MEET ME ON THE MOUNTAIN- 10/02/2014
Yesterday’s message was titled “ACCEPTED TIME III”, thereby concluding the series on ACCEPTED TIME. Today’s message is titled “MEET ME ON THE MOUNTAIN” as given by Pastor E. A. Adeboye in Open Heavens Devotional (Adeboye, 2014). In today’s message, we have been asked to memorise Isaiah 57:15 “ For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” and read 1Kings 18:17-19. Our Bible in one year for today has been taken from Isaiah 28:1 to Isaiah30:17, and Psalm 35 (Adeboye, 2014).
“Although mountains are usually regarded as symbols of problems, obstacles and obstructions to progress, they can also be a place for great achievements. Elijah set the stage for an explosive encounter with top agents of the devil on Mount Carmel. He brought down revival and God was glorified on this mountain. A mountain can have good or positive uses. In Exodus 17:10-13, Moses demonstrated that a mountain can be a suitable place to direct battles. As you get on the mountain with God, every battle of life confronting you shall be crushed just as the Amalekites were routed and crushed before Israel while Moses was on the mountain. The mountain top is a place of loneliness, because when you really want to be intimate with God, it can only be you and God alone. The glory that accompanies being with God however makes it worth the price. With glory from the mountain top, your next contact with men in troubling situations is bound to deliver a solution. The episode described in Matthew 14:22-32 clearly reveals that Jesus Christ was able to bring respite to the disciples’ nasty experience of being tossed about by a terrible storm on the Sea of Galilee after spending some time with His father on the mountain.
The most important thing about the mountain top is that it is a place of answered prayers. Miracles happen there, as well as incredible things that would build the faith of unbelievers and bring down revival among the people of God. The unrepentant enemies of God meet their waterloo on the mountain, just like it happened in the case of Elijah (1 Kings 18:36-40). It should be realised however, that before these wonderful experiences can occur, there must be preparation in terms of separation, and a decision to serve God and Him alone is a necessity. Getting to the mountain top is by divine selection; Jesus took only three out of twelve disciples along with Him to the Mount of Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-2). Jesus led the three of them, t us showing that God would lead anyone up there who is meek, humble, gentle and peaceful (Psalm 25:9, Isaiah57:15). Note also that He led them; He did not carry them, meaning that such individuals must be willing to pay the price, because climbing requires effort. As you desire the mountain top experience, may the grace to pay the price be given to you in Jesus’ Name. Finally, remember that you must have clean hands and a pure heart to access the mountain top of God (Psalm 24:3-4). There Is no room for fraudulent and dishonest Imaginations at the mountain top”
Our prayer point for today as given by Pastor E. A. Adeboye (Adeboye 2014) is that we should pray that God will grant us the essential qualities required for mountain top experiences.
Please pray this prayer point with all seriousness and we will soon meet at the mountain top in Jesus Name, Amen.
Adeboye, E. A. (2014) Open Heavens: A Guide to Close Fellowship with God, Volume 14, 2014. Nigeria: Open Heavens Media Limited.