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The Secret of the Lord

Here is a devotional I received from my utmost. It simply is too good to hoard. I hope that God speaks to you mightily as you read. All the parts in italics are brief notes that I have included.


The Secret of the Lord

What is the sign of a friend? That he tells you secret sorrows? No, that he tells you secret joys. Many will confide to you their secret sorrows, but the last mark of intimacy is to confide secret joys. Have we ever let God tell us any of His joys, or are we telling God our secrets so continually that we leave no room for Him to talk to us?

Make sure that you’re not only talking to God, but that you’re listening to Him. When we go to God in prayer, we should allow time to sit and meditate on His word. We must try to understand His commands, and simply say “Speak, Lord your servant is listening,” rather than rattling on and on about what we want/ did/ need.

At the beginning of our Christian life we are full of requests to God, then we find that God wants to get us into relationship with Himself, to get us in touch with His purposes. Are we so wedded to Jesus Christ’s idea of prayer — “Thy will be done” — that we catch the secrets of God? The things that make God dear to us are not so much His great big blessings as the tiny things, because they show His amazing intimacy with us; He knows every detail of our individual lives.

What makes God dear to us it the intimacy- the fact that when it’s all said and done, we know Him for ourselves. We understand His nature (although no human can fully comprehend God), we can confidently say that we have a personal relationship with Him. He has called us higher, and we have consistently yielded to the call. That’s intimacy.

Secret

Imagine sitting under this palm tree with God, and Him reeling out secret after secret to you!

“…him shall He teach in the way that He shall choose.” At first we want the consciousness of being guided by God, then as we go on we live so much in the consciousness of God that we do not need to ask what His will is, because the thought of choosing any other will never occur to us.

How cool is it that when you’re really close to God, your thoughts are in sync with His own thoughts, and you never even have to ask for guidance and direction? His nature begins to operate in you and you never need anything extra to get into the Holy place and access His thoughts, because they now are your own thoughts! I want. I want. I want that so badly.

If we are saved and sanctified God guides us by our ordinary choices, and if we are going to choose what He does not want, He will check, and we must heed. Whenever there is doubt, stop at once. Never reason it out and say — “I wonder why I shouldn’t?” God instructs us in what we choose, that is, He guides our common sense, and we no longer hinder His Spirit by continually saying — “Now, Lord, what is Thy will?”

Whenever you’re proceeding to do something and you’re not sure if God wants that, stop at once. Don’t get into the religious arguments about dogma or the nature of God. Always steer towards safety, it is better to be safe than to be sorry. Now, there are times when fear tries to come in the way between us and great things. But if we’re one with God, fear is banished because God’s love and presence banish fear and anxiety.

So, when we’re at a crossroads, we really always will know how to proceed because it’s all about God. We will unquestionably adhere to His own desires and not ours. We will always, always, act according to what He wants, because we understand that His will always is infinitely better than ours. Never forget that. God’s will is infinitely better than yours. Just surrender. 


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Hey, my name is Alheri and I'm obsessed with Jesus. This blog is me keeping my promise to Him for answering a prayer. Purple is my favorite color and my favorite scripture is Jeremiah 32:27 which says "Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?" (KJV) You can contact me at msalheri@gmail.com

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  1. Good job, I really liked this one. It is nice when God tells you something that He enjoys, for me it is usually something in scripture that jumps out at me that I have read so many times, and then suddenly there will be a new understanding of an old scripture. Sometimes, it is being shown something else that is wonderful about something that God has created in this world.

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    • Thank you for reading! I have the same thing- when something I’ve read so many times suddenly jumps at me, or a particular verse keeps replaying on my mind. It definitely makes me very excited haha!

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      • Me too, my most recent aha! moment came when I was reading the Parable of the Vineyard. I have read it over and over during the years, but never understood it until recently. The last line about the last being first and the first being last was a bit of a puzzle that never really fit with the rest and the way it was being taught. It finally fit when I realized the parable is about Salvation and that God wants us to have an attitude of rejoicing when he allows us to participate or witness someone else’s salvation. We should feel that it is a great honor that he allowed us to be involved. In the case of the parable the land owner was allowing the day long workers to participate in the happiness of those who were being paid later because they were getting enough to feed their families…the average price of feeding a family for a day in Jesus’ day was 10 Denarius. So all the workers that day received enough to feed their families. Sorry if this is too long, but I just love talking about God’s word with others.

