Over the many centuries, people the world over perhaps looked at mountains differently. Many may have been overwhelmed at its majesty and stand in awe, while others may have been nervous, fearful or just avoided them.
There are 154 references to mountains in the Bible. It may be beneficial, encouraging and fruitful to look at a few texts in the Bible. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal and teach you a few truths from the Word on mountains.
There may be times in our lives when we may need to make decisions about mountains in a figurative sense. Many people, including Christians, face mountains (problems, crises and challenges) at different stages in life. Many know what to do and are overcomers whilst others may struggle to achieve victory.
The world today has been facing a major mountain, one that hadn’t been faiced in over 100 years, by way of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is in this light that I write this message in the hope that it may help someone somewhere in the world to overcome their mountains (sickness, family, work related or even Covid-19).
“Mountaineers” in the Bible
• Jesus — Often spent time on the mountains/side (See Matt. 14:23).
• Moses — God often called him up the mountain (See Ex. 3:1; 34:1-3; 24:12-18)
• Elijah — “Elijah climbed to the top of Mt Carmel, bent down…” (1Ki 18:42 ) and prayed for rain.
• Abraham — Mount Moriah = To sacrifice Isaac (See Gen 22:1-2).
Jesus and Mountains
Jesus spends much time in the vicinity of mountains. “After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” (Mt 14:23 NIV).
It is evident that Jesus was not in any way intimidated by mountains. Mountains speaks of the presence of God or a place of solitude, peace and rest. Jesus spent time seeking His Father and to hear His voice so that His will is done.
Faith and Mountains
“Jesus replied, ‘I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, “Go, throw yourself into the sea,” and it will be done.'” (Mt 21:21 NIV)
• Mountains = Speak of difficulties, problems, crises, etc.
• Mountains = Test you and it may be normal to be discouraged, disappointed or overcome by fear.
• However, in faith we need to persevere to get to the top.
What Happens on Mountains?
• Sometimes God may call you to come up — E.g. Moses (See Ex. 3:4).
• You experience the presence of God (see Exo 3:1; 34:29).
• God speaks to you or may give you a word for the Church or your family.
• You enjoy peace and solitude.
• You are focussed and not distracted.
• You may fast & pray. God may commission you to do a task.
• When you are intimate with God, His Glory descends upon you.
• People recognise you have been in the presence of God (See Acts 4:13).
• You become obedient to the Call, Plan & Purposes of God. For example, Abraham (See Gen 22:1) and Moses (See Ex. 3:4).
• You will experience victory (See Ex. 17:9-13) — The Amalekites were defeated.
• You become people of faith and make sacrifices (See Gen. 22:1).
• God gives you a second chance (See Ex. 34:29) — Moses gets the 2nd set of Clay Tablets.
Keys to Confronting Mountains
• Confront the first time. Do not procrastinate. Hills today will become mountains tomorrow.
• Seek God.
• Ask God to:
— give you a Strategy
— Strengthen you
— Stand by you.
• Refer to the Bible. What does the Word say on confronting?
• Patience — One step at a time.
• Do not fear:“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” (2 Tim 1:7 NIV). The enemy is keeping you from getting to the top.
• Be confident — It could be your test of faith.
How Does one Overcome Mountains?
• Prayer and the Word
• Faith. Just believing and taking God at His Word.
• Turning to Jesus
• Know that God is with you.
• The Holy Spirit empowers you.
• Knowing the truth of casting burdens: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28 NIV)
• Grow in confidence: “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (Phil. 4:13 NIV)
• Learn lessons from other Biblical mountaineers.
This one thing I am convinced of, my God wants me to “Come up to a higher place” (Ps. 61:2 NIV). He knows exactly how you are feeling, your cares, worries and fears. He wants you to be in His presence so that He can speak to you, comfort you, give you an assurance that He is in control and to give you victory. Place your trust in Him. You may go through the wilderness, plains or be in the valley, but don’t settle there. God has more for you on the mountains. He gives you power and authority to speak to mountains (problems) and command them to be cast into the sea. When you overcome your mountains today, it will give you a feeling of accomplishment and achievement. You now have an opportunity to share your testimony and give thanks to God.
Prayer: Lord I pray for every person who read this message for your Hand and anointing to be upon them. Lord if anyone of them is currently facing a mountain, I pray Lord Jesus that you will speak to them clearly, stir their hearts and their faith. I pray that they will be challenged and equally encouraged to confront and speak to their mountains to be removed and cast into the sea. Lord honour their faith and give them victory that you may be glorified. Amen.
(Pastor) 18 May 2020