The Soaring Eagle

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

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God of Love 23

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life,
neither angels nor demons,
neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us from the love of God
that is in Christ Jesus our Lord”
(Romans 8:38-39)

When I was in hospital nearly three years ago there was a time when I was close to death and comatose for some days. The first thing that I remember when I regained consciousness was of my wife sitting next to the bed and stroking my arm. During all the time that I was unconscious her love was with me, reaching out to me and embracing me. At that time in my life I couldn’t try to earn it or deserve it or even respond to it. It was just there flowing out from her to my spirit and waiting patiently for the time when I would become aware and consciously receive it again.

So it is with the love of God for each one of us. It flows from Him to us because He loves us. It does not stop, it will not stop and it cannot stop. It is so powerful that no one and nothing can divert it or bring it to an end. Whether we respond fully, partially or barely does not affect it – it just keeps coming. And it always will.

God’s love for us is unconditional, unlimited and unrestricted. It is a love that went to the cross for us and then walked out of the tomb again. Not even death itself could overcome it – instead it laughed at death and walked on to eternity.

I am loved by God – right now and forever


Thank You Father for Your wonderful and inextinguishable love. Please help me to know it, respond to it and live it at all times. Amen.



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God of Love 19

“God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners,
Christ died for us”
(Romans 5:8)

God is a God of Love.

However as we know for ourselves love is not just a matter of words. It has to be revealed and lived out in our daily lives. Just as James would say of faith – “I will show you my faith by what I do” (James 2:18) – so Jesus would refer to an action to demonstrate the reality and depth of love,

“Greater love has no one than this,
that he lay down his life for his friends”
(John 15:13)

God does not ask of us that we put our trust in His love merely because of words written on a page. He asks of us that we entrust ourselves instead to the ‘Word made flesh’ – this the expression of God who came amongst us as a living reality in Jesus Christ.

Such is this love that God did not wait in hopeless expectation of our proving ourselves willing and deserving of His love. He came to us when we did not deserve it – in fact whilst we were caught up in our own sin. And He still does. Like the Good Shepherd in Jesus story He comes looking for us to call us back to Himself and to where we belong. And to make it possible for us to return freely He took our sin upon Himself and died in our place and on our behalf. Such was His longing for us that He would allow nothing to stand in the way of our being able to come home again – like the prodigal son.

And now the only thing standing between God and us is … us.

Take time to think about the reality of God’s love – and the Good Friday Cross that is around the corner.


Father forgive me where I have taken Your love for granted and failed to recognise its depth and true significance. Thank You for loving me in Christ and now in the Holy Spirit who is always with me. Amen.


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God of Love 3

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

God is a God of Love.

One of the most remarkable acts of love by God is contained here right at the beginning of the Biblical account of His relationship with humans.

Adam and Eve had rejected His authority, love and wisdom in a way that made it impossible for them to remain in His presence. The death that God had warned them about was now a reality.  They had to leave and find their own way in the comparatively inhospitable outside world.

A similar scenario would be enacted much later at Sinai. Effectively God would say to the Hebrews, “Commit yourselves to Me and My Ways and I will take you to a land flowing with milk and honey. Reject Me and the lonely desert awaits you.”

But now, as the physically and spiritually naked couple were about to leave Eden, God did a wonderful thing. He made clothes for them – and He clothed them Himself. There is a concern and intimacy here which is wonderful. The Father had not stopped loving them or caring for them.

Again the scene is played out in the then distant future. It was in all probability a lamb that died and surrendered its skin so that they could be clothed.  In time to come the Lamb of God would surrender His clothes and die naked – so that we could be clothed with His life and righteousness and return to the presence of God.

“Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ” 
(Romans 13:14)

Such Love.

God has clothes for us to wear – have I fully accepted them?


Father please help me to shed the clothes of this world and to enter into the covering of the Lord Jesus in every area of my life. 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.


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Wonderful God

“What may be known about God is plain to them,
because God has made it plain to them.
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities
–his eternal power and divine nature–
have been clearly seen,
being understood from what has been made”
(Romans 1:19-20)

We can become so focussed on what we would like God to do that we may easily forget what He has done.
If we will open our eyes and look around us we will see that we are surrounded by the wonder and beauty of His creation. All of it bears a mainly silent witness not only to His power and authority but to the breath-taking beauty and abundance that is a part of His nature.

The Psalmist picked it up and exclaimed in awe,

“The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.
There is no speech or language
where their voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
(Psalm 19:1-4)

As I was preparing to write this I looked out of my window straight into the glorious blue head of an Hydrangea – a mass of soft, small petals joined together in an eye-catching display. And it felt as if the Lord was saying to me, “How about this one?” – with all the joy of an artist over a beautiful creation. He does it to me regularly with His endless variety of sunsets – and in the early hours when a small bird sits outside of my bedroom window and greets the dawn with the loveliest liquid song of praise. I wonder at times that he does not burst with the joy pourings out of such a small throat. And I say to God in wonder, ‘You did this, and You showed it to me so that I too might enjoy it and say, “O, it is indeed good!”

