Speak to Your Mountains, Don’t Pray about Them


There’s a song that says, “I will climb this mountain with my arms wide open.” One day we were singing it in the prayer room, and the Lord said, “I never asked anyone to climb a mountain. I asked them to speak to their mountain. I also told them that I would give them a new threshing tool so they could thresh their mountain into chaff. I also told them that mountains of human obstacles would be made mere molehills.” God never asked us to climb a mountain, yet we are striving to overcome and become overcomers. We think it’s our religious duty and sacrifice to suffer and climb a mountain. 

We say, “Oh, we’ll do it with our arms wide open in worship to You, God. As I worship You and give You everything, I will lay down my life in sacrifice and climb this mountain for You because You are worthy.” That is really what the song is saying. The song is really not about God. It’s about them and what they will do for God. 


But what did God ask you to do? He asked you to love Him with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength and then love your neighbor as yourself. He never said, “I want you to suffer for Me. I want you to struggle every day for Me.” No. He sent the Holy Spirit to be our guide and comforter, to help us get out of our comfort zone, and to be our teacher so we can learn all the ways of God. We can learn that through the Holy Spirit and His leading in our life.

Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff.

— Isaiah 41:15 (KJV)

Jesus replied, “Have faith in God [constantly]. I assure you and most solemnly say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea!’ and does not doubt in his heart [in God’s unlimited power], but believes that what he says is going to take place, it will be done for him [in accordance with Gods will]. For this reason I am telling you, whatever things you ask for in prayer [in accordance with Gods will], believe [with confident trust] that you have received them, and they will be given to you. Whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him [drop the issue, let it go], so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions and wrongdoings [against Him and others].

— Mark 11:22–25 (AMP)

Then he said to me, “This [continuous supply of oil] is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel [prince of Judah], saying, ‘Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit [of whom the oil is a symbol],’ says the LORD of hosts. ‘What are you, O great mountain [of obstacles]? Before Zerubbabel [who will rebuild the temple] you will become a plain (insignificant)! And he will bring out the capstone [of the new temple] with loud shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”’

— Zechariah 4:6–7 (AMP)



It’s not by our efforts. It’s not by our sheer will. It’s by God’s Spirit that we have the power and are empowered to do anything at all. It’s from that close, intimate relationship and knowing Him, knowing He has it covered and His promises are true.

The answer to every single one of His promises is yes and amen. It doesn’t matter what you see with your eyes. His answer is still yes and amen. But our understanding can become a roadblock and a stumbling place where we think, “Oh, it hasn’t left yet. This hasn’t been healed yet. The struggle hasn’t left me. Maybe I’m supposed to be sick. Maybe I’m supposed to be poor. Maybe this is the banner I’m supposed to carry. This is a mountain I am supposed to climb, and I will climb it, Lord. With everything in me and every striving humanly possible in my body, I will climb it with my arms wide open and worship You.”

This is a bold statement that I am making to you. I am saying there is a mountain you are climbing and you weren’t designed to climb it. You were designed to thresh it, to speak to it, to command it to leave. God moves mountains. He is a mountain mover.

I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world. [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]

— John 16:33 (AMP)


We will face trouble, but take heart, for the Lord has overcome the world. This doesn’t mean that when you are troubled, you should suffer and struggle and have pity on yourself. It means in your trouble, you can look through it almost as if it’s a glass to the other side and see the promises of God. The answer is yes and amen. There is a way out. There is freedom. There is a miracle coming.

Jesus died for you to have life and life abundantly, and only deception can keep you from having that. Our deceived mind, not fully understanding what Jesus Christ has paid for us, can keep us from receiving what Jesus already provided. What? Yes. It is true. It’s for lack of knowledge and understanding that we perish (see Hosea 4:6). Yet in 2 Peter 1:3, it says we have been given “everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him” (NIV). That knowledge is relational knowledge.

