Sun, 2018-12-16 12:11
- Living in the Secret Place of the Most High God
We are currently studying the Scriptures regarding divine protection for our lives. All New Testament covenant rights and privileges purchased for us by Jesus Christ belong to us as believers, and promises such as Psalm 91 have become like a divine protection insurance policy for us.
Psalm 91:1 (NKJV / NCV ) He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say to the Lord, “You are my place of safety and protection. You are my God and I trust you.
This secret place of the Most High God is not a “physical place” but a “spiritual position” that we find and occupy by faith.
Psalm 91 is a series of promises of deliverance from, and protection from diseases, disasters, accidents and calamities. These things are all part of the curse of the law, but Christ has redeemed us from the curse.
The Secret Place of the Most High God is:
- In God’s Will
- In God’s Presence
- In God’s Word
- In God’s House
Psalm 91:14–16 (ESV) Because he holds fast to Me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows My name. 15 When he calls to Me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him My salvation.
God promised us that if we hold fast to Him in love, He will deliver us and protect us. He promised to satisfy us with long life and show us His salvation.
Appropriating God’s Promises:
To appropriate – to take for one’s own use, to take exclusive possession …
Many Christians hold the mistaken belief that, just because God said something, it will come to pass automatically in their lives. But this is not so!
Each time we find a promise in God’s written word, we have to “take it for our own use”, we must “take exclusive possession” of it to ensure that it will come to pass in our lives.
When the angel brought the Word of the Lord to Mary about her becoming pregnant with Jesus the Messiah she “took it for her own use” by saying:
Luke 1:38 (ESV) And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
Mary “took exclusive possession” of the promise she had from God about becoming the mother of Jesus the Messiah.
Of course, this was one specific promise for one specific person, namely Mary. No one else would be able to claim this promise for themselves.
However, promises such as those listed in Psalm 91 are available for every single believer.
2 Peter 1:2–4 (NKJV) Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
We become partakers of God’s divine nature and God’s divine provision etc. “through the promises of God”.
2 Corinthians 1:20 (NKJV) For all the promises of God in Him (Christ) are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
God’s promises are unlocked for us once we are “in Christ”. As God’s children, we become “the owners” of the promises of God.
Whatever God wants to give to us, He first gives us a promise in His Word.
- lets us know what is available to us because of God’s grace and mercy
- lets us know what belongs to us because of the covenant we have with God through Jesus Christ
- delivers the faith needed to receive that which God has promised
Romans 10:17 (NKJV) So then faith comes by hearing … the word of God.
If we have a promise from God about anything, we can receive, by faith, that which God has promised.
If we don’t have a promise from God, we cannot get faith and so we cannot receive what God hasn’t promised.
So lets be bold with what God has promised, and “take exclusive possession” of all that belongs to us.
HOW TO APPROPRIATE GOD’S PROMISES:
- Find a promise in God’s Word that covers what you need
Example: Psalm 91 (deliverance, protection, long life)
- Pray and receive what God has promised
Mark 11:24 (NKJV) Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
- Confess that what God has promised is yours already
Romans 4:20–21 (NKJV) He (Abraham) did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.
Abraham wasn’t fully convinced when God first spoke to him about giving him a son. But he grew stronger in faith as continually confessed that he was the “father of many nations”, until he became “fully convinced”.
- Thank God continuously for that which he has promised you
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (AMP) Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will].