Open Heaven 16 June 2018 [Saturday] – An Eagle for Christ?
Open Heaven 16 June 2018 Memorise
Because strait is the gate , and narrow is the way , which leadeth unto life , and few there be that find it. Matthew 7:14
Bible Reading Isaiah 40:28-31
28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.
30 Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
31 but they who wait for 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.
Bible in one year: 2 Kings 14-15, Acts 11:19-12-5
Open Heaven 16 June 2018 Message
I have taught my children on several occasions to imbibe the characteristics of the eagle. One of these outstanding characteristics is that the eagles fly alone. It so not out of pride or the empty feeling of self-sufficiency that they do this; rather, it is because keeping company with other birds during flight is a form of weight and distraction for them.
A disciple of Christ must emulate this attribute of the eagle if he or she would safely arrive home in heaven at the end of his or her life.
The problem with many children of God is that they seem to have lost sight of the fact that the path they are following is so narrow that it cannot accommodate a crowd (Matthew 7:14).
This is the reason why a disciple of Jesus Christ must possess this characteristic of flying alone. In 2 Corinthians 6:14-15, Paul clearly admonished that evil communication corrupts good manners:
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion had light with darkness? And what Concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what hath he that believeth with an infidel?”
It is disheartening to note that there are many wolves in sheep’s clothing in the church today, which is why every purposeful believer needs to have the mindset of an eagle. Open Heaven 17 June 2017 (Sunday)
Another noteworthy characteristic of eagles is that they are selective about what they eat and where they live. Moreover, they never fly against the wind. As a purposeful believer, you must also be selective about what you consume: what you listen to, what you look at and what you expose your mind to.
Open Heaven 16 June 2018
What you regularly feed your spirit, soul and body with will determine what you will draw on in the day of trouble. You must be selective of the company you keep because your companions strongly influence what you are exposed to.
Like the eagle that never flies against the wind, the purposeful believer must also be mindful of the move of the Holy Spirit and ensure that he or she is never aligned against His work.
Beloved, I encourage you to choose to be an eagle for Christ from today, and the Lord will renew your strength according to Isaiah 40:31. You cannot fly by your own strength, but the Holy Spirit will help you if only you give yourself completely to Jesus Christ today.
Father, make me an eagle for Christ today and cause me to fly for you.
Open Heaven 16 June 2018 Hymn 5
The Great Physician now is near,
The sympathizing Jesus;
He speaks the drooping heart to cheer,
Oh, hear the voice of Jesus!
Sweetest note in seraph
Sweetest name on mortal tongue;
Sweetest carol ever sung:
Jesus, blessed Jesus!
2 Your many sins are all forgiv’n,
Oh, hear the voice of Jesus;
The veil ’twixt you and God is riven,
Redemption wrought by Jesus.
3 All glory to the dying Lamb!
I now believe in Jesus;
I love the blessed Savior’s name,
I love the name of Jesus.
4 His name dispels my guilt and fear,
No other name but Jesus;
Oh, how my soul delights to hear
The charming name of Jesus!