DWELLING IN THE SECRET PLACE
What is the secret place?
I do not think it is merely the prayer closet.
I think it is an intimate place where God deals with individuals one-on-one.
I think we can be in a relationship with God and experience His presence ‑ not just in the prayer closet but all the time.
God created every individual for a purpose to be used in His service.
Jer 1:5 Before I formed thee in the belly I
knew thee; and before thou camest
forth out of the womb I sanctified
thee, and I ordained thee a prophet
unto the nations. (KJV)
God has a will for every individual ‑
something that you can accomplish ‑
something that no one in the world ‑ time
past, present or future can do the way that
God intended you to do it.
When a person is in the perfect will of God
doing that for which God gave him life and
the ability to do to the very best of his
ability ‑ He is in the secret place.
The next question is then how do I get in the secret place?
Vs 1 & 2 Realize who God is
1. He is Most High ‑ there is no higher authority in the entire world than He.
2. He is Almighty ‑ He is provider God ‑ He can and will provide the need for the service He calls one to accomplish.
3. Trust Him
4.Yield to Him
Yield as clay in the potters hand allow Him to mold you into that vessel that He can use for His glory.
But now, O LORD, thou art our
father; we are the clay, and
thou our potter; and we all are
the work of thy hand. (KJV)
If we are to bring glory to God we must dwell in the secret place.
There are several promises given this morning to those who would dare to dwell in the secret place.
I. We must dwell in the secret place for
CONFIDENCE. vs 4
A. In the secret place God protects
1. His mighty arm covers us
2. His Truth is a shield and
a. shield‑with pricks ‑
(Paul why kick against the pricks)
b. buckler‑ Completely surrounds.
Jesus uses scripture every time Satan tries to attack.
2 Kings 6:11‑17
Elisha's servant sees God's host
B. In the secret place God provides
The Devil is an enemy to every
Christian ‑ his goal is to defeat you.
He will try discouragement
1. I'm not smart enough
1 Cor 1:27
But God hath chosen the foolish
things of the world to confound
the wise; and God hath chosen
the weak things of the world to
confound the things which are
2. God purpose for me is too big
Phil 4:13 I can do all things through Christ
which strengtheneth me. (KJV)
3. No one else ever had this problem ‑ your problem may be uniquely designed for you but it is common to man.
And we know that all things work
together for good to them that
love God, to them who are the
called according to his purpose.
1 Cor 10:13
Matt 6:31‑33 31
Therefore take no thought,
saying, What shall we eat? or,
What shall we drink? or,
Wherewithal shall we be
32 (For after all these things
do the Gentiles seek:) for
your heavenly Father knoweth
that ye have need of all these
33 But seek ye first the
kingdom of God, and his
righteousness; and all these
things shall be added unto
II. We must dwell in the secret place for
COURAGE. vs 5‑7;vs 9‑13
A. Fear‑ fear that God can't meet my
need ‑ if I give to Him first I won't
have enough for me
B. We fear men ‑ what is behind that
C. Fear of starting something we cannot
finish God sought you out.
John 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I
have chosen you, and ordained
you, that ye should go and bring
forth fruit, and that your fruit
should remain: that whatsoever
ye shall ask of the Father in my
name, he may give it you. (KJV)
If Jesus starts the work in you He can finish it.
Phil 1:6 Being confident of this very
thing, that he which hath begun a
good work in you will perform it
until the day of Jesus Christ:
Fear comes when we are out of the secret place.
III. We must dwell in the secret place for COMPASSION. vs 8
A. The reward of the wicked is hell
B. Illustration - Rich man and Lazarus ‑ (Luke 16:)
C. Illustration - Victim in the burning house
D. men women and boys and girls are being engulfed by the flames everyday.
22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:
23 And others save with fear,
pulling them out of the fire;
hating even the garment
spotted by the flesh. (KJV)
If we are not in the secret place we cannot
hear their cry nor understand their great
IV. We must dwell in the secret place for CONSTANT SUCCESS. vs 7;14‑16
Success is not measured by material goods but by the degree in which one accomplishes God's purpose for his life.
Are you right where God wants you this morning?
If not then today is the day to dedicate yourself anew.
It is the only way we can glorify God with our life.