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He Could Not Be Hidden

by Chip Brogden
“And [Jesus] entered a house and wanted no one to know it, but He could not be hidden” (Mark 7:24b).
The ultimate purpose and intention of God is to increase Christ and decrease everything else so that Christ may be ALL IN ALL. John the Baptist stated this quite succinctly when he summed up God’s Eternal Purpose with those seven simple words: “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30).

We must see that everything God has done, everything God is doing, and everything God will do is for the purpose of INCREASING Jesus and DECREASING everything that is not of Him.

This principle is so powerful that it makes no difference if you agree with it, understand it, believe it, or like it. He MUST increase; therefore, He WILL increase and HE IS increasing. At the same time, I MUST decrease, therefore I WILL decrease, and I AM decreasing.

This is a spiritual law, and it is working as we speak. For the Christian who is seeking first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness this is wonderful news. For selfish, carnal Christians it is a frightening thing, this talk of losing your life and taking up your Cross and denying yourself. That is why you hear so much about spiritual power and so little about spiritual brokenness.

“He must increase.” When we look at the earthly ministry of Jesus we see that He did not seek to increase Himself. He actually humbled Himself and tried to be inconspicuous. Even so, when He tried to hide Himself, He could not be hidden. I want you to think about that. When God was ready to reveal Him then He could not be hidden. He could not even hide Himself.

I tell you, this idea of Christ increasing is the most powerful reality in this universe! Nothing can stand before it, nothing can resist it, nothing can stop it.

Here is an amazing fact: the Bible says that we carry this Treasure (Jesus) within earthen vessels. In other words, the Living Christ indwells us now. We are His House, His Temple, His Dwelling Place, His Body. I doubt if we really comprehend that. Do we really know that we are in Him, and He is in us?

And this Jesus, Who lives in us, Who is ever increasing, cannot be hidden. Think about what that means.

Friend, I don’t know how you first came to the Lord. It may have been a very solemn and peaceful event. It may have been a quiet, personal thing. A lot of preachers will say, “With every head bowed and every eye closed, if you want to give your heart to Jesus, quickly slip your hand up and put it right back down. Praise God, I see your hand! Yes! Yes! Way in the back, I see your hand. Anyone else? Let’s all pray this prayer out loud together.” It may have happened to you like that, and if it did, I am not demeaning or minimizing that at all.

Here is my point: you might have invited Jesus in through the back door of your house while everyone had their eyes closed, and He certainly accepted your invitation to come in. But dear brother, dear sister! He cannot be hidden! He must increase! He is increasing, He is expanding, He is enlarging Himself and stretching you, pushing you, making you more and more uncomfortable. What do I mean? I mean that His Kingdom has established itself within you, and the borders of that Kingdom are ever increasing. He cannot be hidden!

The subtitle of a book I read once is called, “The Illusion of A Manageable Deity.” It comes against the idea of being able to control God, to manipulate Him with a certain way of praying or singing. It challenges the notion that God is an all-powerful good luck charm that we can put in our back pocket. It is an illusion, yes, and more than an illusion – it is a deception and a fantasy. He cannot be managed, He cannot be controlled, He cannot be contained, He cannot be hidden!

I am thinking of pastors who see the truth but are afraid to speak out because it will upset their congregation and cost them a paycheck.

I am thinking of those in leadership positions who see the truth but are afraid to speak out because it will cost them their place on the worship team, the youth group, the Sunday school, or the deacon board.

I am thinking of precious brothers and sisters sitting in church who see the truth but are afraid to speak out because they might be asked to leave and they think they have nowhere else to go.

I am thinking of apostles, prophets, and evangelists who see the truth but are afraid to speak out because no one will ask them to come minister anymore and no one will send them their offerings.

How long are you going to deny the truth and be in bondage to the fear of man? How long are you going to resist the Lord and His inevitable increasing? Deny the truth long enough and you start losing your ability to tell the truth.

There is only one thing to do: stop wrestling with God like Jacob and start cooperating with God like Daniel. If it means the lion’s den then so be it. If it means the fiery furnace then so be it. “Our God is able to deliver us… but even if He does not, we will never bow down to your idol. Never! Never! Never!”

Nicodemus came to see Jesus at night. He probably thought that would be the wisest, safest thing to do. What if his colleagues back in the Sanhedrin found out? No need to risk being seen with Jesus during the day! Well Jesus, I know you’re from God, and I know you’re speaking the truth, but can we please keep our meeting a secret?

And then there was Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but “secretly, for fear of the Jews”. He and Nicodemus (that other secret disciple we just talked about) came to get the Lord’s body after He was crucified. Later we find all the disciples assembled behind closed doors “for fear of the Jews”. Midnight meetings with secret disciples behind locked doors! That is how the Church started out. It doesn’t sound very promising, does it?

