The Soaring Eagle

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

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Feeding Me

“The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.”
(Luke 6:45)


A man was trying to explain good and evil to his grandson. He told him that they were like two wolves fighting inside a person. When the boy asked him which wolf won he responded, “The one you feed!”

We feed ourselves daily on a large variety of news, views and impressions. Much of what we take in relates to alarming and sensational happenings and the achievements, disasters and lifestyles of public figures. Our values can be diluted and our opinions re-formed by the world in which we live, the views we hear and the shows that we watch. Many people become cynical, depressed and afraid and they express it knowingly and unknowingly.

As Christians we must ensure that we are feeding ourselves on the truths of God. His revelations of Himself, His teachings and the accounts of His dealings with His people are vital to our growth and faith. It is not enough to listen to the odd sermon. We should be grounded in and familiar with at least the gospels, the letters of the New Testament and the Psalms as well. God’s word is still a living word and speaks into our situations. We need His teaching and insights to counter the diet served up by the world. They are not just words on a page but God speaking into our hearts, minds and spirits and into our situations.

Feed on the Scriptures. Pray and think them through. Make a Treasure Chest for yourself of God’s guidelines, promises and truths. They form the foundations of our faith, built upon the rock of Christ Himself and sustained and enlivened by the Holy Spirit.

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away” (Matthew 24:35)

Start now to deepen your relationship with our Lord – it is eternal.


Lord Jesus please help me to become more of a person steeped in Your Word. May it feed my heart and mind and direct my thoughts, words and deeds. Amen.




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Foundation Four

“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
(Isaiah 6:3)

God is not merely a supreme force. God is a Person whose most identifying characteristic is Love. We were made in His image and something of that remains in us. We are called in the great commandments, in the new commandments of the Lord Jesus and in the identifying characteristic of the Holy Spirit to be a person and a people characterised by love. This means that we will become more like God.

However we must always be aware that God is not like us. For God is Holy. That means that He is totally different to fallen humankind. There is no stain or hint of sin about Him or near Him – in fact He is as far removed from sin as the Sun is different to the flame of a match. Sin cannot exist in His presence. God has said of Himself in comparison to humankind –

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts”
(Isaiah 55:8-9)

This means that God’s Love is Holy. There is nothing selfish, self-centred, conditional or limited about His Love. It is a Love that seeks to give and to bless and to forgive – even at great cost to Himself.

It also means that God’s Righteousness is Holy. He can never be swayed or bribed or influenced away from what is right. Which is why His forgiveness could only be achieved by His taking into Himself the sin of all humankind and suffering the consequences Himself.

Also God’s faithfulness is Holy. Having committed Himself He will not withdraw from or forsake what He has undertaken nor will He turn away from His daughters and sons. It is due to that faithfulness that He has not, and will not, take back from us His great gift of the freedom of choice given to us in the beginning. But He has also not abandoned us to the consequences of our actions.

God’s justice is Holy. When He calls on us to forgive it is not to infer that the sin and pain are inconsequential. On the contrary He has told us that “I will repay.” We forgive the sins of others because God will hold them to account. And should He forgive them it is because He has taken their sins with Him to the cross as well as ours.

God’s mercy is Holy. He loves and forgives and heals and supports and transforms and understands at a level that we cannot begin to recognise or understand. And, when we sin again and crawl back to Him again, His Spirit whispers to ours “My grace is sufficient for you.”

God is Holy – and through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit He invites us to become a part of His holiness, beginning now and stretching through the limitless reaches of eternity.

“And we .. are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit”
(2 Corinthians 3:18)

Receive and lay your fourth foundation stone for the year – God is Holy and is transforming me.


Lord God, make me holy even as You are holy. 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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One Truth Only


“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.
 No one comes to the Father except through me”
(John 14:6)

“What is truth?” Pilate asked Jesus. We might well hear that question being asked today.

One recent headline stated that ‘We are not living in a ‘post-truth’ world, we are living lies.’ Another tells us that a prominent politician is known for the lies that he tells. A further article states that a purpose of some international activity is not to promote an alternative truth but to so confuse us that we are not able to identify truth at all. Add to this the different beliefs and philosophies that are current and many will end up thinking that the only truth is that there is no truth.

Jesus didn’t answer Pilate’s question with words but with a definitive action. He walked into a suffering and death that He could have avoided. In so doing He underlined with His blood the revelation that He had given to His disciples – making it stand out in a way that could not be missed.

