“How to Find God”
The secret to the Christian life is following Jesus up the mountain of God and spending time with Him in deep communion in the presence of the Father. This was the key to everything in Jesus’ life as it is also to everything in yours. All needs, desires, divine abilities, wisdom and knowledge are born out of this place of perfect stillness and divine silence. ~ “And when He [Jesus] had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there” (Matthew 14.23). Throughout the Bible God is found on mountains. Moses’1 face was transformed into unapproachable light and he received the 10 Commandments after 40 days on the mountain alone with God. God personally revealed the weight of His glory to Elijah2 the prophet while he was alone with God on Mount Horeb, the Mountain of God. The Temple of God is strategically located on Mount Moriah, and Jesus preached His most important message, the Sermon on the Mount, seated on a rock on a mountain, to name a few examples. ~ “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob.” (Isaiah 2.3).
Two Primary Images
God the Father lives on a mountain, and if you want to get to know Him there is nothing like knocking on the door of His mountain home, like Jesus was in the habit of doing, and spending time with Him. All of this imagery speaks volumes to us about accessing the presence of God and releasing Him to operate freely in and through our life. First, God is the ‘Rock.’ ~ “For who [is] God, except the LORD? And who [is] a rock, except our God?” (2Samuel 22.32). The Bible communicates spiritual realities to us via imagery, symbolism, metaphors, and similes. All of this symbolism is rich with spiritual revelation. Of course, God is a spirit, not a rock, but God is indeed a Rock in the sense of His personality and His presence. Unlike, Jesus (lamb) and Holy Spirit (dove), the Father, the First member of the divine godhead, has confined Himself to only two primary images by which He reveals Himself to us — 1) the Father and 2) The Rock. ~ “[He is] the Rock, His work [is] perfect; For all His ways [are] justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright [is] He” (Deuteronomy 32.4).
Find God and the Answer
What happens when you come into the shadow of a great and awesome mountain? What happens is — silence, awe, stillness and peace… the presence3 of God. Many of God’s children are so distracted and tormented by the enemy through the knowledge4 of evil (the mind), they don’t even realize when they have been in the presence of God, when the Spirit draws them into the sublime silence and stillness of the Father’s presence, God the Rock. ~ “If indeed you have tasted that the Lord [is] gracious. Coming to Him [as to] a living stone” (1Peter 2.3,4). The basic tenant of prayer is communication with God, and let’s face it you can’t really get to know someone until you sit down with them. Most of what is written and taught on prayer is built on formulas and guidelines. Couple this with the fact that most people never pray until they are in dire need of something, and we have the root cause of the sterility and spiritual weakness of believers today reducing them to victims instead of five-star generals on the field of spiritual battle. You will find God and the answer to all of your needs and desires when you do what Jesus did, when you 1) send the multitude away, and 2) go up on the mountain, and 3) spend the night alone in the presence of the Father, the Rock.
Most of God’s children have misconceptions about God and fail to recognize His presence. They are so distracted and harassed by Satan through his access into their mind that they have almost no awareness of their own spirit, much less the presence of God, who is a Spirit and can only be accessed via the reborn human spirit. When they pray, they are quickly disappointed and frustrated because they are expecting a thundering voice from heaven, or the shock and awe of the appearance of a 2000 ft. tall angel. God is ‘The Rock.’ He is always there. It’s ‘us’ who are absent through constant mental diversions (by the enemy). He is present, but we are ‘unconscious’ of Him. He is the Eternal Father, The Rock, full of peace, eternal strength, and the everlasting serenity of infinite wisdom and understanding, all packed into the presence of perfect love. What do you expect the presence of God to be like! He doesn’t want anything from you except your love and your presence with Him. Don’t say anything to Him (unless you absolutely have to)… He already knows your thoughts and will respond to them all.
All that is Necessary
Just being with Him is all that is necessary. As you bathe in His presence every question you have will be answered, every need will be met, and He will do much more than you can ask or even think6 as you spend the night alone with the Father on the mountain of intimate communion with Him. You will be transformed, like Moses was by just sitting in His presence as He speaks to you. ~ “Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone while he talked with Him [God]” (Exodus 34.29). You are already doing the greatest spiritual activity possible; you have united yourself with God in faith in this perfect stillness of the Spirit, and in your spiritual union with Him through complete surrender, He is released to operate in and through you freely to accomplish more than you can ask or think. It is better to not ask anything in particular because He already knows all of your needs and knows a much better solution to your problems than you do. ~ “For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Romans 8.26, Ephesians 3.20).
Through the Spirit
On the mountain, there are two things you must keep in mind. The world you live in is completely knowledge driven. You must be aware of this and not conform5 to it because man cannot know/communicate with God through the mind, only through the heart. The world around you has no choice but to live by knowledge because they are spiritually dead, but you have no excuse for letting yourself conform to the world instead of walking in the spirit. Adam and everyone else who is not reborn of the Spirit of God has no other option then to live by intellectual reasoning alone because they partook of the Tree of Knowledge which produced spiritual death in them, but you have been born7 of the Spirit of God into communion with Him, through your spirit, not your mind. ~ “God [is] Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (john 4.24).
Leave Your Mind Behind
Finally, it is not only that all men are spiritually dead and unable to commune with the Father because they are imprisoned in their mind, the devil gained access into the human race through ‘knowledge’ and persistently uses his access8 into the mind to draw you away from the consciousness of the presence of God by constant distractions, confusion, questions, and endless, pointless reasoning that leads nowhere. You must, like Jesus, send the multitude away (people—stash your cell phone) and climb the mountain of God, which means set your mind to one side, remember you are a spirit-led child of God, and tune into the presence of the Father through your spirit, not your mind, and you too will become, with practice, a mountain man, a man/woman of the Rock.
And when He [Jesus] had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.
1. Exodus 20.1-17
2. 1Kings 19.8-13
3. Romans 1.20
4. Genesis 2.17
5. Romans 12.2
6. Ephesians 3.20
7. John 3.5
8. Romans 5.17
9. Hebrews 2.14
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