We can be misled in the teaching. We can be taught by believers—people like me or your pastors—who are teaching through their personal filters. Maybe they were hurt. Maybe they were let down. Maybe they didn’t get their miracle. So they teach through that. Sometimes it doesn’t happen. Sometimes it doesn’t work. Sometimes God’s word doesn’t come to pass. Sometimes God doesn’t do that. Sometimes God intends to put these things on you.

The truth is that we cannot filter God’s word through our own circumstance. We cannot filter it through what we see or what we know or our own reasoning. These things cannot be a strainer for the word of God in our lives.

If something does not come to pass, if we don’t see the miracle, if we don’t see God’s hand at work in our lives, we cannot question if the promise is true. It is, regardless of whether we see it or not. It is truth beyond truth. It is unchanging. It is black and white. I will tell you, you can stand on it.

There are times when we don’t see it come to pass, but we cannot change our belief in God’s word when we don’t see the miracle happen. You believe it every time. I believe, every time, when I pray for people that God wants them well. Not every person is healed, but I know it’s a desire of His heart. If I begin to compromise and think, “Well, sometimes He heals, and sometimes He doesn’t. Sometimes He wants people well, and sometimes He doesn’t,” then I become an ineffective vessel of God because I am doubting His word, and that is idolatry. I am putting my own understanding above God’s word, and that is unacceptable.

Have you done that in your life? Have you faced your own reasoning and reasoned God’s word into a package you can swallow, tolerate, or deal with? That is unacceptable. God’s word is true every time. Scripture says that “by His stripes (wounds) we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5 AMP). What does that mean? Jesus, when He died, took stripes on His back. He was marred beyond human likeness, not only for our sins but also for our physical health. That was two thousand years ago. That was all provided for.

Sometimes I don’t see that come to pass, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true. It doesn’t mean it’s God’s will for that person to die. It doesn’t. We are in a true spiritual battle with an enemy who wants to steal our lives. He wants to kill us and destroy us and infect us with his STDs (spiritually transmitted diseases). He wants to twist the truth, suppress the truth, make us doubt the truth, and then sidetrack us from God. He wants to fix our eyes on circumstances and put our understanding on our own analytical reasoning. He wants us to have a filter that processes our understanding of God through what has happened to us. This is the greatest way we can be deceived.

There is no mountain that can stand in the name of Jesus Christ because His name is above every other name. Either it’s above every other name or it’s not. In Mark 11:23, it says we can speak to our mountains and they will be cast into the sea. When you speak to your mountains, do they move or do they stay? Many times you speak to them and they stay. Does that mean God’s word is not true? Absolutely not. It is truth. You can stand on it. You can bank on it. If you speak to your mountain and it doesn’t move, then you need to ask yourself, “Why do I doubt? What is causing doubt?”

Mark 9:29 and Matthew 17:21 both say, “This kind can come out only by prayer and fasting.” I believe, with everything in me, that doubt is eradicated in prayer and fasting. Many people pray and fast to move God, but prayer and fasting moves us. It moves our hearts closer to God. It removes doubt because we are focused on the kingdom. Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (KJV).

As you fast and you starve your body, your body no longer gets to control you or rule you. Suddenly your body learns, “Hey, I need to listen up. I am being retrained here.” Your flesh is no longer your ruler, and instead you’re fasting and starving it. You’re saying to it, “Feast on the word of God.” The more you do this, the closer you draw yourself to the Lord and the more doubt is weeded out. Therefore, faith can be effective. Your faith can become effectual in two ways: by hearing the word of God and by prayer and fasting.

Many times, people think, “I’m going to pray and fast this mountain out of here!” They’re really saying, “I’m going to give my sacrifice to God so He will have pity on me and see my great works, and then He will move.” I can tell you right now, God does not move based on you. He moves based on His will and who He is. He is just that good. His love and His grace are irrational. He is uncontrollably generous. It is the kindest love you will ever know. It is so fruitful and so radically true that you can bank on it every time. He moves because of who He is and His great love for you. He does not move based on your behavior. He moves because that’s who He is.

