The Bible says in the book of Proverbs chapter 23 verse 18 “For there is surely a future life, and what you hope for will not be cut off.” Another translation says “For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.” In one way or another, our problems, struggles, adversaries, afflictions, and also known as mountains have an end. But before that happens, we need to constantly be fighting for our welfare in order to conquer many of these mountains in our lives. The Bible records that one of the fighting tools that we need to fight these mountains is we need to speak to them and release our faith concerning them.
There is this story in the Bible of how the Lord Jesus spoke to the wind and waves, and it obeyed Him. In the book of Matthew chapter 8 verse 23 to 27, it says that “Jesus got into a boat. His followers followed Him. At once a bad storm came over the lake. The waves were covering the boat. Jesus was sleeping. His followers went to Him and called, “Help us, Lord, or we will die!” He said to them, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then He stood up. He spoke sharp words to the wind and the waves. Then the wind stopped blowing. Then men were surprised and wondered about it. They said, “What kind of a man is He? Even the winds and the waves obey Him.” Another Bible translation says “Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”
You know, we tend to talk a lot about what we dislike, we don’t want, and we can’t change. But if we know we can’t change it or don’t like the things we are speaking, then its better if we don’t talk about those things. Instead, we need to talk about what we want because we might get what we expect because the Bible says our hope will not be cut off. When we do that we are doing ourselves a favor because usually the more we talk about something the more it expands, and the bigger it becomes in our minds.
When we are facing mountains of all kinds, the first thing we need to do is to speak and declare the Word of God and promise concerning those mountains, and release our faith into it. That’s why we need to study the scriptures to know what God’s Will for us concerning the circumstances facing us.
When they woke Him up, the Lord Jesus asked them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He took authority and spoke to the wind and wave, “Peace, be still” and it did. So what does it mean to us? We need to do like the Lord Jesus did, take authority to our circumstances, find the scripture that speak the solution concerning it, and memorize and meditate that scripture until it sinks into our heads, minds, and hearts, so that when situations arise again, we can speak and declare it each time it does. The Word of God has final authority; it can override any of the negative thoughts we think and negative words we said, and the situations and circumstances we face.
There is also another story where it records that the Lord Jesus spoke to the fig tree and it dried up. It records from New Living translation in the book of Matthew chapter 21 verses 18 to 22 that “In the morning as He was coming back to the city, He was hungry. He saw a fig tree by the side of the road and went to it. There was nothing on it but leaves. He said to the tree, “No fruit will ever grow on you again.” At once the fig tree dried up. The followers saw it and were surprised and wondered. They said, “How did the fig tree dry up so fast?” Jesus said to them, “For sure, I tell you this: If you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only be able to do what was done to the fig tree. You will also be able to say to this mountain, ‘Move from here and be thrown into the sea,’ and it will be done. All things you ask for in prayer, you will receive if you have faith.”
There were times I wondered, why did the Lord Jesus would want to do that to a fig tree? Was the fig tree a mountain? And then I heard from this Pastor’s sermon a while ago that the Lord Jesus spoke to the fig tree because it was not producing fruits like it was supposed to. The tree had leaves but no fruits, and He didn’t like it. So what does it mean for us as born-again Christians? Pretty much God expects us to bear fruits, much fruits actually. He doesn’t want us to have just leaves; He wants our branches to bear fruits also. The Lord Jesus said “You will know them by their fruits.” As born-again Christians, our Christ-like characters and qualities are what will prove that we are Christians. Since the Lord Jesus is the Vine, and we are His branches, He is expecting us to bear fruits. I guess He didn’t want to be like that fig tree, that’s why He rebuked it.
So how will people know that we are branches that bear fruits; it’s through our actions and the way we live our lives. Because think about it; how will you know that I walk in love? Of course, it will by my actions toward you or others, right? The same way, people will know we are born-again Christians and followers of Jesus Christ, not only about what we say who we are, but by our Christ-like actions, and basically the way we live our lives.
Now, I don’t think that when we speak to our mountains we are all going to get instant results like the Lord Jesus did, because I would love that to happen like soon for me….hahaha. There are some mountains I have been facing for more than seven years now, and I have been praying and receiving, speaking, and declaring the Word of God and promises, and I’m still waiting to see the manifestation and to see the Word of God concerning these situations to work in my life permanently. Perhaps this is a red flag signaling me that I need to work on my faith.
Another story also in the Bible that shows the Lord Jesus spoke to situations and it obeyed Him is in the book of Matthew chapter 17 verses 14 to 21. It says, “When they came to many people, a man came up to Jesus and got on his knees. He said, “Lord, have pity on my son. He is very sick and at times loses the use of his mind. Many times he falls into the fire or into the water. I took him to Your followers but they were not able to heal him.” Then Jesus said, “You people of this day have no faith and you are going the wrong way. How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him here to Me.” Jesus spoke sharp words to the demon and the demon came out of him. At once the boy was healed. The followers came to Jesus when He was alone. They said, “Why were we not able to put the demon out?” Jesus said to them, “Because you have so little faith. For sure, I tell you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to over there,’ and it would move over. You will be able to do anything. But this kind of demon does not go out but by prayer and by going without food so you can pray better.”
The Lord Jesus said even the minimum requirement of faith as little as mustard seed can be used to speak to our mountains and get the results. If we have faith and do not doubt, we can say to our mountains ‘Move from here and be thrown into the sea,’ and it will be done because all things we ask for in prayer, we will receive if we have faith. According to our faith it will be done to us. So I guess if you have great faith like the Lord Jesus, it should be instantly. But He also said, there are some mountains that will only go out after we engage both prayer and fasting, because when we do that we can pray and believe better.
Sometimes it’s possible we could doubt on ourselves and situations because we don’t see how things could ever workout for us. But truth is God is able. Our job is to speak to those mountains in our lives, and declare favor over our situations. It’s not our job to know how God is going to save us and bring our answers; our job is to have faith in God. He is a God of natural and supernatural victories. So instead of talking to ourselves and others about how big our problems are, we need to start talking to our problems about how big our God is and speak what we should speak; peace, healing, deliverance, protection, prosperity, abundance, grace, favor, and start prophesying for our future.
In the book of Psalm chapter 107 verse 2, it says “Let the people who have been saved say so. He has bought them and set them free from the hand of those who hated them.” It doesn’t say, “Let them think so.” We have got to speak it. We have got to declare and say it. As we have seen on these scriptures I have shared, the Lord Jesus spoke to the circumstances. He didn’t thought about them, and kept quiet.
There is another God’s promise in the book of Isaiah chapter 54 verse 17 that says, “No weapon that is formed against you will succeed; and every tongue that rises against you in judgment you will condemn. This [peace, righteousness, security, and triumph over opposition] is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from Me,” says the Lord.”
This is what I understand; our confessions or declarations, and our believing are tied together. In order for us to start seeing the manifestation, we have got to believe what we speak and then declare it. What makes it work is our faith and the Word of God and promise that goes with it, but also when we use our voice and declare it, something in the supernatural happens. And soon or later, what we have been standing on, we will begin to see in our lives.
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