Secret Place



1. done, made, or conducted without the knowledge of others.
2. kept from the knowledge of any but the initiated or privileged: “a secret password.”
3. faithful or cautious in keeping confidential matters confidential; close-mouthed; reticent.
4. designed or working to escape notice, knowledge, or observation.
5. secluded, sheltered, or withdrawn: “a secret hiding place.”
6. beyond ordinary human understanding; esoteric.

I have a place that is beyond human understanding, I don’t even know how I do it. He’s got me. I’m free to Him.

My plans–
Stay that way!

His plans–
Keep me there!

I have got to remain in His presence. I have said this, proclaimed it from the rooftops & swore to the Highest Heights that I will do what He tells me to do REGARDLESS!

I’m tired of listening to junk when I know it is possible. I hear the words of my amazing pastor and friend… 😊

“Feed your faith and STARVE the doubt! Feed your focus and starve those things that hinder that focus to God’s purpose.”

I am starving everything else. All that tries to hinder my growth.

I have a secret! I am sharing it! Because it is good. You share good things, nothing else. It is called the secret place of God’s presence. I am not going back. I am not keeping anything alive that brought this death. I am in this secret place to recover, continue recovering and reach my recovered destination! All that the enemy tried to steal from me God will give me back in ABUNDANCE.

I have already lost so much. So much. I want the completeness. The fullness. The excellence.

Stay or Go 8/18 By Mike Shea, “Serenity: Meditations of Acceptance, Courage and Wisdom”
Many enter treatment with tears of gratitude, and the most famous statement of all—I’ll never use again; I’ll never go back! A month later, it’s all changed; recovery is miserable, I can do this alone, and I’m using again! Recovery is serious business: it’s life or death. It’s sad to witness a beloved of Jesus work a strong recovery, leave before ready, and fall down the slippery slope they swore they would stay away from. If lazy in recovery, you’ll get put back to work in a relapse. This isn’t about yesterday’s medallion, it’s about today: a gift from God. You’re given another opportunity to show his love by respecting others, especially yourself. Your new heart will love another into recovery, and your new Spirit will encourage the newcomer to stay.

The only thing I need to go back to is BACK in the presence of God. A secret place. I will be back in that place every time. In this secret place, He renews, restores and rebuilds.

We share to impact ourselves and those around us that may be struggling with an addiction. You can be transformed.

So this will close with a redemption psalm.

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place. Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you. Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, you who are God my Savior, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness. Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise. You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise. May it please you to prosper Zion, to build up the walls of Jerusalem. Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous, in burnt offerings offered whole; then bulls will be offered on your altar.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭51:1-19‬ ‭NIV‬‬

About Christina

Blessings to all that are viewing this. My name is Christina Cruz-Mendez. I am a Senior Pastor at Mission United International Church in Yonkers, NY working along side my husband Juan A. Mendez Jr. Senior Pastor, currently residing in Canton, Georgia. We have been together for 29 years with 2 children that God has blessed us with. Makes us the family of four - "JusChrist4". I have been a Christian and active in ministry for about 22 years now. Through all the rocky and smooth roads in life I am eternally grateful that God has brought me this far in life to share with the world what He is doing in me, through me and for me. View all posts by Christina

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