“I am the way and the truth and the life”

In a world on the verge of darkness He proclaimed Himself as the way forward. In a time when power was the ultimate authority He revealed Himself as the truth that would live through death and into eternity. In an age when life was cheap He stood out as the one and only life-giver and life-sustainer. And when they closed the door on His life in this world He opened the door into life in the next.

Truth is not a statement but a Person. We find the truth about ourselves and the truth about the way forward and the truth concerning the questions of life in Him – and Him alone. Anything else is a passing shadow.

Where others tell us what to believe – He asks us to ‘believe in Me’. Where others direct us along human paths He calls us to ‘follow Me.’ And where others tells us to grin and bear it – He invites us to ‘come to Me.”  These truths are not for this life only for in the same breath He tells us that

“No one comes to the Father except through me”

Jesus Christ is our Way through this life and our Way to the Father. He is the Truth about this life and of the life to come. And He is Life itself – the wonderful gift of eternal life that begins in this life and carries on into the endless future in the creative and glorious love of God.

As we reflect on His truth and truths under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and build them into our individual and corporate lives, we will begin to see His hand at work – for these are the ways that God will bless.

“If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.
Then you will know the truth,
and the truth will set you free.”
(John 8:31-32)

What is truth? – “I AM!”


Lord Jesus please take my hand – and in every situation of my life lead me along Your Way through Your Truth and into Your Life without end. Amen.


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“Those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.”
(Isaiah 40:31)


Depression, despair and dread can rob us of strength and the ability to think. They may cause us to withdraw into ourselves. Whilst the support and encouragement of others does comfort and help us they cannot deal with the issues themselves. These are our problems, concerns and weaknesses. They largely remain so unless something happens within us that enables us to confront and deal with them.

The prophet Isaiah is encouraging the people to remember their God, who and what He is and His great love for them. We need to do the same.

He is the all-powerful Creator of all that is, seen and unseen. He knows us intimately – every thought of our minds, every one of our feelings and exactly who we are and why we are as we are. He cares for us and has given all that He is to make it possible for us to know Him and enter into His love and life.

His words are not just superficial helps. They carry with them the power and truth of the One who spoke them – which is why the centurion could say to the Lord Jesus, ‘just say the word and my servant will be healed!” And it is His Spirit at work within us Who brings new life, light and love into the dark areas of our existence.

Our God is a living, loving and life-giving reality.

As we turn to Him, in whatever situation we find ourselves,
He will respond.

As we look to Him for help and guidance
He will respond.

As we hold out our hands to Him
He will respond.

And we will find our strength renewed

“The LORD is my strength and my song;
he has become my salvation.”
(Psalm 118:14)

When our Lord promised to be with us always He did mean always. And whatever the situation is that might be confronting you at the moment He, and He alone, is your way, your truth and your life. He will guide you and see you through every moment of it. Look to Him and hold on to Him.

Practice being constantly aware of God. Talk to Him. Take ‘deep breaths of Him!’


Father You love me with an everlasting love. Please help me to rely on You in all the circumstances of my life – and to acknowledge Your presence. 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.




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Together but different

“Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net
that was let down into the lake
and caught all kinds of fish.”
(Matthew 13:47)


Jesus compared this story, which has the fishermen throwing away the bad fish, to the end of the age. This is when the angels would come ‘and separate the wicked from the righteous.” His point is that this separation takes place at the end. Until then the good and the bad, the righteous and the unrighteous, the believers and the unbelievers are all together.  

It would be so good at one level if we could bring about that separation now. However we are not given that option. Instead we are left with two challenges.

The first is to live out our new life whilst still surrounded by the old. We are different now as the sons and daughters of God and His treasured possession. We are called to be holy and to minister to the Lord God Almighty. We are the ones who are now the light of the world and called to make a difference in the world around us. God has given us His Spirit and directions and looks to us to acknowledge and respond to them both.

The second challenge is not to allow ourselves to be contaminated and dragged back into the darkness of the world. It is so easy to be influenced by all that goes on around us, to begin to see it as the norm and to soak in the opinions and morality amongst which we live. Our mission and ministry is to bring light into the world not to let its darkness quench our light, and life and love.

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
(1 Peter 2:9)

We need to note that God’s Kingdom net at this stage surrounds everyone. Everyone has been embraced by the salvation that is in Christ Jesus and may accept and respond to it. However some will not and will remain in the interior darkness of a fallen world with all the consequences.

Acknowledge and be aware of God’s presence all the time. Offer Him all that you are and do.


“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer” Amen.  (Psalm 19:14).