We Cry Holy

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We cry holy, holy, holy
We cry holy is Your name

– Hillsong Music, Mountain

I recall a conversation with a friend at university. She told me she would rather go to hell because all her friends would be there (except me, of course). With sadness I responded, “Hell will not be painful because of the fire. The greatest pain will come from experiencing Jesus, and then eternal separation.”

“But I don’t know Jesus. How will I miss Him?”

“You will, because the Bible says every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Jesus Christ is Lord.”

Mountain is a prayer. A prayer culminating in worship. A fitting end to our Mountain meditations – holy is the Lord. We welcome the earth home for one purpose: to sing holy. Worship is the created purpose of every human being. And one day, all the earth will bow to the glory of His name.

Revelation 4:8 Each of these living beings had six wings, and their wings were covered all over with eyes, inside and out. Day after day and night after night they keep on saying,
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty—the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come.”

This is why we climb the mountain. To cry holy to the King.

My friend did not give her life to Jesus the day of our conversation. I can only believe His Word will not return void and that one day she will be in heaven singing, “Holy, holy, holy is Your name.” But right now, you and I have the privilege.

Lord of all, we worship You, and You alone, with everything. Holy is Your name.

Welcome Home

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Your name, my sure foundation
The hope of glory for one and all
Your love endures forever
A holy mountain that will not fall

All the earth, welcome hope
In every heart Your will be done
All Creation, welcome home
This hope is ours, Your kingdom come

– Hillsong Music, Mountain

Men and women fall. Churches split and disintergrate. Cathedrals built on sacrifice, become nightclubs. But a church built on the name of Jesus Christ is a mountain that will not fall.

According to the NKJV Study Bible on the meaning of El Shaddai (the name given to God in Genesis), “El means God, and Shadday is probably related to the Akkadian word for “mountain,” or to a Hebrew verb meaning “mighty.””

His name is a mountain, all powerful and strong. A foundation we build our lives upon. A foundation we build the church upon. The church is not built on opinions or theology. It is built on His name and His love. It really is that simple. And when we get it right, it is so right. It is a home.

All the earth, welcome home.

How many times have I lifted my hands and shouted those words while singing in the car? Many.

This is the church I see. Where every time they open the doors the living stones scream, “Hey, everybody, come to Jesus, welcome home. This is where you belong.”

Welcome home, earth. Let’s get God’s kingdom into your life. His kingdom come in our hearts. In our lives.

This is the church I see. Oh, do it Lord Jesus.

Living Stones

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For Your name, heart and soul
My life is Yours a living stone
For Your glory, heart and soul
Surrendered all to build our home

– Hillsong Music, Mountain

If you haven’t already noticed, I love this song. It blares over and over in my car, home, through the headset, wherever, because it makes me feel alive. Passion comes to the surface and I am set alight. And now we’re heading into the good part.

1 Peter 2:5 And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God.

Heart and soul, completely surrendered, a living stone. A life sold out to the cause of Jesus Christ. But a stone means I am part of a structure, a building. What building?

Jesus has always had a love affair with His church. We think she is disjointed and critical, but He loves her more than life. From the beginning Jesus said His church would be built on people. Disciple Peter was far from perfect, yet a worthy life on which Jesus would build the church.

That is why I am a living stone in the one thing Jesus said He would build once He was gone – the church. God’s beautiful, glorious church. More than a building, church is lives. Once broken, messy lives, who have come together to build a home. A home for the lost. A home for the hurting to be healed and restored.

Singing along to the lyric sends chills up my spine, not because I see what I can accomplish with Jesus. No, I see what we can accomplish together.

This hill becoming a mountain is not an individual life, it is many living stones, building a home. This is the Church Age. Come on. Don’t miss out. Make your mark in history and be a living stone in your local church.

Jesus: Fortress

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Your name
My hope
Fortress in the raging storm
My heart
Is Your home
Jesus let Your love take hold

– Hillsong Music, Mountain

Yes, I know I have blogged about the chorus of Mountain before. But we Pentecostals like to get as much mileage from a song as possible. So here’s another thought to bless your heart.

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.

What name is above all else? What name holds power over sickness, sin, and even death?

The name of Jesus. The most beautiful name in all the earth.

Last week I read a post on incourage.me by Lysa TerKeurst. She shared this revelation about Jesus our fortress:

A fortress is a place that is built intentionally for the purposes of exceptional security. The Hebrew word for fortress is metsudah with one of its definitions being an “inaccessible place.”

God is not just a quick refuge from the storm but He’s the place where fear no longer has access to me.

The name of Jesus is a fortress. Inaccessible to Satan. When covered by the name of Jesus the devil can not attack. Accusations cannot penetrate in the fortress of His name. You are untouchable.

Satan is like your average two-year-old, he pushes boundaries. As with your own child, push back. He does not have an access-all-areas-pass when it comes to your life. He will press for an opening with fear and shame but kick him out. In Jesus Christ you are inaccessible. Deny the devil access in Jesus name.

When you feel threatened, call on the name above all names. The name of Jesus is a fortress of inaccessibility.

Run to Him.
Run to His name.
And be safe.