The Secret Place

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When I was a child I had a book entitled ‘The Secret Garden’. In this book a young girl finds this place, an abandoned, beautiful secret garden. The story depicts her adventures in this secret place where she can be herself and be alone. The Bible also speaks of a secret place. It is a place that we as Christians are meant to discover. It is a place near to God where we can be ourselves and a place where we can enjoy God. God wants us in the secret place He has designed for each of us.

THERE IS A SECRET PLACE

The secret place is a place in God. It is a place where we can be totally at home with God. It is a place to which we can keep on returning. It is a place where we can enjoy being with God. A place where we can worship and love God.

Psalm 91:1 He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

It is the character of a true Christians that he finds and dwells (stays) in the secret place of the Most High. There is a secret place for you and for me.

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Trusting God With Timing

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TRUSTING GOD WITH TIMING

The best advice that I can give is to trust God with timing issues. It is not always easy, especially when we are between seasons and the boundaries are not clear. But God sees things clearly. That is why we can trust Him.

Psalm 31:14 But I am trusting you, O Lord. I said, “You alone are my God; my times are in your hands.

Are your times in God’s hands today? Let’s give Him those aspects of time that frustrate and confuse us.

GOD KNOWS

God knows what you are going through. God knows your exact situation and circumstances. And He wants to direct us every step of the way.

Psalm 139:1-2 O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit or stand. When far away you know my every thought. You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment you know where I am. You know what I am going to say before I even say it. You both precede and follow me and place your hand of blessing on my head. This is too glorious, too wonderful to believe! I can never be lost to your Spirit! I can never get away from my God! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the place of the dead, you are there. If I ride the morning winds to the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, your strength will support me.

Let’s trust God for the right time in each of our lives.

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God’s Timing

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GOD’S TIMING

This can be a very difficult aspect of us as Christians to understand. God lives in an eternal time frame with no beginning and no end. We live in a momentary time frame with a definite beginning and a sure end. It is for this reason that we see things very differently.

Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

God sees things in a different light. He is not under pressure from time.

GOD UNDERSTANDS TIMING

Galatians 4:4 but when the right time came, the time God decided on, he sent his Son.

The time that God decides on is always the right time. Jesus also understood timing.

John 7:6-8 Jesus replied, “It is not the right time for me to go now. …… You go on, and I’ll come later when it is the right time.”

When the time to wrong it is the time to wait and when the time is right it is the time to move.

Romans 5:6 When we were utterly helpless, with no way of escape, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners who had no use for him.

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Timing Is Everything

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TIMING IS EVERYTHING

Have you heard this phrase before? I have heard businessmen tell me how crucial timing is to the success of a deal or transaction. In our lives as Christians we also face the timing issue. We need to be sensitive to the time frame we find ourselves in. Timing can make the difference between success and failure. I remember my father telling me that there are times to ‘back off’ or ‘back down’. If we miss these time we can end up hurt and devastated, but if we can read these times we can step towards success and God’s plan for our lives.

UNDERSTANDING TIMING

This can be one of the most difficult and challenging tasks. I have seen people rush in to things long before the time is right. The result is usually devastating. It is difficult for us human beings who are caught up in time to understand timing. We are always in a hurry and want things to happen instantaneously. But there is a time for everything. This is something we need to understand and gain a grasp of so that we will not make mistakes.

THE HANDS OF THE CLOCK

Sometimes what we want to do is to push the hands of the clock up to the twelve o’ clock position. We want to get to our goal now. My mother was taking music lessons as a little girl. She was expected to practice each day for 30 minutes. She did not enjoy the practicing. There was a clock on the wall by which her parents would set the practice time. In her desperation she would sneak up to the clock, when no one was looking and push the minute hand forward so that she could end her practice early. Naturally her parents were not that stupid and the end result was usually discipline. Sometimes we live like this. We keep jumping up to push the hands of the clock on a little so that we can get on with what we think is good for us. Time is destined to move at a particular speed.

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The Right Time

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We all go through certain time frames in our lives. I like to compare them to seasons. Seasons come and go. I find that just when I have had too much of the heat of summer, winter begins to arrive and when I have had enough of the cold, spring is in the air. When we are in a season we may think it will never end. But there is a right time and season for everything.

