The Inner Room
About This Booklet
Booklet 5 of 6 in the Hearing God series. Those who belong to God and are called to abide in His intimacy will leave these pages with a clear understanding of what is required and to whom the call is given.
Your spirit is your inner room.
Matthew 6:6 NASB
But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
The words contained in The Inner Room call out the error so touted as truth: that you can serve and worship God with your degenerate soul. And more importantly, it is an invitation to enter into your rightful place, in the very Presence of our Abba Father.
Martha has undertaken the masterful task of hearing the Spirit who has laid out so skillfully in these pages the plan of God to bring us to a greater intimacy than was known in Eden. She reveals succinctly His design from the temple in Jerusalem to Jesus’ announcement that a greater Temple was imminent.
God doesn’t just tell us; He shows us! He built on earth a picture of substance: the first temple. Painstakingly, He revealed the spiritual reality of His plans and Martha capsulizes His design in an easy-to-understand road map. You will be in no doubt of the passionate pursuit our Father has laid out so that we might enter in.
Those who are His and called to abide in such intimacy will leave these pages with a clear understanding of what is required and to Whom it is given. You will be in no doubt of the passionate pursuit our Father has laid out so that we might enter in.
Matthew 6:6 NASB
“But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.”
The Greek meaning is “Any private room where you cannot be easily seen.” Yes, how wonderful it is when we have our private prayer room. But there is another room to which this verse points, a room deep inside the born again believer. A room always with you, a hidden world overflowing with God. Inner Room, the place of your fresh born spirit.
The Holy Spirit meets you in your spirit, infuses you with the Life of Christ and the Will of the Father. A most precious hidden place to which no one has access; its entrance has a closed door to admit no one but you. No other person can come in and no one else can see or hear you there…only ‘your Father who sees ‘what is done in secret.’
Your spirit is your Inner Room.
In the beginning of His public ministry, Jesus walked through the temple and saw the marketplace it had become.
John 2:15 NASB
“And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the money changers…”
This was Christ’s only act of violence and He repeated it again at the end of His life, going the second time to cleanse the temple of the “robbers’ den” (Mt. 21:13).
The disciples could see this was Psalm 69:9 – “Zeal for Your house will consume me.” What is zeal? It is the fire of intense love. The word means “to be hot, to seethe—boil of liquids, glow of solids.” Here is the greatest passion of Christ’s life: for the Father’s purpose and that is to have a place so holy that He can come down to earth and dwell with His created humanity.
This startling picture is Christ’s violence against the soul using God for profit, Christ’s passion for a House of worship for His Father. His whole life, from beginning to end, was to build a House for the pure and true worship of His Heavenly Father.
The ‘old man’ has no place in Christ. No welcome, no resting place. The fallen soul in its self-worship will be cast out and repudiated. Flesh is the enemy of God under sentence of death…and we need to see it. By the power of the Cross in your life, Christ casts out of His temple, the selfish flesh in me. And you.
Still today the temple is desecrated by God business and still to this day, a little of God, a lot of self and the Lord will drive you out.
Matthew 7:23 NASB
“I never knew you…depart from Me.”
Mark 11:17 NASB
“And He began to teach and say to them, ‘Is it not written, My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations?’”
The Jews, outraged, demanded that He prove His authority.
John 2:19, 21 NASB
“Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.’ But He was speaking of the temple of His body.”
The New Temple stood before the religious world of Jerusalem, wearing human normality! Jesus began a radical and astonishing claim. He was taking His place of authority over that temple in Jerusalem, which had been the sacred place of God’s presence and the seat of His worship. Jesus began to dismantle it by teaching and by proclamation…
This was a command, not a comment:
“Destroy this temple.”
Jesus was bringing in an entirely new Place of Worship: Himself!
Here, then, Jesus dismisses the temple in Jerusalem, with all its history, its tradition, its ritual, its priesthood, its material glory, and, so dismissing it, puts Himself in its place for ever. What an immense “Significance” is embodied in this change! His body was destroyed by men, religious men, representing the destruction of that earthly temple, in which destroying of His body the doom of the earthly was sealed, and the historic system shattered and scattered.
In its place a resurrection body, Christ risen, becomes the Temple forevermore. All that was typified by the temple in Jerusalem is taken up in the risen Person – Jesus Christ; a spiritual House of God; a spiritual “My Father’s House” (The Transcendent “Sign,” Witness and Testimony Magazine, Jan-Feb 1966, Vol 44-1).
The soul is the seat of personality, of will and thought, of emotion and individual identity. In Eden the spirit of humanity died ‘on the day they ate of the tree of knowledge’ (Genesis 2:17). The soul did not die, it rose by satanic ambition to ascendency, to take the place of God and judge Him.
The soul goes by several names: flesh, old self, sinful nature. The mutiny of the soul is to live in independence, to know apart from God. The most insidious delusion buried in every sinful soul: the old self believes it IS god.
The flesh, the ‘old man’ became the pawn of Satan. Adam and Eve gave the enemy access to the thought life of the human soul. Now through suggestions to the mind of the fallen-soul, the enemy prods the emotions of the flesh so that he can overtake the body with sin…and death.
The flesh soul is a sin nature, not merely acts or deeds. Flesh is the corrupted nature of humanity. And it is not salvageable, not redeemable.
Romans 8:7-8 NASB
“The mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”
The fallen soul, being the ground of Satan’s influence, cannot meet with God, cannot access or please Him. This unsolvable soul has been solved. The entire soul-sin nature was destroyed on the Cross.
The Holy Spirit is called:
John 14:26 AMP
“…the Comforter, (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in my place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things.”
He is the brilliant, perfect Helper who will guide you to find and live by your new spirit. He is sent for this purpose. Then you will live in and from your own Inner Room where God is in you and you are in Him.
All that I have written about the Temple and the soul are for understanding soul and spirit, to know what true worship is. It is for vision, to see what God is building and how He forms the living stones we are.
Enjoy the scene. To study or memorize it as your solution really isn’t necessary.
1 Peter 2:5 AMP
“[Come] and, like living stones, be yourselves built [into] a spiritual house, for a holy (dedicated, consecrated) priesthood, to offer up [those] spiritual sacrifices [that are] acceptable and pleasing to God through Jesus Christ.”
The whole thing is too much for me. I won’t remember it all. I can’t make it happen. I can’t see the flesh so I can’t get rid of the flesh. I don’t always know if I am in my spirit. Sometimes I realize it only later, that I was in God’s glory.
I don’t have to fear. I only have to follow. I don’t have to know. I only have to listen. To be led of the Spirit, THAT is necessary. He is not only your personal Helper, He is your Guarantee!
Ephesians 1:14 NLT
“The Spirit is God’s guarantee that He will give us the inheritance He promised and that He has purchased us to be His own people.”
He will see to it that you and I make it to the end—to the fulfillment of God’s desire and promise. God guarantees it!
The Holy Spirit comes directly from God for me. He knows me far more than I can imagine and He has my destiny in His all-knowing Hands. He keeps me, He corrects me, He watches me. And even more wonderful, through the Spirit, Christ enables me because He dwells in me.
The Father so longs for children to whom He can give His love and bliss, His great store of blessing. The powerful passion of the Son and of the Spirit is for their Lovely Father to have His worshipers. So the Son and the Spirit come with the most incredible zeal to search for, to find and seek such to “worship Him in spirit and in truth.”
He seeks you. He pursues me! He wants us… How blessed we are to be sought!
The Holy Spirit is our only hope. There is no other provision for you because He is the perfect solution.