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Words Of The Latter Rain

Volume 3, Issue 7, July 2010


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Ken Nix

Friday, 7/23/2010

By Marcia Smeenk


When I was young and lived in a colder climate than I do now, we used to play a game in winter during recess we called “King of the Mountain.”  Starting with the highest snow bank around, we fashioned it into our mountain of snow and ice.   Then we all tried to reach the top.  It was slippery and others were allowed to push you back down to the bottom or at least to a lower level.  It was survival of the fittest.  Various ones made it to the top of the mountain each recess of this little one room school.  There were children of all ages ranging from 5 to 14 and even beyond.  The younger ones were small and also weaker so it was the older, larger ones who dominated the top of that mountain.


In the animal kingdom, God has designed nature to employ the survival of the fittest.  It is the way of animals. The old or weaker animals die at the hands of their predators who are stronger than they.  God sees all animals that perish, he loves them, but it is his way.



In the human/physical realm, it is somewhat different.  People do not succumb to a stronger physical being, but they still do have enemies who wish to devour them.  For humans, it is the spiritual enemy who seeks to push you down as you ascend your “mountain.”  You struggle to try to reach the top, but it is often the unseen enemy who pushes you back and does not want you to reach your place on the top of the mountain.  Here it is not the survival of the physical fittest, but rather the survival of the spiritual fittest.  But it is not only one person who will attain the fittest status, but it is everyone who makes the journey up the mountain to reach the top for there is room for all.  Our unseen enemy seeks to devour us as we see in the well known scripture, I Peter 5:8.  Our enemy wants to dominate the mountain and he wishes to see the death of all people.  He is willing to go beyond, to go to any extreme to attain this position of “king.”   He will push and shove at any level to retain what he feels is his.  We not only have to hold on for dear life, but we also have to climb and make progress.  Sometimes progress is slow, especially for the small, young ones who have not yet developed the strength.  But once that spiritual strength is attained and the clear path seen, all must continue steadfastly until the goal is achieved.  Slacking off could easily result in your being knocked back down.



To reach your destination, you must use the tools given to assist you.  You have an ice pick, an axe, crampons and rope.  So look in your tool chest and see that you have them in the form that you need.  You should not have to look far to see your tools such as praise, prayer, worship and fasting and you also have the Daily Sacrifice and Daily Words and years of messages which overflow your tool chest at your disposal.  And you must see that the tools must also be used to ensure the smaller younger ones are helped in their quest to the top as well.  This is not a game of competition.



And as you climb that mountain, take a friend or two with you.  There is power in a three-fold cord.  And there is more power yet in a Circle of Faith.  All add strength to ward off the enemy as he tries to push and shove you down.   Focused united prayer and united praise are powers not easily defeated.  The spiritually fit will survive.  Never give up, keep trying for we can all be kings of the mountain.   We are told in Revelation 5:10,   And hast made us unto our God kings and priests and we shall reign on the earth.”   

Micah 4:1,  But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills and people shall flow unto it.”   There is room for all at the top.




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