The Eagle Christian

by Cary Broughton

God has placed in creation everything necessary for men to know that there is a God, and that He is a God of love and perfection while leaving no reason for men to ignore or deny him.

Jesus always took something in the natural to explain a Spiritual truth as in Mark 4 when teaching about the Parable of the Sower. Throughout the Bible, God likens Himself and His children to an Eagle. God never likened Himself or His Children to a turkey, and this is why we should seek to know and understand the life of the Eagle. Exodus 19:4, Ezekiel 1:10 and Psalms 91:4 reveals this truth. The word Eagle is mentioned some 32 times in the Bible. The number 32 in God's arithmetic means Covenant. God desires to reproduce Himself in us while showing us His Covenant through the hidden life of the Eagle.

Eagles are the "King of Birds". They are ageless and an International symbol of strength, beauty, authority and freedom. TheEagle's wings are seven and a half feet in width. Their talons are four times greater in strength than a human hand. In adult stage, an Eagle can weigh 20 to 22 pounds while the female eagle is usually larger than the male. Eagles, from the time of their birth, have very unique innate and physical characteristics. They are born with their mouths open and eyes looking into the sun. They have two sets of eyelids. One is used for hunting while the other is used for flying directly into the sun. Eagles have the ability to see a distance of seven miles. They are born meat eaters as well. It is obvious to see why God likens Himself and His children to the Eagle. For instance, Eagles can fly directly into the sun. When we as Eagle Christian begin to fall into trials and temptations, we too can fly directly into the Son, Jesus Christ, who is the Father of light and His light blinds the enemy! Another important characteristics is the Eagle's eyes. They are always wet. As an Eagle Christian, we know that the word of God ensures us in Psalms 126:5-6 that, "Those who sow in tears shall reap with songs of Joy." (Disciple's Study Bible) Eagles also have a preening gland. This is especially important in preparing for the day. From the previous day, the Eagle's feathers have been beaten from the wind. The preening gland is used in an hour process in which the feathers are ran through the mouth of the Eagle while breathing out to steam clean the feathers. This process is done in order to reshape and strengthen the feathers. Eagles have an oil secreted in a separate gland as well. This is used to coat the feathers and make them moisture resistant. All of this is especially helpful, considering fish are a primary source of food for most Eagles. The preening process of the Eagle is a great lesson in Holiness to the Eagle Christian. In the same way that the Eagle starts his day with cleaning and preparing himself for what is ahead, the Eagle Christian must also prepare themselves spiritually, removing all sin, being ready to face the daily battles in which they too will encounter often causing their spiritual feathers to get ruffled. When this occurs, they definitely need the fresh Anointing of the Holy Spirit to renew them as well.

When an Eagle is around the age of a year old, he begins to care for himself. This is a good lesson for the Eagle Christian. Just as Paul said in First Corinthians 13:11, " When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things." (Disciple's Study Bible) The male Eagle takes interest in the female Eagle around the age of three years old. When this occurs, we know that spring fever has arrived! A game of tag between the male and female Eagle begins. This could last for days. The female Eagle takes a stick up in the air, approximately 8 to 10 thousand feet in a three dimensional figure eight pattern, and she then requires the male Eagle to catch the stick before it touches the ground. The male Eagle has to then return the stick back to the female Eagle. Then the female Eagle, each time, flies a little lower and faster with a larger stick. The game climaxes when the female Eagle is less than five hundred feet from the ground and she releases the stick. At this point, the male Eagle has to catch the stick before it touches the ground or the female Eagle will chase the male Eagle off. If the male Eagle catches the stick, he satisfies the female Eagle in knowing that when they have baby Eaglets he will be able to catch the Eaglets when teaching them how to fly thus assuring her that he will make a fit husband.

The marriage vows of the Eagles are made while being suspended 10 to 15 thousand feet in the air. This ceremony is done by locking talons together and turning head over heels with both Eagles screaming in joy. Eagles are totally committed to their mates. They will remain together for life, "In Richer or Poorer, In Sickness and in Health to Death do They Part!" What a difference this would make if the Church, the Bride Of Christ, could make such a commitment as this to God and their families! With Eagles, if a mate happens to die, they choose another mate not attached to another Eagle. As Eagle Christians, we should do the same.

After marriage, the Eagles begin to build their home. The first step to the building process is to seek a proper location. In doing so they look for a high in accessible location with their backs turned to a rock wall. A comparison to this in the Bible is in Job 39:27-29, "Does the Eagle mount up at your command and make his nest on a high inaccessible place. On a cliff he dwells and remains securely upon the point of the rock and the stronghold. From there he spies out the prey and his eyes see it afar off. " (Amp. Version) Eagles work together to build their nest and to raise their youth. Eagle Christians are to do the same as well with their Natural and Spiritual families. The Eagle's nest weighs one to two tons. The nest is deep with a shallow 18 inch brooding area on top. The mother Eagle will lay one to three eggs in the brooding area. When preparing for birth, the mother Eagle will pull from her breast a downy fur that makes a soft and warm bedding for the Eaglets. Once the Eaglets are born, they have a constant cry for food. They are very unattractive with raccoon looking eyes; however, they will grow into a beautiful species. A good Spiritual parallel to this, is that we as Eagle Christians should never judge baby Eaglet Christians by their outward appearance and behavior. Isaiah 33:22 says, "The Lord is our Judge, the Lord is our Lawgiver, the Lord is our King: He will save us." (Amp. Version)

