When An Eagle Stirs Up The Nest

Vladimir Savchuk


April 17, 2023





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“As an eagle stirs up its nest, Hovers over its young, Spreading out its wings, taking them up, Carrying them on its wings.”

Deuteronomy 32:11

When a mother eagle gives birth to eaglets, she puts them in a nest. She covers that nest with feathers and leaves so that the eaglets can have a comfortable place in the nest. This is what every responsible mother would do for their children. The mothers feed the eaglets. They eat and grow up but they don’t want to leave the nest. Kids don’t want to leave nests. They are too comfortable.

What an eagle does is fly over the nest and spread its wings to create a wind where all the feathers and leaves will fly out. This leaves the eaglets poked by sharp thorns. The eaglets start to cry out and the mother takes them up on her wings and begins to fly. 

What the mother eagle does next is drop the eaglet. However, the eagle flies faster than the eaglet can fall and as the eaglet falls close to the ground, the mother eagle swoops down, catches its young, and flies up with it. The mother eagle then repeats this process again and again. 

The goal is not to punish the young but to activate their wings. Eagles are not created to live in a nest; they are created to live in the sky. 

Eagles Are Meant For The Sky

Sometimes, we get so comfortable in the nest because there are so many feathers that God has to stir some things up. Things get painful and hard, and the vicissitudes of life – the changes of life confuse us. At times like these, it is easy for us to start to question why the Lord took all the feathers away whereas He is preparing us for the sky.

We can often go through a short season of God’s favor and blessings, but still, we live our lives very much connected to our feelings, addicted to our moods and happenings. Just like an eagle, the Lord has to train us to live by faith by dropping us once in a while. I do not mean He forgets us, I mean we stop feeling His presence and go through what Christians describe as spiritual dryness. This is to develop us.

Our Christian life is not meant to be lived in a nest. You are not a turkey or a chicken, you are an eagle. You don’t belong in a barn, you belong in the sky. This means you are supposed to live by faith and soar. It is not even just what you want; it is what you are built for. 

Our God is an eagle and He makes eaglets. He makes us in His own image and likeness. He makes us like Him to live by faith, to live in victory, and to walk the walk of love. I want to present to you a shift I believe is happening right now. 

Five Signs God Is Stirring Up Your Nest

1. When people leave your life, it’s time to advance.

“Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel… This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” 

Joshua 1:2, 8-9

One of the feathers in the nest which I have described is your friends. They could also be family members, a partner, a ministry friend, or somebody in your church. I can track several times when God made a shift in our church and it was often connected with somebody leaving.

When I was younger and somebody left the church, it would freak me out. Sometimes, it was because I did something wrong but usually, I want to encourage you that God Himself transitions people out of our life because He is getting us ready for a new season.

The Bible says Moses died and then, the Lord came to Joshua and told him to enter the promised land. If somebody in your life has said now they are leaving your life, God’s grace is leaving your life or you cannot make it without them, I want to cancel that curse and say the devil is a liar. God’s blessing is not connected to those who left you; it is connected to you and His presence that stays with you. God doesn’t attach Himself to people that leave you. He attaches Himself to you. 

Joshua 1:8-9 is encouraging to me because if people leave, it does not mean that God or your destiny left. It can simply mean that God has removed the scaffolding because the wall is now fully built and God is preparing you for a new season you are about to step into.

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God Is Preparing Something Better For You

Sometimes God removed people that are good because He is about to bring people who are great for you. Those good people who left you were not great for you. They might be great for someone else. 

Look at the Apostles. They were called to conquer the world for Jesus but they couldn’t step into their calling until Jesus left them. The Spirit of God came only after Jesus left. They could not have Jesus in the flesh and the Holy Spirit. That was why Jesus told them, it is better that I leave because then the Spirit will come and you will go into the calling I have for you to become fishers of men.

Not every person who leaves is bad; sometimes, they are just not meant for the season that you are in. You will notice a shift in your life where there will be a transition of people out of your life. This is not a moment to say whom do I kick out of my life. God does it but If someone chooses to leave, don’t run after them. 

There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. His name is Jesus. If you were hurt by somebody who left you, I encourage you to pick yourself up and develop a relationship with Jesus. Lean on Him and step into your new season. Advance forward don’t retreat. 

2. When God removes provision it’s because He is preparing you for prosperity.

“Then the manna ceased on the day after they had eaten the produce of the land, and the children of Israel no longer had manna, but they ate the food of the land of Canaan that year.”

Joshua 5:12

God removed the provision of manna. What was manna? Manna was God’s temporary provision but not His promise. God wants to provide for us financially but His dream is not for us to make it but to prosper. The promise of God for you is to have overflow, not barely enough.

