It bothers me that hardly anyone talks about the secret place. Churches don’t teach their people about it. Christians don’t go there because they don’t even know they can.
Living in the secret place is essential for every Christian to walk in victory and it’s available to everyone who wants to go.
Some years ago, the Lord instructed me to take the high ground each day in my prayer time. I understood He was telling me my time with Him was not done until I had secured the high ground in the same way an army fights to secure the high ground and gains a strategic advantage by doing so. Ever since then, I have been taking the high ground every day. Stopping short ruins my whole day, so there can be no compromise. In the course of a year, I can count on one hand the days I fail to go there and it is almost always due to some crazy circumstances robbing me of my time with Him. That’s not boasting of anything I’ve done, but just to show living in the secret place is not optional. It’s essential. Going there daily should be normal for every believer.
We enter the secret place by taking the high ground, by refusing to be denied, by fighting for it like a soldier fights to take ground. We don’t get there by watching another episode of Duck Dynasty. We have to take it by force.
Another time, God said to me, “Seek God first, early in the day.” (Psalm 63:1) So I always try to make it the first thing I do at the start of each day. I believe that is important because it changes the course of the rest of the day.
The secret place is our place of refuge from the storms. Going there is not complicated, but it is costly because it requires making it our number one priority with total disregard for the clock because that squelches the move of the Holy Spirit. We must totally yield ourselves over to Him, allowing Him to do what He wants to do. We must hunger for it enough to take all day if required, but if we go with that attitude, it rarely takes that long. It is an attitude of refusing to be denied no matter what it costs, which is sadly too high of a price for many people. If only they knew what they were missing. His presence is the most valuable thing we will ever have.
The secret place is so secret we cannot find our way there on our own because only God knows the way, but the good news is He will take us there any time we want to go if we will come to Him seeking Him with all our heart, seeking to know Him and be right with Him, confessing anything that we have done to displease Him since our last encounter (Matthew 6:33).
If we will only do our part in seeking Him diligently, He will do the rest, somehow transporting us into His realm where we encounter His presence. We arrive not knowing how we got there, yet never wanting to leave. The cares of this world that were pressing us on all sides when we started are removed so far from us we can no longer remember what they were and no longer care because we know He has them in His hands.
It is heaven on earth and it belongs to us as our inheritance. Some people wrongly believe we can only go there when God decides, but that is false. We can go there any time we want and we need to go daily. Even one day away from there is dangerous because the enemy’s arrows can reach us when we are down here in this earthly realm, but are unable to reach us when we are in the heavenly realm, the realm of God, the secret place reserved for those who walk uprightly before Him.
5 For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; in the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock.
6 And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me, and I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord. (Psalm 27:5-6)
19 How great is Your goodness, which You have stored up for those who fear You, which You have wrought for those who take refuge in You, before the sons of men!
20 You hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the conspiracies of man; You keep them secretly in a shelter from the strife of tongues. (Psalm 31:19-20)
O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsts for thee, my flesh longs for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; (Psalm 63:1)
1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust!” (Psalm 91:1-2)