The Soaring Eagle

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

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Love of God 22

“The fruit of the Spirit is love,
joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness and self-control”
(Galatians 5:22-23)

God is a God of Love.

This being the case we would expect that the main characteristic of Jesus Christ would be love. We become united to Him in our new birth as Christians and so, using His illustration of being the Vine and we the branches, we would understand that it would also be love that flowed into us from Him.

“By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another”  (John 13:35)

This is confirmed in the gift of the Holy Spirit where the first segment of the fruit that He produces in us is also that important one of love. It is also the gift of God that He pours into our hearts.

“God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us”  (Romans 5:5)

The first step is to believe in God’s love.  The second is to receive God’s love.  The third is to conceive God’s love for others.  The final step is to deliver His love around us. All of this is the work of the Holy Spirit as we allow Him to move and work within us.


“We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19)


“I pray that out of His glorious riches (God) may strengthen (me) with power through His Spirit in (my) inner being, so that Christ may dwell in (my) heart through faith. And I pray that .., being rooted and established in love, (I) may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that (I) may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:16-19)



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Love of God 18

“As the Father has loved Me
so have I loved you”
(John 15:9)

God is a God of Love.

And because God is Love the love that flows from the Father to the Son is beyond anything that we can imagine or experience – primarily because our fallen natures are incapable of receiving, accepting and responding to such love. If we could we would be likely to implode or explode because it would be too powerful for our ‘receptors and wiring.”

And yet Jesus tells us that this love – this perfect love of the Father for the Son – is the same love in depth and power that He has for us. It is no wonder then that Paul, having met a Love beyond his experience and expectations, could pray that we should know it as well.

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:16-19)

We glimpse something of the boundless extent of that Love on the Cross – but even so the full meaning and appreciation of it is wrapped in a mystery that is beyond us. We can only acknowledge it in awe and wonder and pray that the Holy Spirit will enable us to enter more fully into the appreciation and experience of it.

 “because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us” (Romans 5:5)

This love needs to sink from our minds into our spirits and hearts. Pray it there.


Holy Spirit please touch my heart and spirit with the far deeper knowledge and appreciation of this great and boundless love – and help me to respond in love as well. Amen.


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Love of God 14

“Though the mountains be shaken
and the hills be removed,
yet my unfailing love for you
will not be shaken ..
says the Lord”
(Isaiah 54:10)

God is a God of Love. And He says two things here about His love for His people.

The first is that His love is unfailing. No matter what happens His love for us will never weaken or change. As He says through the prophet Jeremiah,

“I have loved you with an everlasting love”
(Jeremiah 31:3)

The second statement re-affirms the first. His love for us “will not be shaken.” It will not wobble, fall or fail at any time.

God compares His loves to the immovable mountains and hills. He states that even although they may be shaken or removed – and we could imagine that it would take a catastrophic earthquake or a nuclear blast – His love for us would not even tremble.

This love and commitment, which is totally unlike any human love or bond, is sealed and secured in the new covenant in the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. As we become a part of His new life it becomes both impossible and unthinkable for God to walk away from Him and, accordingly, from those who are a part of His Body through faith.

If there is one thing that we should be able to trust above all others it is the love that God has for us at all times.

Keep reminding yourself of God’s steadfast love for you – the world won’t.


Heavenly Father, please continue to pour Your love into my heart through the Holy Spirit and help me to both know it and trust it at the level of my own spirit. Amen.



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Love of God 10

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his love endures forever”
(Psalm 107:1)

God is a God of Love.

As we continue with the Psalm we discern that every one of us, as the daughters and sons of God, has a unique history with Him. We have come on an individual journey in which He has met with us and taken us forward. He has brought us to know and put our faith in His Son and has given to us the gift of His Holy Spirit. The Spirit is the One who pours the love of God into our hearts (Romans 5:5), gives to us specific gifts (1 Corinthians 12) and leads us into the particular works that the Lord Jesus has for us  – whether we are aware of them or not – (Ephesians 2:10).

This unique history of ours with God becomes the foundation of our witness and testimony to His love. It does not matter if it seems to us fairly bland and devoid of excitement – this is the truth of God’s work in and with us and it is the account that He will bless, for it is also His story.

Write down the account of your own history with God. Then prune it until you have something clear and concise that you could easily share if you were asked to.  Thank God for His hand in your life.


Father I thank You so much for coming into my life and making Yourself real to me. Thank You for Your love and presence. Please help me to trust and walk with You at all times – until You bring me safely home. Amen.



