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"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty" (Ps. 91:1 KJV).

The word "abide" means to lodge, or to set up camp. He that dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall lodge under the shadow of the Almighty.

Notice that you can't see a shadow, but it's always there. To be in somebody's shadow you have to be pretty close to them. In other words, you have to be pretty close to God to lodge under His shadow.

Make no mistake however, going to church does not make you close to God. Lots of people go to church but are not close to God. They just go to church. The Word does not say to draw near to your church, and you'll be close to God. It says to draw near to God and He'll draw near to you.

The depth of your relationship with God depends on the time you spend with Him, because you spend time with those you love.

Are you someone who spends time in worship before God, time in praise to God, time in personal one-on-one prayer and communion with God?

If you are, you'll notice that the closer you get to Him, the closer He gets to you. You reach a place where you abide under His shadow. And that's the best place to be.

God said in James, draw nigh to me—or close to me—and I'll draw nigh to you. Well, to be under the shadow of the Almighty, will be close to the Father. In order to be close to Him, you need to be in fellowship with Him. Not out of fellowship with God. Not just a child of God, but you need to be close to the Lord.

A relationship needs to have been developed between you and the Father; one in which you can clearly know God's voice when He's leading you and speaking to you.

Never let it be a case with you where all heaven stops because they hadn't heard your voice in decades. Nor let it be with you that the only time that heaven hears from you is when you need something. On the contrary, develop a relationship with the Father where the Father can speak to you and you can speak to him.

Scripture References: James 4:8; Psalm 42:1-2


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Keith Butler
Web site: Word of Faith International Christian Center
 
Bishop Keith A. Butler is the senior pastor of Word of Faith International Christian Center. Keith Butler is the founder and president of Keith Butler Ministries (KBM), an international organization established to take the life-changing message of the Gospel to "the uttermost parts of the earth." Through Live Your Faith Seminars and the establishment of our PISTIS School of Ministry in various locations, Keith Butler provides teaching of the Word of God on a variety of subjects such as how to live the life of faith, how to fulfill the call of God for your life, how to receive your healing, the importance of walking in love and many more topics. PISTIS is specifically designed to train ministers so that they are equipped to go out into their world and teach and preach Jesus effectively.
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