The Soaring Eagle

Only your body is limited. Your spirit can 'mount up on wings like eagles'


Never Alone


“Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast”
(Psalm 139:7-10)


A small boy, who had been told that God was always with him, walked quietly into the kitchen intent upon stealing a couple of biscuits. As he went through the door he turned to the air behind him and said crossly, “Don’t You ever get lost?” We are never alone.

There is no place on earth, or indeed in creation, where God is not present all the time. Whatever we are doing or not doing He is there. We cannot escape from His presence or be dragged away from it.  Whether in the desert wastes or in the dark and silent emptiness of space He is fully there at all times. He is present not only in the material world but in the spiritual as well. He sees and hears and knows everything.

When Jesus told His disciples that He would “be with you always” He was not referring just to this. He was referring to an even more personal and intimate presence in their lives – that of the Holy Spirit. Dwelling within us He wold be able to feed and minister into the very centre of our lives and being. And it is from here that we will be able to tap into “the spring of water welling up to eternal life” – and ‘drink deeply from the cup of salvation.’ This means that at all times we will be able to turn to Him, knowing in faith that He is within us, to seek help, draw strength and peace from Him, and rest in His love.

There may be times when we will feel lost and alone, sightless within a dark cloud of despair and apathy. But still He is there – because He is everywhere and because He has promised to His people the intimacy of His presence. Our feelings are not the truth – He is the Truth. Everywhere we are, He says through the psalmist, His hand will guide us and hold us fast. What is more it will be His right hand – His hand of primary action. He will not be casual in these situations but very intentional. And it is when we are enabled to look back on it all that we will perceive the truth of it.

Reading the words is not enough. Pause and acknowledge His presence. Be still there for a moment. Thank Him. Then carry on.


Lord Jesus You are with me right now. I pause in Your presence. Thank You for being with me. Please guide me and hold me fast. Amen.


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“You hem me in–behind and before;
you have laid your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.”
(Psalm 139:5-6)


The Lord has laid His hand upon me. He is in my past and in my future and He is always with me –  the God of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, the God who is the Beginning and the End.

There is a special significance in knowing that His hand is upon me. In a moment in time He reached out and laid it there saying, “You are Mine.” And then instead of removing it He has left it in place as an indication both of His possession and of His presence. Ownership and Intimacy are united in the one action.

There is no inference that life will now be easy and stress-free. Indeed there will be times of pressure, challenge and danger – but there is the certainty of His presence at all times.

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze”
(Isaiah 43:2)

All this is not unlike the wedding vows,

‘To have and to hold
from this day forward;
for better, for worse
for richer, for poorer
in sickness and in health
to love and to cherish
and to honour’

Both represent a covenant that found its beginning with God, and to which He is forever faithful. Why He should have chosen to do so, and at such cost, is beyond our powers both of comprehension and of imagination. But this is His choice and He remains faithful both to it and to His commitment.

“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honour” (Psalm 8:3-5)

One day we may understand – now we can only marvel.

The hand of God is upon me


Lord God, in faith I believe that You hand is upon me – may I know it as I look back, look forward and as I walk through this day. Thank You so much. Amen.





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No need to hide


“O LORD, you have searched me and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
you know it completely, O LORD.”

(Psalm 139:1-4)


There is something wonderfully liberating and deeply re-assuring in this. The awareness of Someone special who knows us completely, deeply and intimately, and still loves us totally and unconditionally. He knows us far better than we have even begun to know ourselves – and He looks at us without any misunderstanding and without requiring any explanations. By Him we are “fully known” (1 Corinthians 13:12).

There are times when we will want to turn to God and pour out our hearts to Him. There will also be others when, in confusion, pain or loneliness, failure, sin and despair, we might turn to Him and, because we haven’t the knowledge or the words, say simply and urgently, “Lord, please read me!” Then in the silence that follows we allow Him to turn over the pages of our lives – physical, spiritual, mental and emotional – and fully absorb our reality.

These are very special moments for God. For we are not only saying that we cannot find the words – we are also telling Him that we want Him to know, and that we trust Him to know everything, to fully understand and to lovingly respond. In fact they will be moments promoted by the Spirit Himself –

“the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.” (Romans 8:26-27)

God knows – God cares – God loves. Wonderful – isn’t He!

Be still – and know that I am God.


Father God, thank You so very much for knowing me fully, loving me deeply and holding me in Your heart. Amen.



You are Mine


“I have summoned you by name;
you are mine”
(Isaiah 43:1)


A few nights back, in the early hours of the morning, I was up looking out at the quiet, moonlit silence. The Lord prompted me to pick up and open my Bible. I did so and found myself reading these words – the first to appear at the top of the page.

“I have summoned you by name;
you are mine”

I stood and pondered their profound and wonderful significance. For indeed He had called me by name and here was the deeply personal reminder of that calling – together with the marvellous and intensely touching affirmation – “You are Mine!”

In a world of great insecurity where to be accepted and acceptable today is no guarantee of tomorrow, where the hurts, failures and rejections of yesterday cloud our vision of today and wrap the future in a shifting mist – where the loves and lovers of this day might be gone by the next – in the midst of all this painful uncertainty – I belong. I am owned and valued. There is a Someone who says of me with love, certainty and everlasting significance, “You are mine.”

 In fact the truth is that He looked for me, tracked me down, called and reached out to me, and took me into His life and His heart. It was no passing whim, no sudden impulse to be forgotten and ignored – but a deliberate and conscious decision and act that had eternity in mind.

What is true for me is true also for each and every one of the sons and daughters of this great and wonderful God. Whatever our earthly state the eternal truth remains and will never end either here or throughout the blissful endless ages to come.

