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The School of the Holy Spirit 16 of 52 Part 5 – The anatomy and Secrets of the Secret Place with God + Activation of the Secret Place Anointing – Call 9-1-1 and keep it steady!
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Quotes on the secret place and prayer:
“There is no power like that of prevailing prayer, of Abraham pleading for Sodom, Jacob wrestling in the stillness of the night, Moses standing in the breach, Hannah intoxicated with sorrow, David heartbroken with remorse and grief, Jesus in sweat of blood. Add to this list from the records of the church your personal observation and experience, and always there is the cost of passion unto blood. Such prayer prevails. It turns ordinary mortals into men of power. It brings power. It brings fire. It brings rain. It brings life. It brings God.” – Samuel Chadwick
“In an effort to get
the work of the Lord done we often lose contact with the Lord of the work and
quite literally wear our people out as well.”
– A.W Tozer, That Incredible Christian
“Of all things, guard against neglecting God in the secret place of prayer.”
– William Wilberforce
needs time for the revelation of God’s presence. It is vain to say, ‘I have too
much work to do to find time.’ You must find time or forfeit blessing. God
knows how to save for you the time you sacredly keep for communion with Him.”
– A. T. Pierson
“Start with God – the first step in learning is bowing down to God; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning. ”- King Solomon
“The sovereign God wants to be loved for Himself and honored for Himself, but that is only part of what He wants. The other part is that He wants us to know that when we have Him we have everything – we have all the rest.” – A.W Tozer
“God wants worshipers before workers; indeed, the only acceptable workers are those who have learned the lost art of worship” – A.W Tozer, That Incredible Christian
“The secret of praying is praying in secret.” – Leonard Ravenhill
Our ordinary views of prayer are not found in the New Testament. We look upon prayer as a means for getting something for ourselves; the Bible idea of prayer is that we may get to know God Himself. – Oswald Chambers
“Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees.” – Corrie ten Boom
“Prayer is the acid test of devotion.” – Samuel Chadwick
“What the church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use— men of prayer, men mighty in prayer” – E.M. Bounds
“Time spent in prayer will yield more than that given to work. Prayer alone gives work its worth and its success. Prayer opens the way for God Himself to do His work in us and through us. Let our chief work as God’s messengers be intercession; in it we secure the presence and power of God to go with us.”– Andrew Murray
“Prayer is not learned in a classroom but in the closet.” – E. M. Bounds
“Prayer is weakness leaning on omnipotence.” – W. S. Bowd
“Each time, before you intercede, be quiet first, and worship God in His glory. Think of what He can do, and how He delights to hear the prayers of His redeemed people. Think of your place and privilege in Christ, and expect great things!” – Andrew Murray
“As we race towards the end, we are going to experience more disruptions to getting together in fellowship. Persecution of TRUE Christians will be intensified like never before – This is a guarantee and we can take this word to the bank. We must be ready! Readiness starts and ends with cultivating and sustaining our one – on – one, intimate relationship with Him in the secret place.” Monday Ogwuojo Ogbe – Otakada.org
Mark 1:35 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
35 And in the morning, long before daylight, He got up and went out to a [a]deserted place, and there He prayed.
Matthew 6:6 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
6 But when you pray, go into your [most] private room, and, closing the door, pray to your Father, Who is in secret; and your Father, Who sees in secret, will reward you in the open.
Psalm 91:1-11 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
1 He who [a]dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].
2 I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust!
3 For [then] He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.
4 [Then] He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler.
5 You shall not be afraid of the terror of the night, nor of the arrow (the evil plots and slanders of the wicked) that flies by day,
6 Nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor of the destruction and sudden death that surprise and lay waste at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you.
8 Only a spectator shall you be [yourself inaccessible in the secret place of the Most High] as you witness the reward of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your dwelling place,
10 There shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near your tent.
11 For He will give His angels [especial] charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all your ways [of obedience and service].
Luke 10:38-42 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
38 Now while they were on their way, it occurred that Jesus entered a certain village, and a woman named Martha received and welcomed Him into her house.
39 And she had a sister named Mary, who seated herself at the Lord’s feet and was listening to His teaching.
40 But Martha [overly occupied and too busy] was distracted with much serving; and she came up to Him and said, Lord, is it nothing to You that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me [to lend a hand and do her part along with me]!
41 But the Lord replied to her by saying, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things;
Mark 13:32-37 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
32 But of that day or that hour not a [single] person knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
33 Be on your guard [constantly alert], and watch [a]and pray; for you do not know when the time will come.
34 It is like a man [[b]already] going on a journey; when he leaves home, he puts his servants in charge, each with his particular task, and he gives orders to the doorkeeper to be constantly alert and on the watch.
35 Therefore watch (give strict attention, be cautious and alert), for you do not know when the Master of the house is coming—in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrowing, or in the morning—
36 [Watch, I say] lest He come suddenly and unexpectedly and find you asleep.
