Friday, March 4, 2011

Mountain Tops/Faith part III

Today I'm going to go back to to part I - being on the Mountain Top.

Here's what we need to remember.  Just as Peter had to come down from the mountain top, so do we.  Also remember this seldom thought of detail:  not only did Peter and James and John have to come down from the mountain top... so did Jesus.

See, mountain top experiences are meant to ignite our faith or bring us to Christ initially (think of the first time you were overcome with the irresistible love of Jesus and KNEW that was for you), or to bless us in a critical time, or to reinvigorate us and our drive, or to comfort and encourage us (as I believe that particular mountain top experience was for Jesus).  However, mountain tops are not meant to last, and they are not what we should prop our faith up on.  We can't incorrectly assume that when we come off the mountain and find ourselves in the valley (which we all know... valleys most often times follow mountain tops) that means we have fallen out of favor, done something wrong, or that our faith isn't strong enough to sustain our mountain top.  Be thankful for the mountain, remember the feelings you were filled with while you were there, and draw on that to sustain you through the rest-because the "rest" is a much greater percentage of our existence than the mountain tops.

If we prop our faith up on mountain top events, then that means that we are allowing our faith to be dictated by our surroundings and our temporary circumstances - which isn't faith at all.  Because, as we said, faith is trusting in the promises of God, which is certainly not shaped by our current surroundings!  True faith (firm belief in God's promises) transcends circumstance, whether mountain top or valley, and is propped up firmly upon the promises of God.

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