Proverbs 30:18, “There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not – The way of an eagle in the air……” and Isaiah 40:28, “Hast thou not know, hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no searching of His understanding. He giveth power to the faint and to them that have no might He increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and to them that have no might, He increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary and the young men shall utterly fall 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.” Hebrews 4:10, “ For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any fall after the same example of unbelief.”
I want to paint a little picture for your mind. On the ranch where I grew up, there is often, because there’s livestock, once in a while an animal dies. It is just a normal thing that happens. You don’t like it to happen, you do your best to keep it from happening, but it does happen. In a certain valley, there is a spot where those animals went, it was called the bone pile. That animal was carried there and dumped there. The gators and the bears and certain birds would come and feed on that carcass. One particular day, we were driving up that valley and we saw the latest death. We were approaching it and as we got closer, we noticed that there were two bald eagles feeding on that carcass. As we got closer, those bald eagles decided we are a danger, and they got out of there. One would assume that those eagles would have flown from there, but that wasn’t what they did. In a sense, it was not very beautiful. Not like what Solomon saw; they had been gorging themselves on that meat and they were full and they waddled out of there, they walked. One went up the valley on the side of the valley to the right, and the other went to the side of the valley to the left. There was not much grace there, there was no grace, anything but grace.
It wasn’t very appealing, there was a bit of a waddle, a bit of a walk, a hop, gangly, they had their wings outstretched and they were walking up the valley. Then the one on the right, the one on the left did the same thing a little later, but the one on the right had turned around and faced down the side of the valley, and took a few mighty hops and jumps and a number of flaps with the wings, and then all of a sudden, a picture that wasn’t very graceful turned into a picture that was a beauty. All the effort because I noticed that one of those bald eagles, the one closest to us, was puffing as it was going up the hill. It went from exertion to rest. That eagle stopped moving, other than maybe the tail feathers were moving just ever so slightly, and the feathers on the wings were moving a bit, but it had its wings outstretched. It began to soar in a circle, glide and it went up and up and up, until it disappeared from our view, and we saw it no more. That was beautiful, and that was rest, that eagle entered into a rest. It was a beautiful sight. That’s what Solomon said about the eagle that are too wonderful. The way of the eagle in the air, it’s a wonderful thing to see, it’s a beautiful thing to see. The eagle in the air.
Have you ever seen it? It’s amazing to see, they have tapped a source of strength that is far greater than them, a power that is far greater than them. We cannot see, but that power lifts the heavier-than-air bird high into the sky. They know that power and they know how to use it. Do you know what’s more beautiful than an eagle in the air? It’s to see men and women overcome the downward gravitational pulls of their human flesh and human desires. The sense to soar with the eagles, getting victory over this human flesh to leave it behind. To live at a higher level than living at the level of the flesh. To soar above that to overcome the downward pull of our human nature. To see people that have overcome this world, and all that it holds out, all its promises, empty promises. All those promises of glory and honour and praise and glitter and glamour. But a people that overcome that downward pull and have lived at a higher level in this world. The sense to soar with the eagles. To see a people, it’s a beautiful sight to see, a people that have been tempted by Satan, and all his lies, and all his deceit, and yet to overcome that downward pull. To not let it pull them down, but to go up and up, closer to the things of heaven, it’s a beautiful sight, it’s a wonderful thing to see.
We have just been through some wonderful days here at convention, wonderful days of encouragement and feeding. But I hope that the desire of your heart is the same as mine and the same as the desire of God’s heart, and we would want to soar with the eagles. We would want to tap into that unseen power that is far greater than anything we have, but is unlimited. That we would live at a higher level. That we would overcome the downward pulls of the world, the flesh, and the devil. You know one interesting thing, that man went to the moon, they found out that as they left this earth the gravitational pull of the earth became less, until they got to that place with the zero gravity. Then as they got closer to the moon, the greater the pull of the moon. You know, it’s wonderful to see people, it’s a beautiful thing to see people that deserted the pull of this world, the pull of this earth, the pull of the flesh, the pull of Satan, it became less and less and the pull of Heaven is greater and greater. It’s a wonderful thing to see, it’s a beautiful thing to see. We want our days to be like that, we want to overcome the pulls of these things, and let the pull of Heaven be greater, that’s what we want.
