Thursday, January 29, 2015

January 29, 2015 … Climbing God’s Peaks

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 29

Devotional Song: ... Go to this link  … Please take the time to take in a video of lovely mountain peaks as an anonymous chorus sing Isaac Watts old hymn … Oh God, Our Help In Ages Past, … proclaiming the glory of our God, Who is - and forever will be - the heights of truth as we pursue knowing our Lord and witnessing to His glory.

Highlight Passage Psalm 121: 2 [NKJV] …
  2 My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. 
Highlight Context - Psalm 121 [NKJV]USE THIS LINK
… Getting to know the God sung about in this Psalm is worth climbing any peak to know … 

Reference Passage #1: Psalm 90: 1-2 [NKJV] … 
1 Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. 2 Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever You had formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. 

Reference Passage #2: Luke 9: 23 [NKJV] … 
23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. …"  
 … Jesus expresses the rigor it takes to be His disciple

Reference Passage #3: Acts 1: 8 [NKJV] … 
8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
 … Each life for Christ will have a different way of witnessing; but all of His disciples are called to be HIS witnesses, wherever we are called to witness for His glory.

My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread devotional entry, authored by David McCasland, illustrates the rigor of Christian discipleship by relating the story of a young, female mountain-climber, Lygon Stevens, who died at age 20 in an avalanche on Little Bear Peak in Colorado.

 All who knew Lygon Stevens marveled at the depth of her Christian witness, … who, in her young life, had climbed some of the most rugged mountains in the world [see attached photo of Lygon climbing Mt. McKinley], … each climb, she often declared, was her attempt to get to know God more deeply. And a Christian mountain-climbing organization now honors her life and witness with an annual mountain climb in Colorado (you can read about the organization at this link - ].

 When Jesus told His followers what it took to be a true disciple of His (see Luke 9: 23), Lygon Stevens took that charge to discipleship seriously, was led to climb mountains as her witness for God’s glory (see Acts 1: 8). None reading here - certainly not me! - may have such a calling to get to know God and be His witness by climbing mountains. However, all who know Christ as Lord and Savior will be called - in some way - to deny our selves, to take up their crosses daily, and to follow Him by being His witness somewhere, … somehow, … in this life. Lygon Stevens gave witness to her Lord by climbing mountains and telling of His glory, … somewhat as the Psalmists did in the songs referenced above (see Psalm 121 and 90).

 I come here daily to climb the peaks of God’s truth in His word and then witness to the God I get to know by journaling in this place. What mountain will you climb today or tomorrow to get to know God and tell of His glory?

My Prayer for Today O Lord, … Thank you for displaying Your glory through your word. It’s a lot easier than climbing mountains. … Amen

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