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        • Oh goodness, no, please continue haha! I was reading and reading, until suddenly I saw your apology, but please finish your explanation, because I personally do not understand that parable very well.

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          • The Wealthy land owner hires different workers at different times during the day. The first set he offers to pay (sorry 1 Denarius, not 10, though the amount is irrelevant really except that at the end of the day he pays all of the workers the same about no matter how long or how short of a time they have worked. The last workers of the day have no idea how much they will be paid, as it is stated by the Vineyard owner that he would “pay what is fair”. When the day is done, the owner pays the last workers that he hired first, and he pays them the Denarius, though they only worked a couple of hours. Then he proceeds to pay the others in the order of those who came last being paid first. Now, the ones who worked all day after seeing that the later workers were paid what they themselves had been promised started expecting that the land owner would give them more because they worked all day and the later workers didn’t. When they got the amount that they agreed to work for and didn’t get more, the proceeded to get mad at the Vineyard owner. The Owner looked at them and said, “It’s my money, can’t I do what I want with my money? After all, you were paid what you agreed to work for, weren’t you?!! If we put this as God being the land owner and the workers being us who become Christians at different points in our lives, and the money that is paid stands in for Salvation, then our salvation is all the same no matter when you are saved, right?!! So God is giving all of us the same Salvation no matter when we are saved in life. If we look at it from the world view then we would look at it that we who are saved earlier should have more reward. In a way, we do, but it isn’t a worldly reward…our reward is a Holy reward, which means we live our lives in relationship with God, which makes everything easier for us to go through. People who are saved on their death beds, have struggled without that relationship for their whole lives. So here is a question that came to my mind one day when reading this…why didn’t the land owner simply pay the earlier workers first and they would have gone home and may not ever have known that the later workers were paid the same amount as they?!! That would have been sneaky, but it would have saved the land owner a lot of trouble. When I thought of this question it suddenly became clear to me…the Land owner, God, wanted the earlier workers to celebrate that the later workers who had been standing around in the market place all day worrying about how they would feed their families were able to have enough money to feed their families because of the generosity of the land owner. He wanted them to have an attitude of “Isn’t that wonderful, now you can feed your families tonight, I am so glad for you!” The Land owner wanted them to celebrate with Him the good fortune of these people. Just as God wants us to participate in, and celebrate with Him the salvation of others as we go through life. That is the great reward that we get from being in a life long relationship with him. That is why the first shall be last, so that they can witness to others of God’s generosity and love, and the last shall be first, so that we can witness for ourselves that God is loving and generous. So that we can have an increasing joy and satisfaction that God would use us for that purpose. I hope this is a clearer explanation, and not too long. It gives me a very warm and happy feeling to think of being used by God for someone’s salvation, even in the smallest way, to be allowed to witness that or even participate in helping to bring someone to know God.

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            • “So God is giving all of us the same Salvation no matter when we are saved in life. If we look at it from the world view then we would look at it that we who are saved earlier should have more reward. In a way, we do, but it isn’t a worldly reward…our reward is a Holy reward, which means we live our lives in relationship with God, which makes everything easier for us to go through. People who are saved on their death beds, have struggled without that relationship for their whole lives.”

              I’ve never thought about it that way, and your explanation just tied everything so nicely for me. As christians, we must get over a spiritual entitlement. When we feel entitled to something, we’re not very grateful when it does happen, which is bad. When we regard everything we have as a gift from God, especially salvation, which is the biggest of all gifts (and has been freely give to us because Jesus paid the price) we rejoice with those who receive the gifts of God because we know that’s how He functions, and them having salvation (or anything else, for that matter) does not in any way mean we have less. They don’t take our spot, and it’s not a competition.

              The Father’s house has enough room to accommodate us all!

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              • Absolutely! I really just felt on a natural high when I realized what God meant when he said the first would be last and the last would be first, and that it was a privilege to be the first who are last because we get to see everything that God does along the way! The world view is that it is a punishment to be made to be last!

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