THE SECRET PLACE
He that dwelleth 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 will I trust.
Surely He shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler,
and from the noisome pestilence.
He shall cover thee with His feathers,
and under His wings shall thou trust :
His truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Woman of God, do you feel alone today,
longing for a touch of God in your life?
Today is that day for you.
Today is the day that Lord hath made,
we will rejoice and be glad in it.
He desires that you rejoice and be glad.
No, you can’t change the things going on around you, but God can.
He can also give you the grace and joy you need for the day.
Beloved, begin your day in the secret place of the Almighty,
and you will definitely abide under His shadow.
You will never be alone again. You will never feel forsaken again.
Tell Him how you feel, turn your day over to Him: today and every day.
Don’t waste them with doubts and fears.
You who are not saved, pray this prayer with me and mean in from the heart.
“Jesus, come into my heart and save my soul. Forgive me of all my sins. I desire to serve you. I turn my life over to you. Thank you for saving me, and I ask You to deliver me from all unforgiveness of others and from every other stronghold in my life. I will never be alone again.”
“Thank You, Lord, for saving and delivering me. I am saved!”
If you prayed this prayer with me, I now ask you to take another step and write me at:
PO Box 9315
Greenville, SC 29604
Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
I will write you back.
Welcome to the family of God. You too are now a woman of God.
When you write, I will send you a booklet on the next steps.
Now, let’s go on with our study of the Scriptures.
When we abide under the shadow of the Almighty, we will be able to say
… He is my refuge and my fortress… Nothing will ever come your way that God can’t take care of. He not only wants you to give your troubles to Him, He also wants you to leave them with Him, and not take them back.
God’s presence is the only refuge from trouble.
He alone has your answer.
…in Him will I trust or confide…
Tell Him your situation.
It’s good at times, to confide in people,
But sometimes, woman of God, they will “blab”,
but God will never “blab”.
You can trust Him to silently begin to solve your problems
and give you joy along the way, through them.
Verse 3 says, …Surely He shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler…
Do you know that the enemy of our souls, Satan, has a snare or trap for all of us.
As we abide under the shadow of the almighty, He will make us aware of the traps and snares Satan has planed for us, so we can avoid them.
I’ve been told that some of my listening audience is incarcerated.
Well, your body may be locked-up, but your spirit can be free and stay free.
Verse 3 says also …He shall deliver thee from the noisome pestilence…(raging epidemic).
SARS is the most feared epidemic in our society today.
We need not fear. We only need to ask God for protection.
The Prophets foretold the epidemics would come, and wars and rumors of wars.
I feel Jesus’ coming is so soon we can almost feel His breath surround us.
Have you ever watched a mother hen cover her chicks with her feathers?
It is a precious sight to see the little one’s run fast to get under her feathers. She does this when danger is near.
Verse 4 reads …He shall cover thee with His feathers…
Woman of God, when you see trouble coming, don’t run from God,
but run to God. Get snuggled-in under His feathers.
Also in verse 4 it says …and under His wings thou shalt trust…
There is no love greater than a protecting, saving love.
…Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13).
We not only have protection from enemies, but so much more than that.
Picture to yourself what the shelter of the wing of the mother-bird is to her young, and it will tell you what the precious promise of our text means to the believer.
It means happy content and comfort.
The soul is happy in God.
Our life is hidden with God.
See how the young brood is hidden under their mother’s wing?
There is a nearness to the heart of God.
The young birds can feel the beat of their mother’s heart.
So the soul of the sheltered one beholds and feels the love of God.
Who can imitate it?
Only through God, can we really, really love.
This is not promised to everybody, but only to those who dwell in the secret place of the Most High.
Those who abide in and are ever trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Our time has gone by so fast.
I really enjoy our time together.
Woman of God, Trusting is the key to peace with God. Anything else is far short of what we can have.
“Trust and obey, for there’s no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.”
And remember, Nothing is impossible with God!
THE LIFE GIVER
Nowhere in the Bible do we find where Jesus came to bring death. Everywhere He went, He brought life. He is the access to the Father, the only access. He raised the dead. He gave eternal life through His death.
In John 10:9-11 Jesus said, –
I am the door; (or I am the access to the Father) by Me if any man enter in, He shall be saved and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth His life for the sheep.
