23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. 24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
Mountain Get Out of my Way
I was watching the young man that snowplows my driveway the other day. He des a fairly good Job of it, especially since I put my car in the garage out of his way, but I noticed something that bothered me! Mt garbage and recycling bin were on the fringe of the concrete and the grass. Instead of dragging the two bins onto the grass so that he old plow closer to them and get between them, he skirted about them trying not to hit them, but essentially not doing a thorough job in that small space.
As I was showering this morning, that image popped up in my mind. Because often that is what we o with our problems! We skirt around them, we move around them. We shout around them. We dance around them. We even speak in tongues and prophesy around them!
But if there is an elephant in the room, it is blocking your view, your perspective, your breakthrough, healing and deliverance. God has give us power and authority to speak to those things, obstacles that are in our way. When we merely let them sit there and fester, grow and become stronger, it is more difficult to remove them. Them become permanent fixtures in our lives. The Bible says:
in Job 22:28, New Living Translation
You will succeed in whatever you choose to do, and light will shine on the road ahead of you.
King James Bible
Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.
International Standard Version
When you make a decision on something, it will be established for you, and light will brighten your way.
Therefore the decision to stay stuck in your mess is up to you. Life and death is in the power of the tongue. We have to believe that Jesus Christ has given us the authority to operate with Kingdom authority. God is our Father and we have His DNA living on the inside of us.
In the Gospel of Matthew, one day Jesus and the disciples were passing a fig tree. Jesus observed the tree perhaps hoping to pick a fig from it to eat. However the closer he got, He noticed the leaves were green but upon further inspection, He discovered that there weren't any figs on the tree, so He cursed the tree. Mark 11: 12-14, 20 KJV). Fig trees were a popular source of inexpensive food in Israel. However they required three years from the time they are planted until they can bear fruit. Each tree yields a great amount of fruit twice a year, in late spring and in early autumn. This incident occurred early in the spring when the leaves were beginning to bud. The figs normally grow as the leaves fill out, but this tree, though full of leaves, had none. The tree looked promising but offered no fruit. Jesus' harsh words to the fig tree could be applied to the nation of Israel. and to us too.
The Lord is gracious and merciful. he gives his servants time to cultivate a personal relationship with him. He also gives us time to manifest fruit (good works) in our lives. The fruit I am talking about is spelled out in (Galatians 5:22). Here Paul describes the" Fruit of the Spirit." However many times the Lord comes looking or the fruit of: love. joy, peace, goodness, kindness, patience, faithfulness gentleness and self-control.One's relationship with God must not only be a verticle one, but a horizontal one as well. Which means, we are to love and care for each other.
The next morning when Jesus and his disciples passed by the fig tree he had cursed, his friends noticed that it had withered from the roots. Then Peter remembered what Jesus had said to the tree the day before. He says to Jesus, "Look! Teacher! the fig tree you cursed has withered!" And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. 23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. 24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them."
The kind of prayer that moves mountains ladies and gentlemen is prayer for the fruitfulness of God's Kingdom. It would seem next to impossible to move a literal mountain into the sea, so Jesus use that as an illustration to show that God can do the impossible. God will answer your prayers but not as a result of your positive mental attitude. Other conditions must be met: Here they are:
1. You must be a Believer;
2. You must not hold a grudge against another person;
3. You must not pray with selfish motives;
4. Your request must be for the good of God's Kingdom;
To pray effectively, you need faith in God, not faith in the object of your request. If you merely focus on your request, you will be left with nothing if your request is refused. Additionally your request must be placed in the will of God. I know that it is risky to lay it all down and be subject totally to the will of God. When I prayed for my daughter's healing, I was praying selfishly. I did not want her to die. I wanted God to heal her so that she would remain with her family. I wanted him to spare her life because she had just given birth to her first child. I wanted others to believe that God would hear our fervent prayers and give us what we had prayed for. In my heart, I wanted some reward for all my efforts. That way people could think more highly of me. People we don't realize that our heart no matter how sincere or holy we may think we are, our heart can deceive us. Jeremiah 17:9 KJV, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Jesus, who is our example, prayed, "Father, not my will, but Thine be done." In this particular Scripture Jesus said, "Everything is possible for you." He always prayed with God's interest in mind and that is our challenge as His children. When we pray we can express our desires but we should want his will above ours. Check yourself to see if your prayers focus on your interest of God's.
My original point is this: you do not have to feel helpless and stuck in sin. You don't have to settle for anything that the enemy puts in your path. To an extent you are the captain of your fate, God will intervene and help us when we are in trouble, but He has also given us a mind. He has given us common sense. We are co-laborers in this journey. God gets involved in our everyday struggles when we make the decision that we are sick and tired of being sick and tired where we are, and what is happening in our corner of world.
So don't be lazy, don't procrastinate and say, I will do it tomorrow. Activate your faith, Bust A Move! Stay in the race, fight the good fight of faith, and stay in the race.
Mountains are like GIANTS! They fall, they can come down. Pick up your weapon. Your victory is in your own mouth. Speak to the Mountain, your problem, your issue, your sickness, or whatever it is, and say, "MOUNTAIN GET OUT OF MY WAY!
Have a great day and: "Don't Forget To Say Your Prayers!"
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