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When the Immediate becomes the Relevant

“The best way you can prepare is to prepare spiritually,” are the words God spoke to my heart in 2010—and every time since when I pray: “Lord, what must I do to prepare for the coming storm?”

I often assume that everyone is aware of the perilous times coming to America and the entire world, but maybe not. My Dad was an avid reader and news watcher, and I am regularly reminded of things he said would happen in America someday. I literally see those things happening now!

When I was a child, conversations about the last days terrified me; but today, not so much. I am not afraid now because I personally know the God who is in charge of this world, and I trust deeply in the powerful promises given His children.

I expect that some of you went out last week and bought supplies of water, rice and beans. Many of us will do what we can to provide for those we love, and we should—if it gives us any comfort whatsoever. But I believe that whatever we do to prepare in the physical, while it may bring some peace of mind, will never be enough. There is no way to fully prepare physically for that which is coming.

I say that not to alarm you, but to encourage you to give your attention to the most important thing that you can do: prepare spiritually. Do you know God’s promises? Do you know His voice? Could you rely on Him for survival?

Recently, while talking to my daughter-in-law about a situation, this phrase simply came out my mouth: the immediate has become the relevant. I believe the time will soon come in our lives and in our nation when the immediate will be so difficult that it will become more relevant than the future, or for that matter, anything else. We are perhaps even now on the brink of such a time.

For decades, Christians in America have lived the good life—and aren’t we thankful! God has blessed us with freedom, peace, and prosperity. Yet, as the Israelites were entering the Promised Land, God warned them not to forget the Lord their God when things were good. But they did forget, and we know that God’s judgment came because of it. Could that be where America is today?

Unfortunately, America has forgotten the Lord. We have elected leaders who do not know God or His ways, and as a result the laws of our land no longer reflect God’s holy commandments. It is inevitable that we will suffer from these bad choices. I fear it will soon be a crime to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ, as well as to speak out against sin of any kind.

So, instead of concerning ourselves with careers, investment plans, retirement, and what college our children will attend, the immediate has become the relevantthe need to survive in these last days upon the earth.

In case you do not know how current events relate to Bible prophecy, I encourage you to get informed. I have listed one great website below, and there are many others. Daily, we see or hear of events setting the stage for the return of our Lord. Jesus told His followers to be ready—aware, awake, and then sound the alarm for others. Whatever you do, don’t turn a deaf ear.

I like to think of my reaction to these challenging times in this way: I don’t want to cry or crater; I don’t want to shake in my boots or run for the mountains; I want to finish S-T-R-O-N-G!

And I want you to finish strong as well. God has told us how to remain safe, and in the coming weeks we will look closely at some of His powerful promises. Watch for the footprints—the verse below is incredible! ~ Janie Kellogg

Small footprintKey Scripture: He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will remain secure and rest in the shadow of the Almighty [whose power no enemy can withstand]. Psalm 91:1 (Amplified Bible)

Small footprintKey Website: www.prophecyinthenews.com Prophecy in the News, hosted by Dr. Kevin Clarkson, airs on the Church Channel on Sunday afternoons. Check your guide for the correct time in your area.

Just Where Is the Secret Place Anyway?

The mysterious phrase “the secret place” is found in various scriptures in the Word of God. One familiar verse is Psalm 91:1—“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” This implies the existence of a hidden space where you and I can go, and yes, even stay.

We also have Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:6—“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place….” These words clearly state that God the Father is in the secret place.

Based on these two scriptures, we conclude that you and I can go to the secret place where God is at; yet most Christians do not know exactly what it is or where it is.

If we were to ask Christians where the secret place is at, we would probably get some rather vague answers like these: “The secret place is in my prayer closet,” or “somewhere in the spirit realm.” Others might say, “Since my life is hidden with Christ, I can’t really know where it is.” The truth is most Christians are clueless as to where the secret place is. And if we are clueless as to where it is, how will we ever find it?

Let’s look at the words of Jesus in John Chapter 14 for clues: If a man loves me, he will keep my words; and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” (v.23) He also told His disciples that when the Spirit of truth comes, “…you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.” (v.17)

The meaning of abode is home, dwelling or residence. So, can we also conclude that the Father and the Son come by means of the Holy Spirit to take up residence inside believers? And if God is actually inside believers, is it not then a place where we might look for Him and find Him?

