As new creations in Christ, we learn to move in the Spirit. God stirs us up as an eagle stirs up its nest to take us to greater heights.
Eagles’ nests are constructed out of large limbs and sticks with a diameter of about nine feet. They are topped and made comfortable with feathers that eagles pluck out of their own bodies. Eaglets remain in the safety of their nests until it’s time for them to fly. With love and care, the parent eagles remove the feathering, pokes the eaglets with the exposed branches, and pushes them out of the nest. While the eaglets struggle to fly, the parent eagles are watching, hovering and ready to rescue them if need be. If their young are about to crash, the eagles spread their wings, swoop down at 103 mph, catch them and carry them back to the nest until the next flying lesson.
God enables us to fly and catches us when we have no more strength. When trials are such that we feel we will crash, He teaches us to soar. The stirring in our nests causes us to move out of our comfort zone so we can experience new horizons. God pushes us out of the nests in our lives, to take us from glory to glory!
Deuteronomy 32:11 “As an eagle stirs up its nest, Hovers over its young, Spreading out its wings, taking them up, Carrying them on its wings…
How victorious are we in Christ? The scripture tells us God always leads us to triumph in Christ and it’s awesome to visualize what this means.
Among the ancient Romans, a ceremony was performed to honor a victorious general. He would enter the city riding in a chariot drawn by two white horses and followed by those he had captured in chains. The captives were stripped of their armor, their hands were tied behind them, and they were exposed to public view and disgrace. This procession was a great celebration and a declaration of victory.
The cross was our Lord’s triumphant chariot. He conquered all the powers of hell. His enemies thought they made a show of Him, when in fact He made a show of them. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them and took captivity captive!
What a celebration and declaration of victory to behold as He rose from the dead and ascended on high! We are in Christ. Behind us, every evil work has been captured. Jesus told satan, “Get thee behind me.” We are champions. The children of Israel looked back to see the Egyptians dead on the shore; we can look back and see our defeated enemies. Let’s declare to every foe in front of us, “Get thee behind me.” We move forward, triumphant in Christ, from glory to glory!
2 Corinthians 2:14 “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.”
Do we ever feel we are not worthy of God’s amazing grace? When we fall short of the glory of God — God reminds us He is greater and knows all things. God knows everything that pertains to us: why we do the things we do, and why we don’t do what we should.
No matter how inadequate we feel, God is more than enough. We were unrighteous; He made us righteous in Christ. When our heart reminds us we are not doing or loving as much as we could, God reminds us of all He has accomplished for us. We are complete in Christ. The more we face our inability in ourselves, the more we stand in awe of His ability, His grace and His glory.
When our heart condemns us, we can have confidence in God. We may hesitate to move forward because we fear failing. We look at our past errors and do not proceed with the holy boldness we have in Christ. Our confidence in ourselves quenches our confidence in God. We have a new heart filled with the life of God and grow, from glory to glory!
1 John 3:20-21 “…for if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.”