The Secret Place- Part I
Psalm 91: 1,2… He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My GOD in Him I will trust.”
It is clear to everyone who is looking at all that is coming upon the Earth, that the forces of darkness in many realms have launched an all-out assault on all that is good, wholesome, and Godly. How are we who are Biblical Christians to receive all that we need to overcome in our personal circumstances, in the lives of those whom we love, in our nation and the world (especially Israel), and in the lives of those whom we are called by GOD to intercede for?
The answer is in the communion of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Our Holy GOD desires to have an intimate relationship in spirit and in truth with each of His children, for that is where we receive revelation clarity of purpose, and strategy to overcome- step by step, line upon line, precept upon precept. The world under the sway of the wicked one has been deceived by one form of idolatry or another… whether it’s the deified ‘self’ of Humanism, atheistic Darwinian evolution, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Scientology, Astrology, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormonism, the New Age, Satanism, and on and on. Biblical Christianity is the only Way, Truth, and Life through the Person of the LORD Jesus Christ.
John 4:22-24… You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. GOD is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.
Isaiah 60:1-2… Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the Earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you.
There is hope in this time at the end of the Church Age, recognizing by all the signs around us that these are the Last Days. The hope that we who truly know the LORD have is that we know Him in whom we have believed, and we trust in the destiny that He has revealed to us individually in the crucible of prayer. Intimacy with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is engendered in selfless, fervent prayer that touches the heart of GOD. You will notice in reading through the entire canon of Scripture- the Holy Bible from Genesis 1:1 through Revelation 22:21 that GOD did not call “His House” a house of fellowship, or a house of teaching, or a house of healing, deliverance, prophecy, evangelism… or anything else. Every one of these ministries is of critical importance to the overall growth of the Body of Christ, but He was ultimately clear when He said:
Isaiah 56:6,7… Everyone who… holds fast My covenant- Even them I will bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer… For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.
Prayer in the eyes and heart of the Father is the single most important and defining ministry of the church. Although this three-part series deals specifically with The Secret Place, we must recognize as children of the Kingdom- sons and daughters of the Eternal Living GOD- that it is in worship and intimate communion that can only come through prayer that we find and begin the lifelong process of dwelling in the Secret Place. We may walk in any of the five- fold ministry anointings (Apostolic, Prophetic, Evangelistic, Pastoral, and/or Teaching- see Ephesians 4:11 to end), manifest the fruit (Galatians 5:22,23) and gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians Chapters 12, 13, &14) in our lives… as we should- but prayer is where we touch the Heart of GOD bringing Heaven to Earth in answered prayer according to His Will.
The great mystery of prayer is that our GOD has determined in His Infinite Wisdom to include us in the full restoration of the fallen planet Earth! Our participation is mandatory, for without our fervent intercession He is hindered in realizing all that He desires to accomplish. Until we ‘pray through’ answers do not come, circumstances do not change- and often get worse, and strongholds of darkness gain valuable ground. This is the major reason our world is in the mess that it is in. The Church has not fully invested itself in fervent prayer (the word ‘fervent’ is agonistos in the Greek- agonizing prayer).
Journey to the Secret Place
It is a sad truth that prayer is not the priority that it should be in the lives of believers, even those in leadership find their days generally filled with the ‘busyness’ of ministry… to the neglect of a consistent prayer life. Corporate prayer meetings are the least attended meetings in most churches in America. Thankfully there are some ministries that have been quickened by the Spirit to strive to establish 24/7 Worship and Prayer… so that the Holy Spirit would have free reign in moving on our behalf, in answer to our timely prayers. This will of necessity increase in North America, as it has in different parts of the world. Please see the link on the right panel to Intercessors For America, and prayerfully consider signing up to receive their free monthly e-newsletter with specific prayer points that we can all agree need divine intervention. They also have great resources for Christian growth in prayer.
