My One Secret for Spiritual Growth In 2019
Yes, yes, I’m back to writing and blogging. It’s been a long hiatus, one I wish I never took, but God has come and has visited me, and I believe that His grace upon my life is fresher and even stronger now.
So, let’s get to business. I believe that I am learning the single most important lesson of my Christian life… and if I were to tell you the ONE SECRET that you need to grow in your relationship with God this year, it would this-
You cannot rush intimacy with God.
At the dawn of this new year, my spiritual father Pastor Adeboye declared Psalm 91 as the prophecy for 2019 for his children. I’ve been reading and meditating on Psalm 91 rather often (although I can do better,) and one thing that continues to strike me is that the bible says “They that abide in the secret place of the Most High God.”
The bible doesn’t make the promises of Psalm 91 to those that pop into, or pass by, or hurriedly visit the secret place. The bible explicitly makes the promises of God’s protection and presence to those who dwell in the secret place.
According to the King James Version of the Bible, Psalm 91:1 says “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”
Another translation says “He that abides…”
I did a simple study on the Hebrew lexicon, and here’s what I found-
“He who dwells
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3427: To sit down, to dwell, to remain, to settle, to marry”
Simply put, this connotes a simple refusal to do anything but remain in that place. To literally put all activities to a halt, and sit still. To even marry… fall in love, and build a life- all in the presence of the Lord.
Very often over the holiday, whenever I spent time in prayer, I’d hit a block. It was that delicate point, where I was done reciting all the intentions and adulations that I’d mentally made noted to say to The Lord. At this point, I would often stand akimbo, bewildered and frustrated, in my mother’s tiny kitchen store, where I usually prayed. I would get so distracted that I’d often catch myself speaking mindlessly in tongues, not paying any attention to my utterances.
One evening, I caught myself and followed my thoughts. Instead of mindlessly rebuking the distractions, I asked myself pertinent questions about the thoughts- “why am I thinking this? Is it something to pray about? Am I worried about it? Can God fix it?
And rather than pack my books as I often did at that point, I decided to tarry. I literally forced my mind back to God however many times it wandered. This became easier after interrogating my thoughts. Often, these were things I needed to pray about anyway, but that had come into my mind as worries, rather than prayer points.
Slowly, it became much easier to control my thoughts, and as I centered them on The Lord, I felt like the Holy Spirit Himself ushered me into a deeper realm of prayer- a realm where I had no rehearsed lines or phrases to say. But one where I completely surrendered to the Holy Spirit to pray with and through me as He desired.
That’s how a lot of the growth I experienced and continue to experience in my walk with God has come about. It’s about sitting, waiting, and leaning on God.
This year, let’s resolve to not be in a rush in the time we spend with God.
I know, I know, we’re all busy and on the go with our busy lives and work schedules. But in the grand scheme of things, these are mere distractions, disguised as urgent and important considerations that do nothing but prevent us from spending the required quality time with The Father.
Literally dwell in the secret place of the Almighty, and you’ll become a living, breathing manifestation of Psalm 91.