Ascend to Me

 

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People want revival, but will they do this?

(God said to Moses):

Ascend to ME, to the mountain, and remain there…….

Exodus 24:12

It is a known adage that if you want something different to happen, you have to DO something different to cause it to happen.

You cannot just be doing the same thing, over and over.

The Hebrew word for coming up, or ascension, is Aliyah.

Moses was about to do something he had never done before.

For Moses to obey God, he had to do the following:

Ascend, or go up

Remain there for 40 days without food or water

Be ready to accept whatever YHVH said or did.

Once this happened, he received

The Word of God (Torah)

Strength to fast for an incredibly long time

The glory of God, which descended upon him and the mountain.

So when Moses ascended to God,

God descended to Moses

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In most revivals, believers want God to “come down,” but they do not “go up” to meet him.

They may listen to a sermon, and sing some songs.

They may even cry a little, and repent some.

They might even dance a little to please their pastor.

But they stay where they are spiritually.

So, not much changes.

They may enjoy the service, and go home happy, but they are not holier than when they went there.

Holiness is God’s goal for us.

Man’s goal is usually not that lofty.

It is either to get some prayers answered for themselves, or a get a need met of some kind.

At its worst, some just want to be entertained.

So, if a revival service seems to fail, or have limited results,

the people need to take a closer look at themselves, and what they are not doing right.

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Psalm 24:

 

3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?

4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

5 He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

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Revival occurs before a group meeting even starts.

It has to start with being alone with God.

Reading the word

Humbling oneself

Asking for forgiveness

Thanking Him

Thinking

Wondering

Asking

Seeking

Knocking

It also involves a decision to do something one has not done before, in a step of faith into the unknown.

This could be witnessing to others.

Fasting for the first time, or in a different way.

Doing something one fears, to get over that fear.

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Fasting without prayer is a crash diet.

Prayer is essential.

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Fond Memories

I am much older now, but there was a time when I was more active, and I was really blessed for it.

I would travel to nearby towns or distant ones by car or train, just to go to a prayer meeting.

Sometimes I flew across the country, or out of the country.

I was that hungry for the Word of God.

I would travel anywhere…..

I helped others, and worked at a homeless shelter as a volunteer.

I would fast up to 21 or 40 days: no solid food, just liquids.

I would endure mistreatment at times and offer it up as a sacrifice of love.

I would stay up late at night, or wake up in the middle of the night, just to read my bible.

I would stay on my knees for hours, listening to worship music, and praying.

I would have jumped into the deep, if I thought it would bring me closer to the Lord.

I was really seeking God, and knocking hard on heaven’s door.

I experienced the glory and holiness of God in dreams and visions, and other personal experiences.

I experienced miracles, and cast out demons.

I saw the answers to my prayers.

I fell in love with God in a way I had not done before.

I talked to Him daily, and rejoiced when He responded.

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Now that I am older,

This does not mean I stop seeking God, and knocking on heaven’s door.

I just do it differently now.

I now stay home more, and minister to others from here.

I still want to hear His voice, and feel His love.

I share my experiences with others, and encourage them on their life path.

I still pray for people.

I journey constantly in my mind.

I spend ALL my days with Him now, listening, and waiting, remaining in His presence.

But every once in a while I want to jump into the deep again, explore the unknown mysteries of God, and find the joy of His revelations.

Maybe there are some amazing fasting times I just may do again.

I am starting to get involved with rescues for persecuted Christians in foreign lands. I pray the Lord gives me wisdom and guidance.

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For those that are older, remember Moses was in his 80s when he ascended the mountain to meet his God.

And

No matter what our age,

We will always meet the Lord,

if we ascend to Him,

to his mountain,

and remain in His presence.

 


27 Responses to “Ascend to Me”

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  2. I wish you would write more often. I am trying to become closer to Him. I liked the Gospel today. Not only does He come down the mountain but I must rise up to meet him. I am trying, there are so many distractions, my mind races, all thoughts not pure and holy.
    It is difficult. I have been touched by the Holy Spirit. I wrote about it to you. My faith is strong. That is not the problem. The problem is discipline, staying focused. How do I discipline myself to be like you Marianne?

    • joanne

      that is the bondage of this life. there are things we MUST attend to, example children, jobs…..most of the past experiences first occurred when I was not working, but then later I was working full time. you have to budget your time. and do your best. you do not have to do a lot, just your best, and god will see that.

    • Joanne – I was just thinking the same thing all day yesterday, “I wish Marianne would write again, it seems like it has been awhile and I miss her writings and insights.”

      And so she writes and helps us to remember. Remember who we are and where we are. I love the 46th Psalm where it states, “Be still, and know that I am God.” (46:10) The whole Psalm is quite remarkable. Though, just that one line to close my eyes, breath in, and hear those words, brings me to a state of stillness with our Lord.

      I have a question, not too far off topic. Psalm 46 according to BibleHub (http://biblehub.com/niv/psalms/46.htm) has a foot note that states, “In the Hebrew texts 46:1-11 is numbered 46:2-12.” I am curious what 46:1 reads in the Hebrew texts, a line which apparently is not in other texts. I could not find any references.

      • sorry everyone.

        I inherited 2 dogs about a year ago and they require a lot of my attention. 🙂

        this keeps me from writing more.

        I also have phone counseling for serious cases. and those calls go on for hours…

        psalm 46 has an introduction to it…..”for the conductor, by the sons of Korah, on the alamos, a song…” this is listed as verse one….then the main psalm follows.

        our bibles do not include these introductions….as verse one..they are skipped and we go directly to the main content.

        hebrew text will include the introduction in various psalms as verse one

        • OK, thanks, Marianne.

