|Sunday, November 6, 2022|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
“You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.”Ex 19:4
he Holy Spirit wants to show you from the scripture that you are favoured like an eagle. He wants to show you that it is not the Israelites in Egypt alone that God carried. He also carried you.
A fable is told about an eagle who thought it was a chicken. When the eagle was very young, she fell from the safety of her nest. A chicken farmer found the eagle, brought her to the farm and raised her in a chicken coop. The eagle grew up believing she was a chicken.
A naturalist came to the chicken farm to see if what he had heard about an eagle acting like a chicken was true. The farmer explained to the naturalist that the bird was no longer an eagle. She was now a chicken because she had been trained to be a chicken and she believed that she was a chicken.
The naturalist knew that the bird was born an eagle and had the heart of an eagle, and nothing could change that. The man lifted the eagle onto the fence surrounding the chicken coop and told her to fly. The eagle glanced down at her home among the chickens in the chicken coop where she was comfortable. She jumped off the fence and continued doing what chickens do.
The naturalist returned the next day and tried again to convince the farmer and the eagle that the eagle was born for something greater. He took the eagle to the rooftop of the farmhouse and told her to fly. The large bird looked at the man, then again down into the chicken coop. She jumped from the man’s arm onto the roof of the farmhouse.
The naturalist asked the farmer to let him try one more time. He would return the next day and prove that the bird was an eagle. The farmer said, “It is a chicken.” The naturalist returned the next morning to the chicken farm and took the eagle and the farmer to the foot of a high mountain. The man held the eagle on his arm and pointed high into the sky. He said, “Eagle, you are an eagle! You belong to the sky and not to the earth. Stretch your wings and fly.”
This time the eagle stared upward into the bright sun, straightened her body and stretched her wings. Her wings moved, slowly at first, then surely and powerfully. With the mighty screech of an eagle, it flew.
The eagle by nature flies high, has vision and chooses what she eats. However, the chicken is a symbol of that which is limited. It is fearful. It does not fly and it eats other chickens eat.
In the course of our lives, we may meet people who want us to think like a chicken, and many of us still think we are chickens. Throw grains at our feet and we are content. Even so, we are still eagles. Nothing can change our essence, our identity.
Who is the Farmer?
In that story the farmer is Satan , he knew it was an eagle but wanted to turn it to a chicken
He raised it under special conditions so that it would be a chicken and never an eagle. Satan wants to limit you mentally, financially more importantly give you false identity.
Who is the naturalist?
Jesus is the naturalist. He knows who you are and will always encourage you to be your best. Jesus wants you to know your true identity and to be a better person.
In the scripture Eph 2:6. Jesus the naturalist takes us to high places and encourages us to expand our wings, but we struggle against it.
How do you know you are an eagle - God has deposited great qualities, potentials for success in you
Here’s seven ways we are favoured like an eagle from Ephesians chapter 2.
He favoured us. Grace is unmerited favour.
“ In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.
Conclusion: Satan the farmer knows who you are and what you can be but wants to keep you permanently destroyed and wallow beyond your level. Jesus the naturalist is looking for you to help you develop and be a better person- who are you listening to ?