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God’s Manifold Wisdom

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God’s Manifold Wisdom

Sunday morning.

I hesitate before going into the Secret Place. I’m running late. Do I have enough time for His Word?  Could twenty minutes make a difference?  I don’t know, but I enter in any way.

Humbly I bow, in His presence, with a yielded heart – leaning in to learn. With the open Bible in my hand I discover:

In reading this, then you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ…

Understand what? What is the mystery of Christ? Understand Paul’s insight into what mystery?

In reading this, then you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to men in other generations as it has been revealed by the Spirit of God’s holy apostles and prophets. Ephesians 3:3-4 NIV

Am I reading this right?

This mystery was hidden for generations! What is it? I close my eyes and open them again. I don’t want to miss anything. Humbly I turn to God’s and slowly read it out loud: Truth on my lips as the mystery unravels.

This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body and sharers together in the promises in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 3:6 NIV

This love not only transforms us and makes us children of God. We do not have Abraham’s blood flowing through our veins, but we do not have to remain hopeless, helpless, lost or unredeemed.

Every Sunday morning thousands, if not millions, of Christians, enter through the doors of their church as heirs together with Israel.

His intent was that now, through the church the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in heavenly realms, according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. Ephesians 3:10

Am I reading this right? God’s intent was always that we become His people – a church! This church has a mission to reveal His manifold wisdom.

God’s intent was always that we become His people – a church!

 

 

The Church is the instrument of truth. The rulers and authorities here on this earth may not see it, but those in the heavenly realm do.

Every time the church doors open for the worshipers to worship, greeters to greet, teachers to teach and pastors to preach, someone is watching in the heavenly realms. What manifold wisdom do they see?

  • Jesus’ intervention in the heart of the widow?
  • A body healed?
  • The Spirit of truth ring true in the hearts of the believers?

Are there whispers of awe at transformed hearts and lives changed forever?

God is at work in His people. He will accomplish His perfect, pleasing and acceptable will of God.

Manifold wisdom of God!

I look down at my watch. Only a few more minutes left before I need to go. Time for one final passage – one beautiful passage.

In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. Ephesians 3:12

I almost missed this. It was only a few minutes in the Secret Place, but I go to church with new eyes.  Freedom and confidence to approach Him! What a great love is this!

Time to go –  I whisper a prayer of thankfulness before closing the door to the Secret Place and drive to the church.

I parked my car and wondered: What glimpses of God’s manifold wisdom will the rulers and authorities in heavenly realms see today?

What a difference twenty minutes can make!

REFLECTIVE THOUGHTS:

  • Is there a tender place where God is ministering to your spirit today?
  • Imagine rulers and authorities, in the heavenly realms, visiting your church. What manifold wisdom of God do you think they would see?

Soli Deo Gloria,

Unknown

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By | 2017-03-29T17:18:53+00:00 March 26th, 2017|Categories: Heart of God|14 Comments

About the Author:

Christine encourages others to live passionately for Christ. She inspires women of faith to enter freely into God’s presence with a yielded heart, walk by faith and not by sight, seek opportunities to know God by name in His Word and live confidently in the Lord.Christine, also known as Chris, has been married for over forty years and she has two grown children. She is a retired Army officer and a credentialed minister with the Assemblies of God. She adores her dogs, walking, and writing. She is passionate about motivating others in a deeper level of faith. One of her life verses is Philippian’s 4:5b-7: The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

14 Comments

  1. Julie Moore October 3, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Thank you for reminding us of the importance of time spent in God’s Word! How rich our lives would be if we would do this more, and what manner of blessing are we missing because we think we don’t have time!