A RIGHT TIME FOR EVERYTHING

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 There is a right time for everything: A time to be born; A time to die; A time to plant; A time to harvest; A time to kill; A time to heal; A time to destroy; A time to rebuild; A time to cry; A time to laugh; A time to grieve; A time to dance; A time for scattering stones; A time for gathering stones; A time to hug; A time not to hug; A time to find; A time to lose; A time for keeping; A time for throwing away; A time to tear; A time to repair; A time to be quiet; A time to speak up; A time for loving; A time for hating; A time for war; A time for peace.

This scripture has always amazed me. As Christians we find it hard to believe that these negatives should even happen, let alone that there would be a right time for them. An example: we may think that there is never a right time for war, but yet this scripture tells us that there is a time for war. Perhaps you are going through a season of one of these ‘negatives’. These can be difficult times but let’s allow God to help us through each stage or season of life that we may pass through.

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The Reward

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THE REWARD

If we will love the word of God and His laws we will not stumble.

Psalm 119:165 ‘Those who love your laws have great peace of heart and mind and do not stumble.’

Joshua 1:8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Listen to the rewards:
1. Great peace of heart and mind
2. We will not stumble
3. Then you will be prosperous
4. Then you will be successful

What great rewards. As we develop a love for God’s word we can avoid stumbling.

ALWAYS THINKING OF THE LORD

I like this one. If God is a living reality to us, then we can experience Him and will not need to stumble and fall.
Without the reality of God in our lives stumbling and falling can be on going. Let your thoughts be full of thoughts about God.

Psalm 16:8 I am always thinking of the Lord; and because he is so near, I never need to stumble or fall.

Let heaven fill your thoughts. It is important that we experience God.

GOD IS WATCHING US

It is great to know that God is carefully watching us. God wants to see us walking without stumbling. He is ready to lead and guide us all along the way.

Psalm 121:3-4 He will never let me stumble, slip, or fall. For he is always watching, never sleeping.

This is God’s heart for us. When we endeavour to do what is right and allow God to lead us, we can experience. the joy of knowing that He is watching us and He wants to guard against us falling and stumbling. This is life that God has for us

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Doing What Is Right

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DOING WHAT IS RIGHT

As we endeavour to do what is right we will stay clear of stumbling and falling. Living a life of doing right is the way to live without stumbling. None of us want to stumble. We all want to walk with confidence and assurance. We can walk in this way if we are doing what is right. If you are walking a road of not doing what is right you can expect a stumbling experience.

Proverbs 4:11-12 I would have you learn this great fact: that a life of doing right is the wisest life there is. If you live that kind of life, you’ll not limp or stumble as you run.

Let’s determine to do what is right, for then we will be able to walk without stumbling.

GOD WANTS TO LEAD US

If God leads us this is the surest way of not stumbling. God does not cause us to stumble. He wants us to avoid stumbling. If we will allow Him to lead us then we can know that we will not stumble.

Jeremiah 31:9 I will lead them beside streams of water on a level path where they will not stumble.

Won’t you let the Lord lead you? I believe that God is waiting and wanting to lead each of us.

We need to take advantage of the wisdom God has given and the wisdom He wants to continue giving us. Common sense is our ability to have sound and prudent judgment.
We must use these keys that God has given us and they will help us walk without stumbling.

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What Does It Mean To Stumble?

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO STUMBLE?

It can mean anyone of the following:

1. To fall into sin or waywardness
2. To make an error or to blunder
3. To experience obstacles that allow us to fall
4. To trip in walking or running
5. To walk unsteadily or clumsily
6. To trip

God does not want us to stumble through life. God wants us to walk with Him through life confidently.

TWO KEYS TO AVOID STUMBLING

We need to know if there are any aspects we need to be on the lookout for. Proverbs tells us that to avoid stumbling we need to have two things:

1. Wisdom – Knowing and doing right
2. Common sense

Proverbs 3:21-23 have two goals: wisdom—that is, knowing and doing right—and common sense. Don’t let them slip away, for they fill you with living energy and bring you honour and respect. They keep you safe from defeat and disaster and from stumbling off the trail.