Solomon said about the eagles, “…that I know not, I know it not..” I don’t know if I have it right, but I wondered if what he meant by “I know it not,” is that I don’t understand how those eagles, heavier than air, can lift above this earth without even flapping their wings. A little bit to get started but after that, stillness, and they have tapped a source of power. He probably didn’t understand that power. Because of flight, we maybe understand just the tip of the iceberg about that power, just a little bit of that power, we understand just a little of that power, today, because we know flight. But I am sure that there is a lot about the eagles, that we still don’t even know to this day. We understand that the sun beats down on the earth and heats the earth up, and then the earth releases its heat and warms the air around it. Warm air is lighter than cold air and therefore warm air starts to rise up, and you get that updraft, that heated updraft that the eagle has learned to tap into.
A power far greater than us all, to lift us up from this earth. I am sure that eagle doesn’t even know the theory that we have put out about it, but the eagle knows how to use it and that’s all that matters. You know this Holy Spirit, the power from Heaven to lift us above the earth, above these things that hold us down. That is a power, we don’t know how it works, I don’t know how it works, but that doesn’t matter, all that matters is that we know it works and that we tap into it, that’s what matters. Don’t waste time to figure out how it works, just get into it. Put yourself into the Spirit. Get yourself there and use it, tap it. Use the power, don’t try to figure it out, just use it. I wondered how that eagle, and I don’t know if I know for sure, but I do know the spiritual side. I wondered how that eagle knows when it’s in the thermal. Maybe it feels the warmth, maybe it feels a little air moving through its feathers, I don’t know. But I do know, that when we know we are in the Spirit. It’s a feeling I can’t explain it, but it’s something we feel and we know we’re there, and we just need to tap into it and use it.
You know, it would have been a foolish thing if that eagle had found that thermal, and just kept on walking and walked to the top of the hill, and looked around and said, “Oh, there is a higher hill,” and climbed to the top of that hill; it would have been a foolish thing. I would probably say to the eagle,, “Why don’t you use your wings? Why don’t you use the thermal? Why walk and use your own strength?” But you know it’s like that, there is a word to explain that, “self-righteousness.” Using just your own strength to get to a higher level, not relying on God, just using my own abilities, my own strength. I know that eagle can’t climb to the top of Everest, but if it did – the highest point on this earth, as high above the ground it might be – it will be right on the ground, it will still be earthbound, even if it’s on the top of Everest. You know if we rely on our own strength and our own self-righteousness, and we try to climb as high as we can go, we are still just world bound, flesh bound and devil bound. We haven’t got above it, our feet are still firmly planted on the earth. Remember that, don’t do it in your own strength.
I can mention those verses, “….Let’s labour to enter into that rest….” There is a labour. We have to labour to get into the Spirit. There is a labour. I was getting ready for a meeting on Friday, there was a labour at the beginning of this week. I was trying to get into the Spirit. I thought, “Well, it should be easier for the next meeting.” But there was a labour again to get into the Spirit. I am so thankful for that verse that says, “…..wait on the Lord..” patiently, and He will give you strength to do it, He will give you a message. I love those words of Jesus in Luke 11:13, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?” You know, it’s a labour to ask God for the Spirit, we have to humble ourselves in prayer and ask for the Spirit, but if we do, He will give it to us. I have learnt that to get a message for the meeting is just a small part, the greater part is to get myself in the Spirit, that’s a greater labour. I can have a message that’s right, a message that’s true, doctrinally right and true, maybe even think I know what the needs are, but if I am not in the Spirit, that message will be dead. There won’t be bread, there won’t be life to it. But if I make sure that I labour to get into the Spirit, the message will be given me, and even if it’s a tiny little message and it seems insignificant, God can bless it and feed the five thousand.
