‘He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground.”
A tender plant from the dry ground. Dry grounds produce thorny plants like cactus that have adaptations of living in the wilderness with minimal supply of water. What are the chances? How then can we have tender plants from the wilderness?
In the middle of a sun scorched land should be exhaustion but instead there’s blossoming. Why? Because that’s the standard that Christ set and as He is so are we in this world.
When it’s hot and dry
When the sun shines and there are no signs of the rain
When it’s hard and tough
When I am caught up in between two rocks
When my emotions are in a pit
When I really don’t feel like it
That’s when I thrive! Because it’s in my nature, it’s in my DNA. If Christ demonstrated it then it’s my reality!
Instead of wondering why it’s so tough, I should get my praise dance on and get ready for the tender plant from the dry ground!
Coz I am a new breed! Christ’s breed!
‘He who dwells in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the almighty.’
Where is the secret place? The secret place is definitely not a geographical location. Is it the place of seeking God with all your heart till you find Him? Is it the place of obedience? Or is it the place of rest? These questions have been running through my mind for years now…
The secret place is the place of revelation. I believe revelation is in several stages and though the secret place does not change, depending my level of revelation, the secret place could be more intimate in different seasons of my life.
When Christ died and rose again, the work was finished! In this work we find redemption; the total package which guarantees health, wealth and protection! If God freely gave these things to us, all we need to do is receive them! Why then do we need to be in the secret place to get protection according to our ‘911’ scripture?
Because the secret place is the place of redemption! It’s the place of salvation. A parent protects his children at all cost; and God is not any different. But we become His sons by accepting Christ as our savior. It’s all tied up to the cross; it’s in the cross! The finished work.
However, once we have a personal relationship with Christ then we desire Christ more and more. We develop a deeper relationship. The secret place does not change but our mindset shifts, our desire for deeper increases.
I wanna be more intimate than I ever was before. Although I know I am guaranteed of your love, protection and care; I wanna know you more. I want the secret place to be so personal and ‘secret’ to me that I long for you every hour not taking for granted the things that I have freely received by virtue of being your child!