Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Our Guide to the Secret Place

VIDEO: Our Guide to the Secret Place

In order to enter the Secret Place, we need a Guide. The Holy Spirit asked me to provide an introduction for Him so that He could move into your life in greater measure. He sent a dream a few years back: It was the first dream the Holy Spirit ever interpreted before I even knew it was a gift He gives to people. This dream shows us not only how to get to the Secret Place, but also what role the Holy Spirit plays in that trip.

Secret Place Dream

I walked into an Indian encampment,  comprised of teepees in varied states of disrepair. Many other people left the encampment looking for provision.  I approached a minister I was learning from (dark-haired man) and asked if I could go out with him. He allowed me to follow him and picked up a couple of others on the way out. 

One, I lovingly referred to as “Hippy,” a long-haired man who smoked a pipe with vision-causing materials in it. “Linebacker,” was a large woman who was broad-shouldered to the extreme, bigger than most men. 

Dark-haired man led us to an old dock with a canoe that had seen better days. He sat in the front, followed by Hippy, me, then Linebacker at the end of the boat. 

The others had got into some nice fancy boats and went with the current, but we headed across it until we came to a patch of lilies and grass. “Oh no,’ I thought, “we’re stuck! Now, what are we going to do?” There was a shoreline in the distance, but it was too far to swim. 

Using her palms like paddles, Linebacker stroked her hands through the water and the canoe leaped forward through the water. She did this over and over until the boat was resting on the shore of a picturesque Indian village.

When this dream is interpreted it shows some important things we need to be aware of concerning the operation of the Holy Spirit and His part in our relationship with Jesus:

  • Dark-haired man: Jesus
  • Hippy: The part of the Holy Spirit that brings smoke.
  • Smoke: Water vapor in the air. 
  • Air: The spirit realm. 
  • Water: Worship
  • Linebacker: The strength and power of the Holy Spirit 

The dark-haired man was in the front of the boat so throughout our lives, we must be led by Jesus. He is the one who opens the gate and guides us into the visions with Him. Jesus has much in store for us if we will worship Him guided by the Holy Spirit: Water in this dream is worship. 

The Holy Spirit (Hippy) was seated between me and Jesus so it is He that reveals Jesus to us. We must be open to any type of connection the Holy Spirit wants us to have: let Him lead the way. It may not be a “Secret Place” visit, but a different type of vision. When we rest in the Holy Spirit, He will help us focus on Jesus who was sitting at the front of the canoe, leading the boat: and guiding us during worship. When led by Jesus, we didn’t go in the “mainstream” of worship. The way the Lord led me was across it. (The 401 course has information about worshiping the Lord and what is pleasing to Him)

This is how the Lord will guide us into the visits with Him through the revelation or visions of the Holy Spirit and the power of the (Linebacker) Holy Spirit. More about this topic can be found in other classes in the 501 Secret Place course.

Also, please note: You must be in the middle of the Spirit to get to the Secret Place: right between Linebacker and Hippy! To visit the Secret Place you must have a strong relationship with the Holy Spirit. 

A relationship is not instantaneous, it is developed between two people. To provide a stable foundation you will need to know:

  • Who is the Holy Spirit? 
  • Why does He want to be with us?
  • How can the Holy Spirit be with us?

When we trust and rely on the answers to these questions, the Holy Spirit will have His rightful place in our lives and a strong bond can develop. 

Who is the Holy Spirit?

...And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. (Genesis 1:2 KJV)

Where shall I go from Your Spirit? or where shall I flee from Your presence? (Psalms 139:7 AKJV)

The Holy Spirit was upon the Earth from the beginning. He is omnipresent: everywhere. The Hebrew word, ruwach (rü'·akh), translated as “Spirit, " is feminine. Females give birth to offspring, symbolic of bringing new things into this world. When the Holy Spirit has a rightful place in our hearts, He will bring many things into our lives.

