"To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified." Isaiah 61:3

Ground Zero

“For the LORD is the one who shaped the mountains, stirs up the winds, and reveals his thoughts to mankind. He turns the light of dawn into darkness and treads on the heights of the earth. The LORD God of Heaven’s Armies is his name!” – Amos 4:13

The definition of Ground Zero – is a point on the earth’s surface above, or below, or a position at which an explosion occurs.  It is a culmination/turning point, a fast change, or an enduring intense activity.  It is a starting point, or a return to the beginning point.

Serving God is sort of like being a mountain climber.  Our flesh doesn’t like it, because our flesh is enmity toward God, we weather many seasons, we celebrate victories, and feel defeated when we fall.  Our flesh hates to exercise.  I know I’d much rather plop down in front of the TV or read a mindlessly good book, than sweat and tire myself on a treadmill.  Sometimes I don’t really feel like going to church.  Can we speak honestly?

It’s important to try our best to stay in the spirit.  That means fasting from our fleshly desires for a bit and finding quiet time with God. The media has our constant attention, our careers, friends, family etc.  To be consistently successful in our walk with Jesus, and our climb toward victory, we need to have our eyes set on Jesus.  When we drive a car the car will go where our eyes go, it’s a proven fact.  Our brains send the message to the rest of our bodies and we become like well oiled machinery.  If we want to reach a certain destination, we have to be focused on it.  Makes sense…

Climbing a mountain involves much persistence, patience, faith, and most importantly the ability to get back up after we fall.   Our faith can become injured during these times, but when you know the healer, it’s not long before you are back up and running.

It can seem like anytime we fall, and fail God, the enemy steps in, and tries to kick you while you are down; make it seem like that’s all there is, and you will never move forward.  It’s like a death grip.  It’s in times like this, and there WILL be times like this that you need to press closer to God, or you will hit rock bottom.  Ground Zero.  I’ve been in this position during my walk with God recently, and if you aren’t careful you can fall so far down you won’t even realize you have hit rock bottom until you get there.    The enemy then tries to put you in a choke hold, because one thing I’ve learned about God is that He never gives up on us, and the moment you realize the power you have in Christ and his redeeming power, you are unstoppable!  Step on that devil and keep moving, in the name of Jesus!

You are going to have turbulence as you climb the mountain, but as long as you get there that is all that matters.  I might not be where I need to be, but I’m not where I used to be.  There really is only one way, and that is up!  It’s usually when you are about to get a big miracle in your life, that a battle takes place.  The mountain I speak of is a spiritual one; for it’s not a battle of the flesh that we fight, but a very spiritual one.  Sometimes we believe we have made it, but it’s when you have that kind of thinking, that we become stale.  There is enough of God, that our walk should never go stale.  There are lots of experiences, and revelations to be had.

One day I was sitting quietly and the Lord kept saying to me, “Persevere, persevere, persevere.”  After He said it MULTIPLE times, I realized….Hmmm, I think God is telling me to persevere.  It was in a time in my life, where everything just seemed to be crashing around me, and I just wanted to quit and lay dead.  God wasn’t having it.  I remembered praying long ago that if I became stale God would need to renew my passion.  If you need passion, pray for it, if you need wisdom pray for it.  (James 1:5)  God has everything we need to make it up the mountain!  Put on the armor of God.  (Ephesians 6:10-18)

If you diligently seek God, he will reward you.  (Hebrews 11:6)  He is dying to take you to higher places.  He is the God of the mountain, and the God of the valley.  No matter where you go, God is there and waiting to rescue you.

“If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there.  If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans.”  –  Psalm 139:8-9

 “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” – Hebrews 13:5

God doesn’t call you up the mountain to let you fall.  It doesn’t surprise Him when we fall, but He doesn’t intend for us to stay there.  Just keeping on moving, and keep your eyes on Jesus, because it is when we take our eyes off of Him, we fall.  That old saying, “don’t look down,” can hold a lot of meaning here.  Sometimes we want to take one last look back, at what we’ve left behind.  Lots wife turned into a pillar of salt, because she couldn’t let go of what was behind her, and look forward in faith to what God had for her.  (Genesis 19:26) We fear walking through that door of the unknown, but what God has for us is better than anything we can dream up ourselves.  I am thankful for God’s grace.

“If today I lose my hope, please remind me that your plans are better than my dreams.” – Anonymous.



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