The name of Jesus has been granted to you for you to use the authority to speak to your mountain so it can be cast into the sea. If you are not seeing that happen, check out those other verses because God did not call us to climb our mountains with our arms wide open. He called us to speak to our mountains. He called us to tear them down using His name and His authority. It’s His power that is behind it. It’s His life. It’s Jesus’ blood. It’s Him being marred beyond human likeness that gives you great authority to use His name.

God has already done it. He has already provided. But will you reach out and grab it and take possession of it? Will you use it in faith, knowing that God’s promises come to pass because His answer to them is always yes and amen?

Jesus’ Name and the Authority to Use It


In 2003, I didn’t have a clue that Jesus’ name was literally above every other name that could be named on earth. I had no clue it was a name that had power in it or that it was for my use in my life to speak over mountains so they would be cast into the sea. I had no idea I could use it in my family’s life while praying over them or for them. I had no idea I could share it with strangers at the grocery store and see them be healed.

In 2003, I was blind. I knew there was a God who loved me, but I wasn’t convinced He was for me. I had no idea He had left me with the same power that raised Christ from the dead.

From August of 2003 until about November of 2005, I dug into the word of God daily, searching and striving, hungrily devouring every page and every word. I would be in awe of who God is, who Jesus is. Hebrews says that Jesus is the exact representation of God.

I had an idea of who God was from the Old Testament and what I had been told by my church. I had an idea of who God was. I thought He was a God who was on a throne, dictating and controlling. He was kind of our puppeteer, if you will. Yet how could He be controlling a stepdad who was abusing his daughter? How could He be controlling my behavior? How could He be willing to put me through all of that? I’ll tell you how. He wasn’t. He was not.

He is a God who is sitting on a throne and sent His Son, who loves me so much, to bail me out. He sent His Son through every temptation that I would ever walk through. He left His Son on the cross to die. When Jesus ascended to be with God, He sent His Holy Spirit to come and live inside of me. He sent a piece of Himself to live with me, inside of me. It is a deposit guaranteeing my inheritance. Once He puts it in, He is not taking it back until He returns. It’s fully mine. I have full ownership of it. It’s part of who I am. I am in Him, and He is in me.

When you look at the attributes of what comes with the Holy Spirit, you see power. It is delegated power from God. It is like the alien mother ship sent me down as an alien, part of His kingdom, to take back this world. Hello? Yes.

He didn’t do it so I could spend every single day suffering and worrying about myself and taking care of myself. He gave me the same power that raised Christ from the dead and the name of Jesus Christ, which is a name above every other name, and the authority to use that name so I could live life to the full and share it with others. How do people know we are His disciples? They know by our love. Amazing! Oh my goodness. I had no idea.

I was not taught in church that Jesus’ name was above every other name and God had given me the authority to use it. It’s not my name. It’s the name of Jesus. It’s what He did for us. It’s the finished work He already completed. I have it. I have the opportunity to exercise it. I can have a trial come into my face—a sickness, a doctor’s report, bills, strife, teenage rebellion—but it cannot contain me. It cannot take me.

If I pull out the weapon of Jesus, whose name is above every other name, the giant must fall. The mountain will be reduced to dust because it is just a molehill under the name of Jesus Christ. I have the power to use that. It’s true I have the power to complain. I have the power to agree with all the turmoil and all the trials that come in my direction. I also have the power to choose to stand in the name of Jesus Christ, in His name and His authority and His finished work.

I once was blind, but now I see. Scripture says it’s for lack of knowledge that we perish. I once didn’t know, but now I do know. I have the knowledge. I have the relational knowledge of knowing God intimately and deeply. I know I have access to the name of Jesus Christ, a name above every other name.


Speak to Your Mountains, Don’t Pray about Them

There’s a song that says, “I will climb this mountain with my arms wide open.” One day we were singing it in the prayer room, and the Lord said, “I never asked anyone to climb a mountain. I asked them to speak to their mountain. I also told them that I would give them a new threshing tool so they could thresh their mountain into chaff. I also told them that mountains of human obstacles would be made mere molehills.” God never asked us to climb a mountain, yet we are striving to overcome and become overcomers. We think it’s our religious duty and sacrifice to suffer and climb a mountain. 

