• Pastor Jill

4.23.2020 Have you climbed up the mountain?

The Word from the Listening Post is: “You have been down in the valley—but I bid you to COME UP! Climb the mountain of faith and come spend some time with me (Jesus)”

Here is a song I trust will minister to you:

Mountains were a very significant part of Jesus’ life here on earth. Just before he started his ministry, Jesus went into the desert to pray for 40 days and 40 nights. The devil tempted Jesus at the end of that period. One of the things the devil did was to take Jesus to a very high mountain where he showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory, and he said he would give them to Jesus if he would fall down and worship him (Matt 4: 8-9). Jesus refused to bow down to the devil and told him that only God alone deserves our worship and praise. (See, even Jesus’ faith was tested.)

The Bible tells us that Jesus often went up to the mountain to pray – Matthew 14:23, Mark 6:46, Luke 6:12, John 6:15.

Mountains were solitary places and Jesus needed a quiet place to pray – to talk to His Father, to commune with Him, to receive strength and guidance from Him—every morning.

Jesus also performed miracles on the mountain. In Matthew 15:29 to 31, we are told that on the mountain great crowds came to Him bringing with them the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others and put them at His feet and He healed them and the crowd was in awe and worshiped God when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled healthy, the lame walking and the blind seeing.

Notice that the people CAME TO HIM—they sought Him out. They went after Him! They knew they couldn’t “go it alone.” They left their valleys of despair and came to the one who would minister love, grace & healing to them—but they had to do something—climb the mountain of faith~~believing~~and make their requests known to Him. So much happened on the mountain!

It was on up a high mountain that Jesus was transfigured before Peter, James and John, where His face shone like the sun and His clothes became white like light and Moses and Elijah appeared with Him (Matthew 17: 1 to 17). And it was on the Mountain in Galilee, where Jesus gave His disciples the Great Commission to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that God commanded.

Mountains are places of prayer, they are places of healing, they are places of revelation and they are places of commissioning. I look forward to all these experiences and more as I climb UP PRAYER MOUNTAIN today. And I know God will come through for me because He answers prayer. Want to join me?

JOIN ME IN PRAYER: Abba Father, I climb up the mountain this morning—yes climb—for I have been Down in the valley, the valley so low, I Hang my head over, to hear the wind blow” and I choose to climb the mountain today—to be with you. I thank you for being with me in the valley but you don’t want me to stay there—you bid me to “come up higher.” You have something to show me, tell me, reveal, heal, touch, bless. I climb. Amen

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