Manna was a substance that came from Heaven and formed like dew on the earth, which sustained the people of Israel during their 40 years in the desert. God never promised them manna; He promised Abraham milk and honey, houses he did not build, vineyards he did not plant, and cities he did not build. 

The Israelites ate manna for forty years but when they entered the promised land, something shifted. Then, the manna stopped showing up. This wasn’t because God was punishing them but pushing them into a new season where they would eat the good things of the land.

God’s Provision Is Not Always His Promise

There are people reading this who have the promise and calling from God to start a business but today, you are eating manna. You are being blessed by God and experiencing His provision. The job you have is a miracle and a gift from God. It puts food on your table and you are grateful. However, there are times when God wants to shift things in your life and how that can happen is you lose that very job. 

Instead of being offended and asking God why He abandoned you, I am here to remind you that the job you had was never part of the dream that God gave you. It was part of God’s provision and a miracle but it was not part of God’s promise and your destiny.

I am not encouraging you to quit your job but to encourage you to dream bigger than your current job. I want you to think outside of your next and think about the sky. Think outside of the limit you are experiencing. I know those limits are comfortable because you are paying the bills, paying down your debts, and saving something toward your retirement.

You might be doing better than other people and that is great but God’s calling for you is not just to pay your bills but to provide for other people. God wants you to have people working for you and one day for you to provide for their families by keeping them employed. 

It Is God’s Will For You To Prosper

There are people God has given a dream to have their own business. However, you are scared to embark on that path because you grew up under the teaching that if you have a lot of money, you are greedy. When Christians have a lot of money, they start businesses and employ people. They help provide for other people’s needs and when they have an overflow, they sponsor kingdom purposes, school projects, orphanages, and support widows.

What the devil does not want is for Christians to have money. The devil wants pimps and drug dealers to have money, along with those in government who will take people’s taxes and spread garbage in our schools. Don’t fall for the lie that you will fall into materialism if God blesses you. 

It is God’s will for you to prosper for the purpose of raising your family, helping your children go through education, sponsor projects God puts on your heart so that you can break the cycle of poverty in your family.

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Psalm 23 Provision And Protection

In Psalm 23, the Bible says the Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. In other words, I shall not lack. That means you experience God’s provision and God provides for us. God is our source and our job is our resource. The money might come through your boss but it came from God who gave you the opportunity, health, and grace to receive it. Life is great until verse 4 hits with the valley of the shadow of death. 

Sometimes, it is not a demon, it is just a shift in seasons where you walk through the valley of the shadow of death. You walk through, you don’t rent an apartment there. It is going to be temporary. In our Christian journey, not only is provision temporary, poverty is temporary as well. That is why we will fear no evil. 

The Valley Is Just Part Of Life

We walk through the difficult season of poverty, tightness, and discomfort. God is with us in the valley, the struggle, and the hardship. God did not forsake us but the valley is just part of life.

Then Psalm 23:5 comes and anoints our head with oil. That means God gives us new ideas. God sets a table before us to eat in the presence of our enemies. It doesn’t necessarily mean that our situation changes but we are eating and being fed by the Word of God. The devil gets so mad when you ignore him. Keep doing this until we get to verse 6 where our cup runs over.

God does not want to bring you back to where you were before the shift started. God does not take trips into your past; He wants to take a trip into your future. He does not want you to have the past again; He wants you to have the future He planned for you. God is always moving forward. Stop moving backward. Stop praying for the job you lost and pray for the job God has promised you. God wants to take you to where your cup runs over. 

3. Today’s consecration brings tomorrow’s conquest.

“…For you have not passed this way before. And Joshua said to the people, “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.”

Joshua 3:4b-5

Shift number three is where God raises the level of our consecration because we have never walked in the place we are going to before. There are people who have never owned their own home but you are about to. This year you are about to enter into a season you have never walked in before. You are about to walk into a place you don’t have the qualifications for. Tomorrow, you are going to walk into a place you have always dreamed of being but have no experience in. God wants to guide you tomorrow but today, you have the lay the foundation for that life by increasing your consecration and dedication to God

You know the shift is taking place where God starts poking at your heart that you need to raise the level of your commitment. Maybe you came to church regularly. Then God will begin to challenge you to make your church attendance consistent and join in with the church’s activities.

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Increase Your Consecration And Dedication

You need to learn how to increase your consecration so that you can be fit for the fight that you are going to enter. For tomorrow, the Lord will do wonders in your midst.