37 And what I say to you I say to everybody: Watch (give strict attention, be cautious, active, and alert)!
Matthew 7:13-14 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
13 Enter through the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and spacious and broad is the way that leads away to destruction, and many are those who are entering through it.
14 But the gate is narrow (contracted [a]by pressure) and the way is straitened and compressed that leads away to life, and few are those who find it.
Dear brothers and sisters, this is a continuation of our series on the school of the Holy Spirit. Today, we bring you Part 5, series 16 of 52 – The Anatomy and Secrets of the Secret place with God + Activation of Secret place anointing with a first subseries – call 911 and keep it steady!
If you missed the Wednesday post where we discussed Identifying the Physical and Spiritual Senses and Common Ways We Can Engage with the Holy Spirit + Activating the Gift of the Holy Spirit and Spiritual Sensitivity During Personal Prayer, please visit the link. https://www.otakada.org/weekly-motivational-stories-15-of-52-spiritual-senses/
The Anatomy and Secrets of the secret place with God will run through several sub-series in the school of the Holy Spirit. This is the engine run that drives our Christian life. It comes before our fellowship with others. If we do not develop the habit of secret place relationship with our heavenly Father, we are giving to much away.
One of the best-kept secrets of our faith is the blessedness and joy of cultivating a secret life with God. In the secret place, the living word of God is laid open before you; Jesus Himself stands at your side; the Holy Spirit is gently washing your heart; your love is awakened as you meditate upon the gracious words of His mouth; your spirit is ignited and your mind is renewed; you talk to Him, and He talks to you in the language of intimate friendship.
As I read through church history up until early 1908, over 30 million Christians were martyred on record for their faith. These martyrs were able to face death without fear because they had an intimate relationship, powered by the living, breathing Holy Spirit in them – Acts 7:55
As we race towards the end, we are going to experience more disruptions to getting together in fellowship. Persecution of TRUE Christians will be intensified like never before – This is a guarantee and we can take this word to the bank. We must be ready! Readiness starts and ends with cultivating and sustaining our one – on – one, intimate relationship with Him in the secret place.
If I have any litmus test for any Christian at all, it is to ask them if they have a vibrant, secret place intimate relationship with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit (John 14:23). In fact, for a vibrant and successful fellowship with other believers to be attained and retained, individual members secret place relationship is a key to attaining that success – Take it or leave it.
Our local fellowship with our spouses, friends, family members, small groups, local assembles and larger assembles of believers should be a place where we empty-in what God is saying to us individually and collectively in the secret place to equip and edify the larger church of Jesus Christ to run the Christian race successfully with little or no casualties.
My security, your security and our security can be attained by calling 911 – Psalm 91 Verse 1 – He that dwells in the secret place of the must high and keeping it steady has all the attaining benefit outlined in verses 2 to the end of Psalm 91 – There are no shortcuts – It is a narrow path of consecration. No secret place, no sustained benefit of verses 2 to end. Jesus showed us this example in Mark 1:35 by ensuring He goes out alone, first thing in the morning, dialoguing with God the Father. Jesus told Martha that only one thing is needed – Learning and engaging the master at His fit in Luke 10:38-42.
The best place to watch and pray and get a beds eye view of trends, events and our own personal work and walk with Him is in the secret place – Not in the crowd. Too much noise in the crowed. – Mark 13:32-37.
I am absolutely convinced the power of heaven is unlocked on earth when we devote ourselves to the secret place of the Most-High.
Hell will do everything in its power to misrepresent and distort the exuberant delight of this dynamic reality; this present world system is strategically designed to squeeze out your time and energy for the secret place; the church usually focuses its best energies on getting saints busy; and there seem to be relatively few believers whose secret life with God is so vibrantly life-giving that it kindles a contagious desire in others to follow their example.
When we learn to dwell in the secret place of the Most-High, we are positioning ourselves to discover the key to true kingdom fruitfulness. Reproductive power is unlocked in the shadow of the Almighty!
Narrow is the gate that leads to life and only a few find it. On the narrow gate, you enter alone! – Not with the crowed – Matthew 7:13-14
Activation of the Secret Place Anointing – Call 9-1-1 and keep it steady! Entering the secret place – 8 Step Process for Biblical Meditation
- Thanksgiving, Praise and Worship – Examples here
Begin to give Him Thanks, Praise Him, Worship – Use Recorded Praise and Worship Songs to get into His presence
Revelation 4:10-11 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
10 The twenty-four elders ([a]the members of the heavenly Sanhedrin) fall prostrate before Him Who is sitting on the throne, and they worship Him Who lives forever and ever; and they throw down their crowns before the throne, crying out,
11 Worthy are You, our Lord and God, to receive the glory and the honor and dominion, for You created all things; by Your will they were [brought into being] and were created.
This is vitally important – You were created for worship.
