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Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee, or tea, or milk, or whatever is your favorite… we are about to slice a piece of the bread of life…. the word of God. Today’s slice comes from: Rev 4:6nd the third beast had a face as a man, and t And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. 7 and the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the forth beast was like a flying Eagle.
This morning’s message is titled Eagle Christian. What an analogy, Eagle Christian ?Time and again we see the supernatural in the natural, things in God’s creation that reveal spiritual truths: • revealing God to man…… • revealing man to man……. • revealing divine truths concerning principles that govern man
God has placed in creation everything necessary for man to know that there is a God, a God of love, and of perfection leaving no reason for men to ignore or deny him. These might be called (by the world) “analogies” We Christians know them as divine revelations, God made his handiwork to be more than just a creation — He made it to be a lesson, a projection of some aspect of himself. The psalmist speaks of this frequently : “……consider the sparrow…” and…. “consider the lilies of the field.” Also, when John said, “behold the lamb.”
Today we’ll consider the “Eagle”, the “Vulture” and the “Christian”
The Eagle, for centuries, has been recognized by many nations as a sign of freedom, strength, immortality, and authority. Why ? It is no less than God himself who gave the Eagle it’s prestigious position……… Today’s slice of the Word referred to…. the fourth beast was like a flying Eagle.
The Eagles speed and strength and majesty give him dominion over all other birds and the authority to rule over the heavens. As “Eagle Christians” we’ve been given authority to rule the earth. Rev 1:6 and hath made us kings and priests unto God and His father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen . Now the word dominion is not one that we use often in everyday language so lets look for a substitute….. How about jurisdiction or better yet…. control.
God has given a heavenly calling to every Christian that summons us closer to God and farther away from the world. It’s a calling that will give us an overview of our situation…. Our direction…. For any oncoming storm…… So that we can properly choose the right course.
Ephesians 2:5-6 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved; ) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
The word of God tells us: • to be the head and not the tail… • to know victory and not defeat. • that we are more than conquerors.
Isa 40:31 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 .
Let me tell you about the Eagle’s courtship. Later you’ll see what implication this has on today’s message. Now this is not a story just for humor, it is true.
At the age of 3 the Eagles begin courtship. The female finds the male in pursuit. She begins to play tag. She flies in a figure eight pattern in the sky. If he follows…. And usually he does…. She climbs to a height of 8 to10,000 feet with a small stick in her bill. Then, she drops the stick. The male being the gentleman that he is dives down and catches it and brings it back to her. If he does not retrieve the stick before it reaches the ground she leaves him. He is not a suitable as a mate.
But if he does, she lowers her figure eight flight to 6 to 8,000 feet high, and does it again. If he is successful, she drops to 4 to 6,000 feet and plays the same game. She may even go down and come back with a heavier stick to test him with. She finally may get as low as 1 or 2000 ft. of altitude. If he accomplishes all of this she will mate with him for life. He has passed the test. And so they begin building a huge nest weighing as much as 800 pounds…… high up in the rocks. Why does she do this……. I’ll explain later.
For now let’s turn our attention to a question. From where comes the Eagle’s strength We are told “you are what you eat.” Yes, poor diet means poor health. Poor health means poor tolerance to daily living. The Eagle picks its diet: fish today, squirrel tomorrow, lamb the next day, and so on. Because the Eagle does not rely on what he finds —- he finds what he wants ! And, these birds will have fresh prey. They will have little to do with decomposing meat of any sort.
Aha ! Here is our first analogy, or divine revelation. A poor spiritual diet means poor spiritual health…. Poor spiritual health affects our spiritual tolerance to the day-to-day battles of life. Our spiritual diet may consist of many things: fellowship – Sunday school -¸bible study – Church services – cell group meetings – Christian T.V. – Christian music – etc.
Analogy…. the “Eagle Christian” must be a spiritual finicky eater. We must discern our appetite and then pursue what will satisfy. We like healthy food and living water. 1Corinthians 10:1-4 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea ; and were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and did all eat the same spiritual meat ; and did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual rock that followed them: and that rock was Christ. Once again we find God intending for our spirit man to draw his strength from God’s very words.
Let’s turn our attention for a moment to the Eagle’s cousin, the vulture. Unlike the Eagle who builds his nest high on the rock, he builds his nest on a dead tree or on the ground. His diet is of leftovers. Nothing finicky or picky about this bird. Eating rotting carcasses ……often gorging himself until he becomes intoxicated with blood and unable to fly. He sometimes…. himself….. becomes the prey.
Our spirit man has a great appetite, and hunting and pecking in the dirt will not satisfy this great desire. We must learn to discern the spiritual nutritional value of everything we allow to enter into our spirit. Like the Eagle we should be hunting for living food Proverbs 4:20-22 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
Just as the Eagle Christian feed his spirit on that which is good and wholesome and Godly….. in our association with others…in our source of entertainment in the world, feeding on gruesome, horror, sexual, filthy language, of what it calls entertainment. They even find humor in obscenities. If a story has no humor in it they laugh because of the filthy language used to tell it. Brrrrr…. Let’s leave that subject…. I don’t even like to talk about it. Lets go back to the Eagle and how their courtship, family life, sickness and death; compares to the Eagle Christian.
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