iBelieve

Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:24

About the Mountain Top


Daily Post Word Prompt – Static

Mark 9:2-8 (NIV)

The Transfiguration

After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.

Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)

Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”

Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.

Peter was experiencing what we call a mountain top experience.  An experience that felt so good and so right that he did not want it to end.  He was ready to pitch three tents, start a fire and cook dinner.  Peter was truly in the moment.

I have had mountain top experiences with God that I did not want to end.  When I intentionally took time away, especially at a silent retreat, I encountered God in a new way in my life.  The feeling is like having an oil lamp inside of me, and someone trims the wick, raises it up a bit and adds more oil.  The flame burns bigger and brighter within.  It is a warm glow; peace, joy, and happiness all together.

Just like when Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, it was a glorious day,

17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”  Matthew 3:17 (NIV)

I bet Jesus wanted to linger in that moment, listening to His father’s voice saying how pleased he was with Him.  I think that hearing from His father was a key factor that sustained him as he entered 40 days and nights in the desert just after his baptism.  All the times that the devil tempted Him, Jesus recited what God said in the Scriptures.  God’s words resonated within Him at His most difficult moments.

It is important to know that we cannot stay in a particular mountain top experience.  We need to come from that experience full of faith and ready to share God’s word as temptations will catch us off guard.  The devil is jealous that we can find joy in this life and he will try everything to break up our relationship with God.

Have you had a mountain top experience?  Please share with me, I would love to hear about it.  I love to see how God works in the lives of His people.

 

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