We need to take advantage of the wisdom God has given and the wisdom He wants to continue giving us. Common sense is our ability to have sound and prudent judgment.
We must use these keys that God has given us and they will help us walk without stumbling.

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Walking Without Stumbling

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God wants us to walk without stumbling. He wants us to walk with renewed strength. God wants to be able to run without growing weary and He wants us to walk without fainting. No matter if it is in our day-to-day lives or in or spiritual lives, God does not want us to stumble.

Isaiah 40:30-31 ‘Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall, but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.’

Let us see how we can realise this wonderful life that God has for us.

WE NEED STRENGTH

We need to realise that we need strength and that we need God’s strength in our lives. We cannot always run on our own strength. Sooner or later we will need His divine strength. We have no power of our own. If we are going to walk without stumbling we need God’s strength.

Isaiah 40:29-31 He gives power to the tired and worn out, and strength to the weak. Even the youths shall be exhausted, and the young men will all give up. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.’

We can have a source of renewed strength that will allow us to walk without stumbling.

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Come Home To The Arms Of The One Who Loves And Cares For You!

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COME HOME TO THE ARMS OF THE ONE WHO LOVES AND CARES FOR YOU!

I often wonder what would have happened if Adam and Eve had rushed out to meet the Lord when He arrived and fell at His feet in repentance? We will never know how things would have turned out had they not covered and hidden things, but we do know that because of what Christ did for us on the cross, we can ‘come home’ to the loving arms of our Heavenly Father. In the story of the prodigal son we see things illustrated in great detail.

Luke 15:20 ‘So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.’

There is no need to cover anything and there is no need to run and hide. Run into His open arms with whatever it is that you may be carrying. He is ready and willing to receive and cover you and your issues. Notice the response:

1. While he was still on route, a long way off, his father saw him!

His father had been waiting and watching for this moment for years. The moment the father had longed for had finally arrived.

2. His father’s heart was FILLED with compassion.

Some translations say he was moved with compassion. The original Greek speaks of something taking place in the inward parts or even in the organs of the body. It speaks of a movement from the very seat of his affections. Gut-wrenching may be a better word to describe it.

3. He runs to his son.

For an old man to run is both difficult and undignified. But this father, a picture of out Heavenly Father, ran in this way to his son.

4. He threw his arms around him.

This was not a tender embrace. It was a forceful, involuntary and demonstrative action and would remove all doubt and debate.

5. He kissed him.

This became an intimate and uniquely personal moment between a son and his father. The Lord is waiting to do this for you. Come home!

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Where Are You?

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WHERE ARE YOU?

In the past when the Lord would come and meet them in the garden, they would be ready to meet Him. But this time they had run away and hid themselves. But the Lord, who knew exactly where they were, calls out and asks humanity one of the most important questions, Where are you? It’s a question that we need to ask ourselves. Where are you when it comes to your relationship with God?

1. Are you covering things up?

Genesis 3:7 ‘Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.’

Trying to make things look better than they are never works with God. It may work on Facebook, but God sees through all our attempts at covering things up.

Proverbs 28:13 ‘He that covers his sins shall not prosper: but whosoever confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy.’

2. Are you hiding anything from God?

Genesis 3:9-10 The LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

We can never hide anything from God. He sees all, knows all and loves us all the same.

Hebrews 4:13 ‘Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.’

So we see that it is a futile thing to cover up things or to try and hide. Where are you? Is there any aspect that needs to be brought into the light? Do you need to step out of the shadows and into His glorious light?

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That Time – The Cool Of The Day

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THAT TIME – THE COOL OF THE DAY

Years ago there was a man that was well known to our family. He was a great man that God had used in our country. One day he told us that he had a certain quote written in the front of His diary. The quote simply said the following: ‘There are just two days in my life, THIS day and THAT day!’ He told us that he lived by this principle that there are only two days that really matter in our lives, today and that day when we will see the Lord. Life is compared to a day. It has a dawning or a birthing, it has a daytime period during the heat of the day and then it has an ending or a setting, usually flowing out of the cool of the day. When we are in the ‘heat of the day’ in our lives, it may feel like it will go on forever. The truth of the matter is that the ‘cool of the day’ can sometimes arrive quickly or unexpectedly.

