Ever remember the days of Sesame Street, with Ernie singing “Rubber Ducky”?Remember the lyrics? “Rubber Ducky you’re the one, who makes my bath time so much fun. Rubber Ducky I awfully fond of you…”
The Lord continues to bring His people to “watering holes” to “places of refreshing” and these to many appear as “ponds”, ponds where ducks can hang out and be themselves. It has become clear over the last while that many Christians are content to be “ducks” when God has intended them to be eagles that “soar” and seek a higher plane of living and life, that draws near to His heart and presence.
Ducks fly and then settle on ponds and do a large part of living on the “surface of things”. Eagles soar and rest and nest in the “higher places”.
For my part, I am not content to live as a duck, never mind living as a turkey, when God has intended that I soar and nest high and nearer to His heart.
It time that those of us who cling to deeper intimate life, soar and go deeper in the Lord and nest in the higher place and not be content to be a duckling following after the mature ducks who do not soar and simply stay on the surface of ponds and migrate at the change of seasons.
It is time for the saints of God to pursue life in the higher places, and to soar as eagles and catch the winds of God and glide in the higher plane of living, and to not be content with ponds of water and having a little following of ducklings coming after us wherever we go.
If the body of Christ is to fully mature it needs to break free from the bondage of being a duck and be the eagle it is intended to be. It is time to follow the winds of God for ourselves instead of following other ducks. We will soar with God or perish in the trying of it! It is better to soar on the winds of God than rely on the predictable patterns of being a duck, never breaking ranks, and never maturing to become whom God intended us to be.
29He energizes those who get tired,
gives fresh strength to dropouts.
30For even young people tire and drop out,
young folk in their prime stumble and fall.
31But those who wait upon GOD get fresh strength.
They spread their wings and soar like eagles,
They run and don’t get tired,
they walk and don’t lag behind.
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The above blog post was written at a time when I was eclectic in my theological & biblical views and understanding. As of 5 February 2017 I am a functional cessasionist, that is, I believe the spiritual gifts, in particular gift like the vocative, prophetic gifts as well as healing & miracles have ceased. This means that my understanding is that at the end of the apostolic era, when the last apostle died (that would be John who was at Patmos & Ephesus, the author of the Gospel of John, Epistles of John & the Revelation of Jesus Christ, with his passing, the need for these particular gifts, the oracles of God given to men through the Holy Spirit, were no longer required. With the forming of the Canon of Scripture, there came to be no need for revelatory gifts. In fact in Revelation, John himself records the words of Jesus, “18 I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book. 19 And if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share of the tree of life and the holy city, which are written about in this book.” [Revelation 22, CSB]
God is sovereign, still heals, still manifests in the miraculous, but not at the whim or the discretion of men. We pray and ask the Lord, and then we yield and surrender to His will, echoing the words and the spirit of Christ, “Not my will but your will be done.” [Luke 22:42].
I embrace and hold to a Reformed understanding of theology & Christian living in the world. I have abandoned my other views entirely. I would be more akin to a Reformed Baptist (1689 Confession) type of Reformed theology. I used to be a continuationist (akin to John Piper) but no longer.
God bless you as you seek to know Christ and the power of His resurrection [Philippians 3:10 CSB].
In the eternal grip of Jesus,
Samuel M. Buick
29 January 2018
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