Monthly Archives: February 2012

STOP! DON’T BECOME DISTRESSED


Guard your heart!

Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down.  

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DONT BECOME DISTRESSED

There is a process toward the place of distress.

It looks something like this.

(1) DISBELIEF in the PROMISES requiring faithAnd without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Hebrews 11:6 **Other verses for encouragement -> Matthew 24:35 2 Corinthians 5:7, 1 John 5:4

(2) DISCOURAGED by the PROBLEMS opposing faith I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 **Other verses for encouragement ->Proverbs 3:5-6, Galatians 6:9, James 4:7, 2 Thessalonians 3:13

(3) DISENGAGED from the PEOPLE and PLACE of faithLet us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25 **Other verses for encouragement ->Proverbs 27:17, Mark 3:25

(4) DISTRESSED as a PERSON without faith*Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.Psalm 43:5, *May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 **Other verses for encouragement ->Psalm 18:2, , Ecclesiastes 4:10-12, Prov. 12:25


>>>>>KEEP BELIEVING GOD’S PROMISES<<<<

God is FAITHFUL TO FULFIL His promises.

ABOVE ALL ELSE guard your heart, for it determines the course of your life. Proverbs 4:23

Don’t you be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be dismayed,for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you. Yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10

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~The Secret Place ~ (Its not a secret anymore)



You have probably heard the term “secret place” used in Christian conversation and may have even heard teaching on the subject. The term “secret place” comes from Psalm 91 and is a wonderful Psalm that holds promises of protection, salvation and deliverance. Lets take a look at the text:

Psalm 91:1-3 ~ 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.” 3Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler  and from the perilous pestilence.

When believers are standing in faith for protection and deliverance this is the “go-to” scripture that seems to come to mind, But to understand what the “secret place” is, you must first realize two things:

1st ~ This Psalm is a prophecy about our position in Christ Jesus.

2nd ~ The “secret place” is not a secret anymore.

 As beautiful as this Psalm is, it is only a shadow of what we now possess in Christ Jesus. To dwell in the secret place is no big mystery, it is simply to live and walk in Him, in Christ, to be ever submitted to His will, His agenda, His work, and His direction. This is what the bible refers to as “entering into His rest”, and that rest IS THE SECRET PLACE.

Hebrews 4:1 ~ [ The Promise of Rest ]   Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.

Hebrews 4:10  ~ For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.

 When you take up the Lords yoke and burden, the responsibility of protection and deliverance rests solely on Him. That doesn’t mean He won’t lead you into difficult situations that test your faith, your strength, your courage, and try your patients, but it  does mean that He will walk through it with you and hold you up and keep you the entire way.

If you want to do an interesting study, look up all the phrases in the New Testament that refer to “in Him, in Christ, and in Whom.” This will help you understand the secret place, it will help you realize that it is not a secret anymore, but most importantly it will help you understand who YOU are. You really don’t know who you are as a Christian until you know who you are IN HIM.

Now read Psalm 91 in the light of this understanding and see what wonderful promises that you possess IN CHRIST JESUS.

Psalm 91 ~ 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. 8 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.”