Monday, April 26, 2010

[Nick's Walk] Living with a Mountain Top Attitude

We love the mountain top. We love the feeling, the sense of God's presence, the high. God can bring us to the mountain any time He chooses. He can surprise us with a mountain when we really need it.

I like to make regular planned trips to the mountain. The mountain, for me, is the place where I know I will see God work and know he will speak to me. For me that is Kairos.

But we've been taught that we can't live on the mountain tops. We are told we have to live in the valleys. The mountain tops are not "real life." These thoughts may be true to some extent. But we can bring the mountain top with us back into the valley.

We must bring our everyday life up to the standard revealed to us on the mountaintop when we were there. Moses spent time with God on the mountain. He came down alone but he brought the glow and the law of God down with him. On the mountain He teaches us, by His word and by His presence. Hold on to that glow and word. It will help you through the
valley times. When I'm in my valley, I remember that God does move. When I feel put upon by life, I remember those who serve God in prison with joy even knowing they will likely die there.

Never allow a feeling that was awakened in you on the mountaintop to evaporate. We tend to think feelings are not spiritual. But we are complete beings including our feelings. Hang on to the feeling of the mountaintop. Warm the cold valley days with the warm memory of how it "felt" to be with Him on top. My memories of Kairos weekends are vivid.
I can dial them up and the feelings are almost as fresh and real as whenthey happened. The tears will return to my face as I recall the joy of men feeling the love of God for the first time. With that feeling I can make it when all around seem to have no idea how blessed they are.

Act immediately— do something, even if your only reason to act is that you would rather not. Because we think that the mountain top isn't real life, we tend to discount the ideas that are born there. God speaks to us like He did to Moses on the mountain. Trust His word and ACT. Some of my best decisions have been made on the mountain. The direction from Him has been the clearest in those times. The air on the mountain is clean and unpolluted. It's a great place to think clearly and strike out in new spiritual directions.

Be sure to make your decisions in the light of what you saw and learned on the mountain. If we live the practical life of the valley, we lose so much of the Extraordinary life that He intends for us. Let the Heaven-like atmosphere of the mountain motivate you. On a Kairos weekend there is great vulnerability and honesty. I learn that I am not alone with my struggles. There is visible change in the lives of participants.
God does not always seem as real in the valley and valley dwellers don't know the extraordinary lives we are meant to live. For me it's important to live knowing the mountain is real and the valley can lie.

The mountain tops are for blessing; not just for the mountain, but for all of our existence. If you don't have a mountain get one. You may be surprised where you find it. Look for places where there is darkness, because that's where His light shines. Be prepared to work not just sit
and listen. To give and not just take. To be a blessing and not just be blessed.

Cherish the mountain and

Be blessed.


Posted By Nick Sigur to Nick's Walk at 4/16/2010 06:47:00 AM
Thanks Brother Nick! ~KM

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