The Secret Place

The Secret Place

“But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly” (Matthew 6:6 NKJV).

The Lord has been speaking to me a lot though everyday “normal” events happening around me. Back in October of 2020, we were watching the movie The Secret Garden (2020) as a family and throughout the movie the Lord was speaking to me about His Secret Place. I love how the Lord can use ANYTHING to speak to us. The Lord was using the premise of the story to reveal His heart to me and let me know what happens when you earnestly seek the mysteries of the kingdom as well as “the secret place.” The secret place is the inner part of your being, your spirit, where the Spirit of the Lord resides within us. We are the abiding place for the Lord, His walking tabernacles in this land.

“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of your flesh” (Galatians 5:16 NASB).

This had me thinking… if the Kingdom of God is apart of us and within us, then the Garden of Eden would be too (or the Secret Garden… see where the Lord is taking me here with this parallel?). Let me explain a bit. When Jesus was standing before the Pharisees in Luke 17:20- 21, He said to them, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’ For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst” (NASB). He was talking about Himself. He was the Kingdom of God in the flesh standing before them and He came to this earth as fully man and fully God to establish His kingdom and dominion upon the land. When we acknowledge Jesus as our Lord and Savior, that He came to the earth from heaven, was killed for our iniquities, and rose back to life three days later and now sits on the throne in heaven at the right hand of the Father, then you have accepted Christ to reside within you. His kingdom resides within you. All of it.

“Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the scriptures said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water’” (John 7:38 NASB emphasis mine).
“Now a river flowed out of Eden to water the garden; and from there it divided and became four rivers” (Genesis 2:10 NASB).
“Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations” (Revelation 22:1-2 NASB).

Here is the main revelation I received: Christ IN us is the hope of glory. As we commune with Him in this place, He reveals more of the mysteries of the kingdom WITHIN us. From Genesis, at creation, to Revelation, the end of days… it starts and ends with Eden.

So, what was He saying to me about the movie…

If you are not familiar with the story, it is based on a fictional book written in 1911 by Frances Hodgson Burnett and many movies have been made based on it. The main character, Mary, is orphaned when both of her parents died and she was sent to live with her uncle who was of wealth and influence. From a young child, she was continually abandoned, alone, and outcast by her parents. When she was sent to live with her uncle, he was just as neglectful. She starts exploring outside the home and discovers a secret garden, that had belonged to her aunt before she died, and had been severely neglected and was overgrown. As she discovers and spends time in the garden, her health and attitude began to improve as she seeks out the mysteries that reside there, or what was there. Now, I am not sure that the author of the book or the director of this movie were believers of Christ or not, but isn’t it like God to use the tangible things around us to get His message across?! I love it when God unravels a mystery in something that was not intended to emit His will or creation.

“The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it” (Psalm 24:1 NASB).

The story goes on and Mary discovers a cousin that was very ill and crippled. He was badly neglected and without love or attention from his father. She began to minister to him— stories of what she was finding/discovering in the garden. This testimony gave rise to much hope, longing, dreaming, and curiosity and he finally asked for her to take him there so he could experience it himself. As I am watching this movie, the boy received a miraculous healing in the secret place and there I was a crying mess at what the Lord was revealing to me here. As the boy’s health improved, what he carried on the inside of him spilled over to other people— particularly his father, the neglectful uncle. What resulted was that this man who had been emotionally wounded and carried so much pain in his heart was healed instantly in seeing the healing of his son.

Here is what I hear God saying…

“Enter into the secret place with Me. I will give you oil of joy for mourning and a garment of praise for a spirit of heaviness. Get ready for mighty displays of My power when you encounter me in the secret place. Here you are shielded just like in Psalm 91. Miracles, signs, and wonders— miraculous rejuvenation in families just from the spill over of My glory. When you come into the secret place, I fill all those areas of pain, heartache, and neglect. I give the spirit of adoption. I give identity. The answers are in the secret place. All answers are in My presence.”

Friends, make it an urgent priority to get into the secret place and seek out the mysteries of the Kingdom! You will not regret it.

“Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God” (1 Corinthians 4:1 NASB).

Thank you for reading, I pray that it ministered to you and that it stirred your spirit to seek on a deeper level for yourself on this matter. Take it to the Lord and ask Him to reveal to you about the secret place that he has prepared for you in your innermost being.

In my book I speak about finding purpose through the traumas in this life. It is in the secret place where I received a full and complete healing and restoration to my mind, body, and spirit. If you would like to get a copy for yourself, you can find that here.