“I have summoned you by name;
you are mine”

Take a moment to receive, accept and own this tremendous truth


Father God I am Yours – and I rejoice with humble awe and wonder. You have called me and are transforming me day by day into the person You always intended me to be –and You will never ever let me go. Thank You so much. Amen.


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“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord,
continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him,
strengthened in the faith as you were taught,
and overflowing with thankfulness.”
(Colossians 2:6-7)

Our life in Christ is a journey. He is going towards a definite end and destination and is taking us with Him. It is not for us to ask Him to stop along the way to help us do what attracts us, or even what we consider to be necessary. We are to stay with Him, pausing when He pauses, moving on when He does and doing everything that He gives us to do as on His behalf.

There came a point in our life’s journey where our path intersected with His, and we responded to His call to come to Him and follow Him. Now we are called to remain with Him, all the time. Our relationship is to be so close that spiritually He is in us and we are in Him. So Paul directs us to ‘continue to live in Him’ – in this very close and personal relationship. He goes on to relate it to being ‘rooted’ in Christ.

This reminds us of Jesus parable of the Vine –with Him as the Vine and us as the branches. The only way in which we can receive the new life-giving sustenance is through Him, The only way in which we can bear abundant and Godly fruit is through the power and creativity that flows from Him. The extent of the life that flows from Him to us is dependent upon the quality of our relationship with Him – the larger the join of the branch to the vine the more that flows into it. It is from Christ that we receive our spiritual strength and deepening faith – not from ourselves or from others. He, and He alone, is “the Life” (John 14:6). The Holy Spirit comes from the Father and the Son, not without them.

What a wonderful privilege it is to have been called by Christ from darkness into light, from judgement into salvation, from separation into this glorious relationship as the sons/daughters of the Lord God Almighty. We can only be eternally and deeply thankful and grateful that we are no longer the ‘enemies of God’ but are now His ‘treasured possession’ in whom He ‘delights.’

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name;
you are mine”
(Isaiah 43:1)

Thank God – and spend a moment dwelling on these wonderful truths.


Holy Spirit, please deepen my faith and help me to appreciate the wonderful privilege of being an eternal child of God. Amen


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“He is the head of the body, the church”
(Colossians 1:18)



You are the Head of the body, the church.

Addressed to the Lord like this it becomes an acknowledgement from us to Him. It is very easy to read the words impersonally and then to forget them in our daily lives. But as Jesus was about His Father’s business so are we about His business.

Without the head the body has no life and is totally ineffective as far as the Lord is concerned. The head decides the direction and purpose of the body and determines what the body will do. Jesus Christ is the sole head of His church on earth. Everyone else – no matter what office they hold or authority they carry – is subject and accountable to Him.

His church is not the buildings in which we gather. His church – His body – is the people. Therefore wherever His people are at any time or place is also ‘church’.  The people, as His body, are the visible presence of the Lord in the world today. Individually and together we are the light that He shines into the darkness of the lives around us.

Each one of us has particular spiritual gifts that God has given to us. These enable us to carry out His will and purpose in the world. He intends us to work in harmony with each other, without seeking the places of honour and willing always to serve wherever we may be.

The body is intended to be alive and active every day of the week – not only for an hour or two on Sundays. That is where we gather for corporate worship and fellowship, teaching and prayer. From that base we then go out into the world –‘to live and work to His praise and glory.”

Much depends upon our relationship with the head, as well as with other members of the body. The unity of the body is very important. We may all need the humility at times to see when an insistence on ‘being right’ may bring more harm than good.

Be a silent, prayerful witness before I speak


Lord may Your Light so shine in my heart that it will reflect from me into the lives of those around me. Help me too Lord to do everything in the knowledge of Your presence and purpose. Amen.


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Thank God for God


“He is before all things,
and in him all things hold together”
(Colossians 1:17)


In You, Lord, all things hold together

As we look around us today the things of God and the things of man stand out in stark contrast.

The sun comes up and the sun goes down, the moon waxes and wanes, the tides ebb and the tides flow, the seasons keep their measured pace, rain falls and seeds grow, birds greet the dawn and dusk with their songs – and so do many of the fish – and all around us the glorious universe grows in stately splendour. This is what God ordained a long time ago.

On the other hand the world of man is in turmoil. Everywhere we look man’s relationships are in disorder – with himself, with others and with our beautiful planet. There is war and the potential of war, violence within homes and communities, poverty and despair, women and children brutalised and abused, famine and disease, corruption, greed, idolatry, adultery, murder, and limitless lust. Left to ourselves it is so obvious that we could finally both implode and explode and become a once pearl of a planet floating in an endless silence.

But God. Jesus Christ is both the source of creation and the power that sustains it. By His glorious grace He has never walked away from us – nor has He remained outside watching us from a distance. He came into our world, purposefully and significantly. He is here still in the presence of the Holy Spirit. And He will come again in glory. It is by His grace that we have not destroyed ourselves for He has revealed His power and authority over both humankind and the powers of evil.

Even should humankind  destroy itself it can never destroy the wonder and life of our relationship as believers with this great God – who holds His people to Himself with a grasp that cannot be broken. It is in Him that our future is secure.

  • “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ” ( Ephesians 1:3)
  • “And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment–to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ” (Ephesians 1:9-10)

My hope is in the Lord  – the Maker and Sustainer of heaven and earth


Lord Jesus, I acknowledge Your supreme power and authority. I put my hope and trust in You. Please keep me strong and secure in this faith all the days of my life and help me to be a support and encouragement to others. Amen.