Sony’s Thoughts: The Secret Place

As I begin this week’s devotional, I am fighting to see the screen through the tears streaming down my face. I just watched the video Daniel posted Friday of The Booth Brothers singing, “The Secret Place.” Wow. Talk about convicting. I’ve heard the song before but I hadn’t heard Ron Booth, Sr.’s testimony. What a powerful reminder that God still saves and delivers.

I expect that the majority of church goers in America have things in their heart that they don’t want anyone to know about. It’s easy to put on nice clothes and a fake smile and make people think, “He is such a Godly man” or “She is such a nice lady.” God knows the truth, dear Brothers and Sisters, and He desires that we live a life wholly surrendered to Him.

I am not immune to temptation but I pray often to be faithful. Scripture says, “To whom much is given, much is required,” and I have been given so much. I also have five younger siblings, and eight nieces and nephews who look up to me. That, plus being in ministry, does not allow me the luxury of having a secret place in my heart, but I daresay you don’t have that luxury either. God has called us to be a set apart people, and it is only the pure in heart that will see Him. You do not want to arrive at Jesus’ feet only to be told, “Depart from me. I never knew you.”

Today, if you hear His voice, don’t harden your heart. The day will come when you will regret the life you lived. When you look into the loving, but sad, eyes of the Savior, all the justification for your sin, which now seems to make sense, will vanish from your mind, and you will wonder why you ever thought that secret life was okay.

Forgive me for preaching. I had planned to write on something else today but I believe this is the message God is speaking. Excuse me while I go examine my heart and repent of the secret things in my heart. I hope you will join me.

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  1. Sony,
    Thanks for this devotional. I almost could have written it myself. Let me explain.
    Saturday night I saw the Booth Brothers at my church. Ronnie gave that same testimony about his father right before “The Secret Place”. I had never heard that before either.
    Then on Sunday morning, our pastor continued preaching through the entire book of Matthew. This week was Matthew 7:21-23,
    “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’”
    No one can do the will of the Father apart from the righteousness of Christ.
    Thanks again for your reminders. Keep writing.