That’s just getting ready for a meeting – what about getting ready for a day? You know I don’t want these just to be words from my mouth, I want it to be actual in the days that are ahead. That I would put a lot of labour into entering into that rest of Spirit, a calmness, that eagle found itself in that thermal, to find that place in the Spirit. I want to labour everyday to get there. We are going to face things in the days ahead. There are going to be tests, trials, and difficulties. God never promised us to have a perfect life, an easy life, we are going to have tribulation in the days ahead. But if I have been diligent every day to labour to enter into that perfect rest, that calmness, that stillness in the Spirit. He will lift me and lift you above the tendencies of your human nature, above the temptations of Satan, above the downward pull of this world. He will lift you above that. You know there is still a labour, a greater labour, that eagle there is a great labour to get into the Spirit and that rest, and being in the Spirit, the Will of God, there is great labour. There is still labour, the eagle still had to move those feathers a little bit to stay within the thermal, but there was a lot less of a labour, than the labour to get there. You know there is a labour to stay in the Spirit of God. But God’s grace and God’s power is far greater than anything that we are ever going to put into it. But we just have to stay within His will, stay within the thermal, stay within the Will of God, that upward power. If we stay there, He will lift us up. If that eagle went out of that thermal, it would just mean going down. But as long as he stayed there, he went up. If we labour every day to just get into the Spirit, and we labour to stay there, God will lift us up.
It says there in that verse in Hebrews, “….He that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His…” Six days it took God to create this earth, and the seventh day He rested from the natural creation, and He has yet to pick up a hand, even to grease the axle that this earth rotates on. It is still going as He has planned. He is laboring, He is laboring for souls, He is working 24/7 for souls, but He is resting from the natural works. We need to cease from our works, you know that there are some of our works, that are not bad works, you have a job, you have a family, you have a home. We in the ministry have a field, we have a co-worker, we have contacts, who we need to labour for. We have to cease from our own works. So how do we do that? Well, we labour in prayer as to the Lord. “Lord, what must I do today? What do You want me to do?” He knows that we have our natural things that we have to deal with, but He will help us to deal with them properly. You know we could get up in the morning, and start our list. Brush our teeth, make breakfast, go to work, do whatever we have to do, get groceries, come home and “Oh!,” make some time for God. That is not what God wants, just our spare time. No, we start the day getting into His Spirit, “….Lord help me today to be what I should be, help me do what I should do….” When we have done that, we have got that feeling that we are in the Spirit, and we can face the day. The Lord will help us face it better than we have ever done. Things will come up, and we will have the right Spirit.
I was thinking of Jesus and how Jesus soared with the eagles. Far better than any of us ever will, but He did it. A wonderful, beautiful picture, to see Jesus soaring with the eagles, our perfect example. On the cross, the hardest time of His life, most people were mocking Him saying, “….if thou be the Christ, take Thyself off the cross….” His flesh was crying out, “….Yes do it…” but Jesus didn’t do it, because He was diligent in prayer the night before. “Father, if Thou be willing, remove this cup from Me. Nevertheless not My will but Thine be done.” He got into the Spirit, and the Angels came and strengthened Him, and He soared with the eagles. He got above His human desires, He got victory. You know it could have been so easy to give in to the world, they said, “Come off,” but that’s not what He did, He got the victory over the world. If you think of them and how they hurt Him, what they did to Him, cruel things. But what did He say, His last words, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” He soared with the eagles, He got the victory over His human nature. You think of Jesus between those two thieves on the cross, the one mocking Him, saying, “….take us off, and yourself off…” He could easily have said some harsh words to him, but He didn’t, He said, “Father, forgive them.” He got the victory over His human nature.
If you think of the other thief on the other side, who said unto Him, “…remember me when Thou hast entered into thy Kingdom.” Jesus gave him words of hope, “….today, you will be with Me in paradise….” It would have been so easy to say by His human pain and suffering, “You get what you deserve.” No, He gave him hope, He gave him hope. That’s not human, that’s soaring with the eagles. I think of Jesus, when He looked down upon His mother, and He saw the need of His mother and He forgot His own pain, and His own suffering, and His own needs. He saw that disciple who He loved, and He said to him, “…..your mother…” and He said to His mother, “….your son…” He gave comfort when He could have so easily complained about the pain. He rose above His human pain, His human suffering in the power of the spirit. You know Jesus’ human strength was finished. He had to get someone else to bear the cross for Him to get to Calvary. His human strength was exhausted, but He was going on in the unseen strength of God. That’s what was lifting above His human nature. The world and the temptation to come off the cross. That’s what was giving Him the strength, the Holy Spirit.
