By Marni Montanez
Psalm 91:1 New King James Version
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Similar to how gravity works, there is a natural law that applies here. This law says that we receive what we allow. If we do not seek God and His manifested presence with a full and surrendered heart to Him, then we will only experience His manifested presence to the degree we open ourselves up and let Him in. Anything other than giving our all to the fullest are leftovers which only opens the door for us to receive a measure of Him rather than the fullness of Him. This measurement is not what God wants. His great desire is to have us so close that we are inundated in His glory with all abandon. But, we hinder this closeness all by ourselves. It is not the enemy and it’s certainly not God who keeps us at a distance. It is our own issues, carnal wants and fleshly desires that keeps us from reaching further into the eternal. For most of us, what we see is more real to us than what God offers; His kingdom. And because of this inability to see past the visible we lose sight of the invisible.
The word dwell means to live in or at a specified place. It means to sit or remain.
It says in the Bible that when Jesus went to heaven He “Sat down”. This was a sign that the work was done and He was home to stay. He was in His permanent and forever dwelling; one with the Father.
This is the same for us; To dwell in the shelter of the Most High is to sit, remain or abide in our permanent home, which is the Holy Spirit. He is our eternal residence and this is where we belong.
What is it to abide under the shadow of the Almighty? It is to have complete and all encompassing peace. This peace restores us to our original state of being as it was in the garden of Eden; as God intended. The word Almighty reveals the strength and protection given to us if we simply stay or dwell in that secret place. This secret place is the depths of God’s love and acceptance. It is here where we meet our true selves; unscripted by the world’s standards. It is here dwelling in His presence that we come face to face with our true image; the image of God.
Challenge: Spend time with God through reading the word, seeking Him out with questions and thoughts and having alone time with God that is quiet and uninterrupted.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.