The Most High Place: Sermon By Minister Maria Ochieng
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand]. I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust! For [then] He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. [Then] He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler.
You shall not be afraid of the terror of the night, nor of the arrow (the evil plots and slanders of the wicked) that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor of the destruction and sudden death that surprise and lay waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you. Only a spectator shall you be [yourself inaccessible in the secret place of the Most High] as you witness the reward of the wicked.
Because you have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your dwelling place, There shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near your tent. For He will give His angels [especial] charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all your ways [of obedience and service]. They shall bear you up on their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and adder; the young lion and the serpent shall you trample underfoot. Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation.Psalm 91 (AMPC)
We live in world that is full of activity and chaos. The main aim of the enemy is to stop you from creating an intimate relationship with Christ.
Unlike the high priests of old, we have access to the Holy of Holies. All requirements are met in Christ.
We are invited to have fellowship with Him.
Transformation of the nation will be a result of the cumulative nature of God present in the lives of saints.
The most high place is where God is in Himself. Nothing inhibits you from Him.
The beauty of the most high place is that the one who has invited us has done so without any requirement.
The problem with our approach towards God which is based from an activity based mindset is that we think the more things we do for God the more He accepts us.
As believers, our responsibility is to abide in the most high place with God.
The more you dwell in the secret place of the Most High, the more your life will transform and the things around your life.
The call to dwell in the secret place is an individual call.
In the secret place therein is your stability and identity.
For thus says the high and lofty One—He Who inhabits eternity, Whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, but with him also who is of a thoroughly penitent and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble and to revive the heart of the thoroughly penitent [bruised with sorrow for sin].Isaiah 57:15 (AMPC)
It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be [firmly] established as the highest of the mountains and shall be exalted above the hills, and all nations shall flow to it.Isaiah 2:2 (AMPC)
Everything that we need is in the secret place of the Most High.
The pursuit of God will require activity on your end and not just prayers.
There is a transformation in your life that you can’t get unless you are willing to be walked into the secret place.
Do two walk together except they make an appointment and have agreed?Amos 3:3 (AMPC)
Walking together requires an agreeing together.
The pursuit of God is not an activity thing but is an attitude of the heart. An attitude that requires willingness and openness to be led.
Now Moses used to take [his own] tent and pitch it outside the camp, far off from the camp, and he called it the tent of meeting [of God with His own people]. And everyone who sought the Lord went out to [that temporary] tent of meeting which was outside the camp. When Moses went out to the tent of meeting, all the people rose and stood, every man at his tent door, and looked after Moses until he had gone into the tent.
When Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the door of the tent, and the Lord would talk with Moses. And all the people saw the pillar of cloud stand at the tent door, and all the people rose up and worshiped, every man at his tent door. And the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. Moses returned to the camp, but his minister Joshua son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the [temporary prayer] tent.
Moses said to the Lord, See, You say to me, Bring up this people, but You have not let me know whom You will send with me. Yet You said, I know you by name and you have also found favor in My sight. Now therefore, I pray You, if I have found favor in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You [progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with You, perceiving and recognizing and understanding more strongly and clearly] and that I may find favor in Your sight. And [Lord, do] consider that this nation is Your people. And the Lord said, My Presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest. And Moses said to the Lord, If Your Presence does not go with me, do not carry us up from here! For by what shall it be known that I and Your people have found favor in Your sight? Is it not in Your going with us so that we are distinguished, I and Your people, from all the other people upon the face of the earth?
And the Lord said to Moses, I will do this thing also that you have asked, for you have found favor, loving-kindness, and mercy in My sight and I know you personally and by name. And Moses said, I beseech You, show me Your glory. And God said, I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim My name, The Lord, before you; for I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy and loving-kindness on whom I will show mercy and loving-kindness. But, He said, You can not see My face, for no man shall see Me and live. And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place beside Me, and you shall stand upon the rock, And while My glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft of the rock and cover you with My hand until I have passed by. Then I will take away My hand and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen.Exodus 33:7-23 (AMPC)
There is a sincerity that the Lord requires in our inquiry of Him. It is the place of conversation with the Lord.
The secret place is not a place where you present a version of yourself. God is the best person to show your true heart in the secret place. The more you hide things in God’s presence, the more you resent God.
The main aim of dwelling in the secret place of God is to progressively become more intimately acquainted with God. The main aim for believers is a relationship with God.
The secret place of the Lord is the place beside Him. The only motive you should have as you dwell in the secret place is to know Christ more intimately.
God is the one who defines brokenness.
Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].Hebrews 4:16 (AMPC)
Keep your foot [give your mind to what you are doing] when you go [as Jacob to sacred Bethel] to the house of God. For to draw near to hear and obey is better than to give the sacrifice of fools [carelessly, irreverently] too ignorant to know that they are doing evil. Be not rash with your mouth, and let not your heart be hasty to utter a word before God. For God is in heaven, and you are on earth; therefore let your words be few.Ecclesiastes 5:1-2 (AMPC)
If you learn to stay in the presence of God , you will never over depend on people.
The secret place is a prophetic atmosphere where intimacy is multiplied and divine nature is imparted.