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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Retreat (as in quiet time away) (08/01/05)

TITLE: "where do you go"
By Michael Hurd
08/07/05


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“WHERE DO YOU GO?”


But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
(Mathew 6:6)

We all have a retreat, a place we go to, to be with God. A Sanctuary far from the cares of this world, a room in the most holy of holies where no flesh can enter.

Jesus had a retreat in the mountains also in the garden of Gethsemane; Paul had a retreat on the road of Damascus.

Where do you go to be alone with God? How do you prepare yourself to enter into His rest?

I once had a preacher tell me that what we do in private is who we really are!
James 4:8 is an illustration of what that preacher was talking about,

Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you men of double mind.


There is nothing hidden from God, and if we do not confess our sins openly then we are being two faced or double minded.

It is not where we go to, but whom we go to… How many times do we return to our sins crucifying Christ all over again?

The Levitical priests washed their hands before approaching God cleansing the hands symbolized their inner thoughts, motives and desires of the heart.

The New Testament tells in Hebrews 4:14-16 about a new high priest:
Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

“All people are either under the lordship of Christ or the lordship of Satan there is no middle grounds” (John Macarthur)

We once was sinners but are now saved by grace…


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Debra Brand08/10/05
Nice commentary. Could be expanded. Thanks for sharing.
dub W08/11/05
Thanks for posting.
Karen O'Leary08/14/05
Nice start. Try to add some personal experience to add interest.