As important as corporate (all-church) prayer meetings are, our individual prayer lives need to be revolutionized! I have found in my personal life, that unless I make time for the Word early in my day, and literally begin the day in an attitude of prayer… that things tend to stagnate and unravel rather quickly. Priority is the operative word in all of this. If the LORD Jesus Christ is the most important person in our lives… if we truly love ABBA Father with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength… and if we desire to allow the Holy Spirit to fill every aspect of our lives with His Presence and Power… then we must begin and end the day on our knees! I will follow this short series with a more in-depth series on prayer; comprehensive in its scope of the diversity of this gifted ability and worthy ministry. Our journey to the Secret Place is therefore a daily endeavor, that grows more precious and beautiful with time invested in worship and thanksgiving, in asking, seeking, and knocking… and to my very awesome surprise in ‘active listening’ to the Voice of GOD as He imparts revelation in all aspects of our lives, illumination of His Holy Word, laser-like strategies to deal with each expressed felt need, and the joy of humbly basking in His Love. It is precious and beautiful beyond words!
It would be disingenuous to imply that the ministry of intercession is easy, and that ‘finding’ the Secret Place on a consistent basis will not require much from us. It will require everything! It begins, grows, and will ultimately end with a crucified life… each of us taking up the cross daily: dying to self that we may be alive to GOD.
Luke 9:23,24… Then He said to them all, If anyone desire to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desire to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.
The mystery of the Secret Place has many levels that will be discussed in this series. The two that I wish to emphasize at this point are 1) Our partnership with the Trinity in the restoration of what has been lost; and 2) What our daily journey to the Secret Place demands of each of us. As I stated earlier GOD has ordained intercessory prayer as the method and means of releasing His divine power into our circumstances, our family, our society, our nation, and the world at large with its glaring monumental and often staggering needs. The adversary has distracted the majority of mankind with all manner of diversions, false religious idolatry, selfish interests, addictions, etc. Every sin committed by man energizes the forces of darkness because rebellion and depravity increase the powers of the spiritual realm in warfare against GOD and his emissaries in the Earth. Innocent blood shed is particularly potent in empowering the fallen ones in their agenda of destruction and mayhem. That is why abortion and violent crime have sown the whirlwind of calamities that are continually hitting the world.
On the other hand, the purity of GOD’s saints in thought, word, and action creates in each of us vessels of honor that can then release the rivers of Living Waters of the Holy Spirit in worship, praise, supplication, intercession, and warfare prayer. Selfless works of love and compassion add to this arsenal the focused power of GOD to transform lives, circumstances, and even the seemingly impossible! When Jesus the Messiah sat down at the right hand of the Father, having completed His atoning work on the cross, as evidenced by His resurrection- He delegated His authority to each of His blood-bought brothers and sisters to crush satan and all his rebel kingdom of darkness under our feet.
Romans 16:20;25-27… And the GOD of peace will crush satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our LORD Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which was kept secret since the world began- but now has been made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures has been made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the Everlasting GOD, for obedience to the faith- to GOD alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.
What does this life of dwelling in the Secret Place require? It requires that we be wise as serpents and harmless as doves (Matthew 10:16). This Kingdom life demands that we ‘receive’ it as a little child, blameless and trusting in GOD always (Mark 10:15). The reason it is the Secret Place is that the arrogant, sin-loving, and self-sufficient find no need of journeying to the Secret Place. They are fully satisfied in their willful rebellion to thumb their noses at GOD, and go on their merry broad way to destruction! We who truly love GOD, desire Him more so daily… we cannot get enough of Him, His Word, the sublime beauty of Worship music, all forms of intercession, and silence in His Presence. The unfolding revelation of the beauty of the Secret Place can best be found in the awesome little book of OT Scripture known as The Song of Songs. We will look at some key portions of this passionate interaction between the LORD Jesus and His future Bride in the coming posts.
Kingdom Blessings, always- in Christ… ~Santos
For deeper insight into how GOD the Father sees His children; to better understand the elementary principles of Christ (Hebrews 6:1-3); the ‘mysteries’ of Christ’s Kingdom; and our individual and corporate calling, commission, and empowerment- please review my first published book and the Table of Contents on the Amazon website linked here via Book Title: “Thy Kingdom Come- Here and Now!”
“Journey to The Secret Place” by Terri Geisel