“Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.”
(Proverbs 4:23, Amplified)
How many of us have emotional baggage and mental clutter that gets in the way when we realize our need to press into the presence of God? Let me be the first one to raise my hand! Too often, we allow issues, concerns, and circumstances to accumulate and gather steam. Instead of releasing them to God and allowing the breath of the Holy Spirit to blow them away, we give life to the very things that come to choke the life out of us. What started as a question has grown into full-blown worry; what began as a gnawing feeling of insecurity has mushroomed into a cloud of doubt; and what was initially apprehension has spun out of control into a tornado of fear. Before we know it, confusion looms overhead as a daunting force to be reckoned with – and we wonder, “Where did that come from?!” A foreign substance has infiltrated your secret place, but I have good news: it doesn’t have to stay that way!
Secret means confidential, private, restricted, covert, clandestine, and concealed. Everyone doesn’t (and shouldn’t) have access to things classified as secret! The heart is the secret place where God desires to dwell and have habitual fellowship with us. When we lead a double life or “straddle the fence” (because we’re not honest with God, ourselves, or others), the secret place becomes defiled.
Inconsistencies between our talk and our walk reveal a need for God’s intervention and a commitment on our part to be transformed by the power of His Word. The scripture says we must “keep and guard” our hearts – these are action words, not passive terms! People who exhibit behavior contrary to the Word of God (which they may even profess!) indicate that they have a problem with boundaries, obedience, and God-given authority. Behind their destructive or addictive habits, they’re screaming out, “I’m hurt!” They accepted a “substitute fix” – but alas, it doesn’t satisfy the hunger growing in the pit of their souls. They say they have faith, but they’re terrified deep down on the inside. They say they love their brothers and sisters, but something bubbles in the pit of their stomach when they see them. They say they have peace, but they find no rest. These are the things God wants to address in the secret place – because when you get quiet, you have to face the real you and deal with your issues of trust and intimacy with God.
You might be thinking, “That’s not me! But I know somebody else who fits those characteristics!” However, I encourage you to examine your own secret place closely.
When the spirit of compromise enters your heart, you’ll rationalize, justify, and make excuses – but all that matters is the truth of God’s Word. To probe a little deeper in this area, ask God to help you identify:
- What issue do you avoid facing and dealing with?
- What obstacle appears impossible to overcome?
- What challenge do you feel inadequate to conquer?
- What terrifying fear has gripped and paralyzed you?
To walk upright in integrity is priceless – but it is attainable. Give God unrestricted access to your secret place today – He will bring to light those things that have been hidden in plain sight from you. He’ll uncover the treasures He placed in you that were tangled with the clutter of negative thoughts and images. And He’ll cleanse you of those things you tried to hide, but no longer have need of. May the clear springs of life flow from your heart forevermore…
To get victory in your secret place:
- Stop where you are – don’t get in deeper!
- Cry out to God earnestly and repent – humble yourself.
- Ask for God’s help and direction – listen!
- Obey! Begin to walk in the direction He shows you, without hesitation.
© 2009 by Kayren J. Cathcart