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A Daily Word from the Word for Thursday, May 8, 2014

“He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” – Psalm 91:1

When we dwell in the secret place of the Most High, we are in a place of utmost intimacy with the Father, where the entire world fades away and nothing can harm us. When we enter this secret place, we abide under the Almighty’s shadow.

The Hebrew word for “abide” as used in this verse is to “abide all night, continue, dwell, lodge” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, to “dwell” is “to live as a resident”; and further defines “lodge” as “to establish or settle in a place.” The meaning of night used here is not the literal night, but rather “the quality or state of being dark; a condition or period felt to resemble the darkness of night as in a period of dreary inactivity or affliction” (Webster).

God’s “shadow” is His tsel (pr. tsale), which is the Lord’s “defense, through the idea of hovering over.” Webster defines “defense” as “capability of resisting attack.” Psalm 27:1 testifies of this truth, as it declares “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?” And Psalm 94:22 sings in agreement “But the Lord has been my defense, and my God the rock of my refuge.”

The Secret Place is a place in God that is available to every believer to access at any time, 24/7, 365 days a year, and leap year. We can enter with confidence, by the Blood of Jesus, as we have the surety that we do not have to be concerned with the world while in this secret place; because this secret and sacred place is wrapped within the shadow of the Father, which is our protection. We can come to this sanctuary any time whether or not we experience night.

Although I enter into the secret place of my Father daily, I have never experienced the encasement of this place (which is the Almighty’s Shadow that surrounds His secret place), until one evening last year, when the Lord took me to this new and wonderful place in Him.

For me, it was in the form of a tiny town of long ago. This place was indescribable, and the presence of the Lord was beyond amazing. I was able to walk around this town, this secret place, completely caught up in my Father because the atmosphere, the shadow of the town, was the protection of the Almighty. All throughout the Old Testament, the Hebrew word for God as “Almighty” bears the same name and meaning: Shadday (pr. Shad-dahee)- “The Almighty, Sufficient, All-Powerful.”

Are you tired of acting tough, my brother? Are you tired of being tired, my sister? Then lodge in the land of the Almighty Father! Establish your residence, and settle in your All-Consuming, All-Sufficient, and All-Powerful Shadday! Abide under His shadow, where your night becomes a distant memory.

Father, thank You for Your secret place where we abide under Your shadow. Give us greater revelation on Your wonderful and intimate secret place. Usher us in, Almighty Father, to Your place which is above and beyond what we could ever ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). Establish us in You, All-Sufficient Shadday. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we will never experience night again, because we escape to You, in Your Secret Place, where we abide under Your Shadow. Amen and Amen.

Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to dwell in God’s Word morning, noon, and night, so you gain access to the Father’s Secret Place. Allow the Father’s Holy Spirit to implant His Word in your spirit, which serves as your GPS (God Positioning System) to transport you in a millisecond to His Secret Place. And continue to fight the good fight of always lodging in your Father’s land; for God, your Property Line, has already given you the victory!

If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!

God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.

Jesus is coming soon!

May God Bless you and keep you always.

With warmest regards,

And, in service of The Most High King,

Matthew

Matthew.Gargano@HMDMinistries.com

www.HMDMinistries.com

© 2014.

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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he serves as an associate pastor.

All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2014, unless otherwise noted.

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