I want you to know that Jesus just appeared right there in the midst of them. Had He knocked on the door they would have been too afraid to open it. So He just walked right through the wall. He cannot be stopped, He cannot be killed, He cannot be hidden!

“Peace be with you! Stop being afraid. Stop doubting. Believe! Do you understand that I cannot be hidden? I have not called you to be secret disciples. I did not give you Light to see you try and hide it under a basket. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. My Father’s Kingdom is expanding, and I need you to go disciple the nations and prepare them for Heaven on Earth, a world where Righteousness dwells. Now go into all the world and bring them this message: I am coming soon!”

And so, a few weeks later, when Peter and John were told not to speak anymore in this Wonderful Name, they said, “We cannot HELP but speak the things we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20). Isn’t that a miracle? What a powerful testimony. He cannot be hidden!

If God can find a man or a woman who will give Him the preeminence and will give Him the freedom to increase then there is no limit to what God can do through that yielded vessel. And if He can find a handful of people like that then He will use them to turn the world upside down. It has happened once before and I am positive that it can happen again.

The Father is seeking those who will worship Him in Spirit and in TRUTH. Has He found what He is looking for in you? Will you be the one? Will you be the chosen?

Jesus is Truth, and Truth is living, breathing, expanding, and growing. Once you open the door and Jesus enters your house it is only a matter of time before He is discovered. He could not be hidden then, and He cannot be hidden now.

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8 Comments

  1. leonora

    I agree we can not manage God, but that statement could be confusing. It might condure an idea that prayer may not be necessary. After all, what is the use? God already knows the whole story.

    But then, even Jesus prayed.

    Last night after a period of no church attendance,no bible reading, but just asking God for His tender mercies for my failings..and current feeling of being lost ..I prayed for a renewal of my relationship with God/Jesus. For more of His connection to my spiri, and for shedding more klight in my rereading of the Bible.

    May God in Jesus embrace us all in welcome to His KIngdom. We all need His mercy, because this world is full of confusion.

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    • Chip Brogden

      Hi Lenora,

      The article specifically condemns the practice of treating God like a servant boy who must do my bidding because I have uttered the properly phrased incantation. The prayer you described is perfectly acceptable and does not seek to manipulate God, but surrenders to Him instead. Big difference. Thanks for reading and be encouraged in your journey.

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  2. Sharon

    I really liked this article.
    I am out of the “church”, but most of my friends are still very involved and happy with it.
    I will need to let Holy Spirit guide me. It will need to be His words, timing, and way.
    I have hung myself too many times in the past, saying things to people I probably should not have said.
    Its a fine line to walk, when you have revelation from God, but there are not ears to hear. The revelation then falls back as various forms of persecution.
    I recently have been going on a Christian Universalist site, at the encouragement of another “out of church” friend, after reading your book Irresistable Kingdom, which was very good by the way.
    Never mind leaving the organized church, what I read in the last chapter of your book, and on that site, would really kindle the fires. Yet I feel a peace in my heart that I have never felt before.
    So I guess the bottom line is- to be led by Holy Spirit. And when He says “Speak”, to speak without fear. But meanwhile, hold my tongue- in peace, knowing that He has it all under control.

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  3. "T"

    The more of Him in me, the less of me I see. With that thought it has free me to let go of many fears and wrestling with myself and God’s will to grow on in Him. Thanks you for the simplipity of the gospel.I long to be that remnant that is used of Him for His kingdom coming now.I’m entering into a unfolding of more of Him as He’s taking and bring me closer, as I died to self, sin,Satan’s lies.

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  4. Betsy gilman

    Dear Chip I have been reading the articles and the daily lessons and have been very inspired. I have a question. What is the difference between yeilding and self-effort? I have been struggling with additions to food and tobacco which I know are harming me and can’t seem to give up over-eating and smoking. I have made promises to the Lord to give these up and have not been able to do so. Perhaps it is wrong to promise anything to God as I fail again and

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  5. Idris Shielu

    Thank you for your message, it has lifted up my spirit somehow. I’m a member of one of the largest church in Africa since 2008, currently in Malaysia. But I have been off and on and tossed around in my faith with Christ. My pastor once said that you cannot make one eye look up and the other eye look down which literally means that Christ must increase and I must decease. After reading your message I knew I needed to abide in Christ fully because I believe in him. I so much desire to be right with God but somehow I am not just working right with God. My biggest problem is that I am depending on a fraudulent means to survive I think for the love of fleshy things and I have realized that I am getting myself into bondage. I want out but I fear where to start, how to survive and what to do.
    I am writing you this message because I know as long as I continue to find a way out of this my God will surely make a way out for me. Thanks.

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    • Chip Brogden

      If you do the right thing, the Lord will provide the right provision.

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  6. der

    Thanks Chip for telling us HIS ultimate purpose on daily basis. Grace be with you.

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