We cannot be effective Christians if we don’t spend time in the secret place. God is a God of order. Yes He isn’t confined to a particular place where He can meet us. However all through the bible, we can see that He reveals Himself to us more when we care about spending time with Him in the secret place.
The secret place is the place where we have our quiet time with God. It’s a place of prayer, studying and meditating on God’s word. A place of consecration. A place where our identity is revealed. A place where our root is deepened. A place where mysteries are revealed to us.
The more the assignment, the more time we are to spend here. Jesus Christ went into this place often. When the time to face the cross was getting closer, He went to Gethsemene to pray. He didn’t spend all His time talking about what was going to happen without running into the secret place of the Most High to draw strength.
You see the reason why we aren’t seeing the kind of revival we long for in this age is because we have been sold and we have foolishly bought into the idea that we can just say a line of prayer once a month and still experience a great move of God. Most churches are more like clubhouses where people dance and shout and leave empty. We have been deceived into thinking that we don’t need to spend quality time with God to know more about Him. Easy peasy breezy relationship. Microwave kind of lifestyle. It is false. We are only deceiving ourselves. The difference between a lukewarm Christian and a Christian who is on fire for God is the time they spend in the secret place.
Intimacy isn’t birthed from a one minute conversation. How can we claim we know Him when we barely talk to Him for 5 mins? How can we claim we adore His presence when we think it’s boring. Some Christians think God’s word is too old school and the whole concept of spending time with God is archaic. It isn’t so.
In Exodus 24:15-18, we see Moses going into this place.
15 Then Moses climbed up the mountain, and the cloud covered it. 16 And the glory of the Lord settled down on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days. On the seventh day the Lord called to Moses from inside the cloud. 17 To the Israelites at the foot of the mountain, the glory of the Lord appeared at the summit like a consuming fire. 18 Then Moses disappeared into the cloud as he climbed higher up the mountain. He remained on the mountain forty days and forty nights.
Moses went up to the mountain. Notice how it says the glory of God covered it when he got there? If it were some of us, once we get a drizzle of the glory, we are done till next year. But Moses didn’t do that. The glory covered the mountain for six days and on the seventh day, God spoke. A tap of the anointing wasn’t enough for Moses. He wanted to be saturated. Soaked to the point where he experienced an overflow. The glory overflowed to the Israelites who were at the bottom of the mountain. This happened even before they saw Moses. How amazing is that! This is like you praying and your next door neighbor can feel the impact of your prayer. This is what I want!
Despite the overflow, He remained there to receive the full message God had for Him.
The Moses that went up the mountain, was different from the Moses that came back from it. We can’t claim we spend time with God and still remain the same way. Moses didn’t have to speak for the children of Israel to realise that something was now different about him. This is the effect of the secret place.
Peter’s shadow healed the sick. This is a result of an overflow of the anointing that was on him. This doesn’t happen overnight. You don’t spend 5 mins with Jesus once a week and expect your shadow to heal the sick. We can’t reap if we’ve not sown.
Psalm 91:1 tells us that those who dwell in the secret place of the Most High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Can you see the deal there? Those who dwell…, will abide under God’s glory? This promise isn’t for those who pay occasional visits.
Matthew 5:6 tells us that those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, shall be filled.
A one off experience isn’t enough. We have to continuously dwell in His presence. We have to carry His presence and be conscious of it everywhere we go.
The glory on Moses’ face did fade away because the Holy Spirit wasn’t living in Him. But our case is different.
7 The old way,[b] with laws etched in stone, led to death, though it began with such glory that the people of Israel could not bear to look at Moses’ face. For his face shone with the glory of God, even though the brightness was already fading away. 8 Shouldn’t we expect far greater glory under the new way, now that the Holy Spirit is giving life?
2 Corinthians 3:7-10.
We are privileged to experience this encounter in a more profound way in that the Holy Spirit lives in the inside of us. As such we are able to exhibit His fruits and carry His presence every where we go.
I challenge you today to spend more time in the secret place. The more time we spend there, the more we become like Him. God isn’t going to pour out His spirit on a lazy christian because such a person won’t have the discipline to maintain that anointing. God doesn’t waste His resources.
I know we all are busy. However we can’t keep talking about a cry for revival if we ourselves aren’t revived.
I want more of God and so I am committing to spending more time with Him. Are you?