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What Level of the Mountain Are You On?

 

Exodus 24:1-18, 25:1

 

This message is about having intimacy with God. Our level of commitment demonstrates what level of intimacy we have with God and the mountain represents the 4 levels.

 

DEFINITION OF INTIMACY:

1. Marked by very close association, contact or familiarity (intimate knowledge of the law)

2. Marked by a warm friendship developing through long association (friends)

3. Of a very personal or private nature (secrets)

We enter into an intimate relationship with God when he becomes a vital necessity. That is we know God. What is a vital necessity? It is something that you can’t do without to sustain your life. An example would be a person who is on dialysis. Another example is our daily intake of food. When a person is on dialysis they are given an appointment. But before the appointment how do they know they need dialysis? They know because their body is exhibiting symptoms that cause them to go to the doctor. After tests are ran the doctor comes back with a diagnosis that the kidneys are failing and to keep the body functioning properly dialysis is needed. Let’s say the appointment is at 8:00 am. That person will make preparation to attend dialysis. That person won’t go anywhere else or accept an invitation to do anything else. Why? Because dialysis is a vital necessity. It is needed to keep the person alive. Suppose the person for some reason misses the appointment what would happen? Impurities would start to build I the blood because the kidneys are a vital necessity in a person’s body. They filter the blood. The more appointments that person misses the more toxins build in the blood and if not treated that person will eventually die. It is the same with our spiritual life. We must make time for God. We must keep our appointments.

It is a vital necessity for our life. If we start to miss our appointments, toxins start to build in our lives. We may stop reading the word daily. We eat natural food every day to sustain our life because food is a vital necessity and without it we would die. Therefore we must eat the word of God daily, this is our spiritual food, man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. We may stop praying daily. We may stop going to church on a regular basis. As we miss these appointments we start doing things we shouldn’t do or saying things we shouldn’t say. We might become less patient, angrier, less caring, and less giving, we may begin to lie. Jesus said we must abide in the vine, we must stay there. If these toxins are not removed from our lives we will eventually die spiritually. We will lose our relationship with God. Not because God left us, but because we left him. Our time with God must be a priority, but sometimes things get in the way, it could be our job, our relationship whether friends or spouse, it could be our daily activities. Sometimes we think that because God is ever-present we can treat him any kind of way. But God said he is a jealous God and he will not be second. We must put him first. The more time we spend with God the closer we come to him.

In the book of Luke, the 10th chapter Mary knew Jesus was a vital necessity. She sat at his feet while Martha was cumbered about; she was busy doing other things. Jesus was talking but Martha was not listening. We must sit at the feet of Jesus daily to sustain our life. Mary chose that good part. Martha wanted Mary to stop sitting at the feet of Jesus and help her serve. That’s what some people want us to do. Those who don’t have a close relationship with God. They want us to stop sitting at the feet of Jesus, they want us to stop listening to his words. They will try and pull you away from him, but you must choose to stay there at his feet. Choose the good part which won’t be taken away.

But not everyone is willing to pay the price to have intimacy with God. He is not a vital necessity to everyone who says they are called by his name. Many will say in that day, Lord, Lord…. The disciples were daily with Jesus but one of them betrayed him. Judas betrayed him and others left him because his sayings were too hard for them. He said unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood, he said he was the light and the bread that came down from heaven, He said, I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eats of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. The Jews, therefore, strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live forever. He said the words I speak unto you they are spirit and they are life. He said he before Abraham was I AM. Jesus made it possible for everyone to have an intimate relationship with God. The word says that we can go boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Our level of commitment determines our level of intimacy with God. We decide, we choose what level we will be on by our obedience to his instructions. The more intimate we are with God the more intimate we want to be. We want more of him. In the beginning, it did not take much for us to reach a certain level with God, we were babes and we walked around on a spiritual high, full of joy on cloud 9, telling anyone who would listen. But as we mature we are no longer babes and we need more substantial food to grow and develop to maturity.   Paul said in I Peter 2:2, that when we were newborn babes we needed the sincere milk of the word but once we start to grow we need meat. We can’t stay at the same level. Jesus said a tree that does not bear fruit is cut down and cast into the fire.

Let us look at the different levels using the mountain.

Level 1 Exodus 19:9-13, 16-20, 20:18-21

On this level of the mountain, there is a border at the foot of the mountain. At this level, you are on the outskirts. God visits you, but you only come so far into his presence. The people were at this level. They were comfortable with this. They were satisfied to stay on this level. They didn’t mind hearing only the voice of God and not being in his presence. They told Moses to speak to them what God was saying because he was too terrible, they were afraid of what they heard and saw. When Jesus was here on earth there were also people who were on the outskirts. These people only followed him because of what he could do for them. There were satisfied with the fishes and loaves. Many turned away from him when he told them what they must do to come close. They said all that God has said we will do, but they didn’t. Some people today say the same things.

