Behind Closed Doors

God made salvation a unique and real experience. This infinite connection to His Spirit is the most profound awareness a person can have with Him. Nothing matches being alone with the Lord. It’s a fabulous place where we come in contact with the purity of God’s holiness.

And behind closed doors is where God waits for you to embrace His sovereignty.

Be-still-and-know-that-IChrist gives the greatest testimony to spending private time with our Father. Jesus never wavered from removing Himself from everything. He put aside time and made being alone with God a top priority.

When the Messiah walked on the water, he was returning to the Disciples from spending time with God (Matthew 14:22-33). In the Gospel of Luke, it bears witness to the frequency of Christ’s alone time with our Father (Luke 5:16).

But-He-Himself-wouldChrist didn’t say to God, “I’m too busy saving the world and will get back to you later.” Jesus never said, God, you understand the weakness of the flesh and will forgive me. No, Christ understood our Father doesn’t find it favorable in being secondary. Jesus’s wisdom showed it was best to stop and spend time in private with God.

If Christ secluded Himself in front of God, then this leaves me no excuses not to do the same?

When I neglect spending time with God, it shows up in subtle ways. My outlook on life becomes clouded with negativity, and I live in unnecessary sin. The results from leaving God out causes me to say things to others that hurt their feelings and creates spiritual conflict.  Most of the time others see my unrighteousness before I realize my wrongful actions. Often God uses others to let me know my behavior is unacceptable.

It’s easy to place personal commitments ahead of God. Rationalization is a spiritual killer since it justifies disobedience. When I go it alone without Christ’s aid, my vulnerability is at its peak. This is a great opening for the devil to move in and cause havoc in my mental, spiritual and emotional existence. I don’t have the strength, strong enough to prevent sin from dominating my life.

But the Good News is once I humble myself back to God and repent, then He blesses me with His love.

 Christ taught us to go behind closed doors and humble ourselves before the Lord. “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut the door, pray to your Father, who is in the secret place; and your Father, who sees in secret will reward you openly,” (Matthew 6:6).

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Here our Lord Jesus Christ explains the way God responds to us when we go behind closed doors. Our Father rewards us with love, mercy, and grace. When we put this into action, we become united with the Holy Trinity. It’s in these intimate times we experience God’s presence and Christ’s compassion. We find an inner peace, unlike any other kind. This is even more profound when we are in turmoil and discover the serenity God brings in times of distress.

If God was gracious enough to save you then shouldn’t you give Him your undivided attention? 

Another excellent reward of building a personal relationship with God is the way we respond to life’s terms. It’s through our intimacy with Christ we can live holy in a world full of evil. This courage to turn away from sin gives others a testimony to God’s presence in our lives. Here we can live in faith when the world brings us an injustice. Our ability to live in His will under troublesome times proves to the world God is alive.

Behind closed doors is an exhilarating place where God’s Light shines the brightest. The more time we spend there our bond with Christ strengthen. We can agree without God we are headed for trouble.

Are you spending time alone with God?

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Author: walterkahler.wk@gmail.com

Living a Christian life isn't being perfect or self-righteous. Often people misunderstand the characteristics of a saved life. I sure did. Salvation isn't the absence of sin, but freed from its bondage. Experiencing God's living Spirit and knowing Christ is the essence of salvation and a sign of your eternal destination. I hope you will share your faith with me so we can grow together in the image of Christ.

12 thoughts on “Behind Closed Doors”

  1. Walter,
    That’s the best time of the whole day. Keeps me going when things get bogged down. It’s the gas in the car, the oil in the machine. It keeps me running.
    Blessings,
    Janis

    1. Hello Janis and thanks for sharing your faith. Yes, indeed its all those and more. We are blessed to experience God’s presence. God bless you, your family and friends. Have a great evening.

  2. Hi Walter,
    Because I have a tendency to wander, in both thought and action, I keep a strict regime. I can tell you what I am doing, even eating, at specific times of each day. The problem with that is, when I am on a trip, or have a house full of guests, or ill, or interrupted by whatever, I get don’t do the things most important to my survival. Number one on that list is spending time alone with God. When my regime gets messed with, that is the first to go. I hate that. It took years for me to make time with God a priority. I’m not sure when that time became my most precious moments of the day, but I know I can’t make it very long without it.
    Thank you, as always for a solid good read.

    1. Hello Deb and I identify with you every step of the way. Yes in times of trouble I go straight to God too. It’s brings me spiritual relief and I find peace. The neat thing about God is when we keep placing Him first and continue to do so, it becomes automatic to seek Him out. Thanks for sharing your experiences with spending time with God. Bless you my friend.

  3. Time with God is indispensable! My whole day is out of kilter when I miss those moments. I try to do it first thing in the morning but, occasionally, it’s later in the day. I’ve learned God doesn’t keep a time schedule. Whenever I come to Him, He’s there, ready to bless me. Thanks for the blessing, Walter.

    1. Yes Sherry God is always there waiting for us to embrace Him. I try my best to spend time with Him first thing in the morning as you mention. My results are the same as you’re when I don’t since without His guidance my day isn’t quite right. Thanks for stopping by and sharing.

  4. I am very much an advocate of the importance of quiet time with the Lord. In the times that I am being faithful with that quiet time, I can tell such a difference in my attitude, my reactions to tough situations, my feeling of joy, everything. However, like some of the people above have mentioned, I struggle to make it a priority and it is usually the first thing to go when life gets busy. Although, it is in those times, that it should be even more of a priority. Great read. Thanks for inspiring me to keep at it!

    1. Hello Meagan and thanks for sharing your faith. I can identify with you on the challenge to spend time with God during busy times. It’s easy to slack off and just say go through the motion. In my past there was a time when I allowed things take priority over placing God above everything else and this caused me to fall from His grace. As the result from this approach my life spiraled out of control and I suffered immensely. Today I make sure every morning to start my day off alone with God and God has made a huge difference in my outlook on daily affairs. Have a wonderful day and God bless you and your family.

    1. Hello Jedidja and thanks for stopping by. May God always be with you and may His blessings be abundantly to yo and family.

  5. Hi Walter, this has been a deeper focus for my wife and I over the last year. Sure, we get hit with our share of distractions and derailing, but the more we press into God in the quiet time, the more faithful He proves to be.

    1. Yes, Gene God does bless us when we stop what we are doing and spend quality time in His presence. He is faithful and everytime we focus on Him He renews our spirits and helps us live righteously. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your walk in Christ. GBY and your family.

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