Climbing the Mountain of God
Delivered By
Bob Petersen
Delivered On
March 6, 2016
Description

Philippians 3:12-14 NAS 12 Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call (kjv high calling) of God in Christ Jesus.

We are all on a climb to go higher in God

  • What is the goal???
    • Maturity/Freedom/Wholeness which leads to a full relationship with the Father.

  • Rick Joyner - The Final Quest excerpt

Some strand or quit in the climb.

Some strand in valleys where God is working great things in them and stop growing in God.

When we strand we then get comfortable and start to believe this is normal God life.

  • The manifestations and power stop in our lives and we then develop doctrines based on our personal experiences, or lack of them.

Galatians 6:9 KJV And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

The step is often an area:

  • We're not willing to surrender
  • We hit a pain that we won’t allow God to heal
  • We won’t confront fears
  • We’re unwilling to go through what it takes to free us from demonic intrusion.
  • Troubles through people or things stop us
  • We don't have the knowledge

Matthew 13:18-22 NAS 18 "Hear then the parable of the sower.  19 "When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road.  20 "The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;  21 yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away.  22 "And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.

  • We get stuck in a wilderness

To stay anywhere where we stop pushing to the top is not $$ loving the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind & strength.

Galatians 6:9 NKJV And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart

  • Grow weary (Greek) to be weak; to fail (in heart)

Rick Joyner - The Final Quest - On the mountain, there were ledges at different levels for as high as we could see. At each higher level the ledges became narrower and more difficult to stand on. Each level was named for a biblical truth. The lower levels were named after foundational truths such as “Salvation,” “Sanctification,” “Prayer,” and “Faith,” and the higher levels were named after deeper biblical truths. The higher we climbed, the larger both our shields and our swords grew, and fewer of the enemy arrows could reach our positions.

A Tragic Mistake Some who had stayed on the lower levels began picking up the enemy arrows and shooting them back. This was a very grave mistake. The demons easily dodged the arrows and let them hit the Christians. When a Christian was hit by one of the arrows of accusation or slander, a demon of bitterness or rage would fly in and perch on that arrow. He would then begin to urinate and defecate his poison upon that Christian. When a Christian had two or three of these demons added to the pride or self-righteousness he already had, he was transformed into the contorted image of the demons themselves. We could see this happening from the higher levels, but those on the lower levels who were using the enemy’s arrows could not see it. About half of us decided to keep climbing, while the other half descended back to the lower levels to explain to those below what was happening. Everyone was then warned to keep climbing and not stop, except for a few who stationed themselves on each level to keep the other soldiers moving higher.

When we reached the level called “The Unity of the Brethren,” none of the enemy’s arrows could reach us.

At each level there were arrows of Truth scattered about, which I knew were left from those who had fallen from that position (many had fallen from each position). All of the arrows were named after the Truth of that level. 

Our swords grew after we reached each new level

The “Galatians Two Twenty” (I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.) level was so wide that there did not seem to be any danger of falling. An unlimited supply of arrows was available, with the name Hope written on them. We shot some of them down at the vultures and killed them easily.

We knew it was going to be a long battle, but we were not suffering any more casualties now, and we had continued to climb past the level of “Patience.”

It was troubling that after these Christians had the demons shot off of them, few would come to the mountain. Many had taken on the nature of the demons and continued in their delusion without them.

Almost without warning, we came to a level that opened up into a Garden. It was the most beautiful place I had ever seen. Over the entrance to this Garden was written, “The Father’s Unconditional Love.”

The Lord Jesus Himself then appeared right in our midst. He took the time to greet each one personally, congratulating us for reaching the top of the mountain.