Last week a brother in the church received threats from kidnappers to pay a huge amount of money in a particular account. They said that if he refused, they will harm him and his family. He was shaking with fear. The pastor advised that he should not to make any deals with the evil men. Thank God he obeyed. He reported the matter to the police. But there is no other protection greater than faith in the Word of God.
This evening there was a sweet and strong anointing in the service. The Lamb of God visited us. We all bowed at His feet. God loves Father’s House. God loves us. Then the message followed.
“As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
So the Lord surrounds His people
From this time forth and forever” (Ps 125:2)
This is a very pretty verse but what does it mean that the Lord surrounds His people like the mountains surround Jerusalem? Pray for a fresh revelation from the Holy Spirit! There are seven mountains that surround Jerusalem:
1-Mount Moriah (Provision)
2-Mount Calvary (The Cross)
3-Mount Bethsaida (Mercy)
4-Mount Scopus (Healing)
5-Mount of Olives (Anointing)
6-Mount Opel (Protection)
7-Mount Zion (Strength)
Today we shall take a trip to Jerusalem. We shall climb two of the mountains that surround the city God loves more than any other on this earth (Ps 87:1-3). I am talking about Mount Moriah and Mount Calvary. This trip will give you a fresh revelation of the price and power of love. In Hebrew, the word ‘Moriah’ is a combination of two words translated as ‘Seen or Provided by Jehovah’. The word means to see, to be near, to experience, to have visions, prophecy, to enjoy, to perceive, to provide, to have respect (for my needs). It is closely connected with God’s name as Jehovah Jireh, God the Provider. This is a great revelation: God’s provision surrounds and protects me. If God has given you a gift, marriage, children, money, friends…these are not liabilities. You do not have to defend them. You do not have to fear that you shall lose them. They are a wall of grace and protection for you.
Genesis 22 is one of the most powerful Chapters in the Bible. Here we are introduced to a love story on top of Mount Moriah. Abraham is 130 years old man. God wants to test him. This means that we are never too old to be students of the Bible and to receive a test from our Heavenly Teacher. The test is about the purity of his worship. . It was a test of love, to prove that there is no idol in Abraham’s heart to compete with God. The greatest danger to become an idol was his son Isaac. God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” This is the first time that the word ‘love’ appears in the Bible. Love is connected with testing, sacrifice and death. It is the reason for the ram substitute, the redemption provided to save Isaac from death. “Love is as strong as death” (SS 8:6)
Who is your Isaac? Is it success, education, your job, your reputation, marriage, your children, a hobby, money, properties or your own selfish desires? You need to come to Mount Moriah and offer your love there. You also have to go to Mount Calvary to see what the Father provided for the atonement of our sins and many blessings added to salvation. Out Isaacs can take the place of God and can ruin our worship. On Mount Moriah I lose my Isaac. Jehovah Jireh is a jealous God. He is also called El Qanna. On Mount Calvary I gain my Lord. Christ is my reward. Come to the Mountain where God can be seen! Come to the mountain where God provides Himself to you! I am surrounded and totally protected by God’s revelation of His provision.
In Christ I declare:
Jehovah Jireh is my God!
God has provided a sacrifice for my sins!
Jehovah Jireh ‘has respect’ for my needs!
I have eternal life!
God’s provision is my protection!
No more fears!
I am saved by the Blood of the Lamb of God!
All glory to God!
In Jesus name