February 28, 2021
By Sister Melanie Rembert
Footprints Of A Servant
They used all the extra hours invested in the gym, weight training, breathing exercises, and water intake as an incentive for Mountain climbing! “This is the day that We’re going to accomplish a goal set out to do.”📍Pause 🔴
“First things first,” is what they always told me as a young-in. First make up the bed and then go out and play. We were born in sin and shaped in iniquity. Father God then washed us with the blood of the Lamb and we became saved and forgiven for sins, and by God’s Grace and Mercy we walk a clean lifestyle! This is the politically correct answer!♥️(and very true might I add) It’s also true that sometimes we get caught up to much on when things happen vs what happened! Matthew 2 talks about the natural birth of Jesus while Matthew 3 talks about His spiritual rebirth(baptism of the Holy Spirit) They don’t necessarily talk about seasons and times here but the event- the important thing. Like we don’t know when Jesus is coming back but we know the event- that HE IS COMING BACK!!! To get down to the nitty gritty, to move the rug and sweep, to tilt the couch aside the wall and get all the “I’ll get it laters” children have —t0 be Christ like can be very confusing IF we try to walk it without Him(The one who’s name we carry) Please note that I write this letter with the experience of knowing how it feels to try to walk it from the heart without holding His hand. Grabbing someone’s hand takes great courage and understanding that they are leading the direction of the two coupled together. Many of us have took a step back and grabbed the Lord Jesus’s hand and are walking in victory and triumph knowing that He knows what is best for us and that everyday He orders our steps!👏 Then their are some of us that still struggle with letting go of what we know for what is unknown! I know that I like veggie soup, what if He orders me Bruschetta? He’s known for liking olive oil.
We hold on to the things we don’t want to let go of. (Old memories,habits,dreams) We end up
Saved just enough to be miserable! Worrying about tomorrow, what the future holds, and where have I been ~and where in the world am I going. We look at the mountain and admire it from a far as we see people we know and maybe even in the same church fellowship 📍play🔴 And they are climbing the mountain using all the extra hours invested in the word of God, the exercise of combating the enemy, and the intake of the true living water that rewards us with always being replenished! Wow— they are climbing and smiling.
I just don’t understand though! I have seen them fall and I have seen them fail and even slip a time or two but it seems like they still have this reassurance that God still loves them. They must believe this or they would not keep going the
🤦♀️Any one with regular “God given” common scene would not keep doing that just to say they are “Christ like.” I love Him to- but from where I’m standing it seems like to much work of going back and forth! I thought it was supposed to be up up and away. Why all the work just to come down again? Sometimes I feel discouraged because I don’t quite understand. Why not just Longitude or just Latitude? I’m coming to church, I truly love God, yes I have trust issues, and what I see don’t make it any better! I see people smiling but still facing life struggles, laughing through pain, and excited about all the work of what it takes to climb just to have to come back down and in my depth I feel unworthy because I just don’t think it is worth it. I think the others may be right that their is another way around all of this. It has to be another way to reach that beauty without all the work portrayed by those in “right standing.”
But that’s just it! The Longitude and Latitude works together to give us the right attitude about life! Father God designed it this way for these reasons:
Do you want me bad enough?
What are you willing to give? Sacrifice, time, effort, your life-
Do you trust me enough to hold my hand
I want to see how you act in the valley and then how you act on the mountain.
This combo is to show you what you look like.
This combo allow you to walk as Jesus did. -In the mountain, in the valley-
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep” John 10 (1,2)
Sometimes we may try to walk this walk according to the carnal realm and it doesn’t really work well because while at the base we are in awe of how it must feel to be on top of the mountain! Wow! But then when we get to the top we are in awe of the river we just left, the reflection of it, and we are in awe of the beautiful valleys and the hills! But... we just left the valley and hills and we didn’t think it was all that. 😳lol😇 Once on the top of the mountain we never look at the mountain and all it’s glory but now we look out at other things in awe. Some may say this is by default. I’m going to step out on a limb and say it is by law that we are always looking and searching for more.
Father does not want us to get complacent here. It’s not our home.
The Bible says they that hunger and thirst after righteousness shall be filled. To hunger is a good thing.
The terrible twist that the old serpent called satan uses is that he makes up hunger for things that are not filling. Like things in the flesh and of flesh nature.
