Summary: Every believer needs to understand the power of the mountain top in their daily lives. Jesus knew the value of the mountain top, do we?
The Mountain is symbolic: It speaks to us of the place and the characteristics of prayer in the life of the believer
In the gospels alone this story appears 3 separate times (Lu 9:28 Mat 17:1 Mk 9:2)
also In the book of exodus there is the story of Moses on the mountain with the rod of God in his hand with his hands raised to heaven, while Joshua carried on the battle in the valley (as long as his hands were raised the battle went for Israel but when his hands dropped the enemy prevailed.
Every believer needs to understand the meaning and purpose of the mountain In their lives,
We should at all times maintain the spirit and the attitude of Prayer,
but it is on the mountain that this prayer life is birthed, and on the mountain is energized from time to time.
#1 On the Mountain of prayer: the heart and the mind receive an ability to see things from Gods perspective, (Big problems become small when viewed from the prayer perspective of the mountain).
#2 The air is cleaner, clearer,: Above the smog, the pollutants, and the agitates = pollen, mold, ragweed, etc. (spiritualize that) = above the little things that irritate us, and try to steal our peace).
#3 On the Mountain it’s quiet: It’s the place of solitude where we still ourselves, and tune our ear to the masters voice, (Once we have learned his voice on the mountain alone we can recognize it in the busy routines of life above the clatter of the crowd.
#4 From the mountain: we get glimpses of future glory, snapshots of destiny.
God took Moses to the mountain and gave him a snapshot of what was to come, even though he didn’t get to go in, from the mountain he saw where they were going before they got there. (Moses saw where God was Leading).
#5 The Mountain is the place of Spiritual Warfare: Jesus knew the real battle was a spiritual one, The mature believer knows that the real battle is not with flesh and blood, not with what he can see, or hear, or feel on the sense level, but with principalities and powers, rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness in heavenly (high) places.
(Through prayer we enter this higher realm of the spirit and conduct spiritual warfare).
#6 On the mountain of Prayer we connect with Gods plan: As Moses and Elijah appeared with Jesus on the mountain, it connected him with the ministry of the Law and the Prophets.
(So many had determined that it was either Jesus or the law and the prophets, they saw them as opposed to each other).
On the mountain of prayer God shows us how things can fit together, and work together for his glory.
Matt 5:14 –16 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
#1 A city on a hill = Stationary, stable, visible from a distance, Many lights in unity.
#2 A candle on a candlestick = Portable, movable, = (carry to the darkness)
Ac 20:8 And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together.
Eutychus fell from the window on the third story to the street, and was taken up dead,
(so there was light in the upper chamber but darkness in the street, Life in the upper chamber but death in the street.
Peace and Joy in the upper chamber but sorrow and mourning and despair in the street.
Paul left the upper chamber and went down to this dead young man in the street and fell upon him and his life returned to him.
Here is where we discover what the mountain is really all about, It’s the place of preparation for the work in the valley, It’s the place where we receive from God so that we can impart it to others,
We cannot expect the dead to climb up three stories to receive life, ( like Paul someone has to come down, leave their comfortable surroundings, leave the environment of many lights) and take the light into the darkness.
#1 Jesus came down when he left his heaven of light, and peace, and Joy, and came to a world of sin sickness, sorrow, disease and death.
#2 Paul went down and fell on the young man, (Light left the upper room and went into the darkness of midnight). Life went looking for the dead.