Isaiah 40:31 But those who wait on the Lord, shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary,They shall walk and not faint.
Congrats Aamir & Amanda Cobb
I want to give a big congrats to Aamir and Amanda Cobb on their marriage! Many of us had the opportunity to celebrate this union this past weekend. Again I was reminded of the beauty and power of God’s covenant of marriage. Marriage represents the mystical union between Christ and the church. In all actuality weddings should be some of the most powerful events we attend.
Mount with Wings like an eagle…
Yesterday we had a very powerful service. In the midst of inclement weather here in Harrisonburg, we had quite a few saints that pressed through! We covered Isaiah 40:31 yesterday. There is a powerful parallel the prophet gives us as instruction to be Renewed in the Lord. I want to share a brief recap below for your encouragement as you enter into this week.
1) Wait- We must wait on the Lord– As believers and children of God it is our duty to position ourselves strategically and expectantly for the Lord to move on our behalf. This doesn’t exempt us from trouble, nor turmoil, but it displays confidence that WHO I am waiting for is greater than what I am waiting in. When I am waiting on my wife to get ready (this rarely happens J ), I am confident that it is worth waiting on her rather than moving forward without her. I can always warm up dinner, or apologize for being late, but I cannot replace her, and experiencing life with her is greater than experiencing life without her! To wait on the Lord is an encouragement to believe that with the Lord things will be better than without the Lord.
2) Wind– How do they fly? Eagles position themselves strategically to wait on the wind with the expectation that the wind will blow. Eagles use rising warm air currents to soar for hours. Soaring conserves the bird’s energy, which is especially helpful in long migration periods. Eagles strategically wait for the right wind to fly. Wind = the Spirit of God (see John 3:8, & Acts 2:2). Just as the wind lifts and helps the eagle soar, the Spirit of the Lord lifts us up and renews us for life’s journey. Zechariah 4:6 says, “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says the Lord of Hosts!” To be recharged… you must be lifted by the Holy Spirit.
3) Wings– The Eagles’ wings are powerful, and able to use the wind to it’s advantage rather than an obstacle. Eagles’ wings are built to SOAR which means they can SOAR for up to 30mins without ever flapping their wings. The strength of the eagles’ wings are seen when they are soaring, not when they are flapping! The wings of an eagle are equivalent to our faith. Our faith is not strong when we try to do things ourselves, but our faith is best used when we are depending on God.
We as children of God were created to soar high above many of the things that we face, and the things that distract us from the power of Christ that is active in our lives. I want to encourage you as you prepare for 2014 and close out 2013- Wait on the Lord, and allow Him to renew your strength. Picture your self-rising above the things that have been trying to keep you down!
This message impacted me in many ways, as I too find myself in a season of waiting. I was reminded of the power of Christ that works in me, is greater than anything that is against me. So I depend on Him to see me through trials, storms, and tribulations.
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