The Secret Place Lifestyle
The Secret Place Lifestyle
Rev 2:4-5 to the angel of the church of Ephesus write, “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; 3 and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. 4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.
1. The Most Strategic Thing You Can Do Is To Be In The Secret Place
Ps 27:4-6 one thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple.
5 For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His inner room; In the secret place of His House He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock. 6 And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord. 8 When You said, "Seek My face,"
My heart said to You, "Your face, Lord, I will seek."
Matt 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; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
Matt 6:33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
Jer 29:13 if you seek me with all your heart I will be found by you
2. Falling in Love and Staying in Love with Jesus is the Challenge
Rev 2:4-5 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.
• Remove (Ex) Return to your first works and don’t be replaced
• Their lack of repentance and devotion would cause influence and favor to lift off of them and their first love devotion would bring continued influence & blessing
1 Sam 13:14 But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be commander over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.”
2 Chron 7:14 if My people will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Ps 34:10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger; But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.
Heb 11:6 for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Tithes and Offering
1. What Is The Tithe? - A Tithe Is Giving Back What We Owe
Deut 26:13-15 Then say to the Lord your God: "I have removed from my house the sacred portion the tithe and have given it to the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless and the widow, according to all you commanded. 14 I have not eaten any of the sacred portion while I was in mourning, nor have I removed any of it while I was unclean, nor have I offered any of it to the dead. I have obeyed the Lord my God; I have done everything you commanded me. 15 Look down from heaven, your holy dwelling place, and bless your people
• 10% Is Giving To God What Is Holy Or Separated
• A Tithe Is Given To Us By God And He Is Trusting Us To Honor Him
• When we tithe we put God first and God then can trust us with more
Matt 6:33 Seek the Kingdom of God first and above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.