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Filled with love

“Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit,
hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.”
(1 Peter 2:1)

When we enter into the salvation that Christ has gained for us there should be no room in our lives for those things that are the very opposite of the love, grace and forgiveness that we have received. They will certainly not be the fruit of the Spirit whom He has given to us.

Peter mentions some of them here – malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander. It is impossible to imagine any of them as being a part of Jesus own life – which has become a model for us. We also know how very offensive such things are in others. They are there however to some degree in all of us and need to be recognised. There are two ways of dealing with them.

The first is to pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to pour the love of God into us (Romans 5:5). As He does so that great love will fill us more and more, heal us of the inadequacies that give rise to unloving and unlovely thoughts and actions, and increase in us the fruit of love that comes from the Spirit Himself.

The second response is to pause when we find ourselves indulging in such things. Take a moment to ask for God’s forgiveness and help, and pray love and blessing into the situation, person or people concerned.

The more that we are filled with God’s love the less the lack of love in others will influence us.

Bad habits can be replaced by good habits. Ugliness can give way to love. Darkness can be expelled by light. For,

“the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
(1 John 4:4)

Respond to the Spirit as He guides you.


Fill me with Your love, light and life Lord that these may be the qualities that I will share with those around me. Amen.


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Come to Me

“You diligently study the Scriptures
because you think that by them you possess eternal life.
These are the Scriptures that testify about me,
yet you refuse to come to me to have life”
(John 5:39-40)

There is a huge difference between knowing a lot about someone and knowing them personally. The first is a question of information whilst the second is a matter of relationship. Likewise there is an enormous difference between knowing of a truth and living it. These two come together in Jesus Christ who referred to Himself as ‘the Truth.’ To know of Him is not necessarily life-changing. To know Him is.

To have real value our knowledge of Jesus must develop through our relationship with Him. Likewise, the truth that He taught and revealed has no lasting effect in our lives unless it is received and lived. Jesus is not merely a subject for intellectual exercise and philosophical debate. He is God – to be worshipped, loved, trusted and obeyed.

No one can enter into a relationship with the Lord on our behalf – it is very personal both for us and for Him. It commences with His reaching out to us. We either acknowledge, accept and obey Him or we don’t.  He has entrusted us with His life, He asks us to entrust Him with ours.

Love is a Person – “God is Love.”

Truth is a Person – “I am the Truth.”

Life is a Person – “I am the Life.”

All of these are of the one, true and living God whose desire for us is that we should be His eternal sons and daughters. There needs to be a personal acceptance of the invitation – an acceptance not merely in words but in the way we relate to Him and live our lives.

To live the Love, the Truth and the Life that God gives us is to move into a deepening relationship with Him so that something of who He is becomes revealed in and through us. This is the unity to which Jesus was referring in the picture of the Vine (John 15) and for which He prayed (John 17).

Jesus spoke of knocking at the door of our lives and waiting to be invited in (Rev 3:20). Paul exhorted his readers to be filled with the Holy Spirit (Eph 5:18). Both of these refer to the living reality of the Living God in both our personal and corporate lives – and not just information and a legalistic obedience.

May this be a year where we seek and find, ask for and receive, a deeper and more vibrant relationship with our wonderful Lord and God.  It is something that He desires.

“If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
(Luke 11:13)

Ask God every day to deepen and bless your relationship with Him, to help you live His way and to say no to sin.


Lord Jesus help me please to seek, know and live out a deeper and more living relationship with You. Amen.









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Beyond Words

“In the same way, 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”
(Romans 8:26)

There are times in life where the pain, the anxiety, the fear and the frustration are so great that we cannot begin to find the words that express the intensity of our emotion – the height, depth, and breadth of it all. And because we cannot find the proper words we can find it difficult to even begin to formulate a pray that encompasses all of the need. The only thing that brings any relief is a cry for help – or even just a cry or a scream.

It is a huge relief to know that God fully understands the depth of this pain even more fully than we do. In fact the Spirit Himself does not express it to the Father with the fluency of Shakespeare but ‘with groans that words cannot express.’  And the Father understands.

Tennyson with great insight puts it this way – describing himself as

An infant crying in the night
An infant crying for the light
And with no language but a cry

A baby has no language but a cry with which to express its need. But that cry is very effective and the parents very often know and understand the reason for it. So too does God know and understand, including those things that Wordsworth describes as ‘thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears.’

Don’t let a lack of words prevent you from coming to the Lord with a need for yourself or for another person or situation. Lift your heart to Him – and weep, cry out, remain beseechingly silent or just say over and over again “O God, O God, O God.” It is enough.


Father God You read my heart before You read my mind or listen to my lips. Hear the cry of my heart as well as its song even before I turn to You. Amen.