Many of us have not been taught where to find God, but rather we are left to look for Him somewhere up there—in the sky, the heavenlies, or the sweet by and by—yet that is not what the Bible teaches. He can be found inside us.  Have you ever been to that inner place? ~ Janie Kellogg

Small footprintKey Quote: “I have been led to an inner place where I had not been before. It is the place within me where God has chosen to dwell. It is the place where I am held safe in the embrace of an all-loving Father who calls me by name…..It is the place where I can taste the joy and peace that are not of this world.” ~ Henri M. J. Nouwen

For more Secret Place Secrets visit http://www.treasureinearthenvessels.net and follow the footprints.

The Secret Place Secrets

Why secrets? Why not findings, or discoveries, or how about insights? To me, findings sound mathematical, discoveries scientific, and insights, well, really theological. So, I chose to call them secrets, mostly because that is what they are. You know—valuable information not readily available and given exclusively to those who actually want to know. Those things reserved for special ears only.

We all like them—secrets, that is. Who doesn’t want the secret for making to-die-for cheesecake or the world’s best BBQ? Or even a tip on the best doctor or hairdresser in town? Oh, we must not forget those anti-aging products that actually work. Let’s be honest—the list of subjects for which we desire personally-proven insider information is endless!

It is so totally us—we all have personal secret conclusions that we like to tell our friends (or actually anyone) who might be interested in what we have to say. We all do it; we share those special secrets we’ve learned while living life.

The content of The Secret Place Secrets will be the personal tidbits of my own journey to that special place mentioned in Psalm 91—my faith, my struggles, my successes, and yes, my hard lessons. I will also share with you the “what to do’s” and “what not to do’s” that I learned along the way, as well as powerful writings from admired spiritual gurus that support my conclusions.

I expect most of us know that famous scripture-with-promise by heart: “He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1. ~ Janie Kellogg

Note: In case you missed it, check out my last post “New Feature on Treasure in Earthen Vessels Blog,” at www.treasureinearthenvessels.net to learn more about what you can expect from The Secret Place Secrets.

New Feature on Treasure in Earthen Vessels Blog

I am excited to announce a new feature on my blog, Treasure in Earthen Vessels. Starting next week, I will begin posting shorter, more frequent, devotional-type writings on various topics. My first topic of devotional writings will be called The Secret Place Secrets. If you are already subscribed to my blog, you will automatically receive these devotionals directly in your email inbox. If you are not subscribed, please read the note at the bottom on how to subscribe.

The secret place has always intrigued me. For the past 15 years I have searched diligently for the meaning of that mysterious abode, as found in Psalm 91. I have read dozens of books about what it is and how to get there. Slowly, God has opened my understanding to at least some of it. Throughout these years I have recorded my journey and the secrets I learned along the way. It is with great joy and much humility that I attempt to share them with you.

I must give credit to the many authors whose works guided me to this place. I will forever be grateful to Amy Carmichael, Oswald Chambers, Hudson Taylor, Henri J.M. Nouwen, Raymond Edman, Sarah Young, and many others—who have enhanced my search. Yet, no one has spoken into my life as deeply as Andrew Murray. I am indebted to each these saints for faithfully documenting their findings for people like me—and you—who would come along behind them searching for this very place. In the weeks to come, I will share some choice excerpts from many renowned writers on this topic.

I am also grateful for Angela Thomas, a modern-day author and speaker. While watching a video session from her amazing Women’s Bible Study “A Beautiful Offering,” I heard Angela tell how she comes before God face down on the floor in her daily prayer time. The Holy Spirit— my Holy House Guest—quickly pointed out that my own personal prayer life was indeed lacking. I decided to give it a try. Words cannot express what this has done for my quest to find the secret place. Thank you, Angela, for challenging me to make this powerful posture before God a reality in my life.

However, my deepest gratitude belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ, for it is His continuous wooing of my heart that has ultimately brought me to this place. Looking back, I clearly see that it has been my own unwillingness to surrender my all to His Lordship that hindered me from entering there. His loving-kindness and patience with me is astounding! Truly, the Lover of my soul and Pursuer of my heart deeply longs for me—and you—to enter that place of intimate fellowship with Him.

I trust that The Secret Place Secrets will be a very real blessing to you in your journey. I hope the richness of these shorter messages will be enough to keep you reading and their briefness enough to make it doable.

I dearly love to hear from my readers! Please let me know what you think by hitting the reply button on this email or use the comment section on the website at the bottom of each post. ~ Janie Kellogg

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