Would not God have discovered it since he knows
the secret of the heart?
Do you have a secret hidden
in your heart—something that is so horrid you wouldn’t share it with anyone?
Seventh Dimension – The Door, a Young Adult Christian Fantasy:
“I hid in the closet underneath
the stairs—my safe house. Nobody would find me in here.”
—Shale Snyder, chapter one
God knows everything about you. Every thought and
every deed you’ve ever done or will do is not hidden from his watchful eyes.
Satan will use anything he can to prevent you from experiencing God’s grace. Secrets are among his favorite weapons.
The devil derives great pleasure using blackmail. You will never win playing his game. All he has to do is threaten to expose
your secret sin—pornography, abortion, cheating, thievery—you name it.
My worst fears from the time I was young
involved secret sins. I would convince myself if anyone knew “this or that” about me, I would be on the front
page of the New York Times.
Seriously, in the past, when I was plagued with guilt, I would lie
in bed at night and ponder what would happen if someone told something about me that was slanderous. Many poor souls have
committed suicide to escape the judgment of others. Secrets of the heart can imprison you in a living hell. Is that how you
want to live your life?
God doesn’t want you
to live in fear. Bring your hidden sin to your heavenly father, confess it, and receive God’s unconditional forgiveness.
Remember: God died on the cross to heal you from all your sins—past, present, and future.
Thank you, Jesus, that I no longer want to
hide in a closet—or behind a façade. I will seek you in the morning, noon, and night so you can set me free from
But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death,
nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers nor height, nor depth, nor any
other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Have you ever asked, am I okay? If so, you aren’t alone. I have asked myself that question many times.
haunt me of bullying by others who accused me of many things. When I was young, I struggled not to believe the lies even when
I knew they weren’t true. I blamed myself—the only way I knew how to make sense of the accusations.
From Seventh Dimension – The Door, a Young Adult Christian Fantasy:
man possessed by demons? Were there underlings roaming the earth looking for an unfortunate victim? The anguished soul stood
still for the first time in front of the fisherman, captivated by the king’s eyes.
From off the lake, a breeze
stirred, slowly at first and then gaining momentum. Like onion skin, vaporous creatures peeled from the madman, coming out
of his brain. The swirling wind tore at the naked and exposed shape shifters. The black, formless creatures were like bats
The dark beings smelled rancid and the awful odor settled over everything. The demons cowered submissively
before the king. The creatures hissed and screeched and made fools of themselves. The fearful pig herders withdrew a safe
The king asked, “What is your name?”
“My name is Legion,” one
of the demons replied, “for we are many.”
The king’s power and authority
over the spirits was omnipotent. The underlings knew him. They knew the king. The muscles in my shoulders tensed and my legs
twitched. Much-Afraid hid her face under my arm.
The demons begged, “Please, do
not send us out of the area.” They pointed to the pigs. “Send us among the pigs. Allow us to go into them.”
At the king’s command, they fled from the man and entered the herd. Their formless
bodies slid inside the pigs. I shuddered. The pigs shook violently. The herd, numbering
in the thousands, stampeded down the steep bank and headed straight into the lake.
herdsmen watched their valuable livestock disappear and shouted accusations at the king. “By whose authority did you
drown our herd?” They flailed their arms at the fishermen and the shepherds traipsed back up the field resolute for
answers. “Who is this man that sends pigs into the lake? By what authority does he do such things?” They continued
to argue among themselves.
At first, Cherios, Lowly, Much-Afraid and I were too stunned
to speak. Cherios spoke first. “Lowly, that is the king, the king of the garden. He’s here. The king is here among
—Shale Snyder; Cherios, the rabbit; Lowly, the pig; and Much-Afraid,
the dog; chapter twenty-two
As a teenager and even into early adulthood, I believed everyone was more athletic, talented,
and smarter than me. Had I missed the blessings that my friends had received? I wasn’t able to see my value or worth.
There’s a difference, however, between feeling flawed and being a sinner. The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ,
the king in Seventh Dimension – The Door, did not come to condemn the world, but to save it.
I grew up in
a non-Christian (though moral) home and did not know Jesus Christ. My first introduction to him was in the 1961 Hollywood
movie King of Kings. I was drawn to Jesus for one reason: his love for the people with whom he came into contact.
did not feel loved for many years. I think we all suffer from feelings of worthlessness and lack of validation. We live in
a fallen world where no one loves perfectly except Jesus Christ. And even though he was perfect and sinless, many still rejected
people can reject the Son of God, who was sinless, how much more can we feel rejected by others who are imperfect?
true you’re a sinner, that doesn’t make you a bad person. It means you need a Savior. You’re created in
the image of God and that makes you more than okay. You’re wonderfully made. You were bought with a price—Jesus
Christ died for you.
You’re loved more than you will ever know. God loves you more than your parents, your boyfriend,
your girlfriend, your brother, your sister, your spouse—even your dog.
You cannot do or say anything that will make God
love you more. You cannot do or say anything that will make God love you less. His nature is unchanging. God is the same yesterday,
today, and tomorrow.
I hope to show you in this short devotional book, Am I Okay, God? Devotionals from the Seventh
Dimension, you’re more than okay. You’re loved by a perfect God.
When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, sin separated
them from their heavenly father. Sin entered the world. Until then, perfection was all Adam and Eve had known, including perfect
communion with God in the garden. The first sin created a chasm between God and man. Decay began and has continued to this
banished Adam and Eve from the garden. The price for their disobedience and for everyone born after them was eternal punishment.
since the first sin in the garden, Satan has accused and tormented God’s people. The condemnation you feel does not
come from God.
In the above excerpt, Jesus performed an exorcism on the demon-possessed man. The naked demons entered the pigs looking
for a “home” to possess. Jesus then drowned the pigs and the demons in the lake. The demons had tormented the
man relentlessly for years—until Jesus set the man free.
Thank you, Jesus, that you have given me life. Let nothing separate me from your love.
Let this day be the first day of the rest of my life—the day I receive your unconditional love and no longer believe
the untrue things people say.