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The Secret Place

The kingdom of God is often counterintuitive: the more time we spend in the cramped secret place, the greater spaciousness and peace we feel in our spirits.

God has an ultimate goal in mind for your time in the secret place: to make Heaven and all its treasures more substantial to you than the world and its fool’s gold. When the reality of Heaven weighs truly on our hearts, we live differently.

The psalms tell us that God hides us in His great pavilion far from the strife of this world when we are with Him in the secret place. This world and all its troubles begin to bring cabin fever ─ cramped and claustrophobic ─ but when in the secret place, we step into the spacious ground of Heaven which brings rest.

How to Act on This

When you spend time with God, make a diligent effort to not make your time with God all about petition and intercession. Make room for simple fellowship with Him. Ask Him to reveal to you new facets about Him and Heaven ─ not because you need a problem in your life solved, but because you want to step out of this world for a while and rest in the awesome glory of His presence and His kingdom.

I got out…I had the sense of being in a larger space, perhaps even a larger sort of space, than I had ever known before…which made the Solar System itself seem an indoor affair.

C. S. Lewis, Quote of the Day, from The Great Divorce

As [I spent time in the secret place], the fabric of our world’s reality—the fading space-time blanket that enwraps us—grew as thin as a sheet of wax paper. The physical world felt less like ultimate reality. I had the strange sensation of living inside a cardboard box that had been painted to look like a castle—the kind a child would build with great relish—while, all the time, my little cardboard box was sitting inside the great hall of a real castle. There was a distinct sense of something larger and permanent peeking through chinks in the physical world.

C.S. Lewis, Quote of the Day, from Shadowlands and Songs of Light

Rowland Forman
International Director (Barnabas School of Leadership). Mentor.

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Clear the Streets

The latest teaching series at The King’s Arms Church -The Gift of Repentance - is drawn from Luke chapter 3 and John the Baptist’s teaching in the wilderness. In the earlier part of the chapter, John recites a passage from the prophet Isaiah:

“A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
    make straight paths for him.
5 Every valley shall be filled in,
    every mountain and hill made low.
The crooked roads shall become straight,
    the rough ways smooth.
6 And all people will see God’s salvation.’” [Isaiah 40: 3-5]

Reflecting on these verses, Brendan Bateup recast the words. His version carries the essence of the extracts from Luke and Isaiah, while painting images more familiar in the world around us today:

Clear the streets. Fix the pot holes, tidy out the front yards. Remove the rubbish. Layout the red carpet.

Cut a path through the hills; fill the valleys. Straighten the corners.

Remove all the obstacles that may hinder God reaching us.

Clear our minds of worldly desires

Open our hearts. Look towards God. Repent.

Remove all sin from our lives.

Live a life to please God (not people).

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