Then there are the majestic trees, the stately clouds riding on the invisible winds, the dancing shadows on a wall, the surging and laughing surf, and the chuckle of a child. And the wonder of it all is that He made me so that I can see them, hear them, smell them and fell them – and be touched by them in the silent depths of my spirit. And it is there that I can turn to Him in wonder and find that He is watching me and smiling joyfully at my delight.

This is what our Father longs for – to delight us with the truth of His love and beauty, even in the midst of a world that has looked the other way.

Stop – look – and listen. And allow Him to show you what He has for you today.


Lord open my eyes that I may see, my heart that I may love, and my spirit that I may rejoice and praise You. Amen.


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Foundation Three

“What may be known about God is plain to them,
because God has made it plain to them.
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities
–his eternal power and divine nature–
have been clearly seen,
being understood from what has been made”
(Romans 1:19-20)

God is omnipotent – His power is unlimited and eternal. We see something of it in the glory and extent of His creation and in the power that has sustained and developed it over the ages. He is able to do whatever He wishes in order to achieve His will and purpose, no matter what the circumstances at the time – as Scripture records. And as the Angel Gabriel said to Mary,

“Nothing is impossible with God” 
(Luke 1:37)

God is omnipresent – He is fully present everywhere.  He is not spread out over His creation so that parts of Him are in different places. All of Him is present everywhere all the time – with all of His supreme glory, authority and power.

God is omniscient – He is all-wise and all-knowing. He has a perfect awareness of everything that has happened, is happening and will happen everywhere, in heaven, upon earth and throughout His vast creation. He knows the full details of every person’s life – who they are, why they are, how they are, what they are, what they have done, are doing and will do – as well as every thought of yesterday, today and tomorrow and what has given rise to such thoughts. He knows and understands each and every one of us fully and completely.

“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)

God has a plan and a purpose for His creation and His people. He has been and is at work in history, in ways we may not see or understand, to accomplish His purposes. Because He has allowed us, and respects our, free will we are not His slaves or puppets – rather He invites us to be a part of the journey with Him. The fact that history is filled with tragedy and trauma is an indication of how that free-will has often been exercised. However He is still supremely God and will ensure that indeed His will will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

This is the God who has invited us to call Him Father as we become His daughters and sons – and the One who has promised us that

  • “In all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28)
  • “nothing .. in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39)

Receive and lay your third foundation stone for the year – God is able to look after me


Father Almighty, forgive me for the times when I doubt Your love and commitment to me. Please help me to entrust myself into the fullness of Your loving care and protection. Amen.


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Because I choose to

“The obedience that comes from faith.”
(Romans 1:5)

Paul is quite clear in this great letter that justification before God is by faith alone. However, he is also quite clear that faith is an active and not a passive state. If we have faith in Jesus as Saviour we must also have faith in Jesus as Lord – the two titles cannot be separated.

The sin of disobedience brought about our fallen state and separated us from God. It cannot be expected for a moment that we should continue in that state, but now with a cloak marked ‘justified’ over us. The Scriptures reveal that a radical change is expected to take place:

  • “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Rom 12:2)
  • “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Eph 4:22-24)
  • “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”(1 Pet 1:15-16)

Having been justified by grace through faith our proper response now is to put our complete faith and trust in God by turning away from the ways of the fallen world. We choose instead to live according to the ways of God – not as if they were imposed laws, but because our belief is that His ways, and His ways alone, are the ways of life – not only in the life to come but in this life as well. We are called to a new life and a new way of living. Jesus is Saviour and Jesus is Lord. “Follow Me” is a call both to direction as well as to method. They go together.

Now having found it impossible to live out the old Godly way of life there is no reason to expect that in our own strength we can live out the new. So God has taken that in hand for us.  He has given us the gift of His Holy Spirit  to both guide us and strengthen us. Therefore in His New Covenant commitment He  promises that,

  • “I will put My laws into their minds and write them on their hearts” (Hebrews 8:10)
  • “I will be their God” (Hebrews 8:10)
  • “I will forgive their wickedness and remember their sins no more” (Hebrews 8:12)
  • “I will give you a  new heart and put a new spirit in you”” (Ezekiel 36:26)
  • “I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws” (Ezekiel 36:27)

 It’s all about God and what He does. Our work is to believe, receive and let Him live it out through us. And although God does gives us both the desire and the strength to do His will it still remains our choice.

  • “It is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose” (Philippians 2:13)
  • “For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” (Romans 1:17)

We are saved by faith – now we live by faith and not by our own efforts and strength,


Lord Jesus, please help me to perceive the truth and to live by it. Help me to look at Your teachings, recognise them and accept  them into my everyday life – to Your honour and glory. Amen.