Kathryn Kuhlman- How to Walk Victoriously in These Last Days in the Secret Place
As we look closely at Psalm 91, we see the wondrous promises afforded to those who dwell in the Secret Place, which included a blessed and victorious life.
“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My Name.”
Psalm 91: 14
Then let us look at following:
“For the Lord is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”
Psalm 84: 11
The Hebrew word here for “uprightly” is “tamiym’ meaning complete, whole, and we see it used regarding Noah:
“Noah was a just man, perfect in his generation. Noah walked with God.”
Genesis 6: 9
What a thought that in these Last Days, we can walk perfectly in this generation before the Lord. This word uprightly or perfect is walking in accordance with His standards and not ours. Kathryn Kuhlman said:
You know, Jesus Christ has a way of making people believe two things about themselves. First, I am not what I ought to be. Second, I need not stay the way I am. In every one of us there is the mixture of the best and the worst, and it’s just like that.
As good as we deem ourselves, we always fall short of His glory and his perfect standard.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Romans 3: 23
However, by His blood and through the finished work of the Cross, we are invited to come into the Secret Place of His Presence. Kuhlman further explained:
I still must confess that I’m not all good. Neither are you. I have never met the person who was a perfect individual. I have never met the person who was all good because we are a strange combination of good and bad, and every human heart is an unseen battlefield where the good and the bad are fighting it out.
Paul said something similar:
“For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?”
Romans 7: 22-24
Many believers seem to be stuck in the place where they desire to do good but struggle with the old man. Kuhlman said:
But do you want to know something? This being good only part of the time isn’t good enough, and it isn’t sufficient in the sight of God.
Even our efforts to do well fall short because nothing good dwells in us. Kathryn added:
There is a promise in the Bible that is one of the greatest in the Word of God. If you want a guarantee for successful living, and assurance for security, here it is: Psalm 84:11—“No good thing will he [God] withhold from them that walk uprightly.”
To live uprightly, we must be found abiding in Him, in the Secret Place. The success of a believer is found in learning to be found daily in the Secret Place. It is here that we see the daily refreshment we need and the inflow of His life, for it is only in Him that we become complete and whole. But there must be a casting off of the old and a laying down on the altar of our whole life.
God has guaranteed security for every person who will meet the condition: “to them that walk uprightly.” Some folks never get a grip on success because there are too many other things they won’t let go of. They cling to wrong ideas, wrong attitudes, wrong approaches, wrong associates, and wrong ways of living.
In the Secret Place, there is a surrendering of ourselves. Layer by layer, the Holy Spirit opens us up and calls us to yield and yield all to Him. In the Secret Place, we come to a place of truth where the real us is revealed, and we stand exposed and naked. Here we must understand our vulnerabilities, weaknesses and that we need Him. Unfortunately, many believers see themselves and their opinions as good, and we fail to fully recognize our need of Him.
I feel there is also something further intended by this statement that the Lord will not withhold any good thing from a person who walks uprightly. “Uprightly” means to walk in right ways. It means being strong. God did not create us to be a defeated people. I do not believe for one single moment that God’s plan for your life was one of defeat.
We must have our eyes open to see that the only way we can walk right and be blessed is by full surrender in the Secret Place. Yes, even our best and worst must be placed on the altar. To the degree we think we can do it, we fall short and hinder our spiritual growth in the Secret Place. How many believers get stuck in the place of being rich in their opinions that they refuse to allow the Holy Spirit access to show us the truth?
Kathryn then added:
Oh, I know the opposition you face is strong. I know what the forces of unrighteousness are like. I am a part of humanity too, but I also know the secret of living an undefeated life. The Master has made provision for it, and it’s found in Ephesians 6:10-17.
In these Last Days, the warfare has intensified, and any area of our lives that we have not surrendered becomes avenue for the enemy to penetrate our lives.
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers, against hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, stand.”
Ephesians 6: 10-13
Before we can stand, we must kneel in the Secret Place and put off the old before we can put on the new. If we seek to wear the armor and remain in the rags of the old man, we handicap ourselves.
The Lord has given us glorious weapons to assure our success. Look at the marvelous pieces of armor that He has provided. Truth is our girdle, sincerity in the inward parts. Righteousness our breastplate, sheltering the heart. Shoes defend the feet against sharp sticks, stones, and bruises, and when our feet are shod with the gospel of peace, we walk with a steady pace regardless of what comes into our lives, or what happens to us.
Paul explains that we must finally be strong in the Lord. The place where we come to a rest and stand secure is abiding in the Secret Place of His Presence. Here we stand complete, whole, with nothing missing and nothing lacking.
If we are to stand against the enemy and have victory, we must first stand complete in Him. Here we find the place where we know we are secure and we are fully persuaded by His promises for we know Him and we know His faithfulness. Kathryn said:
Be fully persuaded of the truth of God’s promises and you will never be defeated. The helmet of salvation protects and secures the head with sanctified wisdom and knowledge. Next comes the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.
Here as we abide, we see the real us and we come to know the real Him. Here we find the great exchange; as we lay aside the old us, we receive the new in Him. Here weakness and inability are consumed in His grace and strength.
Then comes the secret of strength. “Finally, my brethren, be strong.” Strong in your own strength? No! Through your own willpower? No! “Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.” There is the secret of strength.
We need to know the power of surrender and giving all to Him. Sadly, so many fear intimacy and pull back and selectively surrender. But He demands all and nothing less. Kathryn said:
You must give God all that you are. You have to surrender. You can’t hold anything back. He will give to you as you give yourself to Him. And if you really surrender to Him, He will change you.
The battle of trying to overcome the old man and the bad behavior is swept up in victory in Him. The new life is no longer a burden and impossible task, but an automatic thing as we abide in Him in the Secret Place.