Flying with Wings like Eagles!

Flying with Wings like Eagles!

But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. – Is. 40:31

For the eagles, a storm is an opportunity to soar. Eagles can catch the wind of any raging storm and rise above it. They use the air pressure to ascend higher as they lock their wings and rest, weathering the storm from a place above it. God uses the pressures in our lives to take us higher in our faith, soaring like an eagle.

As we grow in Christ, we learn we can depend on Him in all circumstances. We know we can wait on God. To wait upon the Lord is to look eagerly for Him, expecting His manifestation with assurance. It’s as we do so that we mount up with wings like eagles. We soar higher than we did in the past. In the waiting, we receive more of His anointing.

In whatever storm we are facing, we receive the strength of the Lord. We soar above the dark clouds. As we wait upon the Lord, the weight of His glory increases. The rest and peace we find in Him is unexplainable. He connects us with other eagles for encouragement and edification. While we seek those things that are above, we conquer those things that are beneath. In Him, we abide, rest and are victorious, from glory to glory!

What Are We Thinking?

What Are We Thinking?

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. – Phil. 4:8

Our hearts are like gardens, and our thoughts are like seeds. Seeds of love, hope, and faith produce beautiful flowers in our lives. Seeds of hate, despair, and fear yield weeds and thorns. The evil seeds can give our adversary a foothold and then become strongholds to hinder the growth of the seeds of life.  

Over thinking about wrong things allows weeds to grow. Thinking about good things produces flowers of peace, hope, and faith. As we exercise our thoughts relating to who God is and who we are in Him, we conquer strongholds. With God’s help, we can meditate on these things: what is worthy of respect, lovely; admirable and of excellent report.

This mind exercise is a process. We practice reminding ourselves of anything worthy of praise! We meditate, center our thoughts, and focus on these truths. Our thoughts are innumerable, so we cannot catch them all, but by God’s amazing grace, our ability to take them captive improves. God gives increase to His Word and we walk in the fruits of the good seeds, from glory to glory!

Separated from our Mother’s Womb

Separated from our Mother’s Womb

But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood.- Gal. 1:15-16

Like Paul, God separated us, called us from our mother’s womb. He called us to be according to His divine plan and purposes. All of us are uniquely, wonderfully made and by yielding our will to God’s, we can walk in His purpose. We can see how God’s protection, guidance and provision were with us even when we weren’t aware of it. Amazing grace!

If He was with us even then, how much more will He be with us now? When we thought no one cared about us, God did. When others left us, God didn’t. Even when in our involvement in the wrong things, God still protected us from a worst fate. While we questioned God’s existence and believed in the wrong things, His hand stayed upon us. He knew the time was coming when the Holy Spirit would remove the veil from our eyes so we could see, believe, and receive salvation.

Today, as we walk by faith in His grace, God’s divine purpose for our future is yet to be realized. No matter what it looks like today in our lives, and the lives of the people we are praying for, we can trust and believe that our tomorrow carries greater glory than we can see. We grow in the knowledge of who God was, is, and is to come. He reveals what is to be, from glory to glory!

A Time to Be Still

A Time to Be Still

Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!  – Psalm 46:10

Should I stay here? Nothing is happening. I am not fruitful. Maybe if I moved to Seattle, things would change. These questions kept coming, bringing doubt and confusion to this dear believer. He needed a change. His job was unsatisfying, his relationship with his girlfriend kept going up and down, and he felt burdened and depressed. Was leaving the answer?

Considering moving to another church, or another relationship, another job, or any other place, happens to many of us. We should guard against deciding out of haste, frustration, fear, or burnout. The grass only appears to be greener on the other side. When there is confusion, we are to stay put, be still, and wait to hear clearly from the Lord. It’s a time to be still.

God leads us with peace and aligns our circumstances with the desires He places in our hearts. He guides us into the new, not because things are wrong where we are, but because He has something else. There are times He will allow someone to move to another place just for that person to know it is not His will. We are seeds planted by God for the advancement of the Kingdom of God and are to seek His will above all, from glory to glory!

A Blessing After a Door Closes

A Blessing After a Door Closes

And the Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are—northward, southward, eastward, and westward. – Gen. 13:14

It was only after Abraham was separated from Lot that God showed Abraham the land he was going to possess. We often discover what God has prepared for us after we walk, by faith, past closed doors. The Spirit of God leads us to find closure to some things that have happened in our past so we can walk through His newly opened doors. 

Even though past events may have happened long ago, some of their destructive consequences might still hinder us today. The past has the potential to hinder our future, so closure needs to be applied. We must leave behind every “if” and “if only” to move forward. Closure comes as we walk in the newness of life we have in Christ.

New divine opportunities follow closed doors. We trust God even when we don’t understand the separations. Our past no longer has the power to affect our present. If we live our past repeatedly, we remain locked in our past. God shines the light in those areas so we can let them move forward, from glory to glory!

Do You Trust God’s Preparation?

Do You Trust God’s Preparation?

Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, ‘Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ Then He said, ‘Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.’ – Gen. 22:1-2

God tested Abraham after these things. What things? Among others, He had called him out of his country into famine and trials; asked him to separate from his nephew Lot, starting all over in another territory; promised and brought to pass the birth of Isaac, and asked him to let Ishmael go. God used these divine preparations for his next step. He has also prepared us for whatever He asks of us today.

The tests of God are not to produce faith, but to reveal faith. Through them, He shows forth His glory, reveals His hand upon us, and increases our confidence in Him. He turns all things around to unveil His best for our lives. When He gives us directives to follow, He also gives us His ability to carry them out. He is with us every step of the way.

We cannot prepare for what God has for us, but we can rely on His divine preparation. He uses our experiences to make us ready for whatever He leads us to be and do for such a time as this. All we need to do is focus is on our relationship with Him, from glory to glory!

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