We say, “Oh, we’ll do it with our arms wide open in worship to You, God. As I worship You and give You everything, I will lay down my life in sacrifice and climb this mountain for You because You are worthy.” That is really what the song is saying. The song is really not about God. It’s about them and what they will do for God. 

But what did God ask you to do? He asked you to love Him with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength and then love your neighbor as yourself. He never said, “I want you to suffer for Me. I want you to struggle every day for Me.” No. He sent the Holy Spirit to be our guide and comforter, to help us get out of our comfort zone, and to be our teacher so we can learn all the ways of God. We can learn that through the Holy Spirit and His leading in our life.

Behold, I will make you to be a new, sharp, threshing instrument which has teeth; you shall thresh the mountains and beat them small, and shall make the hills like chaff.
      Isaiah 41:15 Amplified Bible (AMP)

And Jesus, replying, said to them, Have faith in God [constantly]. Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him. For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it]. And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him and let it drop (leave it, let it go), in order that your Father Who is in heaven may also forgive you your [own] failings and shortcomings and let them drop.
        Mark 11:22-25 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Then he said to me, This [addition of the bowl to the candlestick, causing it to yield a ceaseless supply of oil from the olive trees] is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit [of Whom the oil is a symbol], says the Lord of hosts. For who are you, O great mountain [of human obstacles]? Before Zerubbabel [who with Joshua had led the return of the exiles from Babylon and was undertaking the rebuilding of the temple, before him] you shall become a plain [a mere molehill]! And he shall bring forth the finishing gable stone [of the new temple] with loud shoutings of the people, crying, Grace, grace to it!
        Zechariah 4:6-7 Amplified Bible (AMP)

It’s not by our efforts. It’s not by our sheer will. It’s by God’s Spirit that we have the power and are empowered to do anything at all. It’s from that close, intimate relationship and knowing Him—knowing that He’s got it covered, that His promises are true.

Every single one of His promises, the answer to it is yes and amen. It doesn’t matter what you see with your eyes. His answer is still yes and amen. But our understanding becomes a roadblock and a stumbling place where we think: “Oh, it hasn’t left yet.” “This hasn’t been healed yet.” “The struggle hasn’t left me.” “Maybe I’m supposed to be sick.” “Maybe I’m supposed to be poor.” “Maybe this is the banner I’m supposed to carry.” “This is a mountain I am supposed to climb, and I will climb it, Lord. With everything in me and every humanly possible striving in my body, I will climb it with my arms wide open and worship You.”

This is a bold statement I am making to you. I am saying there is a mountain you are climbing and you weren’t designed to climb it. You are designed to thresh it, to speak to it, to command it to leave. God moves mountains. He is a mountain mover.

I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]
      John 16:33 Amplified Bible (AMP)

We will face trouble, but take heart, for the Lord has overcome the world. This doesn’t mean that when you are troubled, you should suffer and struggle and have pity upon yourself. It means in your trouble, you can look through it almost as if it’s a glass to the other side and see the promises of God. The answer is yes and amen. There is a way out. There is freedom. There is a miracle coming.

Jesus died for you to have life and life abundantly, and only deception can keep you from having that. Our deceived mind, not fully understanding what Jesus Christ has paid for us, can keep us from receiving what Jesus already provided. What? Yes. It is true. It’s for lack of knowledge that we perish, for lack of understanding. Yet in Peter, it says that we have been given everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him. That knowledge is relational knowledge.

We can be misled in the teaching. We can be taught by believers—people like me, or your pastors—who are teaching through their personal filters. Maybe they were hurt. Maybe they were let down. Maybe they didn’t get their miracle. So they teach through that. Sometimes it doesn’t happen. Sometimes it doesn’t work. Sometimes God’s word doesn’t come to pass. Sometimes God doesn’t do that. Sometimes God intends to put these things on you.

