The Soaring Eagle

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

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God of Love 2

“Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?”
(Genesis 3:8-9)

God is a God of Love.

We see this vividly portrayed in the account of the Fall. Having realised that they had sinned Adam and Eve hid from God amongst the trees. However God – obviously aware of their sin – did not go away but looked for them, calling out at the same time, “Where are you?”  And the story of salvation began.

We see this attitude of God’s described again by Jesus in the parable of the Lost Sheep – where the Shepherd goes looking for the one that is lost and does not return until He has found it. In fact Jesus described His ministry in these terms,

“The Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost” 
(Luke 19:10)

Our Lord still searches for those who are lost – knocking at the doors of their lives and asking to be allowed in. And, when He has entered, He knocks on the inner doors that are closed to Him. His desire is to enter into every area of our lives with His Light, Love and Life – to bring healing and wholeness and to set us free from any bondage and crippling fear.

God’s is calling your name – to get your attention in a new way so that He can  enter into your life at a deeper level. If you can identify a closed or barren area in your life ask Him to enter into it.


Lord Jesus I long to be more fully found by You, and to rest in Your presence and love. Help me to open all of my doors to You so that I may begin to receive the fullness of Your love. Amen.



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Foundation Two


“In the beginning God created
the heavens and the earth”
(Genesis 1:1)

Scripture is very clear on this point. It does not delve into the details of ‘How” but constantly keeps its focus on “Who’. God is the creator of everything.

  • Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made” (John 1:3)
  • “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible” (Hebrews 11:3)
  • “Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you” (Jeremiah 32:17)

This tells us some things about God. Firstly, everything that was made had its intentional beginnings in God. He created by His will and power. The details, the process and the time involved are not the concern. What is being stated and emphasised is that God, and God alone, is the Creator.

Secondly, it reveals to us that God is not a part of His creation. He is separate from it and is not dependent upon it in any form or way. He is in a sense above and beyond it – what we mean when we say He is transcendent.  He is not bound by the laws of nature that He put into place – and may, for His own good purposes, override all or any of them.

However, although He is separate from His creation He has not set it in motion and left it. He is also ‘immanent’ – that is, His presence and power not only surround it but are present in every part and aspect of it. David recognised this and expressed it beautifully.

“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. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.”  (Psalm 139:7-12)

The Mighty God of Creation is not on the outside looking in. He inhabits every part of His creation to such an extent that we are never away from His presence. Wherever and however we are He is there and aware in all His power and glory and love.

Tennyson had it right when he said, “Closer is He than breathing, and nearer than hands and feet”

Receive and lay your second foundation stone for the year – God is here!


Father thank You for being so close to me at all times. Please help me to walk in the continuous awareness of Your presence and love and to trust You in all things. Amen.



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Foundation One

“In the beginning God”
(Genesis 1:1)

There was a beginning for life as we know it. When that happened God was there. In fact He existed quite independently before this beginning. He Himself had no beginning in terms of our understanding for time itself is His creation – and so the Psalmist exclaims,

“Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God”
(Psalm 90:2)

For us He is the beginning and the end. Our beginnings are in Him and our end is with Him for there is no existence without Him.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,
the Beginning and the End”
(Revelation 21:6)

His eternal Being is revealed throughout Scripture.

  • “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27)
  • “For this is what the high and lofty One says– he who lives forever” (Isaiah 57:15)
  • “God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. “(Exodus 3:14)
  • “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!“(John 8:58)

And finally these glorious words of mystery and revelation.

  • “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning” (John 1:1-2)

At the beginning of this new year our first foundation stone and great security is God Himself. He who was the beginning is also in the beginning of 2018. He who is also the end will be too at the end of the year. And, no matter what course the year might take, His great promise in and through Jesus Christ is this,

“And surely I am with you always,
to the very end of the age.”
(Matthew 28:20)

We hold on to these great truths even when the clouds are dark and all is confusion – for God is working His purpose out and His kingdom will truly come in all its fullness and glory. Tennyson had this to say,

Act first, this Earth, a stage so gloom’d with woe
You all but sicken at the shifting scenes.
And yet be patient. Our Playwright may show
In some fifth Act what this wild Drama means.

Receive and lay your first foundation stone for the year – God is!


Almighty God, I acknowledge you as the eternal One – supreme and in control at all times. Thank You that I may call You Father and entrust myself to You completely. Amen.


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Great Promise

“I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you;
I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
(Genesis 12:2-3)

Here is another great and unsolicited promise of God.

God doesn’t need much. He created everything out of nothing – that is, nothing as we know it existed before His creation. He made man from the dust of the earth. And now He commenced His great plan of salvation by calling out one man. To this man He gave the most remarkable prophetic promise.

Abraham was not a particularly special or gifted or deserving man – nor was he at times very trusting of God. But God knew his heart and knew that Abraham would allow God to work in and through him. Abraham ‘uttered no prophecy, wrote no book, sang no song and gave no laws.’ Yet he alone is spoken of as ‘the father of the faithful’ and as ‘the friend of God.’ It has also been said that he is ‘the only type in Scripture of God the Father.’ Such was his love and faith that he was prepared to sacrifice his God-given son in what was to be a prophetic glimpse into the terrible sacrifice that God Himself would make. He had grown to love and trust God completely.

Note how in the purpose for which Abraham was called everything was focussed on what God would do for him and through him: “I will make you;” “I will bless you;” “I will bless those;” “I will curse;” and as a consequence of which “you will be a blessing” and “all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” It was all about the grace of God from start to finish.

