Here in Louisiana, it is pretty common to see water. It might be a lake, pond, river, swamp, or even a ditch. What we don’t see aremountains. Of course, we are in awe of them.
I have had the pleasure of living in Colorado as well as California. Pikes Peak was in our back yard, so to speak. We went up in the Rockies and saw the Royal Gorge.
If you live on a mountain in California, it will cost you a very hefty price. The higher you go, the greater the cost. My husband’s brother has a house on a mountain in Palos Verdes, the small lot across the street from him sold for a million dollars. Because of the cost, you will not find a whole lot of people there. The journey up a mountain can be tiring. I don’t want to live up there; it’s awfully cold for me. And I don’t want to shovel snow or lose control of my vehicle. Then again the view is breathtaking.
When we think of mountains in a spiritual sense, we tend to think of climbing higher or getting closer to God. When we are on a mountain, things below take on a new perspective.
We find Jesus often went up on a mountain to pray. “And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.” (Matthew 14:23)
Moses had a mountain-top experience and came down with the Ten Commandments and his face shone so brightly he had to wear a veil. On Mt Carmel, Elijah called down fire from heaven and killed 450 prophets of Baal.
We have mountain-top experiences as well. They make a lasting impact on your life. In 1979, I received the gift of the Holy Ghost as spoken of in the book of Acts. It has been the most wonderful experience of my existence. It transformed my life.
Your mountain top may be a word, or promise from the Lord, or a revelation. God anointed you in the valley and you picked up some things. Then you walked into the wilderness and laid downsome things. Sometimes He takes things from you andsometimes, He calls you to the mountain.
Just as the anointing that we desire only comes by the crushing and bruising of the olives, the mountain tops usually come after prayer, fasting, and devotion. Just as the house on the mountain is costly, your mountain top will cost you some dedication, many times when you are alone.
“And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.” (Matthew 17:2-5)
Per Strong’s Concordance, “Transfiguration” means to change into another form (like the caterpillar and the butterfly.) [G3339 –Metamorphose]
So, what did they see? Well, Moses came off the mountain and his face shone, Jesus was transfigured, and his face shone also.Since Jesus is the light of the world, I believe his whole being was illuminated. Even the cloud was bright! They saw or experienced something they had never seen before. They received a new revelation. They were excited and scared. Why were they scared? They never saw His glory. When the Israelites saw and heard God’s glory, they were fearful.
Moses represented the Law and Elijah represented the prophets, but Jesus fulfilled both. God spoke to Moses as the Israelites were afraid to listen directly to God; they wanted Moses to tell them what God said (Exodus 20:18-19). John the Baptist was the forerunner of Jesus and the people heard him (Matthew3). Later, Jesus called Peter, James, and John up the mountain.
“And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart …”(Matthew 17:1)
Per Strong’s Concordance, “apart” means “pertaining to one’s self, privately, alone” [G2398 idios].
The disciples were alone when they heard the voice. Usually, your mountain-top experience will be just like that. On your mountain top, you will be alone and others might not understand because it was a revelation for you. Each mountain-top experience will leave you transfigured, so to speak. It will change you. It will change the way you perceive God. It will give you a godly fear or reverence for God and a new revelation. It will equip you so that no matter what comes, you know God is greater than anything that can come against you.
It seems as though many times we have a mountain-top experience and then it seems like we almost fall off the cliff, just like Peter, James, and John. (“Let’s build three booths.”)
Another word I want to stay here: They saw miracles but this experience superseded all of that. Unfortunately, mountain-top experiences are usually short-lived, but life-long lessons. They tend to lead us into a valley (as valleys are between mountains.)
Jonah preached a 120,000-soul revival, then wanted to die.
Elijah called fire down from heaven and killed 450 prophets of Baal. Then he successfully prayed for rain after a 3.5-year drought and outran a chariot, but then became frightened byJezebel’s threat and wanted to die. Moses came off the mountain after receiving the Ten Commandments and found the Israelites had sinned a great sin. He interceded and was willing for God to blot out his name if necessary. (Exodus 32)
“You have been transformed by the renewing of your mind.”(Romans 12:2). “Transformed” in Strong’s Concordance is also defined as “metamorphose.”
So, don’t be surprised if you feel like you just fell off your mountain. On your mountain top, you will experience revelation and transformation. God has equipped you to handle what is about to come your way. Your mountain will transform you into a new creature in Christ.
Knowledge is information, which makes us think. It teaches us though we are prone to forget. On the other hand, a revelation gives us insight and changes our hearts. It is an experience that makes the lesson easy to remember.