The Secret Place of the Most High II
By Evan Wiggs
The Lord has a place for every believer in which there is refuge, comfort, peace, joy and treasures beyond telling. It is a place above anything most Christians have ever seen in their lives. It is a place of power and heavenly faith to overcome any obstacle, problem, sin or sickness. I discussed this at length in the Secret Place of the Most High, but the Lord has given me more insight into the majestic place and the path we must follow to get there.
I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
We all know this verse and can mostly quote it, but there is much to understand here for the seeker. We see in Romans 11 where we are wild branches grafted into the tree or vine. When you graft a branch into the rootstock of another tree the branch usually will not change into the tree. You can graft a wild apple branch onto a good tree and the branch will only produce sour wild apples. In the spiritual kingdom that is not to be so even if it happens all the time. Our churches are full of wild branches grafted in that bear little fruit or wild sour fruit. Jesus would say to us that in His kingdom the branch actually takes on the very essence of the vine. The life that is in the vine must become the very life of the branch. Jesus saying that His words must abide in us implies this. The Word of God must live in us daily, hourly. We must know Him who indwells us, deeply and intimately. His desires become our desires and thus when we pray there is no mystery of answer, we know exactly what he wants because the are living so deeply in him.
10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. 11Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.
12 "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 13And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
Jesus is the branch of God.
Isaiah 4:2 In that day the Branch of the LORD shall be beautiful and glorious;
And the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and appealing
For those of Israel who have escaped.
Isaiah 11:1-2 1 There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse,
And a Branch shall grow out of his roots.
2 The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him,
The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The Spirit of counsel and might,
The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.
The Father dwells in Jesus, Jesus and the Holy Spirit dwell in us. That means the whole God Head dwells in us!!! The unimaginable wealth that is ours! My heart absolutely sings at that thought. We need to wake up in these last days and apprehend all God has for us lest we perish. Look at the verses in John 14 above. See the flow of authority from the Father to Jesus. Jesus did all he did by the authority and will of the Father. He then says that we who believe him will do even greater works than Jesus because of this flow of power and authority. To ask in Jesus name means to invoke his authority. A policeman in uniform can stop a line of cars and trucks weighing tons and with thousands of horsepower by virtue of the authority of the state his uniform and badge represent. If he tries to stop this traffic without his uniform he might get run over. Many Christians are run over by the enemy because they are out of uniform.
You know the uniform.
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
11Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles
of the devil. 12For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,
against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13Therefore take up
the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and
having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the
breastplate of righteousness, 15and having shod your feet with the preparation of
the gospel of peace; 16above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be
able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17And take the helmet of
salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18praying always
with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all
perseverance and supplication for all the saintsó
The helmet is to guard the mind, the breastplate is to guard the heart, the loins or waist is to guard the reproductive organs or disciple making ability, the feet shod with the gospel of peace is our will to witness, the shield is a defense against the darts (implanted thoughts, events in our lives). Finally the magnificent sword or Word of God. All the other implements are defensive in nature but the sword is offensive, it strikes where error or sin abound and severs between the thoughts and intents of the heart, dividing down to the deepest level to precisely cut out the tendrils of sin in our lives. How good is our God to love us so that he would perform His work so precisely and purely.
But just the equipment is not enough. When we send soldiers to battle we train them and inure them to hardships, pain and even death. Battle is a terrible thing. Many are wounded and many die. Many Christians today do not realize we are in a life and death struggle against the enemy of our soul. Many perish because Christians are not cognizant of this fact and are held in thralldom by the enemy. I am somewhat hesitant to write this but perhaps now is the time. Prophets and visionaries are often misunderstood. I do not claim either gift or ministry but I have prophesied and had visions. Recently I was sitting in my living room and it seemed the end of my house had disappeared. In its place was a vast plain with many people on it. Ahead was the edge of a precipice toward which the people were moving. The edge of this precipice was flaming with red and orange flames and a horrible glow showed from somewhere below the lip. The people were walking or running towards the lip and I saw many that suddenly lost their balance and with a weak cry fell over the edge. My heart was pierced through with a deep grief and I cried out to the people but they didn't seem to hear. I broke down weeping. The Lord solemnly spoke and said "What you see happening is because my Church is asleep!". I was included in the asleep category.
The path to the secret place of the Most High is not a garden path or a walk through a shaded wood. It is a path of hardships and suffering. I know this is not a popular word to give to the Church today but it is necessary. Souls are being lost this very instance and we must be about our Father's business.
II Tim. 2:3
3 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.
II Cor. 4:18
18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
We have to be like soldiers who are willing to give of their all to win the battle. We must have a vision that clearly sees the battle standard that is in the heavenlies. We must not fight as beating the air but with purpose listening to and obeying our commanders in the Lord.
I Cor 15:32
I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
We must take up our cross and die daily to self. There is no other way. The work of the cross it to kill. And we have much that needs killing.
10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,
To know the power of His resurrection we must know the fellowship of His sufferings and be conformed to his death. There is no resurrection where there is no death. The way of the cross is pain, suffering and death. But the way of resurrection is an explosion of joy. The way of resurrection is also the way to the secret place of the Most High.
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
We now get to the core of the question. The way of suffering and death leads to glory and resurrection even in this life we now live. It is not only for the future but for right now in the midst of our lives. The resurrection power must permeate our very lives. We must flow with the rivers of life to water the dry ground.
2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
Our carnal life has ended and our resurrection life has begun. We are hidden with Christ in God in the secret place. The enemy cannot come there. He may storm and rail against us and we may suffer in the flesh but we are hidden in the secret place far above anything the enemy can throw at us. Praise God! In the secret place we see with Jesus eyes and don't look with the eyes of the flesh. We judge rightly and don't condemn. We see what needs to be done and we do it. In the secret place our hearts beat with the pulse of the holy one Himself. Whatever breaks His heart breaks ours, whatever brings joy to his heart brings joy to our as well. We are sensitive to sin like never before. That is a gift beyond counting. When I used to sin I would ignore any guilty feelings and rationalize my actions. But now I don't let my intimate fellowship with my Lord be sullied even an instant.
Are you ready my beloved to come to this secret place God has for you? Come and taste and see the Lord is good. There is nothing about him that is not beautiful and kind. He is altogether lovely, he is gentle and mild. Oh beloved seek him today.