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Today’s purity is tomorrow’s pleasure. Today’s prayer is tomorrow’s power. Today’s fasting is tomorrow’s breakthrough. Today’s giving is tomorrow’s prosperity. Today’s righteous living is tomorrow’s spiritual glory.

Don’t be discouraged if you sow today and nothing comes today. Your sowing today is a preparation for what comes tomorrow. I am excited for the tomorrow of my family, marriage, and health.

Sadly, I have to warn you that this also works in reverse. Today’s compromise is tomorrow’s scandal. Today’s flirting is tomorrow’s fornication. Today’s prayerlessness is tomorrow’s powerlessness. Today’s messing around is tomorrow’s defeat.

Examples In The Scriptures

There were two stories that ran parallel in the scripture I read to you. One was of Rahab the prostitute who lived in the walls of Jericho. She did not live in a good place yet she was hiding spies for the Lord. Then, there was a man named Achan who had a good thing going for him. He was a soldier in the army of the Lord and it seemed like he had a great future. However, this guy decided to hide forbidden and cursed things under his tent. Nobody knew it or could find it. Equally, nothing seemed to happen for Rehab when she chose to hide the spies but her tomorrow was changed for the good.

Achan lost his family and lost his life because of what he was hiding. Rahab got her salvation, her house still stood when the walls of Jericho fell down and she ended up marrying one of the spies. All of Rahab’s dreams came to pass but it wasn’t right away.

What are you hiding today? Tomorrow is determined by what you’re hiding today. What do you do after work? Do you take extra courses? Are you building something for tomorrow or entertaining yourself to death? You might love your life today but what about tomorrow? Today’s laziness is tomorrow’s disaster. 

God’s Patience

If you are living like the devil but reading this, I want to give you some encouragement. The reason why God has not let you get caught is that He is giving you a chance to repent. He doesn’t want a scandal or to see you broken. The reason your sins are not catching up to you yet is not because you are smart, or that they are not dangerous but because God in His mercy is postponing the harvest as far as possible to give you a chance to repent. 

For those who are giving, sacrificing, taking courses, and working hard to improve themselves, the reason God is not letting you have the full reward right now is your reward is accumulating interest. God is preparing you for the blessing that is about to hit your life.

Some people are being prepared and with some, God is being patient – either way, it is good news for both people. Whether you need to repent or be patient, I want to invite you today to value your tomorrow by not messing up your today.

4. Build memorial stones to what God did, not monuments to what He didn’t do.

“Then you shall answer them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever.” 

Joshua 4:7

I notice this a lot with people who experience the vicissitudes of life during a change in seasons. 

What happened in this scripture was God’s instruction for the children of Israel to make a memorial with stones from the bottom of the Jordan River. The memorial was not only to remind them but also to encourage future generations of what God did for them.

I think this was very important for Israel for a few reasons. One of them is because Israel had a chronic habit of complaining. It is not just a problem for Israel alone because human beings all complain. Complaining usually comes from the thought that God has not done something that He is supposed to do. For example, God hasn’t sent me a husband, He hasn’t given me a job, and so on.

We build monuments to our own peril with rocks of things God has not done. This builds anger and offense against God and we cannot trust Him. 

To shatter this, when Israel got to the promised land, God instructed them to intentionally build memorials of stones of what God did for them before they crossed the Jordan. This is because many of us forget things we should remember and we remember things we should forget.

Many of us forget things we should remember and we remember things we should forget; we remember our mistakes more than we remember God’s miracles.  Click To Tweet

Remember God’s Goodness

We remember the mysteries of why God didn’t intervene or do things for us but we don’t remember His miracles and kindness. This often happens when a shift in seasons takes place and we seem not to feel God’s presence with us anymore. We are surrounded by problems and even when we pray or read the Word, we feel God is not speaking. 

Let me give you a life-changing secret. When the teacher does not speak in the classroom, it is not because the teacher is angry with you, it is because you are taking a test. What do you do when you are taking a test? You have to remember everything the teacher said before they stopped speaking. That is how you get the right answer on the test.

Where do you get the faith when God doesn’t speak? Remember every other time God has spoken. Where do you get the faith from when you don’t feel God moving and it looks like this situation could be the end of you? Remember when you went through your Jordan and God was there for you. God was there for you when you went through a divorce, and when you were abused. God pulled you out of that and gave you a new heart and a new life. Remember when you lost your job and God was there for you – He is going to be there for you now. If He did it then, He will do it now.

David Recalled God’s Goodness

When David was facing Goliath, he did not get a Word from God. We don’t hear that. King Saul looked at David and asked how he knew he could defeat the giant. David looked over his memorial stones and told the king. There was an issue with a lion – the lion is dead. There was an issue with a bear – the bear is dead. And this Goliath will be dead just like them.

