Deuteronomy 5:4 The LORD spoke to you face to face out of the fire on the mountain.
Luke 9:28-36 28 About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. 29 As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning.
Martin Luther King said that he had been to the mountaintop, Moses was on the mountaintop with God, Jesus had a powerful prayer meeting on the mountain top…..mountaintop experiences…what in Pete’s name is going on up there?
I have had many mountaintop experiences in the Lord and I love it up there. I never want to come back down.
Whenever I go on a trip to Connecticut or Massachusetts I love to look out the window at the mountains. There is something majestic about them. People lose their lives climbing them. You know I’m satisfied just doing a drive by…..right?….that’s close enough for me.
Just what is a mountaintop experience? Well I will share my interpretation and experience. It is a place where you are on a natural high in the Lord and He ministers to your spirit man….a state of extreme well-being and happiness that is brought on by the Lord through the power of the Holy Spirit. It’s a place that God allows you to be in for a season whether it’s a few moments to hours or even days at a time. You cannot make yourself go there or stay there. It’s the special anointing of God who can bring it on for any reason and the benefits are to bring you to a place of joy, excitement in the Lord and a longing for more of God.
This mountaintop experience can come on you at times of prayer, reading scriptures, meditating on the Lord, a time of worship, at a church service or prayer meeting or at anytime God chose’s to bless you with His presence in this way.
When I have these experiences… and I’ve had them many many times…they make me feel so good….like I can go out and conquer the world for the Lord. I feel like nobody can say anything to bring me down. I feel like Jesus is the Grand Marshal of the Rose Bowl parade and I’m riding with Him in the lead car and He has His arm around me and we are waving at the crowd. I feel so powerful like if I was crossing the street and a bus was going hit me I could put my hand out and stop that bus……Hey…I know….I’m getting carried away……scratch the bus thing. My point is it’s a powerful experience.
A mountaintop experience can lead to a personal revival, church revival and many other great blessing in the Lord.
There is one really big problem with being on the mountaintop……it’s a nice place to visit….but you can’t stay there!…..Why…because there’s no McDonald’s, Starbucks and you can’t get a cell phone signal or Wi-Fi….Just kidding with you. The real reason is…. it cannot sustain life in the high altitude. The air in thinner and humans and plant life cannot survive.
In our Christian walk…. we will not grow either on continued or sustained mountaintop experiences. Our faith can’t be exercised so we will eventually become weak. So we must hike ourselves back down and assimilate ourselves into our regular everyday life and prepare ourselves for the Valleys times which I will discuss in my next blog.
Message for today: Open your heart, mind and soul to the Lord….walk with the Lord close enough and you will have a mountain top experience with God. Seek Him….look for Him….wait on Him…..expect this from Him. He never forces His presence on anyone….so…..desire Him…..Let Him take you to……the mountaintop.