The truth is that we cannot filter God’s word through our own circumstance. We cannot filter it through what we see or what we know or our own reasoning. It cannot be a strainer for the word of God in our lives.

If something does not come to pass, if we don’t see the miracle, if we don’t see God’s hand at work in our lives, we cannot question if the promise is true. It is, regardless of whether you see it or not. It is truth beyond truth. It is unchanging. It is black and white. I will tell you that you can stand on it.

There are times when we don’t see it come to pass. But we cannot change our belief in God’s word when we don’t see the miracle happen. You believe it every time. I believe, every time, God wants people well when I pray for them. Not every person is healed, but I know it’s a desire of His heart. If I begin to compromise and think, “Well, sometimes He heals, and sometimes He doesn’t. Sometimes He wants people well, and sometimes He doesn’t,” then I become an ineffective vessel of God because I am doubting His word, and that is idolatry. I am putting my own understanding above God’s word, and that is unacceptable.

Have you done that in your life? Have you faced your own reasoning and reasoned God’s word into a package you can swallow, tolerate, or deal with? That is unacceptable. God’s word is true every time. It says by Jesus’ stripes we were healed. What does that mean? It means that Jesus, when He died, took stripes on His back. He was marred beyond human likeness, not only for our sins but for our physical health as well. That was two thousand years ago. That was all provided for.

Sometimes I don’t see that come to pass, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true. It doesn’t mean it’s God’s will for that person to die. It doesn’t. We are in a true spiritual battle with an enemy who wants to steal our lives. He wants to kill us and destroy us and infect us with his STDs (spiritually transmitted diseases). He wants to twist the truth, suppress the truth, and make us doubt the truth, and then sidetrack us from God. He wants to fix our eyes on circumstances and put our understanding on our own analytical reasoning. He wants us to have a filter that processes our understanding of God through what has happened to us. This is the greatest way we can be deceived.

There is no mountain that can stand in the name of Jesus Christ because His name is above every name. It’s either above every name or it’s not. In Mark the Bible says we can speak to our mountains and they will be cast unto the sea. When you speak to your mountains, do they move or do they stay? Many times you speak to them and they stay. Does that mean the word is not true? Absolutely not. It is truth. You can stand on it. You can bank on it. If you speak to your mountain and it doesn’t move, then you need to ask yourself, “Why do I doubt? What is causing doubt?”

Mark 9:29 and Matthew 17:21 both say, “This goes out by prayer and fasting.” I believe, with everything in me, that doubt is eradicated in prayer and fasting. Many people pray and fast to move God, but prayer and fasting move us. They move our hearts closer to God. They remove doubt because we are focused on the kingdom. Seek first the kingdom of God and everything will be added unto you.

As you fast and you starve your body, your body no longer gets to control you or rule you. Suddenly your body learns, “Hey, I need to listen up. I am being retrained here.” Your flesh is no longer your ruler, and instead you’re fasting and starving it. You’re saying to it, “Feast on the word of God.” The more you do this, the closer you draw yourself to the Lord and the more doubt is weeded out. Therefore, faith can be effective. Your faith can become effectual by hearing the word and by prayer and fasting.

Many times, people think, “I’m going to pray and fast this mountain out of here!” Basically, “I’m going to give my sacrifice to God so He will have pity on me and see my great works, and then He’ll move.” I can tell you right now, God does not move based on you. He moves based on His will and who He is. He is just that good. His love and His grace are irrational. He is uncontrollably generous. It is the kindest love you will ever know. It is so fruitful and so radically true that you can bank on it every time. He moves because of who He is and His great love for you. He does not move based on your behavior. He moves because that’s who He is.

The name of Jesus has been granted to you for you to use the authority to speak to your mountain so it will be cast into the sea. If you are not seeing that happen, check out those other verses because God did not call you to climb your mountain with your arms wide open. He called you to speak to your mountain. He called you to tear it down using His name, using His authority. It’s His power behind it. It’s His life. It’s Jesus’ blood. It’s Him being marred beyond human likeness that gives you great authority to use His name.

