Sunday, October 18, 2015

THE SECRET PLACE

Today’s┬áReading: Psalms 90-91

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).

 

Goreme is a town in Cappadocia, an historical region of Turkey. The people who settled here built their homes within these unusual, cone-shaped hills. This area was first settled during the Roman period. Christians were persecuted and for protection they dug subterranean dwellings into the rock hillsides. The believers in Christ were literally dwelling in a secret place as our key verse says. When Christians became the majority in the region, many churches were carved out of the solid rock. These amazing structures can still be seen today. Cappadocia is mentioned several times in the New Testament, including Acts 2:9 and 1 Peter 1:1.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verses: Psalm 90:1 & 91:14

So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom….

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High

Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

 

Psalm 90 is unique in that it is the only one composed by Moses. He probably wrote this during the wanderings in the wilderness for 40 years, when they had no place to call home. They could not fortify themselves against enemy attacks. Moses learned that their only safe dwelling place was in the Lord. Considering the shortness of our days, 70 to 80 years approximately, we need to pack in all the wisdom we can gain so that “the beauty of the Lord will be upon us, and the works of our hands will be established” (90:17).

Psalm 91 teaches us that the secret place with God every day (it could be this blog) is the place of security. The world can be shut out and a sense of belonging to God is ours. We’re at home in the presence of the Lord! This is true protection!!! The warmth of God’s love is here!!!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, here I am, dwelling in Your secret place. I pray that I will learn more and more to relax and dwell constantly in Your presence.Thank You for this peaceful place of complete security, for now and for eternity! This is only because of Jesus in Whose Name I ask this great mercy. Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I have personally experienced the fact that God “is my refuge and fortress.” As an evangelist who has shared the message of Jesus on the streets first, and then for decades on television, I’ve had attacks on my personal integrity which had no substance, and attacks on the effectiveness of the ministries which I’ve led. I felt totally unworthy when I received an award in 2008 for “Integrity in Life and Ministry,” along with Billy Graham, who received the same honour that year, presented by the Canadian Council of Christian Charities. I believe the secret of honouring God in honesty and love to all is that consistent “secret place” time with God early every morning. My meditation contained in this daily blog happens in that “secret place.”

I have less than a year to go before I reach the big 80! I’m claiming the last verse of Psalm 91! God writes to me through the Psalmist and says, “With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation!”

Yours because of the Lord’s promise to “establish the work of our hands!”

David

P.S. Canadians! Please, please, don’t fail to vote tomorrow! There is no doubt in my mind that our freedoms and respect for the individual, not just the masses, are not only the result of modernity but are the direct result of a process over hundreds of years as the power of Holy Scripture was absorbed by the culture. It may take a long time, but as I’ve often said, “JESUS CHANGES EVERYTHING!!!” One cannot read the Gospels without knowing that Jesus gave each person individually His love and attention!!!

In another part of historic Cappadocia, the city of Kaymakli was created by persecuted Christians who excavated the relatively soft rock deep below the ground with the access opening well hidden. This is one of the below-ground rooms, and the round stone was likely a kitchen table. While this underground city consists of 8 floors below ground, only 4 of them are open to the public today, in which the spaces are organized around ventilation shafts. Archeologists think that there could have been up to 3,500 people living in this city. So far 36 underground cities have been discovered in Cappadocia.

14 thoughts on “Sunday, October 18, 2015

  1. Lord I trust You and know that its not I that lives but Jesus Christ The Son of God that lives in me without You Father I can do nothing Thank You for Your presence and giving me Your wisdom and hiding me in the shadow of The Almighty
    Thank You for blessing David and Norma Jean with long life and great health and strength To God be All the Glory
    Help us to have wisdom to vote tomorrow for the person You want to govern Canada in Jesus name Amen

  2. I am always amazed when I see the workmanship in rock in Bible times. It must have taken a considerable amount of time & strength to accomplish. I voted early. Have a wonderful Lord’s Day all.

  3. Wondering what Moses wrote with in those days.
    Love The Psalms!!
    I realize how important it is to vote. Thanks for the reminder Rev. Mainse although I don’t think we need it. Can’t watch the Canadian news w/o the stations showing Trudeau and Mulcair campaigning. With so many Christians in Canada and I’m asking some of my American friends to pray to God asking that He chooses a Christian-based government for our beautiful country.
    A friend sent me this awesome video about “Mother Nature” although I think it should be named “God’s Wonders”:) Enjoy and blessings to all on this lovely Sabbath in West Central Alberta!!
    http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/xHkq1edcbk4?rel=0

  4. My sister operation went well and she is now home recovering. Thank you all your prayers for her. We are hopeful they got all the cancer out and the outcome will be positive and that is our continuing prayer for her

    I voted in the advance polls but continue to pray the Lord’s will for Canada will be done, because no one runs any nation without God allowing it for whatever reason He has for doing so. So even if we don’t get the government we personally voted for we must support whatever government God puts in place.

    Looking forward to some quiet time with the Lord later today– nothing strengthens my heart more than some quality one on one time with Jesus.

    • thre is a treatment which is working very well with people I know who have had cancer or had the surgery
      Vitamin C, Zinc and Magnesium by intravenous 3x a week for 12 weeks, it works, check with a Naturopath, someone else is taking the supplements by tablet or capsule, it seems to work
      another method is kown as Personalized Onco-Genetics program, contact the British Columbia Cancer Agency, maybe look it up on Google, what seems to happen is the team zeros in on an individual person, collecting all information about their genes and then come up with a program of personalized treatment for that person alone.
      The team targets ertain drugs for that person alone. It also is working with great results!

  5. Thank you so much for this Blog. Your life has been and IS such an expression of humility and service to the Lord. He has used you and your Family to do so many mighty and Wonderous Things for Him. I pray for you to be with Us for many more years! God Bless You!

  6. I wonder what impact it would have if Christians contacted our new government and told them that we pray for them daily and maybe even ask if they have any special prayer requests!
    NEVER DOUBT THE POWER OF PRAYER!

  7. Thank you David gor your blog. The prayer today was perfect for me. I was apprehensive about the surgery I am having on Wednesday and this helped calm me! God is so good!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.