Big Idea: You can build a special place where you spiritually dwell with Jesus so He can teach you His ways.
Can you picture a time in the future where Christians all over the world are hunted down, locked up, and go into hiding? Christians are actually being persecuted and martyred in parts of the world right now. It’s not too far-fetched to imagine that scenario happening in the USA if we don’t see a big revival. What would you do if you have no church, no access to a Bible, or even locked up in prison? How would you grow spiritually?
The answer is: You would go to a secret place with just you and Jesus! In that special place with Jesus, the Holy Spirit would remind you of everything Jesus has already taught you. You would sing songs of worship there. You would quote Scripture. You would ask Jesus how to respond to your prison guards, how to persevere during the suffering, and how to live out the fruit of the Spirit for the other prisoners to see.
If that’s what we would do during imprisonment, why not live that way now? What does the Bible say about this secret place with Jesus that we can build right now for the battles ahead?
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” 3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. 4 He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. 5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, 6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays 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. Psalm 91:1-7 (NKJV)
You can dwell in the secret place with the Most High. You can take refuge in Him. You can trust Him. God can deliver you. You don’t have to live in fear during the day or night because He is with you. You don’t have to worry about death because you have been given eternal life. What other promises are given to us as we dwell in this secret place with Jesus our God!
Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked. 9 Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, 10 No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; 11 For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. 12 In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone. 13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. 14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. 15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.” Psalm 91:8-16 (NKJV)
Because you dwell with Jesus and have set your love upon Him, He will deliver you and set you on high. You will be able to speak to Jesus and He will answer you. Even if you find yourself in prison, hospital bed, or a hangman’s noose, Jesus will be with you in trouble. He will deliver you in this life or for all eternity, and he will honor you. You will be satisfied with Jesus all your life on earth and throughout all eternity because you have experienced salvation in Jesus.
You have an earthly dwelling. I am asking you to build a spiritual dwelling place with Jesus that you can go at any moment, anywhere in the world, and no one will be able to stop you. Here are the blueprints:
The Blueprints to Your Secret Place with Jesus
1. It all begins with a relationship with Jesus. Give Him control of your life as Savior and Lord.
2. Construct a dwelling place with Jesus that is your refuge. It is a place for you to escape this sinful world with all its problems. This is a spiritual place. It’s not a physical place that you can touch or visit. You may have actually been to this place on earth, but you must be able to immediately go to your secret dwelling place with Jesus at any moment. You should be able to close your eyes, and you are instantly there with Jesus.
3. The goal of life is for you to have a relationship with God and one another. Your favorite places are where you meet with your friends and family. Now it’s time for you to have a spiritual place to meet with the spiritual person of Jesus. What do you think people do in their prayer closets? They meet with Jesus. Go meet with Jesus in a place that is special to you and Him. No one can ever take this place away from you. You can go there anytime.
4. Don’t be weird! I know it may seem weird, but don’t make it weird. It only becomes weird when you tell other people about it. So, don’t tell them. Just go meet with Jesus and keep it private (a secret place).
My Secret Place with Jesus:
I have never described to anyone (not even my wife) about my secret place with the Lord, but I think it is important to tell you. You really need this weapon. You need this place more than you think. Jesus has so much to personally and privately tell you.
I quiet my mind. I normally close my eyes, and I see myself there. Normally it’s dark. (I like the darkness, and I am not afraid.) Lightning is often flashing all around, and it’s completely peaceful, and I am at rest. Jesus is there. I speak with Him. (People call it prayer, but I call it a conversation with Jesus.) I complain to Jesus. I share my fears, my hurts, and doubts. I ask Him to show me what to do in specific situations. I ask Him how to respond to people. I forgive people there. I cry. I rejoice. I laugh. I ask Him to heal people. Save certain people. I can quickly go there, and I can quickly leave. I don’t go there every day. I sometimes go weeks without being there. I am sometimes afraid to be with Jesus there because He expects a lot, and I would rather be lazy and ignorant of the plans that He has for me because I am selfish. All the major decisions in my life over the last 10 years have been made in this place with Jesus. I typically tell Jesus “No” when He asks me to do something hard or that has never been done. Eventually, I say “Yes.” I don’t ever feel condemned or ashamed. I get convicted of things in my life. I give over areas of my life to Jesus. He exposes my sin and wrong motives. I talk. I listen. I sometimes just sit with Jesus and look at a sunset or my kids playing in an old memory. I think of Jesus as a Savior, Teacher, and Friend. When I see Jesus for the first time in heaven, I hope I am not surprised because we have met so many times before on earth.
Is Building a Secret Place Biblical or Just an Active Imagination?
The Apostle John was exiled to an island called Patmos because of His testimony of Jesus. How would you describe where John was physically and spiritually in this passage?
I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, 11 saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.” Revelation 1:9-11 (NKJV)
I believe John was with Jesus spiritually (and physically). I would describe this as John’s secret place with Jesus. He was an exiled prisoner from society but not from Jesus. If one of the greatest fathers of our faith was with Jesus spiritually, we need to be as well. Jesus showed up and gave John his battle instructions for the seven churches in Asia. It’s time for you to build a special place where you spiritually dwell with Jesus so He can teach you His ways. What is stopping you? Go for it. Jesus is waiting to meet with you.
Questions for Reflection:
1. How would you describe what it practically means to have a relationship with Jesus?
2. What are some truths that stand out to you from Psalm 91?
3. Do you think you will have a secret place with Jesus? What fears do you have about it?