The Secret of Abiding in the Secret Place:
“He who dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” (Ps. 91:1).
“But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.” (1 John 2:27).
There is SO much more to being a Christian than just going to church, reading your Bible and praying! It is true that all of those are important aspects of being a disciple of Jesus. However, these things can become merely external forms of a religious duty that is devoid of any personal contact and experience of the Lord God Himself. As Christians, God has invited us to have a personal and intimate friendship with Him, to dwell in the secret place of the Most High. When Jesus taught us to pray, He said, “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” (Matthew 6:6). This is not just speaking of prayer as going to God with your wish list and asking Him to ‘gimme gimme gimme cause my name’s Jimmy!’ No! God has invited us to abide in His presence, to remain, to live, to continually dwell in His presence. Not only does the anointing (the presence of the Holy Spirit) abide and live in us, but we abide and live in Him, too.
Over the past several years, I have been embarking on an exciting journey deeper into the secret place, and enjoying sweet fellowship and communion with the Holy Spirit. Today, I want to share with you some of the secrets that I have learned about abiding in the secret place. The purpose of these things is not just so that we can have more power and boldness to do great things for God (although those are practical benefits that will flow out of being in His presence), rather the goal and purpose is simply to abide in His presence, and enjoy fellowship with Him, soaking in His presence.
ABIDE IN THE WORD:
“Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.” (John 8:31). The first key to abiding in the secret place is to abide in the Word. As I have purposed in my heart to maintain a consistent daily time of reading God’s Word, the Lord has begun to speak to me more clearly every day. This is one of the primary ways we learn to recognize God’s voice, because God’s Word is God’s will. The more familiar we are with God’s Word, the more familiar we will become with God’s voice as well.
ABIDE IN JESUS IN PRAYER:
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:4-5). The second key to abiding in the secret place is to abide in Jesus in prayer. Jesus said that as we abide in Him, and He abides in us, that we will bear much fruit, because without Him we can do nothing. As you spend time with Jesus in prayer, you will hear the voice of God showing you the things He wants you to do, and as you go forth from the secret place to do those things, you will find that your ministry is more fruitful because you are doing what God tells you to do.
ABIDE IN HIS LOVE:
“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:9-11). The third key to abiding in the secret place is to abide in God’s love. We need to know and believe the love that God has for us. First John 3:1 tells us, “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the children of God!” As we sit in God’s presence, it is good to remind ourselves that God is our Father, and rest in His love, so that His joy may remain in us and our joy may be full.
No matter what else you do today, I want to challenge you to take the time to get alone with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in the secret place. Abide in His Word, abide in Jesus in prayer, and abide in His love.
Pastor Chris Jordan