In My Chamber of SecretsDecember 13, 2008
It has no fixed position, nor does it fit within the confines of a physical description. And yet it’s a very real place of refreshing; where a wearied soul can come into the presence of the Almighty. Here, it’s just us and the Lord Jesus while the storms rage on the outside. No neighbors to put on a show for, no brethren to conform to, no interference from the myriad of voices as they strive to be heard above the continuous static. Here we enter in; leaving behind our titles and agenda as we come into the very presence of the Creator of all that is. The Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning; who has no beginning and no ending. The one who loves us beyond comprehension and bids us “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”
Words cannot describe the incredible privelage of having an audience with the Lord Jesus the very moment that we place our thoughts upon him. That he delights when we take time out to be with him; not out of ritual, but because we just love being in his presence. And in his presence, there is a peace, so complete and satisfying that it defies explanation. An absolute serinity in every part of our being as we just remain still and know that “God is.” During such moments, words seem intrusive and the spiritual song is far more appropriate. Like a river gently flowing, it comes forth with melodies and lyrics far too wonderful for this present realm. A heavenly song; sweet and void of selfish attachments. The following passage has been a favorite for years:
Psalm 84:10-11 “For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”
Philippians 4:6-7 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (I love Philippians)
I’m trying to tie together several thoughts and it’s proving to be quite a task. There are so many needs around us; those who are unsaved, infirmaties, spiritual oppression from the enemy and what have you, that we should probably be in prayer 24/7. We often go into prayer for specific purposes and we are instructed in scripture to do this. As I Peter 5:7 admonishes us: “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” But there is a sweetness when we can just come into the presence of the Lord and focus on seeking him. A time of just being with the Lord; much like on earth when we “hang out” with someone who is really close to us. It doesn’t really matter what’s transpiring in the ambience; so long as we’re together.
Such moments are priceless. When we can just get away and seek the Lord Jesus. Often during these times, the Holy Spirit brings to our rememberance certain needs, or calls us to intercede for someone who may be at the end of their rope. Oftentimes names will come forth and as the person is lifted up in prayer, it will swerve into a very specific need that may or may not have been previously known about. Other times, we may be granted insight concerning a particular situation or revelation concerning a particular passage of scripture. It’s a time to put self aside and allow the Lord to lead us to where we need to go. Occasionally, such moments are simply beyond words and we silently abide in the presence of the Lord; overwhelmed by the awesomeness of our Creator who became flesh and dwelt among us.
Psalm 63:6 “When I remember thee upon my bed, andmeditate on thee in the night watches.
The enemy will fight to keep us out of the prayer closet; every bit as much as he strives to keep us from hiding the word of God in our hearts. Two common issues that I must contend with are time and thought. Finding large blocks of time to spend in prayer is almost impossible with all that’s going on in my life. This is dealt with by actively striving to keep my thoughts on the Lord Jesus every possible moment. An even bigger obstacle is that of a hyper-active imagination that requires a constant casting down. Imaginations that don’t appear to be exactly bad, but they perpetually lead to more of the same and consume valuable minutes. Like this morning on my way to work. Somehow, I got into a particular train of thought until the entire drive to Three Rivers became “nothing more than just that- a drive to Three Rivers.” (This is premium prayer time; driving to and from work)
One thing is becomming more prominant as of late and is one reason that I was minded to do this post. I ponder end time events a lot and consider things which most christians find to be discomforting to put it mildly. Iny case, such thoughts don’t cause fear as they did in earlier years. Instead, they amplify the desire to just let go of every agenda, find a secluded place, and be with the Lord Jesus. Striving to tune out the background noise and hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. As the twilight turns to pitch black, only those who are close to the Lord and have his word hidden in their heart will be able to see where they are going. The time to enter into our chamber of secrets is now.
Well I must close for now. The passages at the bottom were from the earlier draft of this post, but they’re too good to remove. Gods word is pure and profitable, and incapable of returning void. The following link is way off topic concerning this post, but may be the topic of a future one:
DELUSION RESISTANCE This site discusses the alien abduction phenomenon and christians who have called on the name of Jesus to defeat these beings. I heard a fascinating program earlier this week concerning this. Have a blessed weekend in Jesus.
II Kings 6:10-12 “And the king of Israel sent to the place which the man of God told him and warned him of, and saved himself there, not once nor twice. Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was sore troubled for this thing; and he called his servants, and said unto them, Will ye nt shew me, which of us is for the king of Israel? And one of his servants said, None, my lord, O king: but Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber.”
James 1:5 “If any of you lack wisdom,let him ask of God,that giveth to all men liberally liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shal be given him.”