Cast me not away from Your presence, and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. (Psalms 51:11 AKJV)

In this verse, the Hebrew word qodesh (kō'·desh) translated as “Holy” is masculine. God first created Adam in His likeness, then He removed half of Adam and made Eve. There is both a female and male aspect to the Holy Spirit. He is tender and kind, nurturing like a mom. He is also strong and powerful like a man. 

...At that moment Heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on Him. And a voice from Heaven said, “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I Am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:16-17 NIV)

This was immediately after Jesus was baptized in the Jordan river. Here we see all three aspects of God which are where we get the word “trinity:” 

  • Jesus in the physical form of God as a man 
  • Holy Spirit as a dove coming upon Jesus
  • God as Father, stating He is pleased with His Son 

The Holy Spirit is not a power or a thing, He is one of the three parts of God. 

And He that searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. (Romans 8:27 AKJV)

And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby you are sealed to the day of redemption. (Ephesians 4:30 AKJV)

The Holy Spirit has a mind like a person. Grief is an emotion, it is sorrow. The Holy Spirit has feelings and we need to respect them. 

But they rebelled, and vexed His Holy Spirit: therefore He was turned to be their enemy, and He fought against them. (Isaiah 63:10 AKJV)

When we grieve the Holy Spirit, He may become frustrated or irritated with us. At this point, He stops working in and through us. It is important to know what grieves Him. In another verse we get a list:

  • Bitterness 
  • Wrath 
  • Anger
  • Clamor
  • Evil speaking
  • Malice

(Ephesians 4:31 AKJV)

Harboring these things makes the Holy Spirit sorrowful and may cause Him to be quiet and withdrawn. If we keep reading, we will see other actions that will deepen our relationship with Him:

  • Be you kind one to another
  • Tenderhearted
  • Forgiving one another

(Ephesians 4:32 AKJV)

As Christians, we should walk with one another in love. God is love and walking in these things will allow the Holy Spirit to flow more freely in our lives.

Why Does the Holy Spirit Come?

But when the Comforter is come, Whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceed from the Father, He shall testify of Me… (John 15:26 AKJV)

The Lord gave a great description of the Holy Spirit which is interpreted here as “Comforter.” If we look to Strong’s Concordance we see the greek word paraklētos (pä-rä'-klā-tos) means a legal representative in a court of law as well as a friend, helper, aid (comforter). All of these things refer to the Holy Spirit. 

His first and primary purpose is stated here as well: to testify or reveal Jesus to us. Jesus is seen first in the Word of God. The Holy Spirit will help us understand the Bible and apply it to our lives. The disciples found the Holy Spirit would reveal the Lord to the world in several ways. 

Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit... But all these works that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as He will. (1 Corinthians 12: 4 & 11 AKJV)

There are gifts of the Spirit that HE gives as HE wills. These gifts are placed into categories:

  • Word of wisdom 
  • Word of knowledge 
  • Faith 
  • Gifts of healing
  • Working of miracles
  • Prophecy
  • Discerning of spirits
  • Diverse kinds of tongues
  • Interpretation of tongues:

(1 Corinthians 12:7-10)

These nine gifts will work in many different ways in different people, these are the categories that describe the function. We must remember that the Holy Spirit’s purpose is to reveal Jesus through these gifts. If there is no glory given to the Father or Son, then it is not the work of the Holy Spirit.

In the dream God sent to me, the Holy Spirit sat between me and Jesus. I was seeing Jesus through Him. What stronger revelation or testimony of our Lord could we receive than to visit with Him in the Secret Place? It is the Holy Spirit who helps us focus on Jesus so that our Lord, as our Shepherd, can guide us to the Secret Place. 

How Can the Holy Spirit be with Us?

And I will come down and talk with you there: and I will take of the Spirit which is on you, and will put it on them… (Numbers 11:17 AKJV)

This verse is speaking about Moses, upon whom the Holy Spirit rested. In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit only resided “upon” people, not in them. The Hebrew word ruwach (rü'·akh) is translated Spirit in the Old Testament and is also translated as “breath” or “wind.”