Jesus is the door to the sheepfold.
He is the way of life.
Who would shut-up the way of life, to live the way of the world?
We are in this world, but not of this world.
By Him, we have eternal life, but we can also move about on this earth, living in two worlds (heaven and earth), freely, with His guidance, without fear of the enemy.
Why? Because He watches over us.
He is our Shepherd; the Good Shepherd. He watches over us individually, with tender care, and self sacrificing love.
The Shepherd died, that we might live.
Also, our Shepherd knows when it is time for us to go home to heaven.
At that time, He will call us. But before that, He will prepare us for our journey.
Many are afraid of death. They walk around in fear of the unknown.
We, as children of God, are to have life each day and not dread and fear of death.
For, Jesus came that we might have life, and that we might have it more abundantly: More than we can possibly use. Abundant supply.
Those who receive life from Him, have within them, continual sources of life for others.
We witness: they get saved: they witness: others get saved; and it goes on…
Those in their graves, who are dead in Christ, will know life again. This is our Blessed Hope.
1 Thessalonians 5:14, 16-18 —-For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep (or die) in Jesus will God bring with Him.
For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
Part of our abundant life in Him, is to know these things, this great promise of being able to be with our loved ones, when the end of this age comes, who died in-Christ.
Every day, I go to Greenville from my house, I have to pass by my Daddy’s grave. I have the peace of knowing his soul and spirit are not in that grave, but are with Jesus. Only his body is left there, but it will be resurrected on that day of the Rapture, and if I am passing by that way at the time his body leaves that grave, I can watch it come up and meet the Lord in the air with My Daddy.
To me, it’s as though he is on a trip and will soon return to me.
Woman of God, it is an abundant life when we know that we know we are ready to meet the Lord, should He come today.
Sinner, don’t be left behind. Trust Him today to care for you as your good shepherd.
Jesus loves you; He gave His life for you. You are not really living until you put your life in His hands. I’ve heard people say, “I’m not ready, I am still young. I want to live my life they way I choose.”
What are you giving up to invite Him into you life? I’ll tell you. You are giving up eternal torment and destruction for eternal life; You are giving up hell for heaven; you are giving up the lordship of Satan, for the Lordship of Jesus Christ; you are giving up no peace for the “Prince of Peace.
Some women tell me they are afraid their boyfriend or husband will get mad or even leave them if they ask Jesus into their lives. Would you sell your soul to the devil for someone who wants you to go to hell, and to be eternally separated from God? He doesn’t love you, he loves himself, he loves the sin you share with him. He is just like the devil, when he gets through with you, he will laugh at you. This might seem harsh , but believe me, I have seen too much of it.
We can decide to serve God and live according to His standards, or we can set our own standards and live outside His blessings.
The choice is ours.
Proverbs 8:36 —But he that sinneth against Me wrongeth his own soul: all that hate Me love death.
Romans 6:23 —For the wages of sin is death: but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
There is coming a time when all this will be played back in your mind computer. You will remember when you were witnessed to about your soul’s destination. Their is only one way you can be born again, saved from destruction:
For you who did not pray that prayer with me,
Invite Jesus into your heart now, don’t live another day without Him, there is no promise of another chance.
God is righteous and demands full obedience from His creation. He will not tolerate unrighteousness, and designed hell to eternally house those who are not willing to submit their lives to Him.
There is no other way to the Father but through Jesus.
Jesus said in John 14:6 … I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh to the Father, but by Me.
Jesus is Life. He is still giving life.
John 3:16 — 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.
Think about it. Everlasting life.
Look at verse 17,18 —-For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.
He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God
Pray this prayer with me, and receive Jesus, by faith, as your Lord and savior:
Jesus, come into my life, and save me. I am sorry for my sin, I repent of my sin. I am tired of trying to live my life, my way. I give my life to You.
Deliver me from every stronghold of bondage. In Jesus name I pray.
Thank You for saving me.
We have already seen where Jesus Christ is life, conqueror over death, and the only way to the Father.
There are also special promises from God for those who serve Him:
Escape from hell
There is a great contrast between heaven and hell, and both are real places: one to joy and one to darkness with no hope.
Choose the life giver.