Step In And Stay

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
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Psalm 91:1 – He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. (NKJV)

Think with me what it's like to ride with someone who knows all the back roads — the "easy" roads, the "secret" way to get places. Yet we also know the truth — they're not really "secret". They're just not commonly known.

The Bible talks about a "secret place" — not a place that God is hiding from us, but a place of shelter, safety, protection, and security in His presence. Unfortunately, not many of us dwell there on a consistent basis.

Attitudes and anxieties fester, and it's difficult to dwell in the secret place. We listen to lies in our head, and we step out. When we have finally resorted to its safety, it seems the smallest irritation lures us away.

So what can we do? We can learn to identify those lures in our lives that cause us to step out of the secret place. We can beware of "trigger thoughts" common to all of us, like these:

    "What if …"
    "I'm tired of …"
    "He always …"
    "She never…"

Whatever takes our mind off the sufficient control of the good God in whose shadow is the safest place to be is the very thing that will push us out of the secret place.

Each morning, it's imperative that we spend time securing that spot in the secret place. Then, as we go throughout our day, we guard against attitudes and thoughts that cause us to step out of its safety.

How can you and I "dwell in the secret place of the Most High"?

Step in … and stay.

Prayer: Father, thank You for being our shelter, our hiding place, a safe place from all that seeks to destroy our peace. Help us as we guard against all that lures us away from that secure place in You. May we step into that safety daily and stay there by Your grace. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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