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HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

“And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering. …. But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him.” (Luke 9:29, 32).

“Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.” (Exodus 33:13).

When Jesus took these three disciples up into that high mountain apart, He brought them into close communion with Himself. They saw no man but Jesus only; and it was good to be there. Heaven is not far from those who tarry on the mount with their Lord.

Who has not in moments of meditation and prayer caught a glimpse of opening gates? Who has not in the secret place of holy communion felt the rush of some white surging wave of emotion–a foretaste of the joy of the blessed? How far do you have to tarry for you to receive that anointing? I believe it is there for us to receive, we just have to believe. Brethren if you are living in Christ Jesus then you are living in the anointing. Nothing is too hard for the Lord.

The Master had times and places for quiet converse with His disciples, once on the peak of Hermon, but oftener on the sacred slopes of Olivet. Every Christian should have his Olivet. Most of us, especially in the cities and towns, live at high pressure. From early morning until bedtime we are exposed to the whirl. Amid all this maelstrom how little chance for quiet thought, for God’s Word, for prayer and heart fellowship!

Daniel needed to have an Olivet in his chamber amid Babylon’s roar and idolatries.

Peter found his Olivet on a housetop in Joppa;

Martin Luther found his Olivet in the “upper room” at Wittenberg, which is still held sacred.

Have you found your Olivet as yet, Many are looking in places where there is no promise. I have found my Olivet over forty years ago and have it renewed in the secret room. Since that last time when I was locked out from the world I continue to have sweet fellowship and communion with my Lord.

His Lordship Bishop Manswell once said: “If we do not get back to visions, peeps into heaven, the consciousness of the higher glory and the larger life, we shall lose our religion; our altar will become a bare stone, unblessed by visitant from Heaven.” Here is what the world’s need today–men who have seen their Lord.

Come close to Him! He may take you today up into the mountain top, for where He took Peter with his blundering, and James and John, those sons of thunder who again and again so utterly misunderstood their Master and His mission, there is no reason why He should not take you. So don’t shut yourself out of it and say, “Ah, these wonderful visions and revelations of the Lord are for choice spirits!” They may be for you!

This is how James puts it to the church (James 4:8) Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double-minded. God is willing for us to come closer to Him but there are some things that are hindering us from making that step. Come up here to Olivet, I have some things to show unto you. First, you have to leave all the things of the world behind and come closer to Him. Your Olivet is waiting for you an experience that you will never forget.

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