“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. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer” (Matt 21: 21, 22)
A mountain in the Bible stands as a symbol for many things. One of them is an evil stronghold, an obstruction along the way. It is positioned to block your vision of the finishing line. The aim of the enemy is to blind you to the reward, to the destiny, and crown promised by God. This mountain is demonic. It speaks discouragement to weaken your faith. For example, when Nehemiah came back from Babylon, to rebuild Jerusalem, the enemy attacked him with doubts, fears and discouragement. The devil represented by Tobias and Sanballat opposed him saying that he was not able to finish building the wall. In the natural, things were very difficult. Even among the people of God, few had faith but many had doubts. This resistance to the work of God, to spiritual progress, is a mountain that has to be ‘thrown into the sea.’ Nehemiah proved to be a true leader, defeated the opposition, and finished building the wall of Jerusalem!
This is another word of faith: “Then he said to me, ‘This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel saying, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts.’ What are you, O Great Mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain; and he will bring forth the top stone with shouts of ‘Grace, grace to it!’” (Zech 4:6,7). The counsel God gave to Zerubbabel is this: in the fight against all opposition, the human power will fail, but the power of the Holy Spirit will never fail! This is the promise of Jehovah Sabaoth, the Lord of Hosts. God challenges Zerubbabel to finish building the temple by praising and giving Him the glory.
God’s grace, His unmerited favor rooted in the Cross of Calvary is revealed as a mighty overcoming power that nothing can quench! God’s grace means victory in the war against doubt and failure. Against all odds, the roof of the Temple shall be finished at the sound of fearful praise: ‘Grace… Grace!’ Jesus Christ, the Capstone shall overcome!
It is foolishness to start the Christian race by grace and then try to finish it by human strength. Both the foundation and the roof shall be done only by the grace of God! Our salvation and our sanctification are possible only by the grace of God! The grace of God is a mighty weapon! Use it! You cannot ignore a blockage in an artery and hope that things will improve! The patient will end up with a stroke!
Child of God! Do not deny the reality of spiritual attacks! Do not accept defeat! Do not remain spiritually stagnant! Do not be passive! Fast and Pray! Listen to the voice of Jesus and you shall hear encouragement and victory! He said that if you have faith in God you shall destroy the enemy’s stronghold! Faith is 100 percent! Doubt is 0 percent! The size of the opposition does not matter; it can be a mountain, a hill or the sea. Your faith in God and in His grace shall overcome all oppositions! Fear not! Declare war against the wickedness in high places! God will perfect all that concerns you! Move on in your destiny! You can do it! I believe the Word of God!
In Christ I declare:
I am saved! I am free! By faith I destroy all opposition in my path as I follow Christ! I fear not! I keep moving on! I believe! All glory to the Lamb who was slain from the foundation of the world!
In Jesus’ name,
(From my Book The Doe of the Morning)
(In the picture: Me during a trip to Israel. I was seated on top of an ancient stone olive press. Jesus said: ‘If anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea’ (Mt 18:6). This millstone is very heavy!!! I could not move it!!! )