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Monday, October 17, 2011

Speak to Your Mountains!

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Matthew 21:21     So Jesus answered and said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, . . . if you say to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' it will be done (NKJV).

Welcome back, folks!  My apologies for the delay in posting.  I've been facing several mountains lately.  However, my grandfather gave me some tremendous advice about how to deal with them, and I thought I'd pass it along. 

If you're like me, you've read this verse all your life.  I've always found it comforting; inspirational even, but I've generally  enjoyed the "warm-fuzzy" feelings and then went about my day.  What I didn't realize was, I missed the point entirely.  This is not simply a verse of encouragement, it's a "how-to" verse; a tool for dealing with the problems that seek to overwhelm us.

Like you, I take my concerns to God.  I lift them up to Him in prayer, asking Him to help me through the situation, or solve the problem.  That is where I usually stop, though, and therein lay my problem.  According to this verse, who are we supposed to speak to?  The mountain!  Don't get me wrong, of course we are to cast our cares on Christ because He cares for us.  We shouldn't stop there, though.  We should, in faith, speak to the problems that loom before us and declare in Jesus' name that they cannot and will not overcome us. 

Am I promoting a "name it and claim it" attitude?  No.  God is our Master, not the other way around.  He gives, He takes away, and we are to praise Him during both seasons.  Nonetheless, Jesus tells us to speak to our mountains and command them to move out of the way!  In my life, I spoke to the problems that were taking over and declared that they would not overcome me or my family.  I declared that, in Jesus' name, they would move out of the way, and that God would provide whatever was needed to move forward with His plan.  In one situation, within hours of my little "discussion," the mountain was moved, at no cost to my family! 

Yes, it's a little weird to speak to your problems, but it's faith in action.  I'm not suggesting that you draw a crowd and stand on your spiritual soapbox to do this, but I do suggest that you find some time, look your mountains in the eye, and declare with your mouth that in Jesus' name, they cannot overcome you.  Your God has no limits of power, connections, money or whatever resources are necessary.  You are not a beggar's child, you are the child of the King of Kings.  He has promised that if you acknowledge Him in all your ways, that He will make your path straight (Proverbs 3:6). 

What kind of life could we live for Christ if we truly embraced this concept?  Let's find out together! 

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