God has already done it. He has already provided. But will you reach out and grab it and take possession of it? Will you use it in faith, knowing God’s promises come to pass because His answer to them is always “yes” and “amen”?

Talk to Your Mountain

Tonight I’m thinking about the mountains that lie before me. A mountain can be a sickness or a disease like cancer. A mountain can be some job that you have to do that seems way too big, something you can’t handle. Your past experience can’t get you through it. Your knowledge today can’t get you through it. A mountain can be a marriage that’s in turmoil. Every day, you fight with your spouse over finances or the kids or over the trash—the smallest of things—because it’s in turmoil. You don’t know what’s going on. You were once in love, and now you’re not even sure you like your spouse anymore. Those are mountains.
                           
I look at my mountains that lie before me today, and I sit here and think about how our perspective influences the way we view our mountains. What lens are we looking through? If you have to climb a mountain and you don’t like to climb, you’re thinking, “Ugh, I can’t climb that mountain. It’s too big. It’s too big for me to do. I don’t even know what tools to buy, what shoes I should wear, how I should dress. Is it cold on top? I don’t know the temperature. What kind of supplies do I need? What do I need to be safe? Do I need ropes? Do I need a professional to help me? Should I get some training? How long should I prepare before I actually climb that mountain?”

But maybe I’m a mountain climber. Maybe I’ve climbed rocks my entire life and it’s one of the thrills that I love, so I look at that mountain with anticipation. My adrenalin starts pumping, and I think, “I can’t wait to stand on top of that mountain. I’m going to take my picture out there. I’ll prepare my photography equipment in advance. And how will I get down? I’ll probably need a helicopter to pick me up.”

The professional climbers know exactly what equipment they need to climb the mountain, and they probably already have it in their tool chest. They have all the tools they need to climb that mountain. They know exactly how they are going to get to the top of that mountain. They know which shoes to wear, and those shoes are already broken in and comfortable. They love those shoes, and they can’t wait to get those shoes on the grooves of the mountain. They have all the ropes, and they have a belayer, somebody who will hold the rope and keep them safe and tight. They have confidence. They’re not afraid at all.

The beginning climber, on the other hand, is shaking in his shoes, thinking, “What if I fall? What will happen? What will happen to my family? Maybe I won’t make it.” He doesn’t have the confidence and experience of having climbed a mountain before whereas the professional knows he is going to get to the top of the mountain because he did it before with that other mountain.

Maybe you decide not to climb at all. You think, “I do not like heights, and I refuse to climb this mountain. I’m going to dig my way through this mountain. There must be a way through it.” How are you going to get through this mountain? It’s 25 miles wide—I don’t know how big a mountain is—it’s one mile wide, maybe. It’s one mile wide, and it’s made of rock and earth and heavy structure. How do you get through that?

If I dug a mine before, I probably know what tools and how many people I need to get through the mountain. If I’m a beginning digger, I’m probably thinking, “Do I need a shovel? Should I call my buddies and offer a pizza party if they help me dig my way through this mountain?”

So many times, we look at the mountain and think about how we’re going to conquer it with the resources that we have today, the physical resources that we have on hand and our own power and might. Well, I propose there’s another way to look at the mountains we face.

The Bible says that God will give us the tools. He not only gives us the tools, He also sharpens them (see Isaiah 41:15). He makes them of great quality to use. He gives you the tools, and they’re so sharp that you won’t need to climb over the mountain or dig through it; the tool is going to chop that mountain down to a flatland (also see Zechariah 4:6–7). There won’t be a mountain anymore, just crumbles of dirt.

Jesus told His disciples, “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” (Mark 11:23 NIV).

Speak to your mountains? How are you going to speak to a marriage that is broken or in turmoil? How can you speak to cancer? Speak to it? What good does that do? Chemotherapy helps cancer, not speaking to it. Maybe it’s the homeschooling that you think you are called to do. How am I going to homeschool my kids? I can speak to it? Is that really practical?

