The Process of The Secret Place
Jesus bled and died so that by his blood we might be reconciled to God. He tore the veil in the temple from top to bottom to give us access to the Throne here on earth. He had to ascend into heaven, to become our Cohen Gadol (High Priest), so that the Holy Spirit could come down and give us the Heart of God, or imputed righteousness. We are then lead into a process, a sort of spiritual "soaking", that transforms us, more and more, as we spend time in the presence of God. If you thought you said a prayer, got baptized and spoke in tongues a few times and that was it, you were wrong. Transformation into the image of Christ and wanting nothing more or less than the will of God takes time. It’s a process.
38 And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom. Mark 15:38 (KJV)
If you think salvation was all avoiding hell when you die, your mistaken as to the reason Jesus came. So many times, in many churches, someone who is “saved” is taught many outward things they need to change in order to be “Christian”, “righteous”, or “holy”. By outward, I also mean behaviors like how to date or treat your spouse. What we don’t realize is, while that’s perfectly ok it’s also incomplete. Just as the Torah was incomplete without the Holy Spirit. The Spirit that allows divine transformation and renewal of the mind. The Spirit that gives us the Heart of God. We need the Heart of God because we have a job to do on earth and its not just win a bunch a souls so we can all huddle in a cave and wait for the rapture.
13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. John 16:13 (KJV)
The process as I have experienced it
Your process WILL have parts that are different. I would not be so arrogant as to think I understand the mystery of intimacy with God (anyone who pretends they do, RUN). However, I want to get you excited about the process of the secret place! I want you to understand why Jesus always went away to pray at every possible moment He could. I look forward to time with God because I have glimpses into the WHY now more than ever.
I'm pretty sure this will be adjusted in the future but this 5 step process is what I have experienced:
Every revelation is not something to share or teach, sometimes it is just a whisper that revolutionizes your walk with God and your expression of the Kingdom here on Earth. I know there is more but that is the little bit I can explain.
This process repeats. It's an adventure into the deep.
The mind of Christ
At some point we have to lay aside our ways for His ways. We have to care enough to find out His ways and allow His standard to change us. My premise being, once He sees that our hearts desire is to promote His Kingdom in all that we do, well, that is a gamechanger. I am His precious little girl, His ambassador, His ordained queen and priestess...whether I am cooking healthy food or taking dance classes of all kinds. I tell fellow believers, He is with me and inspires me in each of those pursuits...sometimes I get an awkward laugh, but sometimes I get further inquiry, which is the better response. You see, you can tell a lot about a person by how they respond to what it is they do not fully understand. As I stated in my teaching, we all have a tendency to fear what we do not understand. However, none of us, no matter how long you have been saved, fully comprehend the Kingdom of God and His purposes. So if we are not careful, we will unintentionally reject the very Kingdom we long to see here on earth.
Luke 6:47-48 (KJV)
Overcome your fear of the opinion of men
I've encountered a glimpse of Kingdom Culture, just a glimpse. Culture is about beliefs and values that shape human creativity and even intellect. We have to ask Jesus for help in understanding His culture. I know that what matters to the Father is what is in your heart. Jesus said "A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things." We need to have accountability and spiritual leaders in our life to guide us or this can be a slippery slope. However, if you heart is pure, I believe you will produce pure things, no matter your endeavor.
Ironically, many American Christians complain about the shows on TV or the latest Pop song, yet refuse to step in those arenas and bring the power of God. I'm not talking about partnering with Luciferian power holders, that's just stupid. I'm talking about relying on God for the resources and influence you need to make the impact you were born to make. This can come in the most unexpected ways, it just needs to promote the King and the Kingdom.
Please understand, this is more than a "chase your dreams" pep talk. I'm talking about overcoming the fear of the opinion of men, while also staying humble and teachable...no easy task.
