Birds That Can Not Fly
Birds That Can Not Fly
....and May NEVER Be Able To Fly!
I really struggle in my mind, hurting for those that have a faith in Christ and Christianity in similar ways to the demons, as described in James 2:19, yet do not know the voice of the Holy Spirit; do not produce the fruit of the Spirit in their daily walk of life.
I see them as a bird trying to fly with one wing or one strong wing and one tiny weak wing, as Tozer's devotional describes.
Another thought just came to me in the same line of thought. There may be those individuals, just as there are birds, that see no need to fly. They never have a chance, or take the chance, to exercise their wings. The wings become weak, of very little use, for lack of exercise, as someone is feeding and watering them as they sit in a cage, bound by and to the caretaker.
Is that not possibly like those that Jesus refers to who believe that they are living in the light (knowledge and understanding of the Truths in the Word of God)? In reality they are still bound in the cage of the self-life and darkness, regarding the Truths of the Word of God, trying to be good and Godly, but daily failing. They believe that they are eternally secure and thus have no need to fly; no need to die to the flesh and follow the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit can not teach them as they see no need to be in the Word of God, feeding at the feet of Jesus. The caretaker, whatever spirit, person or 'ministry' that may be, is doing the feeding and watering while they sit and look pretty in the cage. They will eventually die in the darkness which they believe to be light. Anyone that believes they are in the light will rarely if ever believe or come to see that their idea of light is really darkness.
"Tell them: 'Hear this, you foolish people who have no understanding, who have eyes but do not discern, who have ears but do not perceive: "You should fear me!" says the LORD. "You should tremble in awe before me!
I made the sand to be a boundary for the sea, a permanent barrier that it can never cross. Its waves may roll, but they can never prevail. They may roar, but they can never cross beyond that boundary."
But these people have stubborn and rebellious hearts. They have turned aside and gone their own way. They do not say to themselves, "Let us revere the LORD our God. It is he who gives us the autumn rains and the spring rains at the proper time. It is he who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest." Your misdeeds have stopped these things from coming. Your sins have deprived you of my bounty.'
"Indeed, there are wicked scoundrels among my people. They lie in wait like bird catchers hiding in ambush. They set deadly traps to catch people.
Like a cage filled with the birds that have been caught, their houses are filled with the gains of their fraud and deceit. That is how they have gotten so rich and powerful.
That is how they have grown fat and sleek. There is no limit to the evil things they do. They do not plead the cause of the fatherless in such a way as to win it. They do not defend the rights of the poor.
I will certainly punish them for doing such things!" says the LORD. "I will certainly bring retribution on such a nation as this!
"Something horrible and shocking is going on in the land of Judah: The prophets prophesy lies. The priests exercise power by their own authority. And my people love to have it this way. But they will not be able to help you when the time of judgment comes!"
Tozer Devotional ~ Fri, March 30, 2018
Exercising Both "Wings"
I am reminded that one old saint was asked, "Which is the more important: reading God's Word or praying?" To which he replied, "Which is more important to a bird: the right wing or the left?" The writer to the Hebrews was telling his readers—and telling us—that Christians must believe all there is to be believed. They are to do all that the Word commands them to do. Those two wings take the Christian up to God!
I sense a spirit of independence, if not rebellion, in the believer who states, "I am not going to bother with the doctrines and the teachings. I am just going to lean back and enjoy Jesus!" It is the path of least resistance. Although I do not wish to scold anyone at this point, it is where many Christians need proper encouragement and godly example.
God has purposefully given us a mental capacity with wide human boundaries. Beyond that, if we are justified, regenerated believers, He has given us an entirely new spiritual capacity. God wants us to believe, to think, to meditate, to consider His Word. He has promised that the Holy Spirit is waiting to teach us. He has assured us concerning all of our blessings in Jesus Christ.
He [Jesus] replied, 'Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.' Luke 11:28
Hearing what God is saying in His Word and obeying it is the way we grow in Christ. To choose what we will obey is not an option! The Spirit teaches those who do the Word, not just hear it.
O Lord, may I be a doer of the Word, not a hearer only.
Jesus said, "....the gate is narrow and the way is difficult that leads to life, and there are few who find it.
"Watch out for false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are voracious wolves. You will recognize them by their fruit. Grapes are not gathered from thorns or figs from thistles, are they?
In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree is not able to bear bad fruit, nor a bad tree to bear good fruit.
Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
So then, you will recognize them by their fruit. "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter into the kingdom of heaven — only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.
On that day, many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord, didn't we prophesy in your name, and in your name cast out demons and do many powerful deeds?' Then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you. Go away from me, you lawbreakers!'
"Everyone who hears these words of mine and does them is like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the flood came, and the winds beat against that house, but it did not collapse because it had been founded on rock.
Everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the flood came, and the winds beat against that house, and it collapsed; it was utterly destroyed!" "