By this point, most of us have a few things written down that we hide in our hidden room. Maybe we are ready to deal with it, but that brings us to the ever-important question of how? There is a reason we hide this stuff, right? If I let people in they would judge me, hate me, make fun of me. They might. I believe it is important to let people in, but it’s equally important to let the RIGHT PEOPLE in. When we come to our parents, pastors, leaders, and Christian friends more often than not we don’t receive condemnation but encouragement, love, and the help we need.
Then, of course, there is God. We know that He already knows everything, but our minds still play the game. What if God found out? He would judge me, and sentence me to hell for sure. However, when we pause a realize He already knows we can acknowledge that at this point, He hasn’t done any of that. He is patiently waiting, giving us the chance to make things right, to humbly come to Him and offer Him our lives. When we let God into our hidden room we don’t find Judgement. We find that He loves us, forgives us, cleanses us, heals us, strengthens us, and encourages us,
Growing up, so often I would think of the “secret place” as something I had to create. ‘Secret place” is a term sometimes used to describe the place where we meet God. I figured I had to obtain it, or get to it. Now, I’m realizing we all have a secret place within us, where we hide everything. My goal isn’t to journey to where God is, but to invite Him into my secret place and allow Him to make His home right here among my mess. When I invite God into my hidden room, He can forgive our sins, heal our hurts and give purpose to our past. In the secret place, He shapes us, teaches us and leads us.
THINK ABOUT THIS:
- Why do you think it is so hard to turn everything over to God?
- Think of one to three people you can trust, write their names down.
- Make plans to talk with one person about some of the stuff you hide.
PRAY: Lord, I invite You into my hidden room. Make Your home in me and carry the weight I cannot bear alone.
Matthew 6:1-13 (NLT) Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. 2 When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. 3 But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. 4 Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
5 “When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. 6 But when you pray, go away by yourself, [into your inner room, or closet] shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
7 “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as the Gentiles do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. 8 Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!9 Pray like this:
Our Father in heaven,
may your name be kept holy.
10 May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today the food we need,[a]
12 and forgive us our sins,
as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
13 And don’t let us yield to temptation,[b]
but rescue us from the evil one.[c]
Psalm 91:1-2 (NKJV) He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”