“High on the Mountain Top” An expression used often to describe a moment with God.
Hi, my name is Reverend David Goodwin and I am the Senior Pastor at Falvey Memorial United Methodist Church.
In today’s society often times we hear the phrase, ” I just had a mountain top experience”. This statement is usually spoken of after someone went on a retreat, or had a great revival at their church. However in many Methodist churches of today, this statement of faith is sadly not very prevalent.Recently my dear friend Shelly Wilson called and shared with me how God has been working in her life and how he had been moving her to speak on his behalf over some issues that had grown dear to her heart. Shelly ever careful to be obedient to God, asked me my feelings on the matter. She wanted to be sure that this did not go against the Bible in what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 14:34 about women being quiet in the church. This of course would be a hindrance for her if she was not truly called. That being said this is what I shared with Shelly, and many others when asked my stance on Ladies who would speak in the church.Many people within God’s word both Men and Women have been called by God and used by God to speak, preach, and serve God in many capacities. It is not my position to judge whether they are male or female. It is not my position to say God can only call this person or that one to speak for him. Here is what Christ offers me for guidance, in how to know if what is being said by anyone is from God or not. Jesus said in Matthew 7:16 that I would know them by their fruit. He also said to the Pharisees in Luke 19;40 that if the disciples became silent, that the rocks would cry out. So if God can use rocks to proclaim the gospel, he can certainly use women. It is not for me to quench the spirit that God communicates to us with. All this being said let me share with you, the fruit that has come from God’s call for Ms. Shelly Wilson to speak what he has laid on her heart.Shelly, recently came and brought God’s message to our church. She shared with us both in song and in word. The fruit that was shown led our church to receive a “Mountain Top Experience”. That’s right, you heard me correctly, God gave everyone in attendance that day a true On the Mountain Top moment. Every person was moved to tears, tears of joy, tears of repentance, tears that opened our hearts to receive God’s love in a way that is often unheard of within the Methodist church of today. God is always good, God is always providing for us in many ways. Here is the bottom line of this testimony, I would ask you this. When was the last time you heard God speak into your life so much that it moved you to tears? When was the last time as a church you experienced a mountain top moment?If your answer is not where you feel it should be, then give God a chance to bring his message to you from what he has commanded of Shelly Wilson. May we never quench his Holy Spirit and may we follow in obedience to what he has called us to do. Amen?
Rev. David Goodwin
Falvey Memorial Methodist Church