I share this vision now – because I believe it has a special message for us as we traverse this difficult season of adversity.
Pressure is increasing against Christians. Our nation is experiencing a great divide since the election of Donald J. Trump to the White House.
Christians find themselves on two sides of heated issues that are increasing the tension and disunity among believers.
I believe days will become more difficult – so it is imperative we learn how to find our peace in Jesus. And keep focused on Him, and His purposes in the earth.
The Kingdom of God – and the Kingdom of Satan are in a cataclysmic clash all over the earth. There is a great divide, which will increase as the light of God becomes brighter, and evil darkness manifests itself in ever increasing levels.
Jesus and Satan are after the hearts of man, as it has always been. However, as the end of the age approaches, the battle lines are becoming more clear, and the war is elevating.
Climbing the Mountain of the Lord!
I grew up Catholic and attended Catholic schools through high school. I knew nothing about the Holy Spirit, being born again, or that God speaks to His children through dreams and visions. I loved God. I believed in Jesus, but I was not born again.
Jesus met me right where I was, and came to me when He decided it was the right time.
In 1978, as I stood with the congregation, giving praise to God and reading the gospel portion of the Catholic Mass, suddenly all fear of death vanished. I didn’t realize I had even been carrying this fear deep inside of me, but it vanished. In its place was profound peace and joy.
I began to see a picture, and feel an exhilarating experience.
It was dark. Stormy. Multitudes of us were climbing a high, rocky hill. We were tired, weary, battle worn and torn. Lightening was crashing in the sky. Thunder boomed around us like bombs shattering the night.
I began calling out to people all along the climb, “You can do it! Come on! Don’t give up! Climb!”
I reached back to grab a hand, and propel someone further. And then reached back to grab another.
“Keep going! Don’t stop! You can do it!”
I called out again and again, as I reached out and helped another person, then another.
We continued to climb high and higher still. Quitting or stopping, was not an option.
My focus was drawn to the middle cross and my gaze locked on the one hanging there – head hanging, body torn, bloody, shredded. A crown of thorns pressed into his skull.
My chest constricted in fierce determination.
“Climb!” I yelled.
Everything in me knew not to stop. I reached out and grabbed another hand, and another.
Onward we climbed. Onward I admonished my fellow climbers, “Don’t quit! Don’t stop!” We had to make it all the way.
Jesus came into focus. He is the purpose of our climb. Our battle. Our weariness. I knew we must get to him. No matter what. We must get to Jesus, to His cross, to His salvation. Onward we climbed, focusing on our goal. Together.
THE BATTLE OF THE CROSS – The Holy Mountain of the Lord!
Today, Beloved, we are climbing the mountain of faith – into God’s most holy presence:
“Who may go up to the mountain of Adonai? Who can stand in his holy place? Those with clean hands and pure hearts, who don’t make vanities the purpose of their lives or swear oaths just to deceive. They will receive a blessing from Adonai and justice from God, who saves them. Such is the character of those who seek him, of Ya’akov (Jacob), who seeks your face,” (Psalm 24:3-6 CJB).
With eyes focused on Jesus – at all times, we traverse these treacherous earthly experiences.
Life on planet earth is fraught with pain, adversity, heartache, betrayal, injustice, loss and disappointment.
In Jesus, we are enabled by His amazing grace, to access the power to overcome every sin and weakness.
In Jesus, we are granted the authority to forgive the most grievous sins committed against us.
In Jesus, we are forgiven for the offenses we have perpetrated toward God, our self, and others.
In Jesus, we are empowered with the gifts of faith, hope and love to endure the greatest tests of our faith, and traverse the paths of deepest sorrow and loss.
In Jesus, we are bestowed beauty for ashes, the garland of joy instead of mourning, and wrapped in the mantle of praise, rather than the spirit of fainting (Is 61:3).
In Jesus, the living water HE IS – becomes a fountain of living water inside of us, springing up into everlasting life! (John 4:14).
All of this is granted to us through faith in the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ – all who ask and believe:
“For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened,” (Mathew 7:8 NKJ).
Keep your eyes on Jesus, friend. Beware fear. Beware offense. Beware of the lies perpetrated in the media. We are at war. But the good news is – WE WIN! I know because I read the end of the book…
If you haven’t read the final two chapters of Revelations lately, I hope you will soon. Especially any time fear or anxiety threaten to steal your peace – READ THE END OF THE BOOK!
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had passed away, and the sea was no longer there. Also I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. I heard a loud voice from the throne say, “See! God’s Sh’khinah (glory) is with mankind, and he will live with them. They will be his people and he himself, God-with-them, will be there God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will no longer be any death; and there will no longer be any morning, crying or pain; because the old order has passed away,” (Rev 21:1-4 CJB).
In Jesus – it is ALL good news! Always.
Keep on climbing the mountain of faith in Jesus. He is with you always, and loves you with an everlasting love. He will NEVER leave you nor forsake you. He will take you all the way to victory. His victory, is our victory. Stand strong – and…
Keep Climbing! Don’t stop!
Author, Michele M. Rizzo, ordained minister, and professional holistic health coach.
Health Coach Website: michelemrizzo.com