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When it seems like God has abandoned you in the struggle and you have no courage or faith, remember the faithfulness of God. Remember what He did. Bless the Lord oh my soul and forget not His benefits. How He forgives your sins, how He cleanses you, how He heals your diseases, how He crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies and delivers your life from destruction.

I want to implore you to wake up your memory. You don’t have a problem with faith, you have a problem with amnesia. Stop remembering your mistakes and sins. Stop remembering those things that God has put under the Blood. Forget those things and begin to remember the faithfulness of God. 

5. God will move you from deliverance to dominion. 

“And they said to Joshua, “Truly the LORD has delivered all the land into our hands, for indeed all the inhabitants of the country are fainthearted because of us.” 

Joshua 2:24

When Israel got to the promised land, they had to fight for everything that God had promised. God did not give them anything for free. In Egypt, God delivered Israel from Pharaoh. In the promised land, God delivered the Philistines to them. God made them soldiers. 

When you enter into a new season, even if you get delivered, this does not mean that attacks will stop. It just means you will be able to stop them by the power of the Word of God and the name of Jesus Christ.

Attacks After Deliverance

Those who have been delivered often experience a heavy attack thereafter. We are always happy to pray with you but I want to encourage you to exercise your authority as a Christian. Joshua went into the promised land and began to drive out enemies. Go into your own promised land and drive out fear, evil spirits, and evil things, and begin to take possession of your land. 

You don’t get what you’re promised. You get what you fight for. As Christians, we don’t fight for victory, we fight from victory. 

The idea that when you get delivered, there will be no more battles, demons won’t come on the outside, and give me thoughts is not scriptural.  Demons will always be a problem but if we submit to God and resist the devil, he will flee from us (James 4:7-8).

“And He said to them, I saw satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents an scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you”. 

Luke 10:18-19

“And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.”

Romans 16:20

Don’t Let The Devil Bully You

By the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness, we can reign in life (Romans 5:17). God will allow the enemy to come within your vicinity so that you can walk in the authority of Jesus Christ and command that demon, that devil, that unclean spirit to get out of your life.

God is building an army, not an audience. The church is not a daycare – it is a boot camp. 

If you are a new believer, this next word is not for you but for the rest of us, grow up! Turn from a snowflake to a soldier. Get some righteous anger at the devil. Don’t fold like a piece of paper. Stand your ground. Know that these sufferings come to everybody but you can conquer them (John 16:33, 1 Corinthians 10:13).

When the devil came to Jesus, He said to the devil, “Get behind me satan. You are an offense to me because you are not mindful of the things of God but of the things of men,” (Matthew 16:23, Matthew 4:1-11). He didn’t just become a wimp and cry to the Father. Jesus never did that and nor should you.

From Snowflake To Soldier

Don’t let the devil bully you; rise up. If you had a nightmare, when you wake up in the morning, shake off the dust, go to the Lord in prayer for forgiveness for any door you might have opened, and then speak directly to that unclean spirit in the name of Jesus Christ and command it out of your life.

When the enemy attacks you, it is fine if you are a new believer to ask for everybody to pray for you, but for a lot of seasoned Christians, your Sword is not dipped in the enemy’s blood. Spiritually speaking, your Sword has never been on the neck of your enemy. You have to use it. How many sermons do we need before you will pull the Sword of the Spirit out from its sheath and use it against the enemy in your life? Come against the spirit of fear. Come against the spirit of oppression. Hungry Generation is not a deliverance church; we are a dominion church. We are a victory church that believes Christians can have victory. Christians can walk in an overcoming attitude.

Take Your Stand

The idea that you just need more deliverance is not Biblical. I read a statistic that 76% of inmates wind up back in jail. I wonder if it is not a similar thing for a lot of Christians. We get free from something but instead of learning how to stand in God and handle these vicissitudes of life with God’s Word, we go back to the same place and go for prayer for the same thing.

You can stand your ground and tell that symptom of what you have been delivered of it is at the wrong house! When you are healed of back pain and the pain comes back, tell it that you are healed and it doesn’t belong there anymore. Don’t freak out if symptoms come back. Pharaoh came back after Israel but they didn’t let Pharaoh drag them back into Egypt. They left and as they kept moving forward, God drowned Pharaoh’s army in the Red Sea. God will drown your Pharaoh, fears, and depression in the Red Sea if you keep moving forward. 

We will pray for you in church but when you go home, pray for yourself too. If the enemy starts attacking you, don’t just talk to God about it, talk to the enemy, rebuke him, resist him, and he will flee from you.