“Treasures from the Secret Place”
“Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,…”
Here are those pestilences again. They do get around and we are often caught unaware by their tactics. They pop out of no where and grab hold of our attention and our emotions. Once our ‘feelings’ are involved, it is more difficult to send them packing.
I decided to continue with verse 6 before giving a summary, because verse 6 goes together with verse 5.
Thus we see again that pestilence isn’t about beetles or locusts but about words.
<1696> dabar (daw-bar’); a primitive root; perhaps properly, to arrange; but used figuratively (of words), TO SPEAK, to say; to subdue: KJV – answer, appoint, bid, command, commune, declare, destroy, give, name, promise, pronounce, rehearse, say, speak, be spokesman, subdue, talk, teach, tell, think, use [entreaties], utter, to pronounce judgment.
= Dallet 4 = Earth or creation. Means: Door, Gate, Impoverished man
= Bet 2 = Divide or Division Means: House/Family; God’s word, God’s dwelling place
= Resh 200 = Insufficiency, Poverty (When we allow human reasoning to be our master, poverty of the Spirit results. Means: Head, Chief, Beginning, Highest, Most Important, a Person, Human Reasoning vs. Obedience
PESTILENCE: The enemy walks right through our Door and speaks as if he is the Head of the house. If we listen we feel judged and proven Insufficient and inadequate. Those emotions cause us to withdraw bringing division from those we love most, starting with God Himself.
If we aren’t eating daily from God’s word and receiving His truth as our identity and lifestyle, we’ve stepped out of the Secret Place and opened the door for the enemy’s visit. He doesn’t even have to knock. The door is standing wide open and he can come and go as he wills. He cannot come into the Secret Place because he doesn’t want to contend with God.
What is more sad is that when we begin to feel inadequate or judged, we often close the front door of our hearts and keep Jesus outside, out of fear that we will be rejected by Him. Yet this is what He says to us.
In Isaiah 1:18,
“Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They shall be as wool.”
And in Revelation 3:20 He says: “Behold (pay attention) I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”
This is Jesus talking to believers. He is saying, just open the door and let Me in and we will sit down and eat together. In Middle East culture to share a meal with someone, usually represents a covenant relationship. Do you remember the story of Him sharing a meal with Peter and the other disciples after His resurrection. Peter had blown it big time, but the first thing Jesus wanted to do was to share a meal with him and let Peter know that He still loved him.
Let’s move on to ‘walks.’
1980 A verb meaning to go, to come, to walk. This common word carries with it the basic idea of movement. Since it is usually a person who is moving, it is frequently translated “walk” (Gen 48:15; 2 Sam 15:30). Like a similar verb (1869),meaning to tread, this word is also used metaphorically to speak of the pathways (i.e., behavior) of one’s life. A son could walk in (i.e., follow after) the ways of his father (2 Chron 17:3) or not (1 Sam 8:3). Israel was commanded to walk in the ways of the Lord (Deut 28:9), but they often walked after other gods (2 Kings 13:11).
WALKS: We are to be led by the revelation of God’s Word and surrender in obedience to Him. But the enemy uses the Word as a Goad to shame and humiliate or he twists the word. If we listen to him we often surrender to his ploys and he Covers us…puts us in bondage.
Okay let’s wind this up with darkness.
652 œ¸el: A masculine noun, used only in poetry to denote darkness, gloom, especially a thick darkness. Although the term can be used in reference to physical darkness (Job 28:3; Ps 91:6), it is more often used in a figurative sense to designate things like obscurity (Job 3:6); death (Job 10:22); evil (Job 23:17; 30:26; Ps 11:2). In Isa 29:18, the term has both a literal and a figurative meaning in reference to the blind.
DARKNESS: The enemy always portrays himself as a Powerful Leader. He attacks by Speaking his words. Portraying himself as an Authority, he Goads us and sometimes even uses God’s word to attack us, blinding us to the Father’s love.
As a voracious student of God’s word, I often used it to beat myself up and the enemy had to do very little but nudge me once in a while. It seemed that every verse I read was an accusation. I did not measure up at all. UNTIL, one day, I got hold of His love and everything changed. Suddenly I saw His word as a love letter of instruction and counsel. I even created my own Bible cover “Love Letters from Papa.”
In October 2012 He spoke to me very strongly about this.
“I am always faithful. My word is My bond. You can depend on it, plan for it’s fulfilling. Rest in My love and faith will come in natural flow. I L-O-V-E, Love you all the T-I-M-E, time. I said ALL. Did you hear Me?
Live LOVED. Live it and enjoy the freedom, the joy, and the strength it brings. My love releases power.
The enemy would have you believe otherwise. He focuses on your weaknesses, your failings. Give them to Me as you would place broken toys into the hands of a loving father. I make all things new—that includes YOU –All of you. My love heals and makes new. My loves washes and makes clean. My love restores and strengthens.
Your weaknesses allow opportunities for you and I to deepen relationship as you run to Me in repentance and I wash you clean with My love. There is no fear in love, Beloved. Tell them—that I L-O-V-E, Love them ALL the T-I-M-E, time. ALL—Always. Even as I bring correction, it is wrapped in love.
My love burns for you. It burns to set you free. It burns for you to see who I am and who I’ve created you to be. We are one—even now—we are one.
Religion kills, but love brings Life, joy unspeakable and full of glory. LIVE LOVED.”