VIEWPOINTS FOR SUNDAY, 12TH OF JULY 2015

Bible Study

THEME FOR THE MONTH: The Secret Place
TODAY’S TOPIC: Features of The Secret Place (Part 1)
KEY TEXT: Ps. 91:1-16
KEY VERSE: Ps. 91:1
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty”

INTRODUCTION
We are once again welcome to another time in God’s Presence. We trust God to make available His Presence today, growing and teaching us.

Last week, we looked at the reality of a Secret Place in this Kingdom. We saw that this place exists and can be inhabited. Today, by the mercies of God, we attempt to look at the characteristics of this Place. There are certain things we must know about this place. These things are what we trust God to unravel to us today. The average Christian who hungers and thirsts after God, when he has noted and applied these things, can fulfil His desire of a filling with and by Christ.

FEATURES OF THE SECRET PLACE
Here are the things that we should understand about the secret place.

1. THE SECRET PLACE IS NOT OCCUPIED BY EVERYBODY!
Everyone desires a spot in this place, but not everyone gets this spot. This place is not for everybody. This place is not just for praise-givers; it is for worshippers, it is for lovers! Are you not surprised that the Scriptures say, “He who dwells”. It is not a general thing. Notice how the verses below place emphasis on those selected persons we dare to dwell.
(Ps. 15:1-2; Ps. 84:4; Ps. 92:1; Ps. 1:1-2)

2. BUT THE SECRET PLACE IS OPEN TO ANYONE!
Yes. This Place is open to anyone who dares to dwell. A slot in this Place is not common. It is something to be pressed for. Just anyone who wants MORE can get to this place. These songwriters explain a pinch of this kind of hunger for more in their songs:
Vedo, in I Just Want You; Micah Stampley, in Desperate People; Sinach, in I Want More Of You; etc.
This Bible verses further confirm that only those who press are those who get:
(Ps. 63:1-2; Ps. 42:1-2; Ps. 84:2; Ps. 107:9; Matt. 5:6; Isa. 44:3; Isa. 55:1-3; Jn. 7:37)

3. IN THIS PLACE, DURATION MATTER!
When we started this lesson a week ago, we had an illustration in which a picture of two presidential houses was displayed. Now, supposing two persons went on a vacation to the White House. One spends three days, and the other spends three weeks. Who do you think will be more likely to appear fatter and fairer? Good guess! Now, who do you think will get more rhema from God, he who stays in the Secret Place for a week or he who stays there for a month?
Scriptures say, “he who dwells”. The word, “dwell” is gotten from the Hebrew word, “yâshab”, which translates to: to remain, to endure, to continue. The Secret Place is NOT for visitors; it is for dwellers!
Note the emphasis that these Scriptural texts place on duration. Watch out for the word, “daily”.
(Ps. 25:5; Ps. 86:3; Ps. 119:97; Prov. 8:34; Prov. 23:17; Josh. 1:8)

theTASK:
1. According to Psalms 84:2, one would have reached the apex of a hunger for God when three realms of his being show this hunger. What are these three realms of a human being?

PRAYERS:
1. Thank God for His word.
2. Earnestly pray that God gives us (Codites) a hunger for Him.
3. Pray for God’s direction and support upon the leadership of COD.

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