- 2) Pray, Lord, cleanse me by Your blood: – Keep instrumental worship music playing in the background, keep external noise out or ensure silence. Example here
receiving divine revelation is at the heart of biblical meditation, you must
prepare yourself to receive from the Holy Spirit by repenting and being
cleansed by the Blood of the lamb. You must be obedient to previous revelations
from God (Matt. 7:6) and confess any sin in your life, so you are not cut off
from ongoing revelation ( Isa. 59:1-2; 1 John 1:9).
- 3) Lord, grant me teachable attitude: Instrumental Still on.
Revelation is given to those who maintain an attitude of humility, and it is withheld from the proud and the arrogant. So, keep an open humble attitude before God, allowing Him the freedom to shed greater light on any ideas you currently hold and alter them as He sees fit (James 4:6; 2 Pet. 1:19)
- 4) Lord, I will not use my faculties myself:
You can do nothing of your own initiative but only what you hear and see by the Spirit (John 5:19-20,30). You do not have a mind to use, but a mind to present to God so He can use it and fill it with anointed reason and divine vision (Prov. 3:5-7; Romans. 12:1-2). If you use your mind yourself, it is a dead work (Heb. 6:1-2)
- 5) Lord, I pray that the eyes of my heart might be enlightened – Hear logos and Rhema: Keep instrumental worship playing
Slow down as you read, mulling the text over and over in your heart and mind, praying constantly for God to give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him based on scripture He has highlighted for you for that moment., sense Rhema from the logos ( Eph. 1:17-18; Psalm 119:18) Rhema is the specific word, for a specific person ( You or others) or persons and for a specific purpose
- 6) Lord, I present the abilities to reason and to imagine to you to fill and flow through Your Spirit: Keep instrumental worship playing or be still or use anything that works for us without distraction
Meditation involves presenting your faculties to God for Him to fill and use. These include your left-brain reasoning capacities as well as your right-brain visual capacities.
Look for the river of God (i.e., “Spirit flow”) to guide and fill both hemispheres, granting you anointed reasoning and dreams and vision) John 7:37-39). Music can assist you, as can muttering, speaking in inspired tongues, and writing as you go through the discovery process ( 2 Kings 3:15)
- 7) Lord, show me the solution to the problem I am facing: Keep status quo
Focused attention brings additional energies of concentration of heart and mind, which help release revelation. For example, think about the difference between a ray of sunlight hitting a piece of paper. The focused energy creates ray so concentrated that the paper burst into flames. When you have a hunger to master a new understanding and discipline, that hungry and searching heart will cause you to see things you would not normally see (Matthew 5:6)
- 8) Accept the word or instruction or insight, Obey and Say Thank you, Lord, for what You have shown me, make a commitment to obey: Retain status quo
Realizing that the revelation came from indwelling Holy Spirit, give all the glory to God for what has been revealed ( Eph 3:21). Blessed are those hear the word and observe to do it Luke 11:28 . Accept the revelation God is speaking to you and repent of any sin that is opposite of it. Repentance is two-fold. While it involves experiencing godly sorrow over our sin, it also transforms the way we think the Holy Spirit is inviting us to adjust the way we think ad ultimately the way we live- To come into alignment with His revelation. Speak it forth and then act on it! Meditation in its all about producing a lifestyle where we start living out the word of God.
In conclusion, God commands us to reason together with Him (Isaiah 1:18). This involves the flow of His Spirit within us, guiding our thoughts. Vision is a key element in this process, as seen in Isaiah 1:18. God goes straight to pictures after He says, “ Let us reason.” He continues, “Though your sins be as scarlet, I will make them white as snow.” That is a reasoning with pictures. That is biblical reasoning with pictures. Verses become Rhema as a result of biblical meditation.
Pray, “I choose biblical meditation over western study from this point on in my life. Father, by Your grace I will use biblical meditation when I come to the bible and to every other book or area I explore, because I want divine revelation, not man’s reasoning. Holy Spirit, please remind me whenever I slip back into mere study. Thank You.”
You have now activated the secret place anointing (Holy Spirit) in your life to persevere and persist in the secret place. As you call into the secret place (Psalm 91:1), follow these processes or other processes that the Holy Spirit instructs you to follow as long as you engage in the Holy of Holies. Don’t follow rigid rules, God can burst your well thought out program. Allow Him as we move from logic, structure and processes to spontaneity in Jesus name. Jesus broke all the order, processes and protocols as he always followed the leading of the Holy Spirit so must we!
Experience all round-success this week and beyond as You are led by your closest friend – The Holy Spirit!
Remember, we are one in Christ Jesus – Only in unity we can have lasting and far reaching impact – Engage!
Ephesians 4:4-6 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) 4 [ There is ] one body and one Spirit—just as there is also one hope [that belongs] to the calling you received—5 [ There is ] one Lord, one faith, one baptism,6 One God and Father of [ us ] all, Who is above all [ Sovereign over all ], pervading all and [ living ] in [us] all.
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