History tells us that when some early American settlers reached the Rocky Mountains, they wouldn’t go any farther. Crossing these mountains seemed impossible to them. They became dismayed at the enormity of their challenge. Some settled on the eastern slope of the Rockies, and others turned around and headed back home.
Everyone Encounters Mountains
Just as these settlers faced physical mountains, people today are confronted with figurative mountains: problems, difficulties, hardships, and impossibilities. Encountering mountains, or difficulties in life, is inevitable. We all come across them. No one is problem free. Some of our “mountains” are big like the Rockies, and some are small like the Ozarks.
Hardships, like mountains, can seem permanent. They try to tell us that they have been around a long time and we can’t do anything about them. And like mountains, they can seem intimidating. But we must not allow any difficulty or hardship to intimidate us. No matter the size of anything we face, Jesus told us how to conquer it.
Mark 11:22-24 (NIV 1984)
“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23 “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. 24 “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
In these verses, Jesus used a mountain to show how powerful our faith in God can be. And the way to move any mountain is to believe in our heart and say with our mouth. In fact, anything that rises up against us can be conquered by speaking to it!
Never Stop Talking
We must never face our mountains with our mouth shut. We have to tell our mountains, or whatever else is looming in front of us, what to do. When a child of God dares to speak words of faith, mountains must obey.
The secret to seeing our words move mountains is to never become separated from our statement of faith. The devil will do everything he can to try to make us stop talking. He knows that if he can do this, he will succeed in keeping the promises of God from manifesting in our lives.
When I was growing up, if someone talked all the time, we called that person a motor-mouth. Anytime we face mountains, we need to be motor-mouths! We need to outtalk the devil. We have to talk louder than he does and always get the last word. When we do this, the mountains will obey us.
God has already given us everything we need to conquer any mountain. There are verses in the Bible that cover whatever we encounter. We just have to find passages that pertain to our needs, meditate on these verses, and then start talking.
Some people learn to live with their mountain, or difficulty. But we must never do that. Instead, let’s dare to conquer it. Take the Word of God and begin speaking to the mountain of debt. Speak to the mountain of sickness or the mountain of condemnation and guilt. If you’re having family trouble, take the verses you’ve found and speak to it. Or if you’re unemployed, call in a new and better-paying job. Just keep talking!
And remember, as long as we keep our words connected to our faith, what we say will come into existence.