Let me tell you a story to challenge you. I remember the night I was going out to celebrate with a friend for her birthday a few years ago. Before heading over to the nightclub, I went into my secret place and I prayed. I prayed for the people there, I prayed for my friends, I prayed with my spiritual language and with 100% confidence that when I walked in there, I brought the Kingdom of God with me. Oh. Yes. I. Did. You would have to understand my backstory but I didn't pray because I was afraid to go, I didn't feel anything about it other than the usual awareness that a lot of bad can happen, especially at those hours. However, that night was so much fun! Three different people came up to me and said "there is just something about you", one woman said "your joy makes me feel happy, you light up this place!" I promise you, I was sober!
For me, this was not about approval or disapproval of where I was, it was confirmation from Jesus to me: "Desiree, YOU ARE MINE. I am responsible for you, be mindful of the situations you put yourself in. Together, there is no atmosphere WE cannot shift, I AM the Resurrection, I AM the way, the truth, and the life, I have overcome this world, I am bigger than any demon in hell. As long as you are with ME 100%, I AM with you 100%." In that unusual situation, I received such an confirmation of my relationship with God and therefore, a greater awareness of the situations I put myself (and consequently Him) in. Isn't that so backwards and amazing at the same time? So many Christians see Him as just Judge, when He is so Pappa!!
I believe many believers focus so much on the right or wrong (or confuse taboo with sin) because they lack faith in the promise of resurrection, renewal, and transformation through the power of the Spirit. We also don't give each other the grace to go through our individual processes. Instead it's easier to judge one another...than believe that God could be so good. Yes I know, some people are playing games with the name of Jesus but I'm talking about those of us who are honestly trying to figure it all out. I've learned that instead of striving to be perfect or fit into everyone's definition of how I should be, I need to make sure of one thing: I am His and He is mine. In this space I don't have time to judge, or covet what others have, or feel forsaken at any moment. I'm just working out my own soul salvation AND living in this life more abundantly, free from powerless religiosity.
Only then do I believe we will see the manifestations of the Kingdom of God we have been desiring to see. We need each other. We each of a piece of the puzzle the other needs. We each have revelation so many need to hear if they are willing to listen. We can change our communities and our nation if we begin to see the things beyond what worked 50 years ago. Just because your grandma was at the same church for 200 years and prayed every Friday night at the church meeting that doesn't mean that is what God needs from you. We were made to conquer, Father God is waiting to promote us with more authority but first we have to
Please feel free to leave your thoughts and comments! If there is anything you want to know more about or suggestions for topics please let me know!
In March of last year, my best friend and I, gave a teaching on Kingdom Culture. We discussed ethnic and cultural awareness but also the big picture of the Heart of God for His people when it comes to His Family.
I believe the Holy Spirit wants us to be aware that the Kingdom we are seeking, the one that is coming, and the one that's already here, may be foreign to us because of our own biases and preferences. Not only when it comes to ethnic diversity and integration but also in our values and morality.
You cannot allow where you grew up and/or your family preferences to dictate your understanding of morality, worship, and things like holidays or Christian traditions. Do they align with scripture? What is your understanding of Hebrew Culture and traditions? This will determine your understanding of scripture, which believe it or not originated in Ancient Israel. Moses, Jesus, nor Paul lived in modern day Israel or your local Methodist Church . Once you dive into it all, you will find the various pieces connect. Breaking away from man-made religion is the first step to grasping Kingdom truth.
As much as we try to "think outside the box" it's really hard for most Christians. Instead we make the box bigger, you know, be "radical" but at the end of the day, most Christians still operate out of a box of preconceived notions. Such as good Christians go to service unless ill or God is not pleased. Well...not exactly. At the end of 2018, for a season, I felt the call to step out of the traditional Sunday church routine. Jesus was calling me closer. That season was amazing, enlightening and liberating. For many years prior, I got to enjoy the routine of going before the Father on Sunday mornings, worshipping Him and hearing Rhema word. But I also experienced the routine of church that hinders and quenches the Spirit and therefore stifflies true salvation and transformation in the people of God. That's why you can have someone who looks the part of a Christian but has a pitiful love walk. Over the years, I have endured the "business" of church growth, the politics, and preaching, that was, at times, based more on denominational dogma, than actual unfiltered, Logos Word. The sort of preaching that drains you, instead of filling you up.
