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INTIMACY WITH GOD and "The Secret Place" (Psalm 91:1)

Please visit - "The Secret Place"

 "He who dwells in 'the secret place' of The Most High shall abide under the shadow of The Almighty" Psalm 91:1 NKJV

What does it mean to daydream about God ... to think of Him day and night ... to indulge in His Presence constantly ... to experience in reality God's love, His character and faithfulness; in what you thought was  just in your imagination?

Welcome to The Secret Place

The Secret Place is a place of abiding in the presence of God.  It is where we intentionally seek Him morning and night to commune with our Father in heaven for the purpose of knowing Him intimately.  For women it is the essence of experiencing true romance from God -- to be loved by Him exclusively.

The purpose of The Secret Place is to empower women of faith with the love of God through biblical mentoring using the standard and authority of the Word of God.  It is for women who desire an intimate relationship with the Lord through worship, the study of His Word and abiding in the The Secret Place (Psalm 91:1 NKJV).  It is shifting from a mediocre existence as a believer into a deepened and dynamic life as the Bride of Christ. 

•-        to mentor: to serve as a wise and trusted teacher or counselor    

Relationship, Women & Worship

 When God created Adam and Eve His greatest joy was fellowship with Him.  This meant living daily through intimate fellowship with the Father.  But when Satan brought sin into the world, this relationship was broken. 

Jesus Christ came to restore mankind to an intimate relationship with the Father through the Holy Spirit who now resides within us.  It seems this relationship should automatically make us feel close to God but what I have found, as in all relationships, is that it takes time, desire and commitment.  I learned my relationship with God has to be one which requires me to pursue His heart completely. 

As women we desire love more than any other thing in the world.  He created women unique and yes, as delicate individuals to love and to be loved.  A woman is gift wrapped with both inner and outer beauty, intricately made to be gentle and kind, smart and sensible, caring and industrious, wise and faithful.

 "A woman's heart should be so lost in God that a man needs to seek Him in order to find her."  Barbara Ries

It is God's desire that His daughters grasp His love and develop a life of confidence in Him as a result.  It is not His desire that women enter into abusive relationships, endure poverty and lack or miss out on the benefits that a life of freedom in Christ will bring.  He wants women to shift from victim mentality and powerlessness to victory and prosperity as they learn to abide in Him.

Quite simply this comes through studying His Word and an intense longing to be romanced by God.  It also comes by the expression of worship.  As created beings we were made for worship.  It's a song, a yielded life and an indescribable feeling of intimacy we find in The Secret Place.  As you begin to hear His heartbeat your life will become yielded to Christ Jesus with an uncompromised desire to pursue and to please Him. 

Faith - Love - Obedience

  - Mentoring - aka, spiritual mothering

Women long for a mother -- one given to love them unconditionally.  Many women lack this person and consequently are left to breeze through life alone. Spiritual mothers stand in the gap to teach and mentor the younger women through stages and seasons of their life.  Through mentoring women learn biblical truth and life principles based on faith, love and obedience with the goal of living a pure and holy life before God. 

Having a spiritual mother in your life will both bless and prosper your love walk with Him.  I am often asked, "How do I know God's love and yet not feel it?"  Well, the answer is simple.  Some of us have to be taught how to recognize God's love and then how to receive it.  It starts out with ‘self' but always ends with God. 

Being mentored will teach you to draw near to God.  It is not a complicated or analytical way of thinking. It's not a 10-step program nor does it require a college degree.  It can't be earned, bought or wished into our lives and it's nothing magical. God opens the door to everyone in relationship with Him to enter The Secret Place.

GBY!  Barbara :) 

- This biog is an extension of HOPE Ministry and "The Secret Place" -- if it has sown a blessing into your life please consider sowing back into the ministry at the website link below:

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Comment balloon 14 commentsBARBARA RIES • May 17 2008 07:17PM
INTIMACY WITH GOD and "The Secret Place" (Psalm 91:1)
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