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Summary: A Man Or Woman Chosen By God Or A Son Of God Is The Soul Double Of The Son of God Or The Good One Who Has Charted His Own Path.

What is a mountain top experience? I am not talking about one of those moments that glows forever embossed on and lost in our memory. I am not concerned about the time we had an overwhelming feelings of love and unity with others. I am not seeking to hear about the time when we developed a deep sense of our own self-worth. Contrary to popular opinion, a mountain top experience is not the end of our journey. A mountain top experience is the wisdom we received after we boldly approach the Throne to personally talk with God. A mountain top experience is that excellence that our talk with God places inside of us just so we can run the race. During our mountain top experiences, we receive the wisdom that in spite of what we went through and despite the sins committed by us, we are still a son of God.

A mountain top experience begins when we realize that God called our name. It means our place remains set at the table. A robe is waiting to be put on us, and room has been made for us to sit and reign on the Throne with the Son of God. However, before we travel up to the mountain top to have a talk with God, we must first kneel down before Him and confess our sins. Lastly, we must stand up in our own greatness and be willing to do greater works than even Jesus did. More importantly, we must realize that since God is God and Jesus is the Kings of Kings, all who follow in His way are called a royal high priesthood. A mountain top experience is when as a Son of God, we step out of our own greatness into the royalty and excellence of our relationship with God. Truthfully, the greatness of a person chosen by God is not found in the work that they willingly do for God because the greatness of a person chosen by God is their relationship with God.

On the genesis of the nation of Israel, Moses stood upon the top of Mount Nebo to survey the valley that was below him. His aged eyes saw the lay of the whole land. The seed of Jacob, the children of slaves ejected by God into the barren wilderness no longer had to wander through the vast desert called Sin. Moreover, just as God had promised to Abraham, God had given the seed of Israel the Promised Land to call their own. Therefore, at the border of his greatness, a man chosen by God weary and worn eyes observed as the hand of God carved the name of Israel into the records of antiquity as a nation created by God. More importantly, Moses stood on the mountain top and beheld the birth of his greatness into the nation that even in this day is called Israel.

At that point, God said to Moses, “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob when I said I will give it to your descendants. I have now allowed you to see it with your own eyes, but you will not enter the land.” On that momentous day, Moses was allowed to stand upon the mountain top at the border of his greatness to talk with God. More importantly, in spite of Moses’ greatness, the servant of God died there in the land of Moab. Just as God had said Moses saw the lay of the Promised Land. Nevertheless, this man chosen by God could not get in because he was told by God that he had to come home. Truthfully, the greatness of a person chosen by God is not found in the work that they willingly do for God because the greatness of a person chosen by God is their relationship with God.

Anyway, centuries later, King Ahab told Queen Jezebel that Elijah, another man chosen by God, had killed all the prophets of Baal with the sword. Unwisely yet promptly, Jezebel sent a messenger to scream at Elijah, “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.” Without a second thought, because hell has no fury like a mad psychopathic woman scorned, a man chosen by God forgot about the greatness he had just done, become afraid, and ran. Elijah ran all the way to Beersheba in Judah. He left his servant behind because not even the fastest chariots can keep up when a man chosen by God tuck in the tail of his greatness and run.

Therefore, after running for yet another day, Elijah saw a broom tree where he sat down under it, caught his breath, and prayed, “I have had enough, LORD! Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” Then he laid down under the tree, wrapped in his greatness, and fell peacefully asleep. Elijah decided to sleep because this man chosen by God still trusted in that God his soul to keep. However, for a man chosen by God on the run, sleep was not in God’s plan. The Scriptures states all at once an angel touched this AWOL man chosen by God, and said, “Get up and eat.”

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