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Revelation

With summer around the corner, and flowers springing into life, my heart longs to get into the mountains. Usually this time of year I am yearning to get back to the small mountain village in California where I found the greatest revelation ever!  I liken it to all those in the Old and New Testament who received revelation from God while on a mountain.  Look them up, and see for yourself.  Remember that expression, “mountain top experience?”  That was literal for me.

In 1976 this New Yorker not only fell in love with the Sierra Mountains, but there she also found “the knowledge of the glory of God – in the face of Christ.” The god of this world had blinded my mind so that I might not see – and know – the glory of God.  But, the joke was on him!  I was actually in the most perfect set-up imaginable to ask for God to take me out of the darkness – and He did!  (Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:4-6).

 

Please join me in another great story of God revealing Himself and a climbing one at that:

Ant carrying a contact lens

Brenda was almost halfway to the top of the tremendous granite cliff. She was standing on a ledge while she was taking a breather during this, her first climb. As she rested there, the safety rope snapped against her eye and knocked out her contact lens. “Great”, she thought. ‘Here I am on a rock ledge, hundreds of feet from the bottom and hundreds of feet to the top of this cliff, and now my sight is blurry. She looked and looked, hoping to somehow find it. But it just wasn’t there. In her panic she began praying for calm; thinking of how the eyes of the Lord search to and fro throughout the whole earth.  And, thus, asking Him to show her right where it is.  After all, He knows every stone and leaf, and does know exactly where it is. She couldn’t find it, but she remained calm even though she could not clearly see across the range of mountains.

Later, while hiking down the trail to the bottom of the cliff they met another party of climbers just starting up the face of the cliff. One of them shouted, ‘Hey, you guys! Anybody loose a contact lens?’ Well, that would be startling enough, but you know why the climber saw it? An ant was moving slowly across a twig on the face of the rock, carrying it! 

Only God could make all these arrangements with the ant appearing at just the right time, picking the right branch, and going about the business of Kingdom work without even knowing it.      

Tools of God

We see equally incredible things from the Lord in our sessions.  Words of knowledge, words of wisdom, prophetic words, visions, and even animals and birds showing up at my window, in the trees, or in the yard.  Sometimes they bring symbolism, or just comfort – at just the right time. One afternoon while a client was in her most vulnerable state, and I needed to be listening, suddenly a Blue Jay came strangely close to the window right behind my head, and incessantly squawking so loud that I had to send away any evil interference.  When I did, that bird hopped backwards away from the window, flew away, and the calm returned.  My intern, who was facing the window, told me later that after the Jay left two doves came and quietly nestled together at the window –  looking in long enough to make a statement.

 

He Watches Over Us

The Holy Spirit, as the Counselor, shows up in every session in the most thrilling and amazing ways.  I get to watch as He reveals to them that He knows when a rope will snap (in their own life) and knock out a “lens”; how He loves to come into full view right when we think we have lost it all, or we want to lose hope while in total discouragement. All it takes is believing, waiting, and watching for Him to show Himself as the One who hears our prayers and acts in supernatural ways to convince anyone one of us that He is truly alive and working on our behalf.

Oh, the grand stories I have of His revelations.  I could write a book about all of them.

 

Internal Pressure

Our mountains were pushed up from the internal pressure of the earth.  They erupted from the surface of the earth’s crust to proclaim the sheer Majesty and the glory of God in all His splendor.  MLM wants others to come to a place of revelation of the power, the majesty, the glory, and the freedom that is found when our internal pressures are released. The beauty is “beneath the crust.”

We all have internal pressures and if they remain beneath the crust without any way of escape – that is where they will continue to boil.  But, God is in the business of releasing us from internal pressures by breaking through the “crust” and revealing who we truly are.  Free to live, free from pain, and free to experience the mountain peaks. God delights in letting us stand on a ledge and ask to see him… the “Light of the knowledge of the glory of God.”

 

“An island in the sea may be the top of a great mountain.”

Author unknown.

