New Year Peaks

The waters continued to abate until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains appeared. (Gen 8:5 NRSV)

This verse is uniquely applicable to the first day of our secular new year! The 1st day of the 10th month (Tevet) on the Jewish calendar nearly corresponds with our January 1st.

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Tenth Month, Tenth Day

   So it was around our New Year’s Day that Noah made a profound discovery from his Ark: mountaintops were sighted, just as Yahweh had promised!

   Yahweh hadn't forgotten Noah, his kin, his creation, although all others may have perished. And although Noah couldn't see ahead, he listened for and followed the voice of Yahweh through the treacherous waters, and after 150 days, Yahweh showed him the great high peaks of divine providence out yonder yet not too far distant!

   Those same grand mountain crests speak to us in our day as we begin another new year. Though we can't fully see what's ahead for us, Yahweh has given us a hopeful glimpse.  In spite of the fog of low-hanging clouds, we see in these mountaintops of the future certain "grand securities."  And we hear the voice of Yahweh calling us forward, from apex to apex.  Let's now stand upon the Ark of our faith, put on faith's binoculars, and examine what may lie ahead for us in 2002.

 

Peaks of Divine Promises

   Can you envision this church building as the ark of Noah’s salvation?  It’s shaped something like the deck of an ark!  If so, look across the ark, over the water, to the WEST.  Observe in the distance the "Peaks of Divine Promises," promises made to us by the One who can’t lie.

(2 Pet 1:4) He has given us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may escape from the corruption that is in the world and may become participants of the divine nature. And his promises are that we might enjoy...

three things:

   (1) divine protection. Jesus promised,

(Luke 12:4) "I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body."

For we be friends of Yahweh!  Who dare strive against us without our consent?  Yes, he protects us and promises

   (2) divine provision, as well. Jesus said,

(John 14:14) "If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it."

Tell him what you want, then watch and wait in faith and expectation for your wants and needs to be fulfilled. And while you wait, enjoy the promise of

   (3) divine presence:

(Matthew 28:20) "Remember, I am with you always, from age to age."

From age to age, stage to stage, phase to phase, day in, day out, and every step of the way, remember that your powerful friend Yahshua is with you!


Peaks of Spiritual Possibilities

   Now look across the ark, over the water, to the SOUTH. Not too far distant are the "Peaks of Spiritual Possibilities." John encourages us that

(John 1:12) All who received [the Light], who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of Yahweh.

These peaks of spiritual possibilities never bring to mind "what might have been" or "what has been;" only "what will be" and "what Yahweh wills through me."  In watching for these wonderful peaks of possibility, let us proclaim afresh, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

 

Peaks of Privileges

   Now look across the ark, over the water, to the NORTH. Can you see the mountain peaks ascending out of the water? These are the "Peaks of Christian Privileges."  Incredible human rights and benefits are befitting a child of Yahweh.  They include

   (1) access to the Heavenly Throne:

(Heb 4:16) Let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Also enjoy

   (2) unceasing fellowship and friendship with Yahweh through his son, Yahshua Messiah. As the Beloved instructed us:

(1 John 1:3) "We declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you may have friendship with us; and truly our friendship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ."

And you have the privilege of

   (3) spiritual power that you may not even realize: power to do good, power to change circumstances, power to forgive, power to cast out demons, power to work miracles, power to achieve usefulness in this life and happiness in eternity. This is the power of the Holy Spirit, and it's yours through the experience of Pentecost, for

(Acts 1:8) “You will receive the power of the Holy Spirit which will come on you, and then you will be my witnesses to earth's end."

 

Peaks of Divine Opportunities

   Now look to the EAST and site the challenging "Peaks of Divine Opportunities.” And what incredible opportunities and open doors challenge us as Christian people in 2002!  Missionary Sidlow Baxter illustrates the opportunities Yahweh gives us for service in these words:

   There are open doors in every life, doors of high achievement and wide usefulness and spiritual discovery. Many of us, in moods we allow too often, look upon our circumstances in life as barriers to attainment; but in our moments of truer perception we discern that the imagined prison bars are in reality open doors of opportunity.

   But there are never opened doors without opposition. [As the Apostle has written,] "For a great door is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries." There is an opportunity in every difficulty and difficulty in every opportunity. That is why so many blessings are missed, so many heights left unscaled, so many fine chapters of service left unwritten. Some of the finest foreign missionaries are those who never went! They heard the call, they felt the urge, they were keen to go, they saw the open door and would have gone through; but there were adversaries, obstacles, discouragements; there was hesitation; the vision faded; and the grand vocation was never fulfilled.

