DON'T STOP AT THE
BURNING BUSH -
CONTINUE UP THE MOUNTAIN
By Chad Taylor
"Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt..." (Exod 3:1-3)
CONTINUE UP THE MOUNTAIN
Moses was startled at the sight of a burning bush on His journey up Mt. Sinai that seemingly was not consumed. He stopped in awe and turned aside to look at it. There he heard from God. The law could only take Moses part way up the Mountain and no more. There he had to stop and return to the valley below. In this era of eternity droves are beginning their ascent up that same mountain, and like Moses, are stopping at the burning bush transfixed by it. Even more are camping at the burning bush and forgetting that the whole mountain of the Lord still lies ahead of them. Peaks of revelation, waterfalls of prophetic refreshing, pools of transformation and finally, at the top of the Mountain itself, the place of transfiguration.
THE PLACE OF PAST EXPERIENCES
Still so many on their journey up the Mountain of the Lord are stopping at the burning bush; the place of past experiences and previous revelation. They are satisfied to live off another man's revelation and truth and are un-willing to seek out their own illumination that is hidden higher up the mountain. They see the crowds of on-lookers gathered at the burning bush and assume that this must be the place that the Lord is taking them. Here and there a few break away, drawn by the knowledge of Christ that calls to them from higher up the mountain. They hear the words of Paul, "I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord." They pull away from the contemporary attractions and revelations to climb higher up the mountain of the Lord. They are driven by one purpose; to see Him.
PARALYZED BY PHENOMENA
Along the way there are many sights to see, many phenomena's and manifestations of His presence. Again, many are camped at the various places of manifestation and phenomena. They stop there and quickly forget the road that leads ever upward to that great pinnacle of His presence. These manifestations were only meant to be landmarks along the path to the top of the mountain, to Him. Yet many stop at the manifestations and remain paralyzed by phenomena. They sit at these plateaus of revelation and are satisfied, oblivious to the cry coming from higher up calling out to them, "Come up! Come up! Come up here! And see the face of the Lamb! See Him in all of His glory and majesty!" Only a few pull away from the road side attractions and push upward.
SET YOUR AFFECTIONS ON THINGS ABOVE
Another strange sight along the way up the mountain were the piles of debris discarded along the path. It was various things that people had taken with them, convinced in their hearts that they would need it in their ascent up the mountain. Each step up these things that once were so necessary become only burdens and distractions that had to be left behind. The voice of Paul echoed down the mountain again, "Set your affections on things above, not on things below..." As the ascent continued it was critical that everything that weighed them down was cast aside as the path became much more steeper and narrower while they progressed ever upward.
YOU WILL RECEIVE YOUR WINGS
Thunder and lightning could be seen at the top. At the top of the mountain of the Lord each traveler received their reward, their hearts desire, to see Him. At the top of the mountain each one received their wings and were allowed to fly back down the mountain to the great valley below. From that point on each one could fly to the top of the mountain and back down again. They were free from the things of this world as they waited upon Him and He strengthened. They came from the mountain filled with revelation and glory for the burdened and broken far below. From the top of the mountain you could see all of the nations of the world. Each eagle was sent from the mountain to the uttermost parts of the earth filled with His glory and power.
THE LAST GREAT ARMY
Harvest had come upon the whole earth and these eagles were the harvesters. You and I. Those that had suffered the loss of all things while climbing up the mountain of the Lord. They were the last great army that was trusted with the souls of all the nations of the world. They were the gate keepers of His glory and grace. A chosen generation and royal priesthood, willing to praise Him and live for Him with all of their hearts. They were the ones willing to strive for the upward call in Christ Jesus and would not settle for burning bushes of previous revelations or dispensations. They had to see Him. With the echo still ringing in their ears,
DON'T STOP AT THE BURNING BUSH, CONTINUE UP THE MOUNTAIN!
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