Louise Zevan

This letter is, in fact, a brief summary of how I got the name Mountain Light Ministries.

Disarming Fear

Mountain Light Ministries, in its teen years, is experiencing some obvious and not so obvious transitions and variations. You will be hearing more about it as time goes on.

The Team of Intercessors

One such arm of the ministry is the newly formed Team of Intercessors who now meet monthly (in person) to pray for MLM and its founder. This Team is derived from the 16 intercessors who have been interceding for the ministry for years through email. You can only imagine how happy I am that some of the intercessors are finally meeting with me in person.  However, not all can attend because some live in other states and others cannot make a weekday meeting.

During out last meeting an intercessor quoted Matt. 7:13 & 14 to me; “Go in by the narrow gate. For the wide gate has a broad road that leads to disaster, and many are going that way. The narrow gate and the hard road lead out in to life and only a few who find it.”

Fear

I’ve seen the destructive effects that fear of the unknown has on people, including my own life. The most recent would have been the immediate fear about America’s future that initially overpowered me. Then the Holy Spirit washes over me with peace – supernaturally. Supernaturally because I cannot create that peace. It is God-given. And, God-given because he heard me when I told him I want him to be Lord of everything, including what he does in this nation. So, while it rests in His hands that washing becomes a wave of the Holy Spirit picking me up from where I am and moving me along to a place of rest. Striving ceases.

It could be that few take the hard path to the narrow gate because of the fear of being out of control, like my testimony above. Fear can surface because there is often nothing in sight and no definition. The wide gate offers definition with its entitlement mentality that we have become accustomed to…but ultimately leads to destruction. Other reasons it could seem easier is because there is more room (on the broad road) to depend on someone or something else besides God. Or, the cry that I am already dealing with enough pain…what if God does not show up!

In the beginning years of life I experienced that trail of disaster, and have no desire to even look at that path again. Yet, when I began my walk with Jesus the narrow gate was frightening because I could not imagine (not) being in control, and giving full control to God…as if to say, “Does He know what He is doing?”

Choices

Day by day I began choosing the gate that leads to life and began learning how to live under that shower of peace. I have also learned that when I want to control the future it is open season for the temptation to go back to destruction and/or disaster.

In God we trust! Not in men. You alone are our provider, healer and KING! Only one thing will save this country and it is not a man…it is an awakening to God. God bless our president, and save him. We bind his mind, his will and emotions to the mind, will and emotions of God. I bind America’s feet to the path You have set before her! In Jesus name, Amen.

This was written by one of my intercessors, an intern, and young enough to be my daughter. Her generation believes that God is calling us to a tougher stand! She feels privileged to be called to such a time as this, and believes we have each been hand crafted for such a time as this.

She went on to say,

 Daniel and his three friends ruled Babylon through prayer and standing. They did not bow.

They did not bow to the “easier” way, the way that will actually defeat them and their testimony.

Wrap Up

Image courtesy of anankkml/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of anankkml/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Recently, while writing to my 16 intercessors, I had a vision of me wearing a holster with six-shooters. The holster was packed with bullets all around my waste ready for re-load. I told them that they are the bullets, we are in this together, and what a joy it is to be able to reach for them with confidence that the ammunition is readily available. The target?  For one – unprecedented fear that will, in fact, destroy “One Nation Under God” in our homes, offices, churches, relationships, and the exciting things that Lord is doing in MLM.

Are we going to be the many or the few; the wide or the narrow; learn through the hard, or succumb to disaster? On the Atlantic Ocean when fishermen catch blue crab they have found that when one crab is left in the bucket it will try to crawl out, but when they have more than one it becomes a mutual fight to keep the others from crawling out. My translation: let us, now, more than ever, stand together rather than pull each other down. For me…I want MLM to be a leader that will build each other up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.  (Jude 1:20)

~Louise Zevan

Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.

~Psalm 100:4 

 May the Lord bless you this Thanksgiving Day with family, friends, new acquaintances and vision into the narrow gate…where there is life!