If you love to swim, you know the exhilaration of diving into a deep pool and the freedom of swimming under the surrounding water and the cool, refreshment of the deep. The limitation is how long you can hold your breath while longing to be able to breathe under water and continue to go deeper. But for many, there is the fear of the water smothering them and keeping them in its arms and never letting go.
But there is a Deep that is safe and where you are free. It is the deeper life that God has promised to those of us who draw near. It is an exhilarating place to be. It surrounds you with love and refuge. It holds you and gives you the freedom to go. But the deeps are so enticing that when we finally get there, we never want to leave.
The depths of the Lord are the ‘everlasting arms’ and the ‘secret place of the Most High.’ It is the place where we abide in Him and He in us. We are lost in Him.
I once heard an illustration of a bottle in the ocean. The vessel, if it is tightly capped, will float and bob on the top of the water. It is in the ocean but it is not filled with the ocean. A bottle, that is uncapped and open to all the ocean has for it, takes on water. The more it takes on, the deeper it goes until it is completely filled up and lying in the deep.
And so it is when we go to the ‘Secret Place’ with open spirits, we get lost in Him and in that place, our will comes into line with His will and our way is established and our plans succeed. Of course, by then, our plans will be His plans and our life will be His life. His plans are perfect and He gives us a future and a hope.
Just as a person who dives into the deep and takes a deep breath, dies to this life, so it is with those of us who move into the embrace of the everlasting arms breathing in the sweet aroma of His Presence. We die to all that seems important in this life and become one with the Father. It is a place of romance, refreshment and direction. It is the sacred romance.
If you haven’t taken the risk and moved to the deep, I can highly recommend it. There is no thrill on earth, no peace in the natural realm, no relationship, and no drug that can compare. It is the ultimate addiction.
Todays Lesson: The way into the throne room that we have found is to lay aside all pride and agenda; put on worship music that points you to the Father, turn it up loud enough that you can’t hear what you are saying, and get alone in your prayer closet, in your favorite chair, or on the floor. Focus all of your attention on our great God, who He is, and His great gifts to us. He is our Father. He gave us His Son and His Holy Spirit. He gave us wisdom. They are ours if we will but receive them. As we come into His arms in the throne room, we enter into His Presence and we find true joy.
I invite you to risk diving into the deep right now. Give up all that you have held on to. All excuses, fear, guilt, shame and whatever else has kept you separated. He isn’t mad at you and doesn’t want to punish you. He is a Lover. He is wants you. Enter in and share His great Love. He who owns the deep and it’s depths is are calling for you personally! He calls out of His great desire for fellowship and romance with you. He’s waiting.
Revelation 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb
Psalm 42:7 Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.
Proverbs 18:4 The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.
1 Corinthians 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.
Psalm 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.