Colossians 1:25-27, Colossians 3:16-17, Confidence, Following Jesus, Fortress, God's Secret Place, God's shadow, Good News, HOPE, JESUS, John 11:25-27, John 14:6, One Way, Psalm 91:1, Refuge, Salvation, The Word, Trust, Truth
Bible Ballistics: BBs #369 God’s Secret Place !!!
“He that dwelleth in the secret place
of the most High
shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD,
He is my refuge
and my fortress:
my God;” Psalm 91:1
I’d just like to share a word of encouragement with you today. As children we all loved “secret” things: secret codes, secret places, just plain secrets–although secrets are seldom kept! But God keeps His secrets until the proper time comes to reveal them. Here the Psalmist mentions the one who “dwelleth in the secret place of the most High”, and tells us that he/she will abide under the “shadow of the Almighty”; a reference to the fact that those who belong to God, are cared for. Just as a sweeping Oak Tree will shade everything under it’s ‘shadow’, God cares for those who are His own. And you can be assured that God knows His own children—we who are His through faith in Jesus Christ The Lord—and we can confidently proclaim with the Psalmist that:
“He is my refuge
and my fortress:
in him will I trust”
How do we get into that “secret place”? Through faith in Jesus, and His substitutionary, atoning sacrifice for our sin.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6
Jesus is the ONLY way to be in that “secret place” of God! And when we come there, God is truly our refuge, and fortress, the One in whom we can always “trust”! Mary, the sister of Lazarus, had to choose what she would believe.
“Jesus said unto her,
I am the resurrection, and the life:
he that believeth in me,
though he were dead,
yet shall he live:
26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me
shall never die.
Believest thou this?
27 She saith unto him,
that thou art the Christ,
the Son of God,
which should come into the world.” John 11:25-27
Mary believed what Jesus said, and she made the decision to trust in HIM. In her specific incident, she believed that Jesus, The Messiah, could take care of her grief in the loss of her brother, and in that belief she saw Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead. And praise God we can all be raised to life with Him, now, as well as after our death, or at His return. And until then we can live victorious lives through His indwelling Holy Spirit.
“Whereof I am made a minister,
according to the dispensation of God
which is given to me
to fulfil the word of God;
26 Even the mystery
which hath been hid from ages
and from generations,
but now is made manifest
to his saints:
27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery
among the Gentiles;
which is Christ in you,
the hope of glory:” Colossians 1:25-27
This wonderful “secret”, this “mystery”, is “Christ in you, the hope of glory”! The promise of the New Covenant is Jesus dwelling within us through His Holy Spirit—He is the evidence that we belong to Jesus. He is the power that keeps us! He is the assurance of the glory to come!!! And we ought to depend on this amazing gift of God to guide, teach and direct our steps. He is the “secret” place where we are safe and secure, but even more importantly; He empowers us to serve our God powerfully in that place—through His indwelling presence, “Christ in you”! Are you in Him? Is He in you? If not won’t you come to Him today? If you are His already, won’t you welcome and embrace His will for you? He longs to have you “abide” in Him, in loving gratitude, devotion and dependence!
“Let the word of Christ
dwell in you richly
in all wisdom;
teaching and admonishing one another
and spiritual songs,
singing with grace in your hearts
to the Lord.
17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed,
do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God and the Father
by him.” Colossians 3:16-17
Amen and Amen!