October 1: The Place of Exaltation

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October 1: The Place of Exaltation

Postby Wesley » Thu Oct 01, 2015 4:26 pm

…Jesus took…them up on a high mountain apart by themselves… —Mark 9:2

Note: The original devotional didn't have the full verse as a reference. Here it is in its entirety in the KJV:

And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them.


And NASB:

Six days later, Jesus *took with Him Peter and [a]James and John, and *brought them up on a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them;


And Amplified:

Six days later, Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured (changed in form) before them [and began to shine brightly with divine and regal glory];




We have all experienced times of exaltation on the mountain, when we have seen things from God’s perspective and have wanted to stay there. But God will never allow us to stay there. The true test of our spiritual life is in exhibiting the power to descend from the mountain. If we only have the power to go up, something is wrong. It is a wonderful thing to be on the mountain with God, but a person only gets there so that he may later go down and lift up the demon-possessed people in the valley (see Mark 9:14-18). We are not made for the mountains, for sunrises, or for the other beautiful attractions in life— those are simply intended to be moments of inspiration. We are made for the valley and the ordinary things of life, and that is where we have to prove our stamina and strength. Yet our spiritual selfishness always wants repeated moments on the mountain. We feel that we could talk and live like perfect angels, if we could only stay on the mountaintop. Those times of exaltation are exceptional and they have their meaning in our life with God, but we must beware to prevent our spiritual selfishness from wanting to make them the only time.

We are inclined to think that everything that happens is to be turned into useful teaching. In actual fact, it is to be turned into something even better than teaching, namely, character. The mountaintop is not meant to teach us anything, it is meant to make us something. There is a terrible trap in always asking, “What’s the use of this experience?” We can never measure spiritual matters in that way. The moments on the mountaintop are rare moments, and they are meant for something in God’s purpose.
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Re: October 1: The Place of Exaltation

Postby Wesley » Thu Oct 01, 2015 4:27 pm

I find this to be a very good devotional lesson. So often we're just living, breathlessly, in between emotional highs. They might not even be true spiritual mountains and highs. Then we come down and live in the doldrums and get lost in the banality of life... hoping for the next high. Thinking that in the high we're experiencing more of God and more of spirituality than we can in the every day actions of life.
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