Do you know that you are meant for greatness? Each of us have been given gifts, talents and abilities that no one else possesses and we are meant to use what we have been entrusted with for our betterment and the betterment of our fellow man. But what happens many times is that the problems, troubles and trials of life beat us down so much that we forget how unique and special we really are. Because of the beat down that we have faced time and again we have stopped believing that our life is meant to be extraordinary. That is why we have to remember what the Bible says about us. We have to go back to the beginning and see ourselves as God sees us. He sees mighty warriors, undefeated champions; a people who are meant to overcome, be triumphant and stand atop the mountain. When we stop thinking about our past failings, setbacks and shortfalls that is when we can stand up again with a quiet confidence and reach forth towards the Heights of Victory that God has prepared for each of His precious children. (1 Corinthians 12:12-31) (2 Corinthians 4:14-18)
The apostle Paul knowing that his time of death was approaching wrote in 1 Timothy 4:7-8 “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing.” Paul suffered greatly for the cause of the Lord Jesus Christ. He was mocked, beaten, ridiculed, jailed and faced death many times, but Paul stayed faithful to the Lord because he knew God was with him and that he had a purpose to fulfill and until he was finished, nothing would be able to stop him. That is how we should look at our life. We shouldn’t allow any discouragements, any negativity, any pessimism to infiltrate our being trying to take our life off-track because our mandate is to fulfill God’s plan and purpose for our life. Like Paul until we finish our course we should be steadfastly determined to never give in and never give up. (Philippians 4:11-13) (2 Corinthians 11:22-33)
I encourage you to believe in yourself again as God believes in you. See yourself as the Victor and not the victim. Use every life experience whether good or bad to your benefit learning the lesson and applying it in your life so that you can use every experience whether good or bad to better your life and in time the lives of those around you. God is able to use every heartache, every setback and every trial and challenge that seemed so overwhelming in that moment to our benefit in the end. May we be willing and obedient to the call of God so that we can stand in who He created us to be. When we do, we will be proud that we fought the good fight, that we finished our course and that we kept the faith just like Paul did. (Luke 19:16-17) (Job 23:8-12)
I hope this message inspires and encourages your heart to be the Eagle that God created you to be.
FABLE OF THE EAGLE AND THE CHICKEN
A fable is told about an eagle who thought he was a chicken. When the eagle was very small, he fell from the safety of his nest. A chicken farmer found the eagle, brought him to the farm, and raised him in a chicken coop among his many chickens. The eagle grew up doing what chickens do, living like a chicken, and believing he was a chicken.
A naturalist came to the chicken farm to see if what he had heard about an eagle acting like a chicken was really true. He knew that an eagle is king of the sky. He was surprised to see the eagle strutting around the chicken coop, pecking at the ground, and acting very much like a chicken. The farmer explained to the naturalist that this bird was no longer an eagle. He was now a chicken because he had been trained to be a chicken and he believed that he was a chicken.
The naturalist knew there was more to this great bird than his actions showed as he “pretended” to be a chicken. He was born an eagle and had the heart of an eagle, and nothing could change that. The man lifted the eagle onto the fence surrounding the chicken coop and said, “Eagle, thou art an eagle. Stretch forth thy wings and fly.” The eagle moved slightly, only to look at the man; then he glanced down at his home among the chickens in the chicken coop where he was comfortable. He jumped off the fence and continued doing what chickens do. The farmer was satisfied. “I told you it was a chicken,” he said.
The naturalist returned the next day and tried again to convince the farmer and the eagle that the eagle was born for something greater. He took the eagle to the top of the farmhouse and spoke to him: “Eagle, thou art an eagle. Thou dost belong to the sky and not to the earth. Stretch forth thy wings and fly.” The large bird looked at the man, then again down into the chicken coop. He jumped from the man’s arm onto the roof of the farmhouse.
Knowing what eagles are really about, the naturalist asked the farmer to let him try one more time. He would return the next day and prove that this bird was an eagle. The farmer, convinced otherwise, said, “It is a chicken.”
The naturalist returned the next morning to the chicken farm and took the eagle and the farmer some distance away to the foot of a high mountain. They could not see the farm nor the chicken coop from this new setting. The man held the eagle on his arm and pointed high into the sky where the bright sun was beckoning above. He spoke: “Eagle, thou art an eagle! Thou dost belong to the sky and not to the earth. Stretch forth thy wings and fly.” This time the eagle stared skyward into the bright sun, straightened his large body, and stretched his massive wings. His wings moved, slowly at first, then surely and powerfully. With the mighty screech of an eagle, he flew.
By Jamie Glenn
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 20:6-9 “Now know I that the LORD saveth His anointed; He will hear him from His Holy Heaven with the saving strength of His right hand. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright. Save, LORD: let the king hear us when we call.”
James 1:2-5 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
Psalm 23:1-4 “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.”
Psalm 37:23-26 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and He delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with His hand. I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.”
Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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