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"An Inside Perspective"

January 2008


My dear family in Christ,

Ever-precious greetings in the name of our LORD Jesus Christ!

By the grace of God, I am in a wonderful cell. I would like to publicly thank Brother Kyle for getting me into his cell when I first got to Rahway. I was there only three days and he had me moved into an extraordinary cell with him. It has hot water, and a beautiful three by five foot window that opens.

Later on, Kyle also gave Carlos his bunk, and with great sacrifice, willingly moved out. May the Lord bless Kyle's humble heart. Carlos and I had prayed together on our knees the day we left Trenton, and now bless the Lord, our prayer is answered.

Outside our window there was a seagull with a broken wing. One day Brother Tommy Sloan was walking to work and a Muslim man said to him, "Can you imagine being a bird and not being able to fly? Never being able to do what you were created to do?" Tommy and I always share good illustration ideas that the Lord may give us and this one caused me to reflect.

While in the county jail awaiting trial back in 1991, I was a new Christian filled with the joy of His Presence. At that time, I came across a short parable that was being used by a social worker for a secular purpose. As I read it, the Spirit showed me its application to Christians. Allow me to share it . . .

"A man found an eagle's egg and put it in the nest of a backyard hen. The eaglet hatched with the other eggs in the nest and grew up with the brood of chicks. All of his life the little eagle did what the back yard chickens did, thinking all the time that he was a backyard chicken. He scratched the earth for worms and insects, he clucked and cackled thrashing his wings and flying a few feet above the ground. The years passed and the eagle grew older. One day he saw a magnificent bird far above in the cloudless sky. It glided in graceful majesty among the powerful wind currents with scarcely a bit of its strong golden wings. The now old eagle looked up in admiration and asked a chicken, "Who is that?" The chicken said, "That's the eagle, the King of the birds, he belongs to the sky; we belong to the earth ---we are chickens." So the eagle lived and died a chicken because that's what he thought he was."

We were all eagles with a broken wing once, thinking we were chickens. God's Word tells us that, "For as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he." Satan knows this scripture and he is determined to do whatever he can to keep us from thinking of ourselves as the people God has declared us to be. He would have us to be content gazing occasionally at the golden eagles of God's people, not realizing that God's Word declares us all to be such. It is written, "But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye may show forth the praises of Him who called you out of darkness and into His marvelous light."

We are who God's Word says that we are. We are not who the chickens of this world would have us to think we are! We must daily trust that God is at work through His Holy Spirit, "conforming us into the image of His Son."

This "conforming" takes place through the hearing, reading, meditating and obeying of God's Word. It is written, "Do not let the book of this law depart from your mouth but meditate on it day and night that you may be careful to do all that is written therein."

So also in a negative sense, Satan is at work full time, day and night, to deceive us. He wants to convince us that we are still one of his chickens, and he's trying to get you to live as such. How is he doing? Have you "clucked and cackled" lately?

Satan's method is to attempt to control what you think and focus on. He lures us by "the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life." He tries to keep us "scratching the earth for worms and insects," through today's media blitz. God though, desires us to be soaring daily in His Word among the eagles of His saints, "rejoicing in every good work."

Today there is a profound lack of knowledge of who we are "in Christ", and more so, who Christ is in us. It is written, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge." Our Father's heart is breaking. His children refuse to drink from His "fountain of Living waters and have hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water." Today's broken cistern is the television. How long do you drink from it daily? Compare that to your daily time in the Word. Honestly, what do you discover?

The years are passing---the eagles are growing older. When the world looks at you and asks, Who's that?", what will they say of you? He bids you . . .


"COME OUT OF HER MY PEOPLE."

Joyfully in Jesus,
Philip