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Open Heavens Daily Devotional by Pastor E.A Adeboye

Wednesday 29 October 2014

Memorise: Isaiah 40:31
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their
strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall
walk, and not faint.

Read: Isaiah 40:28–31

God has favourites. Certain animals are viewed as
God’s favourites because of the way they were used
in describing His character in the Bible. For
example, the lion: our Lord is described as the Lion
of the tribe of Judah in Revelation 5:5. Another is
the eagle: God in Exodus 19:4, used the eagle to
describe His character of protecting His own. There
is much to learn from the eagle. Because the eagle
is the king of birds, it has many characteristics that
distinguish it from other ordinary birds. A study of
some of these characteristics will enable us know
how we ought to comport ourselves, manifest what
we have been created to be, do what we have been
called to do, and have what Jesus Christ died to
give to us. We need to learn about the eagle
because all children of God are expected to be
ambassadors with royal traits like that of the eagle.
Our royalty is described in 1 Peter 2:9, which says:
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood,
an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should
shew forth the praises of him who hath called you
out of darkness into his marvellous light:”
A thorough study of the eagle reveals that eagles
flock together and fly alone. As the saying goes,
“birds of same feather flock together”. We as
heaven-bound Christians must associate with our
kind (Psalm 1:1-3). We must keep company with
genuine believers (Hebrews 10:25). We must also
tarry in the presence of God in worship, praise and
through all manner of prayers (Luke 6:12). The
eagle flies alone. Be separate, as commanded in 2
Corinthians 6:14-18. You cannot afford to do things
the way unbelievers or careless Christians do them.
The eagle has a long range vision. An eagle is
capable of seeing from afar, both its prey and its
enemies (like the serpent, trying to sneak into its
nest to steal eggs or kill its young ones). This
strong vision of the eagle keeps the enemy away.
We as eagle ambassadors must be vigilant and not
allow the enemy to sneak into our lives. We must
get rid of the little foxes that spoil our vine – the
little foxes of unbelief, sorrow, depression and all
such things. We must practice peace, joy and
righteousness. We must not allow the enemy to
infiltrate our homes, finances, relationship, health
and spiritual well-being (1 Peter 5:8). We must
steadfastly resist the devil at all times (James 4:7).
Additionally, an eagle tests before trusting. A female
eagle chooses her mate with care. Christian leaders
have a lot to learn here. We must be prayerful and
exercise great care in choosing our partners and

Key Point:
Eagles are peculiar birds. A heaven-bound Christian
is God’s favourite and should be unique.

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