Jesus came to set us free
This is the time of year we celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. I prefer to remember also, why He came in the first place. He sacrificed Himself for more than my salvation from hell, He came to liberate me from man-made religion. Me, you, and everyone. When reflecting on this, I can't help but become saddened by the excess of man-made religious thought and exercise that is all around me. We have all been affected by it, rather we know it or not. I think the Almighty longs for the day when His people will choose truth, over tradition. Tradition includes denominational filters on morality, for example, one denomination says it is okay to drink alcohol and another condemns it. Both can't be correct. One view takes its cue more from tradition rather than what the bible actually says. Another big tradition of course, is racism. The basis of which is also not biblical, although many have tried to make it so. The most prevalent form of racism in the Church, is what I call "ethnocentric thought patterns" (your cultural expression is inherently better than others) which greatly plague relations between brothers and sisters in the body of Christ.
your culture vs. kingdom culture
Looking at the pictures above, which could you imagine in your church service? I believe God can use ballet and the many cultural dances of Africa. I believe we sell ourselves short when we only seek to please those of our own culture. This works both ways. Making fun of Riverdance (Irish stepdance) is not cute, nor acceptable. I also believe that God is waiting for those bold enough to put aside their fears and cross over, not only with open arms but an open mind. And let me say this too, what is considered "modest" in your culture may not be considered modest in another. It used to be that in Europe, a woman showing her ankles was considered sluttish. Well in many cultures of the world, showing a little midriff is not even a big deal, so just chill.
I've heard people call certain cultural expressions "pagan." Excuse me? Your European culture was pagan too and Orthodoxy doesn't get to decide what is on God's mind. If you follow a Pope, that's cool, you do you. I follow the Holy Spirit and I'm writing this because I believe that the Holy Spirit is going to challenge our way of thinking in ways we didn't know was possible. Church as usual is generally divided and segregated; if not racially, it is so economically or something else.
After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
There is so much talk about unity and diversity, yet for the past decade all I see is minor gaines. I believe this is because, especially in the south: you can have friends of other races but don't marry them because "the bible says 'be not equally yoked" Seriously? Are we not all One blood by Christ? Once filled with the Spirit are we not members of One Body? Should not our cultures all reflect the Love of Christ and His saving grace? So what is the problem?
The world says there is a black race and a white race. Which is mainly for social and political tactics and excludes billions of people. Truth is, we are all a magnificent spectrum of earthy tones found in nature. There are people with very little melanin in their skin who appear like pearls and other stones, ivory or the sands of the seas and most people of the earth have more melanin and appear like gold, precious stones, plants, spices, trees, honey, and on and on. Beautiful isn't it? Every shade of the human skin can be found in the ground of the earth where God formed us. Coincidence? No. We don’t know what Adam and Eve looked like but I imagine them carrying a bit of all of us between the two of them in a beautiful harmony our finite minds cannot fathom.
GAL 3:26-29 KJV
For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
The Father’s heart is for all of us to come into relationship with Christ and with each other. God has divine plans hidden in people all around the world and we cannot reach the epitome of Kingdom existence without the input of people who look different and/or speak a different language. It is likely that some promise you’ve been waiting on is wrapped in the very people that make you most uncomfortable.
Please feel free to leave your thoughts and comments! If there is anything you want to know more about or suggestions for topics please let me know!
Identity then revelation of purpose
Have you ever felt like you needed to step away from something in order to see it more clearly?
The FAther is jealous for you
It had been building up for a long time. I have been seeking God in a deeper way in the last 2 years. The powder keg, so to speak, exploded after coming back from Carolina Revival on October 6, 2018. I don't know exactly what happened, why, or how. I just know there was an encounter with Yeshua that I desperately needed. I let go of somethings, but I gained something too. I just didn't know exactly what. After a day of pondering of all this, I was given permission to pause. I felt the Spirit, saying, "just stop for a minute," it was a deep unction within me to push pause on any spiritual influences outside of this one thing: devotion. I heard pause from church for a minute, enjoy this season, stop performing, stop striving. Spend time with your family and with Me. That's it.