This is the door of Jesus👉 🚪 (I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life) The door of Jesus is the WAY He says to go, speaking and living the TRUTH which is Him(the reason they can smile) and the Life is Him (which we live) So just like that Mountain View with the reflection We must reflect Him-manifest Him in the earth realm! But how will we as leaders ever see the reflection if we deny the agony of the sore joints and muscles it takes to climb up. It’s something up there Moses 👀the burning bush wants to talk to you! Even as an eagle chooses to fly when the storm approaches and uses the wind to thrust him upward as it stops flapping it’s wings and just starts to effortlessly sore~ it still has to reach that certain point of the wind. Jesus, the ultimate sacrifice went up to the mountain.
“And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:” (Matthew 5:1)
So the work for leaders is necessary. Leaders are the ones who lead people to the Way, Truth, and Life💞 But we must continue experiencing the hard climbing to hear from the burning bush. We must like the eagle -keep flying even through the storm until we get to that safe hazardous wind where we can sore (from the ground it looks crazy) We must come higher and pull aside from the crowd sometimes and have that solitude time with Father and those who sharpens our iron. Are we willing to go the altitude just to have to experience longitude again?? THE ANSWER IS YES!!👏Though we cry, travail, hurt, and bare others pain still we rise,through Jesus, whom has made us free! Freely we receive freely we give! He needs us to continue setting aside flesh nature and come up. Our flesh does not desire to come up, because it knows it’s hard to breath up there! Flesh wants to stay alive- but Father says for us to worship in spirit and in truth- not flesh. If we don’t go up then how will we experience what He wants us to see, and if we don’t come back down- how will we tell others what we saw? Moses- the burning bush... how do we know? Because Moses came down to tell it. Abraham and the ram in the bush- how do we know? Because he came down to tell it. Jesus and the redemption and resurrection— how do we know? Because
He came down to tell it— He also went waaayy down to tell it 🔥👀 It is the sacrifice of leaders but it is rewarding!
How will we tell what we saw if we don’t go up and see it first? Everything we have ever been through is ingrafted into making us who we are and giving us supernatural capabilities of climbing large scales of rock and earth just to BECOME IT!♥️🏔The leaders are connected to the mountain because they too, are earth combined with rock.
“The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.” Psalms (118:22)
Does God live in you? The point on the mountain top makes all the difference 👆- you thought it was strange that you always point back to the Father? You’re a manifested mountain My Brother/ My Sister! 🤗 A mountain has high and low points. You to, have high and low points. How are you on the mountain top but in the valley? How is He sitting on the thrown in Heaven but living in you on earth? (High and Low)
You to have had rocky sharp edges that have been grafted together with the peek that points to Father. To God be the glory is our moto right? Every real leader gives the glory back to Father. It’s DNA. The six parts of you 🏔are
Mountain- you are grafted into by life(Jesus) by life/your trails help build you, the rock inside makes us the valuable mountain.
Base -Jesus through you- are the foundation for your family, friends, church, or children.
Slope- You must take them UP by allowing them to climb you and showing them the way( it hurts sometimes)(their’s that high low again)
Ridge- “These ridges usually represent slightly more erosion resistant rock, but not always – they often remain because there were more joints where the valleys formed or other chance occurrences.”(per google) *Ridges shows that We’re human.
Face- shines with God’s glory
Peak- that little finger and heart pointing back to God with words.
You are the mountain that has been ingrafted in ~for the glory of God ,Hallowed be thy Name. Question- have you went up? Do you plan to? Are you on the way up? Did you look at the ridges and get disappointed bc of what looked like erosion resisting the Rock or the different occurrences happening in life?Sometimes the enemy tries to tell us that we are not a mountain. Sometimes he tries to take us to the exceedingly high mountain and offer us everything WHEN WE ARE A MOUNTAIN HAVING EVERYTHING furnished by the ROCK OF AGES within. How do you see it?
Do you see the sun shining beautifully through the trees? Do you see God shinning beautifully through you- Ye are trees 🌳 The eagles go up high and still see way low but they still have to come down and swoop fish out of the sea to eat. The angels who are a little higher than us ascend and descend while working Kingdom business - as shall we. The mountain is not always associated with the glorious life...Sometimes God brings us high to show others the great sacrifice we make for His Will to be done.
And one of the greatest sacrifices we make as Teachers, aunts, uncles, caregivers, or parents is that we go up so that we can show them how to do it-and also be that way for them to enter in through the door. (Becoming the door) The generation awaits us!!
The further we go up— the closer we get to the law that man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.
“To God Be The Glory”