision only limited potential?

Eagles do not have a flock mentality: If you are to be a person of Godly influence, you can't have a flock mentality. If everyone is doing it, that pretty much guarantees you shouldn't be doing it. You can't hang out with a flock of chickens and expect to live like an eagle.

Eagles face storms fearlessly: The eagle is one of the few birds that does not fear the storm. The eagle adjusts its wing feathers for maximum altitude and lets the storm carry him high above it. Eagles have a clear membrane that protects their vision when they fly at high speed and when they are in a battle or in a storm. An eagle fearlessly flies through a storm because it keeps its vision. If you keep the right perspective in a storm, then the pessures and challenges of life will work for you.

Storms will create a greater level of life, more glory, and blessing--if you view them properly. (2 Corinthians 4:17-18). Learn to face storms with vision instead of emotion. You have only three options in a storm. You can either hide from it, be destroyed by it, or rise above it. The Christian who lives like an eagle faces problems and challenges and keeps rising higher.

Eagles flee from serpents: A serpent is dangerous to an eagle. An eagle will do anything possible to avoid a battle with a serpent. If you are wise like an eagle, you won't play games with the devil. Flee from the serpent. Don't deliberately put yourself in places where you can be tempted. (James 4:7; 2 Timothy 2:22; 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22).

Eagles constantly renew themselves: Eagles are constantly cleaning their feathers, pulling out any that are ruffled or damaged. God wants you to be continuously renewed spiritually. (Psalms 103:1-5). Here are five important steps to renewal:

1) Relate with God daily: Those who wait on the Lord--not the preacher or the church--renew their strength.

2) Commit to stay young in the Lord: Be fresh and new in your attitude and in your approach. Some are already "old" at age 20 because of the way they think, while others are "young" at 70 because of a fresh attitude.

3) Regulary pluck out old attitudes and behaviors: If you have some spiritual "feathers" (habits and attitudes) that aren't helping you, pluck them out of your life. You can't develop new habits and attitudes while hanging on to the old ones.

4) Seek fresh input: Read books, listen to tapes, attend a conference, go back to school and take some classes. Seek out that fresh revelation from God.

5) Find new recreation: Break your routine. Get out of that rut you've been in. Try new forms of recreation. When was the last time you did anything for the first time?

Why not adjust your attitude for maximum altitude and rise up to a new level of living? Live life as it was intended! Fly with the eagles.

IT'S A FACT...There is a higher level of life!

IT'S A REALITY...You can live there!

THE CHOICE IS YOURS...Will you fly with the eagles?

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