Bible Studies & Devotionals
From Olive Branch Ministries
By Mark and Tinsley Baker
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Dwelling In God’s Secret Place
Psalms 91:1-2:"He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.''
When we dwell in the secret place of the Lord, we are actually to abide or live in the Lord, in His secret place.
Psalms 91:1, ( NAS): "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty."
This verse is actually talking about your relationship with the Lord Jesus. You may know Jesus as your Savior, but do you know Him as your Refuge, your Fortress, Your Strength, and your friend, Your Advocate? When you dwell in the secret place of the Most High, You are in the relationship God the Father desires and planned to have with His children, when He created us. It is not an "on again, off again" relationship, spending time with God when you need something, or things are going badly. It is a minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day walk with God. It is a lifestyle of seeking and abiding with God always. Following His commandment, doing things God’s way, not the world’s way. Seeking God’s perfect will for you in your life. It is a lifestyle that glorifies God!
The Apostle Paul tells us that we are brought with a price.
1 Cor. 6:20: "For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's."
Everything we do should bring glory to God! The wonderful thing is, when we do this, live a life of "dwelling in the shelter of the Almighty", God gives us certain promises that are there for us to appropriate.
Psalms 91:3-6: "Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday."
He promises us He will deliver us from the "snare of the fowler and the perilous pestilence." We will have a refuge in Him and not be afraid of the terror by night, nor the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. These verses are describing the different ways the enemy, Satan, will attack you, both physically and spiritually. But God promises you safety and freedom. When you abide in Him, lean the things of God learn who God is, and what God does, you will have His strength, His peace, His joy, His confidence, to face all these things, knowing all the time that "we are more than conquerors." ( Romans 8:37.)
God promises you safety and freedom from fear.
2 Tim. 1:7:"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind."
When we are born again, we are recreated in the image of God - a new creature.
2 Cor. 5:17:"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."
When God’s Spirit dwells in us, He regenerates us, if we will let Him. He will help us to grow in His image, to create in us a clean heart and renewed mind; if we will let Him! But we have to "dwell in Him", talk with Him, spend time getting to know Him, by spending time reading His Word, to become more like Him.
If you want to see real changes in your life, then spend more time with God and the things of God. Make time to pray, not just 5 or 10 minutes a day, but make real time to pray. To really go after God and the things of God, you may have to give up and rearrange you life. Stop watching junk on TV or substituting religious programs for real personal time with God. When you pray, don’t just tell God what you need, but take the time to praise Him, worship Him, talk to Him. Take the time to thank Him for all He has done in your life and the lives of others.
Spend time reading your Bible, not just a quick 10 minute devotional out of a book, but get out your Bible and really read it, verse by verse, chapter by chapter. Ask the Holy Spirit to open you spiritual understanding, so that you can understand what you are reading and how it relates to you.
James 1:5;4:3: "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him…You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.
If you ask God He will show you how to understand His Word. Do it everyday. Make a commitment to change your life and then you will see great things eventually come to pass in you life!
Psalms 91:9-11: "Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your habitation, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways." Because you choose to abide in God, and make Him your refuge, then and only then will no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near you dwelling.
God promises to keep you in all you ways. When you trust in, rely on, dwell in Him and not your on strength, He will direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:6.) The enemy can take His best shot at you and it will not succeed, because God is on your side. This does not mean that we will not have trials, or tests, that the devil will automatically leave you alone, because you dwell in God. It really means the opposite, the enemy’s sole purpose is to keep you defeated, downtrodden and depressed. He wants to keep you financially frantic, heartbroken and sick and He will do anything in his power to keep you from trusting in, relying on and depending on God. He wants you to give up; the first time things get rough. But God promise to be with you always, to keep you in all your ways, and to give you the mind of Christ, not the spirit of fear. What you have to do, is not give up or give in! Stand you ground! Put on the armor of God and fight the good fight of faith!
Psalms 91:14-16: " 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. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation."
When you call on Him, He will answer you! He will show you His salvation. He will deliver you and satisfy you with long life! It is yours as a child of God.
But it is a choice you make. You choose to dwell in Christ, to abide in the Shelter of the Almighty and reap His promises! You have to make hard lifestyle changes to reach this goal, real permanent changes. You have to be committed to attending church, reading God’s Word, praying daily. You will have to stop doing some things.
You will have to choose spending time with God over "vegging out" in front of the television, sleeping late, watching a video you rented or drinking, or napping. Spend time reading God’s Word, read it to your children, pray while you are driving down the road. It will make a difference!
Remember, Satan does not want you to succeed or for anything you do to Glorify God. It may look like things are going well for you now! Why change? We never know what tomorrow will bring and we all will have something come up in our lives that will test us and tempt us. I just want you to know that no matter what the devil throws at you, God loves you, cares for you. He loved you enough to send His son, to die for you! He want you to be successful, to be happy, to be healthy and content. This does not mean filthy rich with no worries. It means that He will meet your needs, guide your daily paths and "keep you under His wings of refuge." Take the time to choose life rather than death, peace rather than frustration, joy rather than sadness. If you do not know Jesus as you personal Savior I urge you to pray the following prayer and make the choice to make Jesus Lord of your life and "dwell in the secret place of the most High."
Dear Heavenly Father,
I come to you in the name of Jesus.
Your word says, "…and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out." (Jn.6:37),
So I know You won’t cast me out, but You take me in,
And I thank you for it.
You said in your Word, "whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.'' (Ro. 10:13).
I am calling on Your name, So I know You have saved me now,
You also said, "…that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes to righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made to salvation. " (Ro.10:9,10).
I believe in my heart that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
I believe He was raised from the dead for my justification.
And I confess Him now as my Lord,
Because Your Word says, "… with the heart one believes to righteousness…" and I do believe with my heart,
I have now become the righteousness of God in Christ. (2 Cor. 5:21),
And I am saved! Thank You, Lord!
I can now truthfully say, I see myself as a born again child of God!
Glory to God!!!! Amen.
1. 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 habitation,
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. They shall bear you up in their hands, 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 under foot.
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.