The power is not actually in the pause, the power is in obedience to Christ.
At the time I had told two different people I would praise dance with them. I'm a woman of my word, even to a fault sometimes. I delayed obedience to this unction of the Spirit to complete these two praise dances and then...I stopped. Like I said in my previous post, I was spending time with family, including Kingdom family outside of church. However during this time, the main attraction was of course Jesus Himself. I knew He was positioning me. That's why, no matter who you think you are, when God tells you to push pause, you push pause brothers and sisters. No matter who gets offended, misunderstands, or turns their back on you.
There is only one place you NEED to be
The True Vine
15 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He [a]takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me,he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you,you[b] will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples." - Yeshua
John 15 (NKJV)
It's amazing how Christians apply certain concepts we hear in church to our lives, but we don't know what Jesus actually said. For example, church leaders say " you need to be planted at a church." The intention behind the concept is based on good intentions, however, Jesus never said that. He said we needed to be connected to Him. Abide. There are many people committed to a church building that are not committed to Christ in their daily decisions. They are not connected to the Vine. Commitment to attendance is no good if that commitment is not producing an abiding in Christ that leads to deepening roots in Christ; growth. Remember Ephesians 4, church government is designed to cultivate your relationship with Christ not grow the business of church. I don't want to receive a text message every time I miss a church event. I want to receive a text message that makes sure I sought out the secret place that day. That's the kind of accountability that produces abiding believers who walk in consecration and change their world.
I don't want to go off on a rant about religion here. Although, I just might. There are too many church-goers who become fascinated by believers who live a life of consecration, actually love people, and make hard decisions to honor Christ and others behind closed doors. This fascination, is the fruit of dysfunction in the body of Christ. People supplement their lack of authentic Christ-centered devotion by making sure others see them as devoted, kind of like the Pharisees:
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness." - Yeshua (Matthew 23:27)
I purposefully want to make a distinction between church-goers and believers. They are not the same. Abiding in Jesus is much more than attending church. I would even dare say modern "church" is a distraction from the family Jesus sought to create. Assembling yourself with other believers is a beautiful thing that adds incredible stability, accountability, and joy. Spiritual authority in your life is most beneficial and you will miss out on a lot without it. However, what is most important, is to cultivate a close enough relationship with Jesus, so that you hear His voice clearly. Especially if you are a leader of any kind including of a household. And sometimes, the seeking to hear His voice, requires you to silence a few others for a season.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
Every human being wants peace, comfort, happiness, joy, satisfaction, affirmation, rest, excitement, and fulfillment. How we go about achieving these things vary as much as there are people on the earth. I want to share a revelation that I hope will lead people to the Source of all those things, so you can keep yourself grounded.
True freedom and peace must be found in the quiet of your core: what I call Centeredness. Centeredness means you find all you need within the Presence of God around you and within you. There are many humanistic explanations of this but because I believe in the Master of the Universe and not some spooky personless "universe," my perspective is a bit different. While mindfulness and "the secret" followers have good points to make, it's all incomplete without the Heavenly Father, the source of all life and light. Jesus already had this figured out over 2000 years ago, these humanist-universe people are late.
How It All Started
A few weeks ago when I went to an office Christmas Party for the sole purpose of shaking a tail-feather, afterwards, I begin analyzing myself, why did I do this or that, etc. This might seem weird but bear with me. \
Let's read I John 1:5-10 from The Message Bible:
5 This, in essence, is the message we heard from Christ and are passing on to you: God is light, pure light; there’s not a trace of darkness in him.
6-7 If we claim that we experience a shared life with him and continue to stumble around in the dark, we’re obviously lying through our teeth—we’re not living what we claim. But if we walk in the light, God himself being the light, we also experience a shared life with one another, as the sacrificed blood of Jesus, God’s Son, purges all our sin.