Once the Eaglets reach a certain age, the mother Eagle knows when it is time for the Eaglets to learn to fly. This process begins with the mother Eagle taking her wing as a broom and sweeping out of the nest all of the soft things the Eaglets have grown accustomed to. In Deut. 32:11 it says, " As an Eagle stirs up it's nest, Hoovers over it's young, Spreading out it's wings, Taking them up, carrying them on it's wings." The mother Eagle then throws the brooding nest down the cliff and takes the Eaglet for a wild ride on her back. While being airborne, she flips over, and the Eaglet begins to try to fly. All awhile the papa Eagle is overseeing the whole operation. If he sees the Eaglet cannot fly, he'll fly down at speeds up to 200mph to catch the Eaglet before it hits the ground. God will also do the same for us as He begins to stir our Spiritual nest and remove us from our padded pews. As you begin to fly spiritually, you need not fear because God is always near! In Deut. 33:26 it says, "He (GOD) descends from the heavens in majestic splendor to help you." (K.J.Version)

Most Eaglets do not learn how to fly the first time they try; however, they continue the flight process until they have accomplished the goal of flying. Once the Eaglet learns to fly, the papa and mama Eagle flies in a circle in celebration. In Exodus 19:4 we read, "You have seen what I did to the Egyptians and how I bore you on Eagle's wings and brought you to myself." (K.J.Version) The word "bore" means to lift by Divine form or power to the point of drawing one's self. The adult Eagle has five primary feathers on each wing. This is so the Eagle can adjust his wings during long training fights to keep the Eaglet from falling to the ground while teaching him to fly. The Eaglet is always under the power of his father during training. Eagle Christians should always trust that they too are always under their Father's (God) power when they are learning to fly Spiritually. There is no situation that our Father (God) can't bring us out of !!

Partiality through the Eagle's life, he will go through a molting process that will bring great depression. Calcium deposits will appear on the Eagle's talons and beak. This is a wilderness time that all Eagles will face. During this time, the Eagle begins to walk like a Turkey. He has no strength to fly. Other Eagles who have already gone through this molting process and survived, will fly above the valley in which the Eagle is in, and drop fresh food to help strengthen him. Unfortunately, some Eagles will not receive the help of other Eagle's and will die in the valley while others will, and regain their strength. Once they regain their strength, they will climb the mountain in which they were raised on. The Eagle will then fly into the rock and beat the calcium deposits off their beaks and talons. This is a very painful experience; however, it must be done. After this experience, the Eagle will Soar again with greater strength than ever before! As Eagle Christians we too will definitely go through the valley, and without the help from the "Rock of our Salvation" (Jesus Christ) we also will Spiritually die! Receiving help from our "Rock" is the only way that we will regain our strength, leaving behind those things that so easily beset us, making us stronger than ever before in the Lord!

Eagles do not eat road kill (poodles and noodles). They are very wise as to what enters there bodies. If only Eagle Christians would do the same, what great deliverance it would bring to the church. Jesus told us in Matt. 24:28: "For wherever the carcass (or body) is, there the Eagles will be gathered together." (K.J. Version) If you are searching for meaning in your life, then look to the Eagle Christian who Jesus dwells in. The carcass in Matt. 24:28 is Jesus, and we must feed on him Spiritually! In Psalms 43:8 it says, "Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good." (K.J. Version) The word "taste" here means "to eat, discern, perceive and evaluate more than eating food, to have capacity to choose and delight in good things." Jesus told us in John 6:57, "As the living father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on me will live because of me." (K.J. Version) Jesus also told Pilot that he could not take His life unless He laid it down. Jesus was Eagle killed so that he could become the Crucified Carcass for the Body of Christ. As the woman was taken from the side of the first Adam, everything needed to build the Church came out of the side of the last Adam, Jesus Christ! You see, the first Adam in his weakness, died with his Bride, but the last Adam, Jesus Christ, in His strength, died for His Bride. AMEN!

As Eagle Christians, we know that we will always have to deal with the enemy, who is the Serpent. The Eagle's deal with the Serpent by laying hold of him with their talons, removing his head and using their bill to peck the Serpent (snake) to death. Eagle's will also pick the serpent up and drop him on a jagged rock causing him to die. The Eagle Christian, using the Word of God as a Rock, can crush and destroy the devil as well. In Luke 10:19 it says, "Behold, I give thee authority to trample on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you." (New K.J. Version)

In closing, it is totally against our nature to stand still and do nothing when we are facing perplexing trials. In fact, waiting patiently for God to act is one of the most difficult things to do within the Christian walk. Devoted Christians have a tendency to panic when the Lord does not move according to their time table; however, waiting time is never wasted time with God! During these times, God is putting the Eagle nature within the Christian. Isa. 40:31 says, "But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings as Eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint." (New K.J. Version) The word Wait in the original Greek means, "to bind together by twisting". From the word "wait", we get our modern word braid. Braid means to "interweave," just as the Holy Spirit and the Word of God binds together with our spirit, and " a threefold cord is not easily broken. "

In Christ Jesus, we have been called to be Eagle Christians. To share in God's Majesty, not robbing Him of His Glory, but to reveal, as Eagles, the Glory of God to men. Let us always give Glory and Honor to the Master Eagle Himself who has mothered over us, feed us, threw us out of the nest, borne us on His wings and taught us how to fly. Let us give Glory to the Author and Finisher of our Flight lessons, Jesus Christ!

Cary Broughton - Healing Wings Ministries For further study on the Eagle Christian, we would like to refer you to Ken Price and the work he has done at www.eaglechristian.net