   What an open door of opportunity we have in 2002! The Holy Spirit is moving on the earth like at no other time. So is the devil. Will you defy the devil and step through the open doors Yahweh is already providing you this year? Or will you be too wrapped up in your own worldly goals and miss those things that count in eternity?  Opportunity stands outside the door of your heart and knocks; now will you answer?

 

The Highest Peak of All

   LOOK UP! Can you see the highest summit of all -- the great hope of nations -- our burning desire as followers of the Messiah?  I'm looking up for the immanent return of our Savior, Yahshua ben Yahweh. I'm considering his mission -- to separate the sheep from the goats.  I know the Christ is coming soon.  He’s here right now.  So think -- are you truly a sheep of his hand or a goat in the wilderness? Are you a child of the Light, or does your business prefer darkness?  Are you a goat in sheepskin or a sheep in goatskin?  Are you merely a religious hobbyist with no spiritual foundation or experience – only tradition or curiosity?  Or are you willing to go all the way for the Mighty One in 2002?

 

Observe and Consider

   And as we observe the four peaks and the great summit, as we consider the scene that spells either our greatest hope or greatest fear, let us reflect on these truths:

We yet see the mountain peaks from the safety of the ark. One Apostle wrote that the ark of safety for us is our baptism into Jesus Christ, who died to win our rescue. No such radiant peaks greet those outside the Ark. Outsiders are already dead to life and live only to eventually die and die twice.  They’re drowning in the currents of popular culture.  Drowning in religious dogma.  Drowning in luxury, poverty or apathy.  They think that they will be safe treading water, but they may only discover the truth after it’s too late. 

   Unlike these swimming dead, we who are living eternally owe our Father in Heaven a great thanksgiving for extending his lively grace to us who least deserve it.  For us and for all who will accept them:

Like sunlit peaks his mercies rise before our grateful, wondering eyes;

Then let us trust him, and confess His endless, glorious faithfulness.

 

Coming to Rest

   Noah's Ark finally came to rest among the highest mountains, which are still called "Ararat," or "holy ground." Ararat itself is a great mountain peak we might call "divine assurance." And it is upon Divine Assurance that we must finally rest in order to see the other great high places of Yahweh.

   Some of us live in the basement of the Ark, in the stench of a dead faith that’s never quite sure of anything. Such folks, like John Wesley on his trip back to England from Georgia, lie hard against the ribs in the bowels of an unstable ship, hearing the thud of the waters, while nervously asking no one in particular whether the ark can survive the strain -- whether or not salvation will last.

   Friends of Yahweh -- without true biblical holiness, consecration and commitment, there can be no clear vision of the blessed peaks, but only a faint light observed through the murky mire and caustic haze of a dangerous world.  But for us above board, settled on Mount Ararat, anxiously seeking to inhabit the divine peaks of promise, possibilities, privileges, and opportunities, we realize just where we are now standing -- on holy ground.

   Just are we getting used to enjoying our pleasant surroundings in the presence of Yahweh on our own Ararat, gazing out in amazement at the other high peaks about us, just as we are becoming acclimatized to the great altitude, we suddenly hear the trumpet-voice of Yahweh’s Angel admonishing:

"Why are you standing around looking up? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go." (Acts 1:11)

Yes, indeed. Although we have arrived at the very apex of Ararat, the holy place, there is work to be done!  Seeds to be planted!  Vines to be dressed!  Homes to be built!  Worlds to be won!

 

The Prophetic Word for Ministries

We have a double portion anointing as we flow; effectual doors open wherever we go.

Angels protect us with great care; signs and wonders follow us everywhere.

Favor surrounds us on all sides; we’re walking in meekness, not in pride.

We’re on the razor’s edge preaching your Word with great boldness, proclaiming what we’ve heard.

We have wisdom to know and discernment to see; the Holy Spirit leads us totally.

We are financially blessed abundantly. We are free from the curse permanently.

We are strengthened in all areas of life; we are abiding in peace and not in strife.

We have ears to hear and eyes to see; Father, we’re flowing in Your perfect will continually.

    --Stephen D. Johnson

 

Jackson Snyder, January 2, 2002

 

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