Calvary greetings in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who has made it possible for us to come to the month of June. This is the season of our Divine Encounter Conference. This year, our theme is “On Eagles’ Wings”. The LORD shall lift you up on eagles’ wings and you shall testify of God’s grace in every aspect of your life in the name of Jesus Christ. God will renew your strength and you shall soar as the eagle and you shall not be weary or faint in Jesus’ name (Isaiah 40:31).
The Bible says in Exodus 19:3-4 that God brought His people unto Himself on eagles’ wings. What does this mean to the present day believer? This means that God brings us out of captivity and other circumstances unto Himself. This was the essence of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He wants us to come unto Him. The Lord Jesus Christ admonishes in Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” The encounter of Moses and God explains to us of God’s sincere intention in delivering His people. The Lord explained to Moses that when He called him down to Egypt to lead God’s people out, He wanted Moses to understand that He was bringing them not just to a land of promise, but to a Person. God said, “… I brought you unto myself” (Exodus 19:4). He wants us to know Him, to come unto Him. This is why, after many years in the ministry, the great apostle Paul wrote the church in Philippi in Philippians 3:10 “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;” Surely, Paul knew the Lord as his Saviour. He met Him on the road to Damascus. After all those years of serving the Lord, he said, “My great goal in life is to know the Lord, to come unto Him.” Paul said, for to me to live is Christ and to die is gain (Phil. 1:21).
Interestingly, there are two different types of eagles; the royal eagle and the golden eagle. The royal eagle is an extremely strong eagle that flies with authority. The Bible in Revelations 1:4-6 declares that we are a royalty; we are kings and priests. Just as the eagle is the king amongst birds and commands great respect, we are to also exercise authority and reign in life (Genesis 1:26). The only person a king humbles himself before is the person who made him king – The King Maker. The king does not only just carry authority but one accompanied with power (Luke 10:19). The king rules by decrees. A king can bind and can also set free. Jesus Christ said in Rev. 3:7 that He has given us the key of David to open and shut all doors. There is power behind the utterances and declarations of a king. We are to exercise that power by the help of the Holy Spirit. The secret of strength is joy. This season ask the Lord to help you sustain that joy in the face of every storm for His joy is your strength (Nehemiah 8:10).
The second type of eagles are the ‘golden eagles’. Gold as a word is the symbol of prosperity. God wants us to prosper (3 John 2). We must prosper because the rich rules over the poor. A poor king is not really a king. In so many ways money is also a weapon of defense. God doesn’t want you to be a slave to the rich. God wants you to prosper materially and physically just as you prosper spiritually. In Psalm 92:12, the Bible says the righteous shall flourish like a palm tree. It is noteworthy that gold is also the colour of the sun and our Lord Jesus is the sun of righteousness (Malachi 4:2). We are therefore, expected to be so full of His glory.
In this season, stand firm to face the storms of life when they come. In fact, rejoice when the storms come. Ride on the storms for therein you shall soar. The Lord will carry you on His wings like the eagle. Don’t ever give up or give in but press through in life. The Bible says resist the devil and it will flee (James 4:7). Don’t fret for God will not leave you nor forsake you only be strong and very courageous (Joshua 1:5-9). You are an overcomer and even more than a conqueror (1 John 5:4; Romans 8:37). Walk closely with God and make Jesus Christ the Lord and Master of your life.
Dr. Akpo Onduku.
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