Learn How to Dwell in God’s Secret Place
by Gloria Copeland
In a world experiencing wars, rumors of war and dangers of every kind, it’s comforting to know that God has promised to protect His people. We may not all be on the front lines of a natural war, but we all face an enemy who intends to steal, kill and destroy. However, we must always remember our God is more powerful than the devil. And when we make God our refuge, we have security in Him. Just like a newborn baby wrapped in a warm, secure blanket, God wraps us in His love, power and protection.
Psalm 91 has kept many a person safe during all kinds of danger and war. For instance, Ken knew a commander in the Vietnam War who made all his troops quote Psalm 91 every day—whether they liked it or not. It paid off! His company didn’t have one casualty.
I also heard a similar testimony about a group of soldiers in World War II from a very small town named Seadrift, Texas. Every day the women of Seadrift prayed Psalm 91 over those men and as a result, all returned home safely. What a miracle!
That’s the kind of protection God has provided for us.
There is nothing anyone can come up with that is not covered by the promises of protection in God’s Word. He has provided a shelter that is ours for the taking—in fact, according to Psalm 61:3, “[God] hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.”
God Himself is our shelter and refuge. The dictionary defines refuge as “That which shelters or protects from danger, distress or calamity; a stronghold which protects by its strength or a sanctuary which secures safety by its sacredness; any place inaccessible to an enemy.”
Psalm 91:4 tells us, “Under His wings, shall you trust and find refuge.” When trouble comes your way, stay in that place of refuge in God. It’s a place of safety from any enemy.
Here are 5 Ways God Keeps You Safe in a Dangerous World:
#1 – God’s protection means you are inaccessible to the enemy, no matter what the circumstances.
According to the Scriptures, God encircles, encompasses, covers and shields those who make Him their refuge. His presence—the anointing—is a kind of force field of protection making you inaccessible to the enemy no matter what the circumstances.
That’s how men and women throughout the ages have been able to walk unharmed through all kinds of dangerous situations. That’s how Daniel survived the lions’ den. The lions couldn’t get to him because a tangible force field of God’s protection was around him (Daniel 6:16-22). God was Daniel’s refuge in the lion pit.
And God was a refuge for Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace as well. They were faithful to God and believed God, and a circle of His power—the tangible force of God’s anointing—encased them. They didn’t bow and they didn’t burn. They didn’t even smell of smoke (Daniel 3:12-27). An angel “like the Son of God” was in the furnace with them. They were not alone, hallelujah!
They were encompassed by the power of God!
That same protection belongs to us today when we dwell in the secret place of the Most High (Psalm 91:1).
A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways (Psalm 91:7-11).
The Spirit of God told me this concerning the secret place: There is a place in Christ Jesus where we abide in the secret place of God’s protection. The world knows nothing about this secret place, nor can they live there. It is a place revealed by the Holy Spirit. It is for the obedient. Our lives are hidden with Christ in God. (See Colossians 3:3.)
You and I can live in the secret place. Wherever we go, that secret place goes with us, surrounding and encircling us.
#2 – God has covered you with a garment of Light.
God Himself is encircled by what Scripture calls a garment of light. Psalm 104:1-2 says, “O Lord my God…You are clothed with honor and majesty—[You are the One] Who covers Yourself with light as with a garment…” (The Amplified Bible).
That is a description of the glory of God.
Adam was created in God’s image and God “crowned him with glory and honour” (Psalm 8:5). A Jewish commentary on Psalm 93 tells us, “As he sang God’s praises, Adam truly looked Divine, because he was a reflection of God’s image.” Think about it—Adam looked just like God. He was clothed in the glory of God—he wore a garment of light.
Now it’s true when Adam sinned, the glory departed from him. He lost that crown of honor. But thank God, Jesus got back everything in the redemption that Adam lost in the Fall.
As believers in Christ, we are temples of the living God. He goes everywhere we go when we are filled with Him. God lives in us and we should radiate His presence and love. He has covered us with a garment, or shield, of light. We may not always be able to see it, but rest assured, beings in the spirit realm (including devils and demons) see and recognize the glory of God on us.
Occasionally, this light is visible in the natural too. Someone once sent us a copy of a picture they had taken of Brother Hagin preaching at one of our Believers’ Conventions. He was surrounded by God’s glory. A shield of light was visible around him in the photo.
#3 – Keep a shield of the Word over you, so no fiery dart of the devil can penetrate your life.
Even though as a Christian the Holy Spirit lives within you, you still must make sure you have your shield of faith in place when the devil aims a fiery dart at you. And you do that by knowing what the Word promises about protection and believing and standing on it in faith. You will not have faith to believe for this protection if you don’t know what God says about it, because faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17). You must know His Word to have any basis for faith.
By keeping a shield of the Word over you, no fiery dart of the devil can penetrate your life. Evil tidings may come, but don’t listen to them. Circumstances may look grim, but keep your heart fixed on God’s Word—look to His promises instead of the situation. Resist the devil. Take your seat in the refuge of the Most High and stay put! Hold your position even under pressure and your enemy will flee (James 4:7).