God said: pay your tithes and offering, they don’t

God said: love him with all your heart, they don’t

God said: love your neighbor as yourself, they don’t

God said: do good unto them that despitefully use you and mistreat you, they don’t

God said: put off the works of the flesh, they don’t

Many people today are comfortable and satisfied coming to church Sunday after Sunday, sitting in the pews, hearing the word of God and then going home. They don’t do anything else. They won’t help in the ministry and they won’t read their Bibles or pray. They are content to stay at the level they are on. They don’t mind being on the outskirts.

Level 2 Exodus 24: 1 & 2, 9-11

This level of the mountain is represented when Aaron, the priests, and the 70 elders ascended the mountain to see God. They ate and drank with him. Even though Aaron, his sons, and the elders saw the presence of God they still turned their backs on him. Aaron was with Moses when he performed the miracles before Pharaoh, he and the others saw the pillar of the cloud that went before them during the day and the fire that lit the way at night. They saw the parting of the red sea and how they walked across on dry ground. They saw how God gave them fresh water to drink from bitter and they saw how God fed them with manna, food from heaven, but when it came time for them to take a stand for what was right they fell. Aaron made the golden calves and his sons Nadab and Abihu were killed by God when they made a sacrifice that was unauthorized by God. Leviticus 10:1-10. People on this level can be represented by the parable of the sower and the seed found in St. Mark the 4th chapter. Some seed fell on good ground, some fell on stony ground, some fell by the wayside and some fell among thorns. The seed that fell on stony ground hears the word and receives it with gladness and even endures for a while but when afflictions and persecutions come they fall because they refuse to stand for God. They let the cares of this world choke out their relationship with him. In Matthew 19:16 the rich young ruler could not give up his earthly possessions to follow Jesus. These people choose not to sit at the feet of Jesus. Paul said in Hebrews 3:9-11 that God was grieved with the people who saw his miracles and his works in the wilderness 40 years. Even though they saw the works of God they did not know him and because they refused him they didn’t enter into the Promised Land. Paul said in vs. 12 “take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God”

Level 3 Exodus 24:13, 14, 33:11

This level of the mountain is represented by Joshua. Joshua was a minister to Moses, he helped Moses. He was also one of the two who came back with a good report about the land God had promised the children of Israel when they went to spy out the land. He had faith that God would deliver the land to them. They had faith. Peter walked on water, Daniel in the lion’s den, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and 9the disciples. Peter, James, and John were on this level. They were with Jesus during the transfiguration and Jesus gave Peter the keys to the kingdom. It takes dedication to reach this level. They were with Jesus in situations where the others weren’t’ Peter denied Jesus three times but he repented when he saw what he had done. Peter, James, and John were with Jesus when he went to pray in the garden and Peter was ready to fight to protect Jesus when the soldiers came to arrest him. They were the only ones allowed in when Jesus healed the dead girl. Jesus also entrusted his mother to John when he was dying on the cross. When you’re on this level God allows you to see things he doesn’t allow others to see and he entrusts you with things that are important to him because you have proven yourself.

We are getting closer to the top.

Level 4 Exodus 24:15-18, 33:8-11

This level of the mountain is represented by Moses. Moses denied himself to be in the presence of God. He sought after him. He could have stayed with Pharaoh and the Egyptians and been a partaker of all the riches at this disposal event the whole kingdom, but he chose to be obedient to God. He gave up everything. Read Hebrews 11:25-29. Moses told God that he wanted to see his face. He asked God to show him his way and his glory. When God wanted to destroy the people he prayed for the sins of the people and sought God to not destroy them. God also gave Moses the 10 commandments. John and Paul were on this level. Josh was on level 3 but he ascended the mountain to level 4. John was the disciple who leaned on Jesus’s breast and he was also given the revelation of Jesus. God took him away in the spirit and he saw things no other person was given the privilege to see. Paul saw Jesus when he was on the road to Damascus. He went to the third heaven and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter, and he wrote most of the New Testament.

These people didn’t get to this level overnight, it was a process. You might not believe that you can ascend to these different levels, that’s it’s no longer available, but God is no respecter of persons. We don’t know where God will take us if we open ourselves to him and develop an intimate relationship with him.

What level of the mountain are you on?

What level do you want to be on?

Prophetess Nadine Richmond

The Church Readiness Ministries

 

 

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