    • Christine Malkemes October 4, 2016 at 10:21 pm

      Oh Julie! How true you are! He is the Master of time – time is subject to Him. He uses time for our good. A few minutes with Him make the difference in a lifetime. Sounds corny, but it’s so true.
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  2. Lora Lovin Osburn September 29, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    A friend of mine wrote a book on the secret place and he signs each copy with “HE is waiting…” and your post so reminds me of his signature line. Your post challenges me to the secret place on Sunday mornings – I usually don’t do that before church. My Sunday routine usually includes afternoon prayers and journaling… Thank you for sharing.
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    • Christine Malkemes October 1, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      Lora, what book is that. I might want a copy. I so understand. I shared this because there was a time, on my journey to the heart of God, that I thought the church was enough. Church is good and fellowship awesome, but nothing takes the place of the Secret Place. I would like a copy of your friend’s book. It would be interesting and maybe I can get a more for some of my readers as gifts. Thank you for your comments. Talking about what we do on Sunday – I wrote in my journal on the Sabbath while wondering what it would be like to spend the entire day in the Secret Place. Could I do it before being distracted? Could I do it without thinking … I don’t know, but at least you spend more hours in the Sabbath than most of us. You’re a treasured blessing.
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  3. Jerralea September 28, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Love this word, Chris. Thanks for pointing out that no matter the time we have available to enter the Secret Place, God always has something for us. A lot of times, I may only have 10 minutes, sometimes only 6, but each moment spent with Him is precious. Even if all I get out of it is a sense of spending time with Him, and for Him, it is worth it.

    I loved your line, “Every time the church doors open for the worshipers to worship, greeters to greet, teachers to teach and pastors to preach, someone is watching in the heavenly realms. ” Worship matters! It’s the highlight of the week, as far as I’m concerned.
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    • Christine Malkemes September 28, 2016 at 3:34 pm

      Jerralea, As you know, even when the church doors aren’t open someone is worshiping in the Secret Place. I wrote this because I was so surprised how powerful only a few minutes make. It’s true: The Creator of Time is not subject to time. Time is subject to Him. Thanks for visiting me and commenting. It means a lot to me when you join in on the converstation
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  4. Carlie September 28, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    ‘Freedom and confidence to approach Him!’ ‘UNLIMITED access to His throne room.’ Isn’t that simply amazing? I think the more I dwell on that privilege the more transformed I’ll be. Thanks Christine, for sharing what you are learning in the secret place. Such a blessing!
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    • Christine Malkemes September 28, 2016 at 3:36 pm

      Carlie. Thanks for coming by for a visit. I love your comments on time – unlimited time as we access the throne room of grace. Transformed! I guess I’m not the woman my husband married 40 years ago and I think he’s glad about that too.
      Blessings, Carlie. Blessings.
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  5. Yvette Lewis September 28, 2016 at 11:12 am

    This is a lovely post. I love that Scripture passage. It always reminds me of the unspeakable privilege we have to be partakers of the new covenant, participating in the mysterious, glorious gospel. Blessings!

    • Christine Malkemes September 28, 2016 at 3:38 pm

      Yvette. I don’t know how many times I’ve read that passage, but never has it hit my heart like this before or maybe I didn’t notice the church’s great responsibility to reveal God’s manifold wisdom. The New Covenant! I think we forget the miracle: the unholy accepted by the Holy because of love. Thanks again for your visit. You’re a blessing.
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  6. Marva | SunSparkleShine September 28, 2016 at 9:59 am

    So beautiful and inspiring, Christine. You’ve encouraged me to make the best of the few minutes that I have rather than thinking that it is not enough. God can do so much with little — He’s done so time and again and I know He wants to do so for me too!
    By the way, thank you for being such a gracious host at #TheLoft — I always enjoy my visits there.
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    • Christine Malkemes September 28, 2016 at 10:37 am

      Marva. You sparkle with the love the Lord. I’ve always been meaning to tell you how much I love the title – God given Sun Sparkle Shine. Like a star He knows you by name. The Loft is a great place to discuss our heart issues. thank you for visiting. You’re a treasure.
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  7. Johnnie Bruce September 28, 2016 at 6:58 am

    Good morning Sista bear,
    We have these precious promises from God. He is Omnipotence ! Omnipresent ! Omnificent !
    I rest in this knowing that I can come to Him at any time and for however short or long ( time ).
    He reminds me He is outside of my ( our ) time and peace floods my soul and resting in Him is easy;
    because it is praying with out ceasing and His precious WORD is hidden in my ( our ) hearts and mind.
    We are the church triumph , we have been given UNLIMITED access to His throne room.
    Love the quiet time even when I am tardy coming to the secret place, I and you rest in His knowing ;
    as deep cries out to deep. He knows exactly the time we need to read His hearts desire and to come
    away with His Whispered Words of Wisdom .

    • Christine Malkemes September 28, 2016 at 7:54 am

      Good morning sista bear – Lady Lark. Did you know that the Lark is the first bird to sing in the morning – first to lift her praise to the Lord? Your encouraging words touched my heart as usual. Look forward to seeing you soon.
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