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Soar like an Eagle

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Sermon shared by Anthony Zibolski

February 2008
Summary: It is the Lord’s intention that believers soar like eagles rather than live their lives defeated and like turkeys
Tags: Wait, Faith (add tag)
Denomination: Nazarene
Audience: Believer adults
Sermon:

SOARING LIKE AN EAGLE
ISAIAH 40:27-31


THIS SERMON WAS GATHERED FROM THE NIV BIBLE AND INFORMATION WAS TAKEN FROM THE BOOK “THE EAGLE STORY” BY INSTITUTE OF YOUTH CONFLICTS 1985


ISAIAH 40:27-31

THE 40TH CHAPTER OF ISAIAH APPEARS TO BE A PROPHECY INTO TWO PARTS.
(1) ISAIAH HAS BEEN ADDRESSING GOD’S PEOPLE WHO WOULD UNDERGO BABYLONIAN CAPTIVITY- THOSE WHO WOULD BE FEELING THE PRESENCE OF SOMEONE SUPPRESSING THEIR LIVES.
(2) GOD’S PEOPLE WHO ARE SPIRITUALLY CAPTIVE TO SIN AND WHAT IS GOING ON IN THEIR LIVES PREVENTS THEM FROM BEING FREE AND VICTORIOUS IN A WAY OF LIFE THAT GOD DESIRES FOR GOD’S PEOPLE.
WE SEE THE WRITER IS USING THE EAGLE AS A SIMILE. A SIMILE CONNECTS TWO UNLIKE THINGS BY DRAWING A COMPARISON- THE EAGLE IS AN EXAMPLE FOR US.
40:31 (NLT) “BUT THOSE WHO TRUST IN THE LORD WILL FIND NEW STRENGTH. THEY WILL SOAR ON WINGS LIKE EAGLES. THEY WILL RUN AND NOT GROW WEARY. THEY WILL WALK AND NOT FAINT”
ANYONE THAT KNOWS ME KNOWS THAT I ADMIRE THE EAGLE- PARTICULARLY THE BALD EAGLE. I HAVE EAGLE PICTURES, EAGLE STATUES, AND I AM FAMILIAR WITH THE TRAITS OF AN EAGLE. MY SCREEN SAVER IS A BALD EAGLE.
I DO NOT THINK IT IS A COINCIDENCE THAT GOD TELLS US TO TAKE THE LIFE OF AN EAGLE.
THE BIBLE NO WHERE TELLS US TO ACT LIKE OTHER BIRDS. WE ARE NOT CALLED TO BE TURKEYS, CHICKENS, OR PEACOCKS.
I HAVE SEEN SOME CHRISTIANS ACT LIKE TURKEYS, TO ACT LIKE CHICKENS, TO BE PROUD LIKE PEACOCKS. BUT I THINK GOD HAS A REASON HE TELLS US TO BE LIKE AN EAGLE.
I THINK FOR A MOMENT WE SHOULD LOOK AT SOME OF THE EAGLES TRAITS- SO WE CAN APPLY SOME OF THEM TO OUR LIVES.
I THINK ISAIAH HAD A HARD JOB.
HE HAD TO SPEAK TO PEOPLE WHO WERE HARD HEARTED.
HE HAD TO MOTIVATE THOSE WHO DID NOT WANT TO BE MOTIVATED.
HE BROUGHT A MESSAGE OF A COMING SAVIOR TO PEOPLE WHO WANTED TO DO THEIR OWN THING.
GOD TELLS ISAIAH TO CRY OUT ...TO CRY OUT TO THEM AND TO ASK GOD TO HELP DO IT.
40:6-8,- “ A VOICE SAYS, CRY OUT. AND I SAID, WHAT SHALL I CRY? ALL MEN ARE LIKE GRASS, AND ALL THEIR GLORY IS LIKE THE FLOWERS OF THE FIELD. THE GRASS WITHERS, AND FLOWERS FALL,. BECAUSE THE BREATH OF THE LORD BLOWS ON THEM. SURELY THE PEOPLE ARE GRASS. THE GRASS WITHERS AND THE FLOWERS FALL, BUT THE WORD OF OUR GOD STANDS FOREVER.”
SOMETIMES DO YU FEEL LIKE THE PROPHET?
DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT GOD BUT THEY ARE NOT LISTENING?
ARE YOU JUST GROWING TIRED AND WEARY?
GOD HAS A WORD FOR YOU THIS MORNING CONCERNING YOUR STRENGTH AND THE ABILITY TO GO ON.
HE IS TELLING US HOW TO RENEW OUR STRENGTH.
HE IS TELLING US HOW TO RUN AND NOT GROW WEARY
HOW TO WALK WITH GOD AND NOT FAINT
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN MAY OF WANTED THE TURKEY TO BE THE NATIONAL BIRD, BUT GOD WANTS US TO BE LIKE EAGLES.
......PEACOCKS ARE PROUD BIRDS
......TURKEYS ARE DUMB BIRDS
......CROWS ARE DIRTY BIRDS
......VULTURES ARE FILTHY BIRDS- CORRUPT, ROTTEN, AND EATING THE STINKY THINGS
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