That verse in Isaiah 40:28, “Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no searching of His understanding.” The strength of God, you can’t measure it, it’s infinite, it’s unmeasurable, we cannot measure the strength of God. I just had this little thought today, about this; when we are desiring something that is unmeasurable, and there is unlimited amount of it, we can never be greedy. You know we get greedy when we desire gold and silver, because there is only so much of it, but with the Holy Spirit, we can’t be greedy, because if we are all like Jesus, and we all had the Holy Spirit without measure, there would still be much left over to help anybody else that wanted it. Unlimited amount of it. To think of that power of God, that that could be ours. All we have to do is ask for it, and get within the level of God, and He will lift us up. Unlimited, unmeasurable, and no one will ever lack. Maybe the only one that lacks, maybe the only thing that makes a lack, is us, by limiting how much He gives us. We limit Him, He doesn’t limit us.
It says there, well you young men, “…even they will faint…” even they will get weak. The young men will faint, that is the strength of man, even the young men, those that are at their peak, those that are at their best, at their strongest. You can still measure their strength, how much they can collect, how fast they can run, how long they can run, but eventually they will faint and their strength will fail. Once they reach that peak, well then it’s all downhill from there. Some, most of us in this room, are looking back at our peak, some of you are looking towards it. Once you cross that peak, once you reach it, it’s downhill. But to think of our elderly in the care home. The elderly amongst us, it’s not easy growing old. You lose your dignity. But if you get into the Spirit, you will soar with the eagles. It’s not easy being in the care home, and people looking after you, and doing things that you would normally do yourself, that you can’t do now. But to be gracious about it, that’s getting into the Spirit, and that’s soaring with the eagles. That’s living at a higher level, and you can’t do that yourself.
You know that eagle has nothing to glory about the heights he gets to, because it’s not him lifting himself that high, it’s the thermal lifting him. You know, we have nothing to glory in ourselves about the heights that we can get to in the grace and Spirit of God. We have nothing to glory about that, we have to give the glory to God, because He is the one lifting us on high, He is the one getting us there. If we start taking the glory for ourselves, that’s getting out of the Will of God, it is a downhill slope from there. There is no pride in the Spirit of God, no room for pride.
One last little thought – I had a companion; he often said this saying in humour, maybe when we are teasing one another a little bit. He would say this in humour, but it has a ring of truth to it; he would say, “How can I soar with the eagles, when all my friends are turkeys?” Well, the truth of that is, that we better be careful who our friends are. We want to soar with the eagles. We want to pick friends, that love to soar, who love to be in the Spirit. Pick your friends that way. I am talking to the young people; when you have the most decisions to make in your youth, the most important decisions, choose people who love to get into the Spirit, because then you can soar with the eagles, you can go to heights unimaginable with your friends and with the power of God. Choose your friends wisely. It doesn’t mean you can’t be friendly to this world, but they are not your friends. In one of the letters it says, it’s not the exact quote, “….be not a friend of the world, because a friend of the world, is not a friend of God…” We still have to be friendly, though it’s two different things, because how else are we going to win souls to the will of God if we are not friendly to the world, but they are not our friends. Our most important friend is Jesus and keep Him our friend because He will help us to soar to heights unimaginable.
So ahead, we will face tests, if we can just wait upon the Lord in prayer at the start of the day, and at the end of the day, we wait upon the Lord in prayer. We say sorry for the little mistakes that we have made and it will make it easier for the next day. If the next day, God sees fit to grant us another day, it will make it easier for that day to get into His presence again, so that we can access His Spirit to get above. We are going to face tests in the days ahead; spend time to get into the presence of God, so that in the year ahead you can soar with the eagles, you can go to heights that you have never done before. Be diligent in getting into the Spirit, at the start of the day, and you will have wonderful victorious days, and you can come back if God sees fit, in a year’s time and you can praise the Lord for the heights He has taken you to.