Do You Know What ‘The Secret of the Lord’ Is?

It’s an awesome secret, and the Lord is willing to share it with those who earnestly want to know it.

The secret of the Lord is often revealed to a person when he is in bed.

 

The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant.  Ps 25:14

It’s a secret, and a secret is a confidential matter, it’s not public knowledge.  Only selected people will know it, those in whom the secret-revealer confides.

The Lord confides in those who fear him  Ps 25:14 NIV

Though we are not told what this secret is, we know it has to do with his covenant.

And He will let them know His covenant and reveal to them [through His word] its [deep, inner] meaning.  Ps 25:14 AMP

The secret of the Lord has to do with the revelation of the deep meaning of the Lord’s covenant with his people. Anybody can know what the covenant is in the literal sense. Here it is,

This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.   Jer 31:33-34

The secret of the Lord, then, is to know this covenant in the spiritual sense. Nobody, not even the greatest theologian or Bible scholar, can know what this covenant means in the spiritual sense unless it is given to that person as a secret gift from the Lord. And who is the person the Lord will favor with the sharing of his secret?

These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.  Is 66:2  NIV

But to this one I will look [graciously], to him who is humble and contrite in spirit, and who [reverently] trembles at My word and honors My commands. AMP

The man or the woman who desires with all es heart, soul, and strength an intimate relationship with God, and who studies his Word with an intense desire to do all that God commands em in it, enters a new dimension of understanding and living. As e continues in es fervent study of God’s Word, with a ‘trembling’ attitude – that is, with awe and humility – he or she begins to see new, previously hidden, meanings to the Scriptures that e reads. Gradually e begins to see the awesome purpose of es life, and this revelation of es purpose for being born becomes literally the most thrilling aspect of es daily living. While ordinary Christians seem content with going to heaven and thereafter living forever, not sure what exactly they would be doing throughout eternity, the man or woman who is humble and contrite and who trembles at God’s Word grows in excitement at the specifics of es living in the Kingdom of God. E knows exactly what happens when e dies and is resurrected – it is certainly not what most Christians believe will happen after they live again.

This, for me, is the greatest aspect of the secret of the Lord – knowing exactly what will happen to me after death, and, specifically, what I will be doing throughout eternity. You ask ten church-going Christians what their ultimate destiny is, and you will get the immediate answer, ‘living in heaven’. If you press them beyond this answer, and ask what specifically they plan to do forever and ever, their answers are vague. But to the one whom the secret of the Lord is revealed, the specificity of their destiny is their greatest thrill in living, so much so they prefer to die early than live longer on earth, as was Paul’s desire.

I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me.  Phil 1:23 NLT Emphasis mine

As he or she studies God’s Word, the prophecies in the Bible become alive, and e begins to see with amazement the true interpretation of the prophecies, and how they are going to be fulfilled in the coming years. And e realizes that most of the interpretations e heard from preachers and pastors of mainstream Christianity are not exactly what the Lord tells his ‘little flock’ Lk 12:32 in secret.

The next most exciting aspect of the secret of the Lord is intimacy with the Holy Spirit. As you continue to follow God with all your heart and strength, seeking to please him to the utmost that you can, you correspondingly begin to sense a new presence close to you constantly. Born-again Christians talk about being filled with the Holy Spirit, and some even talk about speaking in tongues. Maybe it’s their secret of the Lord. But I am referring to something altogether of another dimension of experience. I am sitting at the dinner table, and I sense Christ’s presence in an almost palpable manner I never did in my entire Christian life before I was given the secret of the Lord. I walk into a shop, and there is a guiding presence who leads me to the right products. And the funny things, most, if not many, people, can sense something different about my presence amidst them. Actually it is not my presence that is affecting them, but the presence that is always where I am present.

The Lord often wakes his confidant in the pre-dawn hours and shows him new truths in the Scriptures

This intimacy with the Holy Spirit I am talking about…there is a time when he actually comes so close to me I could almost feel his breath over me. This happens to me always in the pre-dawn hours of the day, from around 1:30 to 3:30 in the morning. During this time the Holy Spirit literally whispers certain truths to me, as well as the answers to certain spiritual questions that had been bothering me.