          How, … why do they skip a verse? (whomever “they” is) … whosoever adds or subtracts any words – I thought they would have their portion of the book of life taken away (Rev. 22:18-19). . . Maybe this only applies to the Book of Revelation.

          Though it is also in Deut 4:2 regarding adding to or detracting from, and a warning not to add to in Proverbs 30:6.

          But, thank you. That solves the mystery for me.

          Dogs can be quite a handful. This is why I have cats. 🙂
          I adopted two twin sisters from our local animal shelter about 5 years ago, abandoned at 2 weeks old. Though “twins” they couldn’t be more night and day. Though technically I adopted them, it is they who adopted me. Animals are such a blessing.

          • mine like to wake me up at 5 am to go for a walk, then eat, then wait 1-2 hours, then go walk again. after the 2nd walk, I try to nap, if they let me. the little one likes to play ball in the house. she loses all her balls. 15 are missing now. 🙂

    • see my note to denise….i still write when I am not babysitting dog

  3. God bless you and thank you – heaven awaits.

  4. Your love for God is great. This post brought tears to my eyes. I can only imagine how Jesus felt, as He remembered each moment you spent with Him, as you were writing. When you help another, you’re helping Him. When you bless us, you’re blessing Him. Let us all ascend closer everyday to Jesus. Blessings!

  5. the one world religion is coming,

    Love is not the foundation of unity ,

    the truth of Jesus Christ is the foundation of unity

  6. What people want and what they pray for are sometimes two different things. What is guaranteed is if there is no prayer then there will be no revival.

    God is faithful and will give you what you take heed of. Despite our view on grace if we make it to the battlefield He will fight our fight. It is impossible to go in the opposite direction of a premeditated thought.

  7. Thank you for sharing that it has also been my experience and it challenges me to do something as i long for te fire and passion of God in my life again.
    harry

  8. Are ALL Christians deaf?

  9. God is looking for His Saints to strive and seek His Character. That is what all real Saints seek for. That is all that will rise when its your time. Character is the “Mark of God” as The “worlds character is the Mark of the Beast.” Plain and simple. Yet all the denominations got their own ways. So be it.

  10. Thank you Mariannne. This is just what I needed to hear to stay focused. I’ve made some major life changes recently but not before I spent some time in prayer and fasting as my health allowed. Your words are not only an inspiration for me to keep persevering, but a great picture of what it is we are striving for–a daily reunion and intimacy with our Father, YVWH through His Son, Yahshua.


  11. This brought tears to my eyes as I am currently in the process of fasting….thank you soooo much for this post.

  12. This is very beautiful . thank you for sharing your heart .

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    How significant is it ?
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    We are not our own. Our destiny is Christ.
    “Jesus is God’s Salvation” = “the Fullness of God.”

    Jesus Is the Revelation of God means Jesus reveals all the attributes
    of God (all that God is, all the time) the Fullness of God- All God’s Life, His Love, His Goodness, His Excellence, His Power, His Perfectness, His Healing Power, His SALVATION. . .etc. etc.

    God’s initial thought of creation itself is all summed up
    with God’s Glorious Power of Resurrection.
    ALL IS AND WAS BY GOD FOR A GREAT PURPOSE. . .
    TO DECLARE THE FULLNESS OF GOD to the Nth degree, SALVATION !

    JESUS

    Jesus said “I AM THE LIFE” “I came to give you LIFE, and Life more abundantly (ETERNAL LIFE).
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    HIS REDEMPTIVE LIFE AND LOVE . . .THAT “the sons of God ARE REVEALED” !
    THAT , “THEY HAVE IN THEM-SELVES BECOME THE REVELATION OF GOD !”

    Jesus says, “THAT YOU MAY BEHOLD MY GLORY. AND THAT MY JOY MAY BE MADE FULL IN YOU.”

    ETERNAL LIFE, ALL OF GOD

    Jesus is the Life . . . Jesus is the Love, the exact Revelation of God.
    That’s how we were created, that is how we are REDEEMED.

    John 17:22 and 23 Jesus says to His Father, “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. 23 I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.

    BECOME THE REVELATION OF GOD. . .

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    I (me,you) are that Life . . . I (me,you) are that Love.

    We can now see.
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    all the attributes of God (all that God is, all the time) the Fullness of God- All God’s Life, His Love, His Goodness, His Excellence, His Power, His Perfectness, His Healing Power, His SALVATION. . .etc. etc. . .in me,in you.

    WOW. . .WE BECOME THE MIRACLE !

    John 14:12
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    “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that all who believe would have Everlasting LIFE.”
    To believe is as natural and comfortable as a nursing baby is close to his/her mother’s care.

    I am made by You in Your image, fearfully and wonderfully made.
    So my life God must reveal You by the power of God, ”AS JESUS IS SO AM I in this world.”

    I am made to be the revelation of my God and Father that’s who I am, my Life is God’s Life in me!

    “IT HAPPENS. . . FREE ENERGY. . .

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    WE ARE DESTINED BY ALL YOUR LIFE, GOD. . . ALL YOUR LOVE to be all YOURS, THAT’S WHO WE ARE.

    SALVATION IS ACCOMPLISHED BY YOU GOD. . . RESURRECTION POWER.

    God made us created us to enjoy us . . . and for us to enjoy Him, that’s the reason we even exist.

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    When we honor God in like manner we are honored. . . when we value God. . .we find we are so SO VALUABLE. GOD DOES IT.

    When our heart and soul LIVES by God’s Heart and Soul we THRIVE. . .
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    Happy RESURRECTION DAY!
    TRANSFORMED TO THE EXTREME!

    (MORE YOUTHFUL, MORE VIBRANT, MORE BRILLIANT,
    MORE LOVING CHILD OF GOD!)

    GOD BLESS.

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