A transatlantic flight was denied a landing strip at Heathrow Airport London. The captain was advised to keep a holding pattern that took the plane over the highlands in Scotland. The pilot reported a golden eagle was flying alongside the cockpit of the massive jumbo jet. In amazement the captain looked at the gauges, the plane was flying at 32,000 feet, at a ground speed of 550 miles an hour. The golden eagle had its wings fully stretched out, majestically catching the jetstream flying at over 550 miles an hour without a single beat of its wings.
How did the golden eagle manage to do that? When the bird finally got into the jetstream it had to change its tactics. Yielding totally to the wind it unfurled its wings and pitched them to catch optimum velocity. The decision the bird had to make was, should I beat my wings and be in control or should I open my wings and commit myself to an unseen force?
Yielding to a higher power.
As Christians we have a right to go higher because of what Christ did for us.
“3. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.”
“6.And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus”
Yet we still have not come to the reality of our inheritance. As an 18 year old young man I asked the Lord to forgive me of my sins and take control my life, and He did. Yet at the age of 20 I felt a great lack in my life. The teachers and preachers around me told me that I received it all when Christ came in, however, there was a great hunger within driving me to know more. The Word of God revealed to me,
“2.He (Paul) said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.”
At that point I realized there was something more than believing. I needed to receive the Holy Ghost! An evangelist and a pastor laid hands on my head, and prayed that I would be filled with the Holy Ghost and fire. I was, and so much love and confidence came flooding in my heart, it was like fire in my chest. And it empowered my life.
Yet there is more!
Have you come to the same understanding as the writer of the book of Hebrews yet?
Let us go on.
“1.Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection (spiritual maturity); not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
2. Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
3. And this will we do, if God permit:”
It is imperative that the foundational teachings are taught in our gathering places in order to have a true foundation for the new believers, whether it be home group,church, chapel, synagogue or temple. But let us not forget the more advanced believers. If you don’t use them you will lose them. And when you use them, afterwards they will need to be encouraged and built back up again.
When Jesus talked to Peter in the gospel of John chapter 21 he asked three times if he loved him and the Greek word he used was ‘Logos’ which is a sacrificial love. He replied, “You know I love you.” The Greek word Peter used was ‘philéō’ which is a friendship kind of love. Peter had to come into a deeper walk with the Lord before he could be trusted in the ministry God had planned for him.
Commitment is the key element to any promotion.
Jesus spoke into his future.
Even though Peter was not at the level he needed to be, Jesus showed Peter what it would take to be able to fulfill his calling to the saints. In verse 15,16,and 17 Jesus uses two different Greek words to instruct him.
The first one is bóskō
portraying the duty of a Christian teacher to promote in every way the spiritual welfare of the members of the church.
The second one is poimaínō.
to feed, to tend a flock, keep sheep
to rule, govern
to furnish pasture for food
to cherish one‘s body, to serve the body
to supply the requisites for the soul‘s need.
The lambs only needed bóskō but the sheep needs bóskō and poimaínō
Why? Because the sheep go out into the world and suffer the onslaught and rigors of the world.They need more than just teaching they need furnishing with power gifts to be able to be a witness. When they come into the church they need encouraging, strengthening and building up so that they can be salt and light in their area.
After the Holy Ghost fell on the 120 people in the upper room Peter finally got his promotion. He no longer valued his own life, but he was willing to stand up and speak for the Lord. He defended what was taking place before thousands of people and 3000 were saved that day.
Peter thought he was dedicated but then he denied Christ three times.
Sometimes we fail in our walk with the Lord, only to find our weakness.
It was in Peter’s failing that Christ could challenge his commitment.
Turning our negatives into positives.
When we admit to our failure, we are allowing God’s wind to lift us into a higher level, and we shoot forward by his grace and mercy. Old things do pass away and a new page begins.
Why don’t you turn your negatives into possibles! Jesus dealt with our doubts and failures when he was on the cross. Open your wings and soar into heavenly places. Let go and let God take you in His jetstream far beyond your ability.
Power of the believer
The disciples only did exploits when they knew who they were.
“17.And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.
18. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
19. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
Over all the power of the enemy!
Did I just read that correct, over all the power of the enemy? Wow, that is powerful! But I can hear some people saying, we don’t have that kind of authority. Take a look at what Jesus said to his disciples.
“Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”
The only reason the disciples could not cast the evil spirits out was because of unbelief. Doubt will render your faith useless. Stop scratching around in the dirt and start soaring with the eagles.
Love Y’all !!!
Keep under the spout where the glory runs out!!!
Pastor Terry Thompson.
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