I have mentioned the three most important aspects of the secret of the Lord. First, the Scriptures becoming alive to the confidant of the Lord in a manner he or she had never imagined, and in a depth no Bible scholar can reach. Second, the indescribable joy of understanding the specifics of the life after the person’s earthly sojourn. Third, a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit that takes the confidant’s breath away. But there are literally hundreds of other experiences that the person with the secret of Lord enjoys both regularly and uniquely.

Apart from the three core experiences I mentioned earlier, the secrets the Lord gives me may not be what he shares with another of his confidants. Both confidants may share many secrets in common, but I think far more are the private revelations that are exclusive to each of us. The secret my Eternal companion has told me about a particular food or drink may not be what he has told my fellow confidant about what he eats and drinks. What the Lord has shown him about a certain area of his work may not be what he has revealed to me about a particular aspect of my work. The secrets are literally amazing, astonishing, thrilling, and mindblowing! 

The Lord is no respecter of person when it comes to his sharing of secrets with anyone. A believer who is ready to love and follow Christ with all es heart, soul and strength, can go down on es knees and ask God to begin to show him or her what the secret of the Lord is. If you are a hundred percent sincere in wanting to know his secret, and you ask him for it fervently and regularly, the person begins to hear the Lord’s voice. It’s almost imperceptible at first. Be still and listen, and keep asking, and keep looking for ways to love the Lord and your neighbor more (remember what Jesus said: you cannot love God without first loving your neighbor). The voice grows clearer and soon it becomes a daily, an hourly, a moment by moment, feature of your life. The voice is heard not necessarily in audible words, but in convictions, in sensations, in new understandings, in fresh perspectives, in transformed attitudes, in assurances poured out to your heart. Oh, how awesome indeed is the secret of the Lord! How blessed is he or she who is privy to it!

Before I close, l want to tell you a bit more of the secret of the Lord that I am privileged to know. I mentioned that the greatest and the most joyful aspect of the secret of the Lord relates to knowing our destiny in a specific way that only those whom the Lord has revealed this secret can know. Now, within this greatest secret about our destiny, there lies the most thrilling, explosively joyful sub-secret. I want you to discover it for yourself, if you are truly keen on growing your relationship with your Lord until he is ready to share his secrets with you. But I will give a hint of what it is. This secret within the greatest secret relates to the ‘great mystery’ that Paul refers to in Ephesians 5:32: 

This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one.  NLT

May the Lord show you his secret which he is showing thousands of other earnest followers of Christ around the world. The Lord has been showing me his secret for the past twenty years, from the year I gave my life to him unconditionally. May you too enter this secret life with him soon!

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  Ps 91:1

I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden riches of secret places, That you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, Am the God of Israel.  Is 45:3

He reveals deep and secret things  Dan 2:22

Surely the Lord God does nothing, Unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.  Am 3:7

Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.   Jer 33:3

 

Pappa Joseph

God’s Plan for Your Life Today

 

If you love God, and have an innate longing to please him and walk in his ways – no matter how sinful your life presently is – then you belong to the first of the two categories of human beings born since the creation of Adam and Eve.

The first category are people who were predestined – that is, preplanned – long before they were conceived in the womb, to be saved through Jesus Christ, and live forever with him in the Kingdom of God. These people are the ‘children of promise’.  They are born of God’s will. The uniqueness of this category of people is that from birth they have a love of God, or at least they do not have innate hate for God and his ways.

The second category of people are those who are the ‘children of flesh’, born by chance by the will of their human father, or to put it bluntly, they are conceived as a result of the sheer pull of a man’s groins. These children are accursed from the womb, and they are born with a heart that is naturally rebellious against God. Two examples are Cain and Esau. Ponder the following verses carefully:

For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous.   1 Jn 3:11-12

“I have loved you,” says the Lord. “Yet you say, ‘In what way have You loved us?’ Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?” Says the Lord. “Yet Jacob I have loved; but Esau I have hated   Mal 1:2-3

The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies.   Ps 58:3

Please try to grasp the awesomeness of this truth: God knew you personally even before the creation of the world. The fact that you are inclined to love God is not accidental but providential; that inclination was put in you even when you were in your mother’s womb.

