I discovered a “secret place” that has changed my life forever and made me the person I am today.
Let me tell you about this place. It is where I can breathe vulnerably and celebrate my dependence on God and His Word. It’s a place I can make known my heart, with its needs, thoughts and feelings, doubts and anxieties, sorrows and joys. It is a place of refuge from the chaos, storms and confusion of the world. It’s a place consumed by God’s peace that surpasses all understanding. It’s where I receive supernatural wisdom and knowledge. In this place I get visions and revelations to strengthen and equip me. Here, I am repentant and healed. It is where I find my greatest humility and strongest confidence. It’s where I make room to see God’s faithfulness displayed as I practice waiting on and trusting in His love. As I set my affections on Him, my soul becomes recharged, relaxed, refreshed and restored in the shadow of the Almighty. REST.
“He that dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1
“I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.” Psalm 91:2.
There is a deep need in every one of us to be close to God. If you’re asking, “How do I find this secret place and REST there?”
Shift the focus of your effort from yourself, and direct it to God. Go before Him in adoration and make room for Him. Focus your attention on Him and increase your awareness of being in His presence. Stop. Wait. Expect. Be still. Listen. God has promised that as we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us and we will experience Him with us in ever increasing measures. He wants to reveal Himself to all who seek Him, desire Him, long for Him, crave, hunger and Trust in Him. We must Expect, Believe and have Faith that His Presence will give us Rest and then as we REST in his Presence we must Expect for Him to show us how to do all the rest! Resting in Him allows me to do all the rest with Him.
“God reveals Himself to those that earnest seek Him.” Deuteronomy 4:29
As we REST expectantly in God’s presence, He begins to draw our attention to His word. While most people base their theology on His word, it is really the experiences with Him and the revelation we receive through His Holy Spirit that makes it all come alive. And the more we encounter Him through His Word and His Word, through us, our faith arises and we become filled with the confidence and authority to do all we were called to do and be all we were made to be.
The Lord’s ultimate goal is to be intimate with us in an atmosphere of grace, mercy, truth and love. His Peace must become the soundtrack to the schedule of our life. If His Peace consumes and surrounds you, Whew! life becomes much smoother.
I’ve learned rest is a necessity. In order for me to keep pouring out, I must first position myself to be filled. With all that I have to do, I cannot afford not to rest. Even Jesus would get up very early in the morning and go to the wilderness alone to pray (Mark 1:35)! He needed quiet times with the Father. How many of us truly, purposefully put aside and prioritize this time with God consistently as we should and need? I believe if we order our days first, in God’s presence, we’ll watch our hearts desires be fulfilled. The most important thing we can do as a Christian is rest in His presence. With Him we can let every question and concern fade away knowing that He’s in us, with us, for us and loves us. You see, I’ve learned that when I enjoy the Lord first, I find the grace and strength to complete my assignment and run the race without striving.
“The joy of the Lord is my strength.” Nehemiah 8:10
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
My first worship project entitled “REST.” is releasing September 4th 2012.
Resting in His Love,
“May the God of HOPE fill you with all JOY and PEACE as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with HOPE by the POWER of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” Isaiah 26:3
“And He said, ‘My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.’ Exodus 33:14
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
“Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.” Psalm 37:7
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10
“But they who wait for 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.” Isaiah 40:31
“You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” Psalm 16:11
“You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah.” Psalm 32:7
“He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.” Psalm 91:4
Illustration of Beckah Shae by: Lindsey Morris
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