Abraham was followed by numbers of other individuals in and through whom God was able to work in wonderful ways as they put their trust in Him. There were Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, David, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Elijah, John the Baptist and Mary to name just a few. In all of their lives the focus was on what God was doing and not on their own contributions.

Much of this was picked up by Jesus in His very telling picture and explanation of the Vine. He is the Vine itself and we, His disciples, are His chosen branches. As long as we remain attached to Him His life and power will flow into us and will, in consequence, produce fruit for the benefit of others. The closer and more open our relationship the more He will be enabled to produce ‘much fruit’ both in and through us. The wonder of the grace and glory of God is that others will almost always be able to see far more fruit than we perceive in ourselves. This is how it should be for it is God’s fruit and not ours.

Who fills my life – God or me?

It is only God’s fruit that will last


Lord Jesus please help me to draw closer to You, be more open to You and allow You to direct and fill my life. Amen.


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Victory is Certain


“And I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.”
(Genesis 3:15)

Here we have one of the great promises of God.

Adam and Eve had been tempted to sin. They and all of humankind to come were a part of this fall from grace, separation from God and condemnation to death. And, as we know sin, has been rampant in the world ever since and we have not been able to defeat it. But right here at the beginning of the exile comes the promise of God that there would come a time when He would overcome the power of sin and totally destroy its source.

God’s power and authority and victory over sin is triumphantly revealed and proclaimed  in the life, the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. And although sin is still operative in the world it is only for a time – and then Satan and sin will be permanently removed from our lives. This is of great importance to us as we grapple with the business of living in this fallen world. Covered by the righteousness of God through our faith in Jesus Christ we can indeed continue with our own personal battles knowing that they are not forever. The end will come and victory is assured for the individual and the corporate Body of Christ.

And although this great promise of God is not always thought of in terms of covenant yet it is accompanied by similar signs. For there is the sacrifice of what was probably a lamb – and the first sacrifice of recorded Biblical history. For God Himself clothed them in garments He had made – and they went out into the world under this covering.

“The LORD God made garments of skin
for Adam and his wife and clothed them”
(Genesis 3:21)

Evil has been defeated and one day will be extinguished. Stand firm against its temporary presence.


Lord God as You clothed Adam and Eve so clothe me in the saving presence of Jesus Christ and  the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit, so that I may in faith stand firm against the world, the flesh and the devil. Amen.


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He sees me

“She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her:
“You are the God who sees me,”
(Genesis 16:13)

Hagar was Sarai’s Egyptian servant. When Sarah could not fall pregnant she told her husband Abram to “sleep with my maidservant, perhaps I can build a family through her.” Abram did so and Hagar became pregnant. She then began to despise Sarai who treated her so badly that “she fled from her.”

The ‘angel of the Lord’ found her and came to her as she sat near a spring in the desert. He asked her where she had come from and where she was going. When she replied that she had run away he told her to go back to Sarai and then shared with her something of what the Lord would do for her son whom she was to call Ishmael.

Hagar called the Lord “You are the God who sees me.”

It is a wonderfully encouraging episode for us all – and in particular for anyone who feels that like Hagar they are in a lonely and desert period in their life with no one who cares and understands them and their pain.  The truth is that God does care and that He has a plan and purpose for our lives – even when we feel that we are outside of His main plans and purpose.

Hagar could tell Him where she had come from but not where she was going. God then gave her the directions she needed and, to her credit, she heard and obeyed Him. God always has a plan, purpose and direction for our lives.

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you and watch over you”
(Psalm 32:8)

Wherever we are physically, emotionally and spiritually the Lord sees us. He sees us in our completeness, in our yesterdays, our todays and our tomorrows. He sees and knows the lonely outcast in us for whom He cares.  And, He has a word for us – a word of direction and of encouragement – even if it is, like with Hagar – to remain where we have been for the time being.

We will know that He is with us and that our lives and times are within His hands.

Give the Lord some moments during your day. Tell Him where you are and how you feel. Ask Him for His help, strength and direction. Then spend some moments in a quiet stillness trusting His presence.


Lord God You see me and everything about me. Help me please Lord for I need Your love, Your direction and Your healing in my life. Amen.




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One Way Only

“O LORD …. please grant success
to the journey on which I have come.”
(Genesis 24:42)

Life is a journey – a journey with a beginning, a middle and an end. We had no say in its beginning and have little, if any, say in its certain end. However we do live in a vital part of it – the middle that joins the two.

God initiated our journey. He purposed and planned to give life to each one of us – you and me. We were each a part of His plan from all eternity. He chose to give us life, and chose also where and when that life should begin.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you”(Jeremiah 1:5)

God desires to be a part of our journey. He has not made us and abandoned us – in fact He is with us. We may ignore and forsake Him but He never turns away from us.

  • “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” (Psalm 139:7-8)
  • “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:8)
  • “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20)

God knows the right way. The ways of the world are not the ways of God. He calls us to a different path, a higher and less obvious way and to the narrow gate that leads to Life. It is the way that He has laid out for us and along which He Himself will guide us.

  • “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it” (Matthew 7:13)
  • “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved” (John 10:9)
  • “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6)

Only God can promise success to our journey of life. The world cannot deliver what it appears to promise. God’s ways and life will deliver what He promises. And, of supreme importance, only God’s Way will lead us home – home to God and the place and life that He has prepared for us.

  • “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10)
  • “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” (John 14:3)

And on this journey the one work to which me must devote our primary effort is this,

  • “Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent” (John 6:29)
  • “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Walk close to the Lord, and in His ways, all day.


Lord Jesus You called us to follow You. Please help me to stay very close to You, to discern Your guidance and to trust and follow Your lead as we journey together. Amen.