Soar like the Eagle, carried on unseen currents, uplifted by a force not his own. He flies to lofty heights on the breath of God's Spirit! Be like the Eagle, spread the wings of your faith. Soar on the currents of God's Grace. Be lifted to New Heights not by your own efforts. But propelled to glory by the breath of God's Spirit.
The spirit once told me years ago, in the very beginning of my recreation process, at different times, "You can win with a new image'..... 'Put on the image of Christ'...... 'Work within' and....'Rise to heights that are new". I learned I could not sustain my efforts to do any of those things on my own, with my own will.
However, that did not mean I wasn't supposed to continue to do the best I could. It takes work to change, plus prayer and faith in Christ. I needed to overcome the 'natural tendency of man' to turn to the things of this world when facing adversity. I knew that "faith without works was dead". I found out I needed something more than just my works which weren't working. I came to find out I needed more faith in my Savior to give me the gift of Charity,(the pure love of Christ) which never faileth.
I tried daily very hard to act kind, longsuffering, understanding, patient, forgiving and how I thought Christ would have me act. But time and again I failed to measure up to my own expectations of perfection. It wasn't what I was failing to do that was my main problem it was what I was failing to be within. I was double minded trying to act the part without feeling the part so much. Oh once in a while I was able to feel the part but let opposition face me and that was another story.
That is why I began praying fervently and with all the energy of my heart, for the gift of Charity, His unconditional love, something the Lord showed me I was weak in. But I also learned it was a blessing to be born with that weakness because it caused me to turn to the only source of love and peace there is, even Jesus Christ, after I had exhausted all my earthly options.
I thought I knew what love was until that morning, some twenty six years ago, when out of His great mercy, Jesus allowed me one second in time to taste of the fruit of the Tree of Life, His pure unconditional love. All I can say is, it is sweeter than sweet and whiter than white. It was a 'born again' experience and it changed me forever.
Charity, His pure love for us and the greatest of all gifts, encompasses all others. It not only is kind, patient, longsuffering and forgiving but, "beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, and endureth all things". (1Cor. 13) Jesus does not love us because we are lovable but because that is who he is; love.
"Love is a gift of God, and as we obey His laws and genuinely learn to serve others, we develop God’s love in our lives." David B. Haight That is because as we strive to obey we have more confidence or faith that what we ask according to His will, will be done.
Service in the church and at home is not just a nice thing to do. It is vital to our salvation because it gives us opportunity to rub shoulders with imperfect people and thus grow in our ability to have Charity. As we encounter opposition in our efforts to love, it is only another opportunity to see our weakness and pray for the gift we need to make up for lack of patience, longsuffering, forgiveness or whatever.
Works alone will never bring us to the point we need to be in order to be like Christ. Faith in Him who is the giver of all the gifts we need to become like Him, are not to be taken at will but given to those who are keeping all His commandments or who are striving so to do.
"He first loved us" and that is why when we have tasted of the fruit of the tree of life and personally experienced His infinite unconditional love, we are never again the same.
Some people have died and come back to tell of that love which is indescribable. I was fortunate enough to have experienced it while still alive. Or maybe I was unfortunate, because where much is given much is expected. Luke 12:48,....."For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required:
Remembering that long ago experience, trusting in His love and obeying His promptings, is what has finally carried me over the threshold of ability to control my appetite with greater and greater success and "eat that which is good and let my soul delight itself in fatness". (Isaiah 55:2) My body is finally beginning to catch up with my spirit and I feel ready and free to soar.
Now the whole of my existence is to forget myself and serve God, the spirit leading and guiding me and I obeying from my heart that form of doctrine which has set me free. That doctrine being found in two places.
The first is in 1 Peter 2:11, "Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; and the next in Luke 10:27, " Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself." Christ's love lifted me. and made both possible.
Romans 6:17-18, "But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servant of righteousness.
Romans 13:10, Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: (or oneself) therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
John 8;36 "If the Son (Love) therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. Praise God and His infinite gift of love.
I feel to quote some famous words by Martin Luther King, "I'm free, thank God at last I'm free", free to soar.