Jun 26, 2011

The Secret Place brings hope, peace and quiet confidence.

Psalm 91 

Vs. 1 "He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand]."

Vs.2 "I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust!" Amp.

Our salvation is secure in this truth, John 1:12 "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name:"  and John  3:15-16 "That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.  16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life"  That's the simple truth about the "Good News"   

There are two ways we can live our life in Christ.  The one is to worry, stress and fret about everything and the other is to learn to trust Him who is "able to keep you from falling, and to present [you] faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy," Jude 1:24

There are so many Christians worrying about things that probably will never happen.  They fret about the future and listen to those who appear to be "strong Christians"  and in "leadership" who spread fear instead of faith and hope.  

I have seen so many emails, tweets and facebook posts that strike fear in the hearts of believers who are not grounded in the truth of God's word.  I am not sure why the negative gets more traction than the positive.  It's almost as if there is a blindness to what God has promised in His Word.  

For instance, Ps 23:6 "Goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life"    If God promised "goodness and mercy" why are we captivated by all that is bad and negative.   If you look up the word "goodness" at Dictionary.com, you get this definition. " the state or quality of being good, moral excellence; virtue, kindly feeling; kindness; generosity."   The opposite is "badness and evil"  

Now, look up the word "mercy" and you will find it means "compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one's power; compassion, pity, or benevolence: Have mercy on the poor sinner." 

It's synonyms are "forgiveness, indulgence, clemency, leniency, lenity, tenderness, mildness"  and the only cruelty"    So when God's word promises "goodness and mercy will follow us"  why are we looking for all the bad things instead of what He meant for us.  
Sure life is tough and we face problems often, but that is because this is an imperfect world and things go wrong from time to time.   But life can and will be blessed if we learn to trust our loving heavenly Father.   

Which brings me back to the opening scripture ... "He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High"  The secret place is not to be found by looking at all that is wrong in the world but in looking at all that is right in Christ.  It is a place of learned behavior.   We learn to not lean on our own understanding, but to lean on Him.   It comes from fellowship with Him.  It comes from a life of worship and obeying the Holy Spirit within. 
 Rom 8:13-15  (Amp)
"(13)  For if you live according to [the dictates of] the flesh, you will surely die. But if through the power of the [Holy] Spirit you are [habitually] putting to death (making extinct, deadening) the [evil] deeds prompted by the body, you shall [really and genuinely] live forever. (14) For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.  (15) For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father!"
Vs 15 talks about "the spirit of slavery and bondage to fear"  There are so many Christians who are slaves to bondage and fear. That is not what God intended for us.  He promised "life and life more abundantly"   

God is calling us to live in the secret place of the Most High and to enjoy the "refuge and fortress" He provides.  

"Father I pray for every reader of this blog, that Your Presence and Power would flood their hearts and bring a quiet confidence and peace upon them.  No matter what they are facing now, that a revelation of Your Divine intervention would fill them now.  I pray for a peace in their minds, that their thoughts would be filled with the blessing, purpose and promise of God.  Thank you Father in Jesus name for a new awareness of the "secret place of the Most High" to come upon them"  Amen

Watch the new Video Song by my Daughter, Jilleen "Secret Place"  Visit her web site www.jilleen.net  

God bless you richly. 

Gil Howard-Browne
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