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Summary: Have we ever considered our attitudes. Christianity is not a religion it is a relationship. The vultures are circling while we are going to the desert?

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THE VULTURES ARE CIRCLING? YOUR ATTITUDE WHILE TRAPPED DYING IN A DRY DESERT...

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com

RELIGION VS. RELATIONSHIP...

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Romans 8:15-17 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

YOU ARE A PRAIRIE CHICKEN!

We begin this deep journey with this story to remind us a deep truth.

On the prairie one might find some PRAIRIE CHICKENS running free. I was told the story of some prairie chickens that lived their life as content as could be, jumping around, eating bugs. They just roamed the prairie eating insects and enjoying their time together.

One spring day the hens were roosting on their nest when on hen happened to see an egg laying on the ground. She did not know which hen had laid the egg but she decided to sit the egg until it hatched. So all the hens were sitting on their eggs waiting for the next generation of prairie chickens. All the eggs hatched out but this one. But the hen kept sitting and one day the egg hatched.

The prairie chickens watched over the biddies as they grew. One prairie chicken just kept looking up all the time. So the prairie chickens wandered around scratching for worms and eating the bugs. The one chicken seemed to always be looking up. His mother hen kept telling him, look down son, look down... Your food is on the ground. One day she had a discussion with her son, we are prairie chickens and we eat bugs. Do you understand? You are a prairie chicken!

The big prairie chicken could not help it. He wanted to look up all the time. The other prairie chickens would talk mean about how stupid it is to look up. This strange prairie chicken started seeing eagles flying. He loved to watch them soar higher and higher. He loved to watch those eagles flying so high. He would scratch for bugs but every chance he had he would watch those eagles fly. He lived his whole live scratching for bugs and living in the dirt. He watched the eagles fly high above the storms. He lived his whole life in the dirt.

One day the farmer was on the range and he saw something laying in the dust. The big prairie chicken had died. In his life the chicken had never gotten more than 5 feet off the ground. The farmer called his son over and said: I WANT YOU TO LOOK HERE! THERE IS A DEAD EAGLE LAYING HERE WHERE THE PRAIRIE CHICKENS LIVE.

How sad? The prairie chicken listened to all the others and decided, they are right. I am just a stupid prairie chicken --- looking up all the time is stupid. So he lived his whole life in the dirt. He could have flown high? But he was just a prairie chicken jumping around in the dirt?

LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS FUN... WE MUST PLAY THE CARDS WE ARE DEALT.

DISAPPOINTMENT: FEELING SAD, UNHAPPY, DISPLEASED AS SOMETHING IS NOT AS GOOD AS EXPECTED, no hope, defeated in expectation,

HURT: to cause pain, injury, wound, harm, ...

HINDER: To make slow or difficult progress, to hold back, hamper, to delay or impede action,

FRUSTRATE: to cause one to feel discouraged, annoyed, angry because they can't do something, to keep from succeeding.

HOW DID I GET HERE? CONSIDER? CONSIDER: to think about, to carefully make a choice or decision, to have understanding regarding the consequences of your choices, to be accountable,

Haggai 1:5 Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.

Haggai 1:7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.

CONSIDER HAGAR? HOW DID SHE GET TO WHERE SHE WAS?

HAGAR MEANS STRANGER, FLIGHT, RUN-AWAY ---

Hagar is the BOND WOMAN of Abraham and Sarah.

HAGAR WAS IN A BIG MESS... HAGAR HAD BAD ATTITUDES AND MUCH OF HER MESS WAS SELF-INFLICTED... SARAH AND HAGAR COULD NOT SEEM TO GET ALONG...

Hagar was the servant girl and she had a lack of respect

Apparently at one time Hagar was going to return to her relatives in Egypt

THE SPIRIT OF ABUSE WAS RETURNED UPON HER...

Hagar had a bad attitude toward her Master's wife

Genesis 16:4 (MSG) 4 He slept with Hagar and she got pregnant. When she learned she was pregnant, she looked down on her mistress. 5 Sarai told Abram, "It's all your fault that I'm suffering this abuse. I put my maid in bed with you and the minute she knows she's pregnant, she treats me like I'm nothing. May God decide which of us is right." 6 "You decide," said Abram. "Your maid is your business." Sarai was abusive to Hagar and she ran away.

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