Friday, November 14, 2008

Mountain Top Experieces

Have you ever had a spiritual mountain top experience? Do you have that sacred ground in which you meet God? A devotional reading I had last week referenced Christ mountaintop experience found in Luke 9:
[28] Now about eight days after these teachings, Jesus took with Him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray.
[29] And as He was praying, the appearance of His countenance became altered (different), and His raiment became dazzling white [
flashing with the brilliance of lightning].
[30] And behold, two men were conversing with Him--Moses and Elijah,
[31] Who appeared in splendor and majesty and brightness and were speaking of His exit [from life], which He was about to bring to realization at Jerusalem.
[32] Now Peter and those with him were weighed down with sleep, but when they fully awoke, they saw His glory (splendor and majesty and brightness) and the two men who stood with Him.


What about Mose's mountain top experience?


When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the LORD.~Ex. 34:29


Is it even possible today to have a mountaintop experience such as these? I believe so! We are to search our God out so desperately for these. It is when we meet God on our mountain top that we will proclaim Psalm 19:8:
The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.

Sometimes my mountaintop is my red paisley devotional chair. Sometimes it is within my church. Sometimes it is that special cabin tucked in the middle of Missouri that my husband and I try to escape to each year. God is there. And He is able to transform my heart, my mind, my countenance.

Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. ~Psalm 34:5

J.B. Cowman in his book "Stream in the Desert" wrote:

Joseph Parker, an English Congregationalist preacher of the nineteenth century, one said, "if we, as the church, do not get back to the spiritual visions, glimpses of heaven, and awareness of a greater glory and life, we will lose our faith. Our alter will become nothing but cold, empty stone, never blessed with a visit from heaven." And this is what the worlds need today-people who have seen their Lord...come close to Him! Perhaps He will take you today to the mountaintop-the same place He took Peter and his blundering, and James and John.

I want this mountain top experience. I need this mountain top expereince. To see Jesus, every day, in everything, and then to radiate His joy. That is my desire.

Have you been to your mountaintop today? Are you radiant?

Your eyes will shine, and your heart will thrill with joy,~Isaiah 60:5

In Him~Pamela

8 comments:

Yolanda said...

Pam,

This is a precious post to me! Bragging on God, and God Stops all rolled up into the MOUNTAIN TOP experiences!

I love ya Girlfriend!

Laura said...

As I grow in my relationship with Him, I have found that all I need do is acknowledge Him and I am soaring! It is so wonderful.

I loved these scriptures, Pamela. Beautiful.

Paula (SweetPea) said...

I want my mountaintop experience too.

I am reading in Exodus right now but haven't gotten to chapter 34 yet. I love the stories of Moses and all that God asked of Him, all that He did in obedience, all the conversations and encounters he had with God.

Hope all is well with you!

God Chaser said...

As I ponder your words I realize I had a wonderful mountaintop experience this week. How the Lord met with me in away we had not met in a while. but I also like what Yolanda said-how true.
be blessed

Amy said...

I had a touching encounter with the Lord just this week. Words and encouragement from Him can make you soar on wings like eagles, amen?:)

Beautiful words, Pamela!
God Bless,
Amy:)

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I am in need, friend. That cabin looks like just the place for me. I've been at my folks the past couple of days (minus kids) and have greatly enjoyed my time with them alone! While driving home today, I was listening to my new Christmas CD, Sara Groves, and having the most blessed mountaintop moment with God. So thankful when they come, even when the cabin isn't included.

peace~elaine

much2ponder said...

Seeking the Lord today...looking for signs of him in the ordinary stuff that life is made of. My mountain top seems a bit different these days, but still he shows up and he sheds his light reminding me that I am not alone. God is good. Oh how I would love to go off to be alone with God, that seems to be when my spirit is filled and my mind is renewed.

HIS Daughter said...

I have missed you, Sweet Sister!

That was a beautiful devotion to HIM! You bless me so much. You want HIS presence and that is when I know you get "mountain top".

Draw near to GOD..and HE will draw near to you....it's unbelievable that we have that awesome privilege!

Last Thursday I went to our church prayer room to pray for an hour. It's the prayer ministry that picks a day and we all pray there if possible at least 30 minutes for requests that we have from everywhere.

I put praise music on my Ipod...I looked at all the names and requests..started listening to "Breathe" from the Passion Live CD...and oh my!

I don't know how one hour went so fast! But, I am more in love than ever. It's like falling in love with HIM all over again. I never want to get over those moments.
Even when I get to go back down to the real world...

You can tell we are daughters of buckets full of grace :-) We just can't get over splashing in it :-)

Love and blessings,
Teri