I am His Temple, and in the secret place He sits upon the throne – Andrew Murray.
Spiritual, as an adjective, is defined as relating to or affecting the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things; Or relating to religion or religious belief.
This is an appropriate definition as I will elaborate on how this blog and blogging mean to me as a Christian.
Back in 2015 as I was concluding my second private journaling blog, Faithfulness to the next step, and was working towards my third and current private journaling blog, Loving faithfulness, the idea of starting my first public blog, Secret place blogging, took root.
This is an extract from one of the posts in Faithfulness to the next step when I was planning to write Secret place blogging –
“Secret place blogging will be my first public blogging project and will be about online spiritual journaling, of having a secret place and personal prayer altar on the World Wide Web (blogosphere) with God, building your own history with Him.”
Secret place blogging was inspired by a Youtube video I had watched by Pastor Bill Johnson back in 2014 titled, “Your personal history with God” –
This is an extract (some words from Pastor Bill Johnson) from the video which encapsulated why I named this blog, Secret place blogging –
“It’s easy for me to lay hand on somebody for there to be an impartation of a grace, a gift, for life, for ministry; But it is impossible to impart to somebody my history with God. And every person is required to make their own history and history is made primarily in the secret place, where nobody is watching. It is true that you can make bold decisions and do bold acts in public places but that’s not where the history is shaped. The history is shaped in the quiet place, in the still place.”
In this article – What does the bible say about the value of a secret place? – A secret place can refer to a state of the soul in its relationship with God other than just a physical location.
I have been using private journaling blogs as a tool to keep record of my walk with God (my history with God) since April 2012. When I logged in to my private journaling blog, it is that secret place (physical) which facilitates me to enter into that secret place (state of a soul) with God where I draw near to Him. This has been the most rewarding activity that I have done and have sustained in doing thus this blog was birthed to share about this process which I have termed as online spiritual journaling. Your blog is recommended to be set to private so that you will “write for yourself” instead of writing for others on this journey of making your own history with God.
One of the characters in the bible who had an experience of walking with God was Enoch (three different bible versions) –
Genesis 5:24 (NKJV)
24 And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.
Genesis 5:23-24 (NLT)
23 Enoch lived 365 years, 24 walking in close fellowship with God. Then one day he disappeared, because God took him.
Genesis 5:24 (NIV)
24 Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.
What a valuable and exclusive experience to walk with God each and everyday of your life until he takes you away from this earth. The journey is definitely worthy enough to record down like many of the disciples (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) who got the privilege to record their short stint of walking with Jesus (In the New Testament) when he was living with them on earth. Also, King David from the Old Testament, who actually got many of his journals published as the Book of Psalms in the Holy Bible that we read today. What I am trying to emulate from them is to record down my weekly experiences of walking with God, what I termed as a weekly update, in my private journaling blogs through the years.
As you begin and continue to make your own history with God, you will grow and learn to walk humbly with God as you see how He directs and even disciplines you as a son/daughter.
Finally, a verse to conclude this part which mainly talks about walking and making history with God.
Micah 6:8 (NKJV)
8 He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?
The next part is about the concept of prayer altars which has been widely propagated by Pastor John Mulinde and Pastor Mark Daniel of World Trumpet Misssion (WTM).
What is a personal prayer altar?
It is a place where we draw near to God and allow His presence to come to us and push back the darkness that is in our lives. His presence which lingers on us allow us to impact those around us and expands his Kingdom.
Why prayer altars?
A video by Pastor Mark Daniel which explains this –
There are many levels of prayer altars – personal, family and corporate. Establishing and maintaining an altar at the personal level is the first step and a private journaling blog can be used as a tool to do that.
Read this article by Intercessors for America – Establish a prayer altar.
When you are logged in to your private journaling blog, you can write down your spiritual experiences with God, what God spoke to you through your scripture readings and bible studies, and even compile and revisit worship song lists and spiritual websites that help you to grow.
Your blog becomes a space where you draw near to God to worship Him and to allow Him to touch and transform you and in turn the world around you.
Having said enough, there is certainly much spiritual value in this activity. Let’s get down to writing your weekly history with God.
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91:1).