Crushing the Chicken Mindset

The eagle has no fear of adversity. We need to be like the eagle and have a fearless spirit of a conqueror! Joyce Meyer

Henny Penny, also known as Chicken Little, is a folk tale about a chicken who believes the world is coming to an end. The phrase “The sky is falling!” is threaded throughout the story. Unfortunately, there are a lot of Christian believers who live like their sky is falling every day. They are called Chicken Christians.  

Like chickens, Chicken Christians like to follow the crowd. They move and exist in groups. If the crowd moves, they move. Their security is in the crowd and never alone. Fear is the constant diet of the chicken.  

The Bible encourages us that God has not given us a spirit of fear yet of power, love, and sound mind. (2 Timothy 2:7) Power, love, and a sound mind should triumph over fear in a believer’s life. Fear strangles. Fear holds us back. Fear limits us and keeps us from God’s best for us. 

Filled with low self-esteem and limited desire to achieve, they are worldly birds who live life scratching around in dirt here and there always with their heads down. They seldom fly unless it is necessary, and then, it is only a few feet off the ground in defense. Never offensively.  

Like chickens, Chicken believers run. If they see other chicken believers running, they run. It doesn’t matter where they are going. They follow each other with fear – fear of the unknown and fear of being left out.  

Another characteristic of chickens is constant fighting—chickens squabble and bicker over ridiculous things in the chicken yard. If one finds a nice juicy bug to eat, suddenly, they all want it. They will chase each other all over the chicken yard, trying to take it away from another. No one desires the worm, but if one grabs it, every chicken will want it. A chase each ensue around the yard to obtain it. 

Chicken Christians do the same. Because most of them have an ‘oh poor me’ mindset, they can not stand someone having something they do not have—jealousy, envy, and greed rest in the minds of Chicken Christians. Fighting for the top roost of the chicken coop of life is their mission.  

Chickens go through a molting time or losing their feathers. Many times when this happens, other chickens peck them until they are all bloody. Just like their counterparts, chicken believers will peck each other to bring them down. They will gather in gossip groups to tear into the other. They will take their vengeance to social media to tear the other apart. They will do whatever is necessary until they see blood. 

Chicken Christians have no interest in the heavenly. They are content to live in the chicken yard, walking around with their eyes on the ground, scratching in the dirt looking for something to eat. They are earthbound never trying to fly. Their mouths will tell you their desire to fly, but their actions speak more resonant.

Dust baths are their delight covering themselves with the things of this world. Their mindsets never get above the ground. They peck the ground, live on the ground, and bathe on the ground. Chickens do not believe we serve God, who is the Most High God who desires to take his people high. Their mindset is the worship of a god who is low like them. 

Anyone whose eyes are to the ground will be eaten up by the enemy. What most people need to remember is the chicken is the most eaten poultry meat in the world. In the US, chicken competes with beef as the most eaten meat in most households. You never hear anyone nor anything ever eating an eagle. 

Like the eagle, learn to fly high. You can! The God you serve is the Most High God. Nothing is higher than Him. Let Him teach you the eagle life and how to fly high when the things of this world desire us to dust baths every day. Spread your wings and learn to fly high. Soar!

Do not place in your trust in the pecking order of life or run with the crowd. Run with God, and He will cause you to mount up like eagle’s wings.  

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