The Dwelling Place
Written by Lisa Kane 12/28/2020
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.”
It begins with you. What is it? Life, blessings, favor, glory, joy, peace, comfort, love, victory over sickness, victory over Satan, victory in the war and battles you face every day. When God decides to move, you need to be secured in Him to know what's going on and not get distracted
or confused by what’s happening.
Nehemiah 1:5-9 NKJV
5 And I said: “I pray, Lord God of heaven, O great and awesome God, You who keep Your covenant and mercy with those who love [a]You and observe [b]Your commandments, 6 please let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open, that You may hear the prayer of Your servant which I pray before You now, day and night, for the children of Israel Your servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel which we have sinned against You. Both my father’s house and I have sinned. 7 We have acted very corruptly against You, and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, nor the ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses. 8 Remember, I pray, the word that You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you [c]are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations; 9 but if you return to Me, and keep My commandments and do them, though some of you were cast out to the farthest part of the heavens, yet I will gather them from there, and bring them to the place which I have chosen as a dwelling for My name.’
I saw what Nehemiah did and decided I needed to do the same because I can see the difference between God moving in others and not moving in me. So I entered the dwelling place.
What is the dwelling place?
The meaning of the word dwell from dictionary.com:
verb (used without object), dwelt or dwelled, dwell·ing.
to live or stay as a permanent resident; reside.
to live or continue in a given condition or state:to dwell in happiness.
to linger over, emphasize, or ponder in thought, speech, or writing (often followed by on or upon):to dwell on a particular point in an argument.
(of a moving tool or machine part) to be motionless for a certain interval during operation.
a flat or cylindrical area on a cam for maintaining a follower in a certain position during part of a cycle.
a period in a cycle in the operation of a machine or engine during which a given part remains motionless.
Reading the definition after already having done this is absolutely incredible. The meaning of dwelling has two parts. The first part is the verb, action. You take the action to make the dwelling place. Remember what I said earlier, “It begins with you”.
The second part is what happens to you when you actually enter this place…you become the piece that completes the puzzle or you put yourself into God and you become part of the machine/engine (God) that makes the device move. But notice how it works, you don’t move but the device moves around you.
You are secured and planted in the device that when things move, you are safe.
In other words, when God moves you are in the right place. This also means the device won’t work unless you secure yourself in.
How did I enter this place and how did I secure myself in? I had to create it first. How? I set some time aside and made a place where no one would bother me.
Matthew 6:6 NKJV
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; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you [a]openly.
Get up and do it. Get into your secret place. It begins with you and you need to get in that secret place.
Once there, purify yourself by dealing with your sin. That means you need to ask God to forgive you of your sins.
Joshua 7:10-13 NKJV
10 So the Lord said to Joshua: “Get up! Why do you lie thus on your face? 11 Israel has sinned, and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them. For they have even taken some of the [a]accursed things, and have both stolen and deceived; and they have also put it among their own stuff. 12 Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they have become doomed to destruction. Neither will I be with you anymore, unless you destroy the accursed from among you. 13 Get up, sanctify[b] the people, and say, ‘Sanctify yourselves for tomorrow, because thus says the Lord God of Israel: “There is an accursed thing in your midst, O Israel; you cannot stand before your enemies until you take away the accursed thing from among you.”
You see, even if you have been having daily devotions and praying but nothing was moving or changing, then you need to deal with the sin because you cannot stand before your enemies until you remove the 'accursed thing' or sin.
And you will stand before your enemies and you will win. Joshua won but it took losing several thousand men at first because they didn’t deal with the sin before engaging the enemy.
How many battles have been lost? Are you done losing?
Say this prayer out loud in your new found dwelling place:
Dear Jesus, forgive me of my sins and come into my life and heart and be my Lord and Savior. I’m truly sorry for sinning. In Jesus’ name Amen!
This dwelling place with that prayer puts you right with God and now He moves. He will begin to show you how he works. Notice what he gave Joshua after they sanctified themselves. He gave them a plan of action, a strategy to defeat the enemy.
Imagine if you knew in advance what to pray for? That would be a victory of prevention. Yes, you can prevent the enemy from even making the first attack when you’re in prayer with God and praying in the spirit.
1 Corinthians 14:14 NKJV
14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.
If you don’t know what to pray for in the secret place, let your spirit pray. He knows. Your spirit knows. If you don’t know how to speak in tongues, ask God for the gift and He will give it to you. It’s a tool all Christians need.
After entering this place and sanctifying yourself, He will provide you with a plan of action on defeating whatever enemy you face, whether it’s covid, or another disease, or finances, or relationships…whatever you face, you won’t be defeated. You have the victory and it’s because of God.
And keep entering this place setting yourself right with God. Speak in tongues and let the Holy Spirit move you.
He will show you what’s going on in the world and you won’t be surprised by what happens.
Remember, God wins in the end!