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you   Jer 1:5

But You are He who took me out of the womb; You caused me to trust while I was on my mother’s breasts. I was cast on You from birth; You are my God from my mother’s womb  Ps 22:9-10 MEV

Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.   Ps 139:16

just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself   Eph 1:4-5

Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.   Ps 139:16

If you love God, it is the absolute evidence that God was speaking about you to the heavenly host and mentioning your name to them even when you were being formed in your mother’s womb.

The Lord hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.   Is 49:1 KJV

You were put on earth for a specific and eternal purpose. Your Creator has laid out a definite and detailed plan for your life, both here in this life on physical earth and in the coming life in the Kingdom of God.

Whatever has happened to you in this life so far – all the troubles, all the sufferings, all the sins you committed, all the failures – happened within God’s specific plan for your life. Not a hair of your head fell to the earth without its fulfilling in some infinitesimal way God’s plan he set for you eons before you were born. Your Father in heaven allowed you to make mistakes, allowed you to fall into sin, allowed sufferings, but only because those failures, sins, sufferings, were molding you and preparing you for the plan he has in mind for you.

The future is already laid out for you. God will ensure that no matter what you do, you will eventually become the workmanship he had planned for you. He will complete the work that he began in your life when you were conceived.

being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ   Phil 1:6

Something awesome is destined for you in this life. And what is that? That before you die, your life will be made complete, perfected, so you are ready to enter God’s Kingdom and begin fulfilling your eternal purpose God destined for you when he formed you in the womb. Nobody, not even Jesus knows what exactly is the position or responsibility your Father has planned for you in his Kingdom. In fact, so specific is God’s plan for his Kingdom that he is preparing, or already has prepared, two people to sit on Jesus’ right hand and his left hand when the Lord returns to earth.

Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Him, saying, “Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask.”

And He said to them, “What do you want Me to do for you?”

They said to Him, “Grant us that we may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on Your left, in Your glory.”

But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?”

They said to Him, “We are able.”

So Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink the cup that I drink, and with the baptism I am baptized with you will be baptized; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared.”   Mk 10:35-40

Whatever you will go through during the rest of your life on earth, literally everything that will happen to you, will be part of the plan God has for you for this life. That includes all the sins you will commit in the future. God is not responsible for the particular sins you will commit, but he is fully responsible for allowing that particular sin to be committed by you, so you can experience the terrible penalty and suffering caused by that sin, and having experienced it, you can repent and grow even stronger than you were before that sin. But if there is an evil event, or a sin, or any other circumstance that will take away in the least from, or do not contribute in some way to, God’s plan for your life, then he will not allow it to happen. What greater assurance can we have of our salvation, of our ultimate success and victory in this life!

Today you are in the right place, at the right time, doing the very thing God has allowed you to do. What’s happening today is happening according to God’s plan. If it is something sinful, then be assured you are going to come out of it spiritually clean sooner or later, and stronger for your experience of that sin.

However, understand this vital truth. God is not creating zombies or robots. Today you can decide whether to facilitate God’s plan for you by yielding sooner to his will in your life, or continue to live as you are in your present state of sin, and after suffering the consequences for a while, yield to him then. If you are wise, you will take the first course. But either way, you are going to end up exactly where God has planned for you in this life. How soon, how smoothly, is all upto you.

Today you can make the decision to make God’s plan for you easier and smoother each day by walking in the path he counsels you to take. This path is shown in the Bible. It’s a narrow path, but it’s the path that will take you soonest and smoothest, and with the least suffering, to the place God has planned for you even before you existed.

Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.   Heb 3:15

Your future is laid out for you. Therefore go forth, child of God, and do all you can to do your little part in God’s plan for you. Keep God’s commandments with all your heart, might, soul and mind. Draw close to God, and your battles against various sin will be won earlier.

Remember, no sin, no evil,  no force on earth or in the heavens will be able to thwart God’s plan for you and his faithfulness toward you. he has for you. Absolutely nothing.

So, go forward, O called of God from the foundation of the world, and live your life to the fullest. All the forces in the universe are with you to help fulfil the plan God has for you.

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?…Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.   Rm 8:31-39

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Jer 29:11  (For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  NIV)

Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.   1 Cor 2:9

 

Pappa Joseph

 

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