|TODAY’S SERVING JESUS IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE|
“The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness,
The world and those who dwell therein.” Psalm 24:1
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1
THIS IS MINE!
Yes, it’s true. I, daughter of the Lord, servant of the Lord, saved only by His grace from His wrath and the punishment we all deserve for our sins of death, hell, and the lake of fire forever apart from Him, promised an everlasting relationship with Him instead through repentance and faith in Him as Lord, had the audacity to determine this.
THIS IS MINE!
What is? A rare, beautiful, quiet, serene, and full-of-nature little place in New York City I thought of as my little “secret place”. Somewhere I could walk the dogs, get away from the noise and smells of the city for a few minutes, then resume my life doing streets ministry in the city. How shocked, and irritated, and even mad I was when I found others had discovered it also. Others with problems. Big troubles. Others who made me a bit afraid. Others who made me uncomfortable. Others whom I decided shouldn’t be in MY SECRET PLACE.
The Lord dealt with me swiftly. First, He reminded me everything on this earth belongs not to me but to HIM. Then He gave me the first scripture above. He humbled me. Put me in my place. Then He reminded me THIS COULD BE A MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY. I sensed He had sent the people there so I might have the opportunity to minister to them. But first I needed to repent for my selfish and prideful attitude.
The Lord also reminded me of this. See the second verse above? My “secret place” doesn’t need to be a quiet, serene, peaceful place on this earth. My secret place – the only secret place that is perfect and will last forever – is Christ Himself. And a forever relationship with Him!
I needed to repent and put my trust in the Lord. And seek Him as my place of refuge, of quiet, of serenity, of sweet blessed peace. And I needed to open my heart and eyes to whatever ministry opportunities He might bring in the place I had been led. The place that wasn’t mine. The place that was – and is – HIS.