Genesis 3:8 ‘Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as He was walking in the garden in the cool of the day…’

There are two things we can read into this phrase; ‘the cool of the day’.

1. God was very patient with them. He did not immediately deal with them, but he waited.

The Lord is very patient towards us.

2 Peter 3:9 ‘The Lord is not slow to fulfil His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.’

Sometimes we can see God as this figure waiting to dish out flashes of lightning to deal with us. The Lord’s desire is that we would come to repentance before judgement is required.

James 2:13 ‘Mercy triumphs over judgment.’

2. The Lord did not abandon them, He still came to them.

Even though they had done wrong and God, being all-knowing, knew of the error of their ways, He still faithfully comes to them at exactly the same time in exactly the same way. We serve such a faithful Father and He is a Good, Good Father. In our situations, He does not abandon or leave us, but He comes to us.

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Avoiding The Great Divide

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AVOIDING THE GREAT DIVIDE.

There is the possibility that this wonderful relationship that we were designed and created for can be hindered. When this relationship is damaged or broken it causes a divide to come between us and God. Adam and Eve had done what they were specifically told not to do and this changed the nature of the relationship.

Genesis 3:8 ‘So they hid from the LORD God among the trees.’

How often as humans when we do something wrong we want to run away and hide. You have heard of ‘hit and run’ accidents, when an accident occurs that the perpetrator rides off in the hope that they will escape the consequences of their actions. The great divide is sin. When sin comes into our hearts and lives it brings a separation between us and the Lord.

Isaiah 59:2 ‘But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.’

Iniquities, is the word that the Bible uses for sin or wrong-doing. Sin changes the dynamic. Remember that Adam and Eve were in relationship with the Lord. They were not strangers to God. But sin caused them to see themselves and God in a different light. As a result they chose to change their appearance (they covered themselves with leaves) and they chose to hide from God. In the process innocence was lost. Don’t give sin a foothold in your life. Deal ruthlessly with sin and when it happens don’t run and hide from God, but rather run towards Him. Be quick to confess, because He is ready to forgive.

1 John 1:9 ‘If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.’

Remember that nothing can be hidden from God. Let’s live in such a way as to preserve and develop our relationship with Him and let us stay away from sin and its ability to bring a separation and a divide between us and our precious creator.

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We Need To Develop Out Sensitivity To His Presence

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WE NEED TO DEVELOP OUR SENSITIVITY TO HIS PRESENCE

We need to develop our sensitivity towards God. In the busyness of life, do we actually know when He is trying to get our attention or if He is present? In the story of Adam and Eve in the garden, there is a verse that speaks about this.

Genesis 3:8 ‘Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as He was walking in the garden…’

I have always loved this verse as it is something special. The Garden of Eden must have been a very large place and Adam and Eve could have wondered off in any direction. But there would come a time in the day when they would ‘hear a certain sound’. They knew this sound so well, because it was the sound of the Lord God as He arrived on the scene for His regular walk with them. Most translations use the word ‘sound’ some use the word ‘voice’, but the original Hebrew indicates both ‘sound’ and ‘voice’. Are we sensitive enough to hear and respond to His ‘sound’ in our lives? Or are we simply too busy and too consumed with the issues of life to know He is calling us into deeper relationship with Him? I desire that I would always be ready to hear His ‘sound’ or His ‘voice’ as He calls out to me to know Him more dearly and to love Him more deeply. It is almost as if we have to ‘tune in’ to get rid of the noise and discern that He is calling to us. Sometimes we are listening to so many voices that it is difficult to discern His ‘sound’ above the din. Remember He has designed you for relationship with Him and He is calling out to you. He comes to different people in different ways. He comes to us if we are saints and He comes to us if we are sinners. Let us be determined that we want more relationship with Him and we will develop our sensitivity to His presence in our lives. Let this be a quality choice and a determined purpose.

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