The Secret Place – Dale Arthur Fife
This book is the result of my burning passion for intimacy with the Lord. One day I simply said to the Lord that I wanted to be like Enoch. I wanted to be His friend and to walk daily with Him. He not only heard my prayer, but also answered it! That day and that prayer have changed my life forever. These pages are the actual account of what I experienced because of my request. The open vision, beginning in the second part of the book, was not a single event, but rather a process that continued over a period of weeks. It culminated in such intense intimacy with God that, at times, I was so overcome with emotion and the overwhelming awareness of His awesome presence, I could hardly write in my journal what He was showing me.
Tears flooded my eyes and streaked down my cheeks. There were moments of such intense physical heat, I thought that my body would be consumed. The weight of His glory demanded that I bow my head in reverence. My daily walks with the Lord began with the simple act of quietly waiting in His presence. On some occasions, I felt strongly impressed to pray in the Spirit. After several moments of prayer, the Lord would make His presence known, and we would resume our journey of revelation together.
Thus, He progressively led me further into the mysteries of His purpose and revealed Himself to me through visions. The people I encountered on this journey were as real to me as my family and friends. You no doubt recognize some of their names. Others are heavenly creatures or angels with identifiable characteristics and personalities. I took great caution never to impose my thoughts or opinions upon the vision the Lord was showing me. There were moments of apprehension and fear, when I realized the great danger of doing so.
Day after day, God graciously confirmed the truth of the revelation through the Scriptures. He was speaking to me! He really was drawing close to me, and out of this intimacy, He was revealing His heart to me. I can certainly identify with Paul the apostle when he wrote to the Corinthian Christians, Boasting is necessary, though it is not profitable; but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a man was caught up to the third heaven. And I know how such a man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, God knows—was caught up into Paradise, and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak.
On behalf of such a man will I boast; but on my own behalf I will not boast, except in regard to my weaknesses. For if I do wish to boast I shall not be foolish, for I shall be speaking the truth; but I refrain from this, so that no one may credit me with more than he sees in me or hears from me.(2 Cor. 12:1–6) I gladly acknowledge my weaknesses. I claim no special inspiration. My sole desire is to be faithful to the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word. Without apology, I hold fast to the inerrancy and infallible inspiration of the Holy Scriptures. The Bible is the only absolute standard by which this, and all prophetic revelation, must be tested and judged (2 Tim. 3:16–17; 2 Pet. 1:19–21). It is my sincere prayer that those who read this compendium of dreams, visions, Scripture, prayer, prophecy, and journaling will discern that it weaves an incredible tapestry of revelation from the heart of God for His church.
These are spiritual words, intended for spiritual people. (See 1 Corinthians 2:6–16.) Let him who has spiritual ears hear what the Spirit is saying to the church in these days. There are several dramatic changes in my personal life and relationship with the Lord as a result of this intense time of intimacy with God. One of the greatest consequences is a new, and very acute, awareness of the absolute reality of the spiritual world, the heavenly realm, and angelic beings. I can honestly say that, at times, the spiritual world is more real to me than the physical. The term supernatural has taken on a whole new significance.
Finally, I want to say that I will never again be satisfied with a life that lacks intimacy with the living God. If someday I start off walking with Him and don’t return from that walk, you will know that I have followed in Enoch’s footsteps. Realize that I just couldn’t bear the thought of leaving God’s presence again. To everyone who longs for this kind of intimacy with God, I can attest to the fact that He is more desirous of intimacy with you than you are with Him. Even when I feared that He might not be waiting to speak to me or would cease to walk with me in sweet fellowship, He never disappointed me. Not only was I never disappointed, but, more often than not, when I would miss a day or two of communion with Him, He would always express His sadness that I didn’t come into His presence sooner. He was waiting for me all along. To all who hunger and thirst for intimacy with the living God, He is waiting for you to draw near!
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