DEVOTIONAL PAGE - "Brethren, I have written a letter unto
you" (Hebrews 13:22).
January 7, 2019
Eagle Christian, Fly Away!
believer in Christ, we will all fly away
to God when either we pass or Jesus
appears. But here's a monumental tip: we
can fly away now, before that rapturous
event, every day, just where we are,
even in the worst situations! Paul
showed us how.
In the darkest "midnight," deep in the
filthy bowels of the Philippian "inner
prison," bound tightly with painful
"stocks," repelled by the loathsome
stench of human feces and urine, stunned
by brutal public injustice, and still
hurting terribly from a vicious beating,
he and Silas showed themselves eagle
Christians (Acts 16). They spread their
wings of prayer and praise and, in
worship, flew away toward heaven from
the middle of hell. Are you in pain,
grief, emotional hell?
Fly away! Use both the substantial
spiritual wings the great Eagle, Christ,
has given you. Are yours underdeveloped
by lack of use? Use them anyway, just as
First, spread your wing of praise and
worship. Get alone with Christ and sing
hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs not
about but to Him, personally, sweetly,
lovingly, with adoring awe. Don't rush
this, take your time.
Second, spread your other wing of prayer
and thanksgiving. Thank the Lord for
every single thing He has done for you,
beginning with yesterday's blessings,
helps, and provisions. In this
atmosphere offer your petitions, asking
your heavenly Father for every natural
and spiritual need you have, large and
small. Then humbly recite His promises
to answer and ask Him confidently to
fulfill them. Still not airborne?
around" trying to lift yourself by human
effort, by mere religious enthusiasm.
There's no supernatural power there.
Tell the Holy Spirit you need His help,
you must have it. Ask Jesus to release a
refilling of His Spirit. And then trust
Him to do so as you wait on Him
patiently, with abandoned spirit,
worshiping and praying and offering
thanks sweetly to Him. You won't stay
Soon, as the Spirit envelopes and
refills you, your spirit will rise and
soar and God's powerful grace, like
spiritual anesthesia, will
supernaturally separate your soul from
the pain. As you become spiritually
airborne you will experience three
miracles: you will enter heaven (the
presence of God), heaven will enter you,
and everything will change.
Suddenly, your midnight hour, with all
its dark and cruel and unrelieved
injustices, will have no more power over
you. Your soul will be "free indeed"
(John 8:36) to feed on God's Word,
receive new insights, discern God's
voice and hand, fellowship with others,
thrive in your God-given duties and
ministries, and grow wiser, stronger,
and more Christlike, all while enjoying
the "peace of God, which passeth all
understanding" (Philippians 4:6-7). But
don't let your miracle end there.
Be wise. Do
the same thing every day, not just in
dark, painful midnight-hour crises.
Eagle Christian, God made you for the
sky, not the mud; to soar, not to sink;
to surge forward, not slide back; to
overcome, not undercome. Use well and
often the means He has provided. Spread
your wings and fly away!
Spreading, rising, away!
Greg Hinnant Ministries
PO Box 788, High Point, NC