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Mount Up

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Sermon shared by Daniel Olukoya

January 2011
Summary: God does not expect His children to be in the valley or at the tail region. Rather, He wants them to be at the top.
Denomination: Pentecostal
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
Beloved, our message this week focuses on the right position God wants His children to be. God does not expect His children to be in the valley or at the tail region. Rather, He wants them to be at the top. Deuteronomy chapter 32 verses 11-12 say, “As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings, so the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.”

In this passage, we see God comparing something to an eagle. And in Isaiah chapter 40 verses 28-31, it is written, “Hast thou not known? Has thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no searching of his understanding, He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 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.”

There are two key points in verse 31, ‘waiting upon the Lord’ and the word, ‘eagle’. What does it mean to wait upon a person? It is like someone attending to you when you go to an eating place, to supply all that you need. So when you say, they that wait upon the Lord, it means those who sit and quietly expect something from Him. It is of those people that the Bible says, "They shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faith."

THE CHARACTERISTICS OF EAGLES
For us to properly understand this, let us look at the characteristics of the eagle. If you know a little bit about the eagle, you will know that the bird lives long. The average life span of an eagle is about 120 years. One of the longest among birds. A prayer warrior who is praying cannot die young. The bird itself is about 4 kilogram in weight but it can carry on its wings the weight of 20 kilograms. What I am saying is that your size has nothing to do with what God wants to do with your life. Your faith does not have to be the size of your problems. When an eagle is hungry, it does not cry like other birds. It is easy to know when a cock or hen is hungry, but it is not so with the eagle. So, a believer who is mounting up with wings as eagles will not be the one who will come to church and cannot participate in the praise worship, or who will not be happy with what is going on. The eagle is probably the only bird that can go 30,000 feet above sea level, meaning that it can travel as far as the aircraft can go. So, when you mount up with wings as eagles, God expects your prayer life and everything you do to be like that. When an eagle is being pursued by a stubborn enemy, it heads towards the sun, not many birds can look directly at the sun. And as it does that, whatever is pursuing it, runs back. So when you mount up as the eagle, and your prayer flies high, whatever is pursuing you will just have to scatter. When the Bible says that they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, it is saying that they have to be high flyers like the eagle. The eagle has very sharp eyes too, eight times sharper than the eyes of man. Your spiritual eyes will be sharp as you mount
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