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i’m blogging live this weekend at our annual church women’s conference “come to the keep”. this year’s theme is “trust”. throughout the weekend, the speakers will be talking about trusting in God’s loyal love. i’m really excited cause my good friends michelle and peter tepper will speaking this weekend.
before i start blogging about “come to the keep”, i need to recap what “the keep” is (from the previous years’ messages):
- a strong tower
there is a war around us. sometimes it seems like there is a flood of evil and delusion warring against us. in those times, God calls us, his children and warriors, to run into His safe place. He (even in the midst of battle) is a loving Father who desires to protect us and shield us with His love. psalm 91:1-7 talks about this place:
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High (“the keep”) will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
- a bedroom (the secret place)
“the keep” is also the most intimate place of the heart and house. just as there is a war raging around us that causes us to fight…there is ALSO a war raging to keep us from entering that secret intimate place. you see, in that place you are completely transparent and vulnerable…completely naked. many of us are afraid of what God will see in/on us if we were to enter that place. some of us feel so unworthy and we think Jesus will be ashamed of us if we stand before Him with no walls, no deceptions….just the honest truth of who we really are.
but in both these areas, God calls us to “trust” in Him…for protection in the battle and for assurance in the secret place. He longs to silence the war around us, strip off all the lies that we cloth ourselves with and tell us how much He loves us. i encourage you to let God take you to that place of safety and honesty. everytime you enter that place, your life is changed.
what are your struggles entering “the keep”? which part of “the keep” is the hardest to get into? why?
btw…my friend mark is blogging live about the keep next to me. go check it out and leave some love! 🙂