...He breathed on them, and said to them, Receive you the Holy Ghost… (John 20:22 AKJV)

This is right before the Lord ascended to Heaven. When we accept Jesus as Lord, we receive the Holy Spirit. In order to receive the Spirit we must understand exactly what it means to have Jesus as our Lord.

Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own, you were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 AMPC)

For too many years we have focused on salvation being a “free” gift from God. We have taken those verses out of context. It is free because we don’t have to give a bull or goat to receive it. It isn’t for sale where we can use our material substances to purchase it. Also, it isn’t by our own efforts, but by the efforts of Jesus that we get to go to Heaven. However, to receive salvation we must give something: our lives. We become “bondservants” which are willing slaves to a Master, our Lord Jesus. 

Notice the verses surrounding this revelation which reveal several key aspects of salvation:

  • We are the new temples of God. (V 19)
    • The Holy Spirit can reside in us because of this.
  • When we become Christians, our bodies and spirits are no longer our own. (V 20)
    • We should try to find out what God wants us to do for Him.
  • It is our duty to try to remain free of sin because we have been bought by God. (V 18)

These are the steps that we take as Christians. We accept the payment made for us by taking Jesus as Lord. We then become a temple for the Holy Spirit who comes to reside in us. This is one of the most amazing things Jesus did: He cleared the way for the Holy Spirit to be “in” each person who accepts Him as Lord. It is our duty to abide by the rules of our new Kingdom which means removing sin (things against God and His Kingdom) from our lives. How can we do this?

Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God… Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God. (John 3:3 & 5 AKJV)

The Jewish people He was speaking to knew that  “being born of water” was the water that surrounds babies who are expelled as they come into this world. When we take Jesus as Lord and receive the Holy Spirit, our inner man, our spirit is reborn: we are born again. It is only with the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit that we can remove sin from our lives.

Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which lives and stays forever. (1 Peter 1:23 AKJV)

The Greek word anagennaō (Strong’s definition 313) means to be born again with your mind, will, and emotion conformed to God’s will. This is what it means to take Jesus as Lord. It isn’t just so we can escape Hell, it is being willing to put ourselves aside and embrace God’s way of doing things. 

And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from Heaven. (Luke 24:49 NLT)

Even though we receive the Holy Spirit when we take Jesus as Lord, there is more that the Holy Spirit brings: He brings power when we wait upon the Lord in the place He tells us to be. We see this happen in the Book of Acts:

And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:4 AKJV)

This was the first time that the Spirit of God filled man with power. It took a while for the disciples to realize that this indwelling of the Holy Spirit with power was for every Christian:

He said to them, Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed? And they said to him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. (Acts 19:2 AKJV)

Though Gentiles had received the message about Jesus, they didn’t know anything about the Holy Spirit.

Then said Paul, John truly baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying to the people, that they should believe on Him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. (Acts 19:4-5 AKJV)

Baptism was a Jewish tradition used for many purposes. The baptism that John performed was a long-held tradition of God’s people. If you turned from sin or were married into a Jewish family, you would go to a naturally flowing river which they referred to as “living water.” Being dunked under the water was symbolic of being cleansed from sin as well as being reborn as a new, clean person. 

We must have a heart that is willing to turn from whatever the Bible says is sin and begin a new life with God to receive Jesus as our Lord. When we realize what it means, the water baptism is a powerful physical act that confirms what is in our hearts. Only then can we receive what is next:

And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spoke with tongues, and prophesied. (Acts 19:6 AKJV) 

Once your heart is right before God, you are now ready to be filled with the Holy Spirit. If you are willing to give your entire life to God, where your life is no longer your own, you are ready to receive the fullness of His Spirit. This is necessary if you want to visit the Secret Place, for it is the power of the Holy Spirit that propels us into Heaven. 

He asked me to tell you about Him. He wants to be in your life, to guide you, teach you, and comfort you. You can ask Him to fill you now or at the end of the video at the top of the page where you will find a prayer to receive the Holy Spirit in this way.

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