8-10 If we claim that we’re free of sin, we’re only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense. On the other hand, if we admit our sins—make a clean breast of them—he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing. If we claim that we’ve never sinned, we out-and-out contradict God—make a liar out of him. A claim like that only shows off our ignorance of God.
Where I would normally feel uncertainty and maybe even guilt, I begin to see opportunity to look within myself. It was then the Holy Spirit shared this truth: You are not defined by your desires. In other words, don't define who you are or what is good for you, based on your urges or impulses. First of all, we are products of our culture, we do well to take some time away from familiar faces and places to really ask our Creator to define us. Just you and Him. Its not about whether our wants are good or bad, its the perspective that the obtaining of those things are going to bring us into peace, comfort, freedom, etc. After all, some of my thoughts or desires have made me say..."dang...am I even saved?"
Has that ever happened to you? Probably so. The more people I talk to, the more I realize we all have things: tempers, bad habits, thoughts, or other weaknesses we wish we didn't. Then, there are those gray areas that we wrestle with like, what to do on a Friday night, alcohol, secular music, etc.. As Christians we are taught to feel guilty about temptations, not just because they are "wrong," but because "Christians don't act like that." What a strange concept!! How DO Christians act then? Are they human? Did some Christians come up from their baptism with zero fleshly urges, while others still had theirs? Were some baptized in Olive oil or maybe Kool-aid? God only knows what's in that stuff. Anyway, just trying to figure out this "holier than thou" crap, aka hypocrisy.
Instead of focusing on how we are "supposed" to act, based on some type of subjective idealism, I decided there has to be a better way.
Psalms 16:11 (KJV)
Listen, God is not angry with you because you are flesh. In fact, God is not frustrated with your carnality. Yes, it is the enemy of His purposes because He desires us to come into wholeness (what I am calling Centeredness) and we cannot come into wholeness as long as our every desire controls us. However the answer is not some Pharisee type legalism. Let's read again: "If we claim that we’re free of sin, we’re only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense. On the other hand, if we admit our sins—make a clean breast of them—he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing." Surrender to God was never equal to the denial of our flesh. Surrender to God is the pursuit of God and yes there are some issues He will deal with along the way. However, that is not the main focus of our fellowship with the Father. He is the potter, we are the clay. We just need to stay in His hands.
Let's get real, we are who we are based on an unknown combination of nature and nurture. So, for example my expression of my sensuality on the dance floor is just ME...not some alter ego I have to hide. I am able to approach God and others as my full authentic self, when I take ownership of ME. My surrender to God is saying you have better use for this sensuality and I can find it's purpose in You. That doesn't mean I am losing anything by getting my groove on, but I am also not gaining anything either and that is key to breakthrough. That's where you stop relying on outward things and begin to seek Him and ask Him to rule your inward.
For example, anger is often a mask to cover feelings of sorrow, helplessness, frustration, etc. Only with our connection to the Father, the Source, can we find our path to letting go of anger and be empowered to overcome what we are seeing as helplessness and the cause of our frustrations. In Heaven there are no pointless pursuits, anger is a valid emotion but we have to filter it through God, because God is Love, only He can use that energy of anger and turn it into something useful and beautiful.
Peace is powerful, because, when used correctly, it can provide us with the ease and comfort we crave regardless of our surroundings. Peace leads to freedom but for the purpose of this journey I am separating the two because I am defining freedom as the ability to have satisfaction and fulfillment which is usually the aim of "fun" anyways.
I encourage you to sit down with your Creator and discuss yourself with Him. I think you'll enjoy it and you'd be surprised at the affirmation that you get from Yehovah Himself. You definitely need to be free from religion though before you try to have these conversations with the Almighty. Your misconceptions about The Most High can hinder your ability to "have an ear to ear." God cannot give you revelation you are not ready for. So please read Let Your Religion Die, So Your Faith Can Live if you haven't already.
Desiree Cummings is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Dancer, Fitness Enthusiasts, Foodie and Vlogger.