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It’s Good To Be Here

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“Jesus took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray.” [Luke 9:28]

 

Perhaps you’ve had times on the mount: precious moments when you thought you’d burst with joy; perhaps it was a personal epiphany, or a moment shared with other believers, when God’s Spirit washed over and through you in a way that left you in no doubt who is really in charge.

Perhaps it was a moment of profound insight, or a passionate response to an anointed praise song. Whatever that moment held remained with you long afterwards, and you wished it would never end. You may have felt as if you could talk and live like an angel if only you could stay there on that mount in the very presence of God – just like Peter, James and John.

But God never allows such indulgence; there is always more to do in the kingdom. As wonderful as it is to be on the mount with God, the true test of our spiritual life is the power to descend amongst the ordinary things of life and there lift others up.

We can become fearful that such special moments may never come again, so we cling tightly to them. Such special moments must be treasured in our hearts to sustain us through the inevitable times of difficulty ahead. In attempting to ‘freeze frame’ such precious moments, we are denying ourselves the possibilities presented in the moments that follow.

God gives us occasional special moments on the mount to encourage and inspire us to trust, not fear. There is no room for fear in the kingdom life. By faith, we can trust that Jesus will be with us, no matter what the moment may hold. Such was his promise: “I will be with you always, even until the end of the world.” [Matthew 28:20]

 

 

Sunday 10th February 2013  9.30am Lismore, 6.30pm Goonellabah

“It’s Good To Be Here!”      Ex 34:29-35, 2 Cor 3:12-4:2, Lk 9:28-36

Exodus 34:29-35    29Moses came down from Mount Sinai. As he came down from the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant in his hand, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. 30When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, the skin of his face was shining, and they were afraid to come near him. 31But Moses called to them; and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses spoke with them. 32Afterward all the Israelites came near, and he gave them in commandment all that the Lord had spoken with him on Mount Sinai. 33When Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil on his face; 34but whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he would take the veil off, until he came out; and when he came out, and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, 35the Israelites would see the face of Moses, that the skin of his face was shining; and Moses would put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with him.

 

2 Corinthians 3:12 – 4:2   12Since, then, we have such a hope, we act with great boldness, 13not like Moses, who put a veil over his face to keep the people of Israel from gazing at the end of the glory that was being set aside. 14But their minds were hardened. Indeed, to this very day, when they hear the reading of the old covenant, that same veil is still there, since only in Christ is it set aside. 15Indeed, to this very day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their minds; 16but when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 17Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.

4 1Therefore, since it is by God’s mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2We have renounced the shameful things that one hides; we refuse to practice cunning or to falsify God’s word; but by the open statement of the truth we commend ourselves to the conscience of everyone in the sight of God.

Luke 9:28-43    28Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. 29And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. 30Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. 31They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. 33Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah” —not knowing what he said. 34While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. 35Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” 36When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.

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