Remember, everything you need is in that secret place with God. So hold your place by faith and believe what the Bible says. Believe that the “Lord, will bless the [uncompromisingly] righteous…as with a shield You will surround him with goodwill (pleasure and favor)” (Psalm 5:12, The Amplified Bible).
God desires to bless you, to surround you with goodwill, to always protect you.
#4 – Your security will be determined by how much time and attention you give to God and His Word in this life.
It really isn’t difficult to stay in that secret place—that place of protection—with God. In fact I can tell you how to do it in just four words:
Attach yourself to God.
Go after the things of God. Go after His Word. Make it a priority to spend time with Him every day. Let everything in your life revolve around your relationship with Him.
You’ll discover God will always do His part when you turn to Him. But He has given you a free will and it’s up to you to do your part, which is to attach yourself to Him and depend on Him. You choose to make the Lord your refuge, but then you must also choose to walk it out. “Walking it out” means believing God, rebuking fear, standing on the Word and speaking the promises of God when a fiery dart comes your way. Or you can choose to yield to fear and let go of your protection.
You must decide how you will respond in a moment of crisis.
The commentary on Psalm 121 in the Tehillim says, “To the extent that man pays attention to the word of [God] and safeguards His commands, [God] will safeguard him.”
Your security will be determined by how much time and attention you give to God and His Word in this life. That may sound simple, but it’s the truth. The Scriptures talk about “ye of little faith” and only you decide if that applies to you. If you give God a little bit of your time, you will have little faith and get little results.
But when you give God your attention, spend time with Him and His Word, and refuse to believe any other word for the situations you face, God will give you His attention and see to it that you come out all right.
Time with God pays off! When you consistently walk with God and listen to Him (even in the small things) you’ll be prepared if a crisis occurs. You will have no problem hearing and obeying what He tells you to do. And when you are walking in His wisdom, you will always be protected.
Sometimes just knowing which road to take can save your life. So learn to ask the Lord to direct your path each day, pray Psalm 25:4 and say, “Show me the path where I should go, O Lord; point out the right road for me to walk” (The Living Bible).
It’s important to recognize God as your source and your number one means of protection. See Him as your guardian or covering. I like the way Psalm 121 states this in the Tehillim: “[The Lord] is your Guardian, [The Lord] is your Shade at your right hand. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. [The Lord] will protect you from every evil, He will guard your soul. [The Lord] will guard your departure and your arrival, from this time and forever” (verses 5-8).
David understood God’s ability to protect him. In fact he depended on it! That’s evident when you read the Psalms, particularly Psalm 3:3, “But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me….” One commentator in the Tehillim translates this verse to say: “You, [Lord], are a shield for my body in this world and a shield for my soul in the World to Come” (verse 4). I like that, don’t you?
God can cover you in any situation. You don’t need anyone else covering you when you have Him covering you. People will let you down, but God will never let you down.
Psalm 25:15 says, “My eyes are ever looking to the Lord for help, for he alone can rescue me” (The Living Bible). Then verse 21 says, “Assign me Godliness and Integrity as my bodyguards, for I expect you to protect me….” God alone can rescue you. When you walk with God, trust Him and walk in His ways, you can expect Him to protect you.
#5 – Let the joy of the Lord be your strength.
We desire to abide in God’s presence where there is not only protection but also “fulness of joy” (Psalm 16:11) It’s interesting to note that the Jews believe the Spirit of the Lord will not manifest Himself where there is sadness or depression. That makes sense to me because if you are sad or depressed, that means you’re not believing God. If you are afraid or feel defeated, you’re out of faith. In fact, part of the curse in Deuteronomy 28 says, “And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life” (verse 66).
Think about it—negative emotions can’t get a foothold in our lives unless we turn loose of the promises of God that say we’re delivered, that say God is our source of protection, provision and every other good thing!
It just boils down to this: We have to live by faith and trust in God. In Him we have already been delivered from the whole curse. We’re protected from danger, sickness, lack or any other bad thing that’s under the curse. God promised us in Psalm 91, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name” (verse 14, New Living Translation).
Get your eyes on God—He is your help and deliverance (Psalm 121:1-2). Make the decision to abide in the secret place and declare Him to be your refuge. Spend time with God and His Word—meditate on scriptures about protection until you are confident that you have it.
If doubt creeps in, take spiritual action fast! Get your shield of faith back up, keep your words straight, listen to faith tapes, go to faith-filled meetings, do whatever it takes to get your heart anchored in the truth. Don’t listen to Satan’s lies.
Remember, we have a refuge or a covering that is greater than anything in the world and more powerful than any enemy that can come against us.
Get a picture in your mind and heart of God encircling you, taking care of you and protecting you. The more you walk with Him and trust Him, the stronger that armor and protection become. And that’s something to rejoice about!
The joy of the Lord is your strength (Nehemiah 8:10). Psalm 5:11 says it this way, “But let all those who take refuge and put their trust in You rejoice; let them ever sing and shout for joy, because You make a covering over them and defend them…” (The Amplified Bible).
No matter what is happening in the world, you can rejoice because…
God’s got you covered!
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