Well, let’s put this into a practical application. God created the world in seven days. How did He create it? He created it through His words, and He holds it together with His words. All things are held together by God’s word.

A lot of people will tell you how to attack your mountain. They’ll tell you, “Look at your mountain. Size it up. Talk to a doctor if you have cancer. Do everything they say, follow their plan, and you’ll probably be okay.” If your marriage is in turmoil, people will say, “Go to marriage counseling. Keep a check on your marriage. Make sure that you’re paying attention to it, that you spend time loving on your spouse. Figure out how your spouse best receives care and love and respect from you.” There are all kinds of books written on how to care for your spouse in a better way. Females like to be loved in this manner, males in that manner. There are all kinds of ways out in the world to attack your mountain. Every day there are people trying to tell you what to do.

One of my mountains was my marriage. I’d been married for a little while. Every relationship I had before completely fell apart. I always thought it was everyone else’s fault, but I came to find that it was mine. It was my fault. It was all my fault. Why? Because I tried to let my marriage complete me and make me whole and make me someone that I wasn’t.

I tried to let my marriage be my rock and my hiding place. Well, guess what happened? After I got married, my husband wasn’t all he said he was, all he seemed he was going to be. Suddenly my hiding place had cracks in it, and I was exposed in places I didn’t want to be. This brought out emotions I didn’t really like. You know, like you hear me saying, “Are you kidding me? Are you serious?”

I really didn’t think I liked my husband anymore. I’m stuck to him, married to him, but I didn’t think I even liked him. Then I saw this book that said, “Maybe marriage is meant to make you holy, not happy.” It didn’t matter how many hours I could have gone to marriage counseling or how much I worked on my marriage and loved my husband more or did more to meet his needs. I missed that my number one covenant was with Father God.

The only way to conquer your mountain is by the Spirit of the Lord (see Zechariah 4:6). You can spend all day long listening to people’s advice or trying to figure out how to build a train around your mountain, how to climb your mountain, how to get to the other side by your might and your power. But the only way to conquer your mountain indefinitely, completely, and perfectly is through the Spirit of the living God and through Jesus Christ!

We read in Zechariah 4:7, “What are you, O great mountain [of obstacles]? Before Zerubbabel [who will rebuild the temple] you will become a plain (insignificant)!” (AMP). Wow. How many times have you heard that saying, “You’re making a mountain out of a molehill”? Well, God says you have a mountain in front of you but He is going to make it a molehill. Let’s look through the vision of God at our mountains and let’s see what’s really there. Physically standing in front of us, we might see a mountain. But by God’s Spirit, it’s a molehill.

That’s how we conquer our mountains.

Mountain or a Mole Hill?

I tried to let my marriage be my rock, be my hiding place. Well, guess what happened? It was after I got married, my husband, he just—he wasn’t all that he said was, all that he seemed that he was gonna be. And all of a sudden my hiding place had cracks in it and I was exposed in places I didn’t wanna be. And it brought out emotions I don’t really like. You know, like you hear me saying, “Are you kidding me? Are you serious?” 
As I looked up my mountain, I really didn’t think I like my husband anymore. And I’m stuck to him, and married to him, but I don’t even think I like him. I saw this book and it said, “Maybe marriage is meant to make you holy, not happy.” It didn’t matter how many hours I could’ve gone to marriage counseling, or worked on my marriage, or loved my husband more or done more to meet his needs. You know what, I missed that my number one covenant was with Father God.
I’m getting off track. So basically, the only way to conquer your mountain is from Isaiah , the scripture says, “Not by might, nor by power, but my spirit, says the Lord.” You can spend all day long to listen to people’s advice or try figure out how to build a train around your mountain, how to climb your mountain, how to conquer your mountain then get to the other side and you can do it by your might and by your power, but the only way to conquer your mountain indefinitely, completely, and perfectly is through the spirit of the living God and through Jesus Christ.
Listen to these verses. In Isaiah 41:15 that he said, “Oh you mountain of human obstacles, I will make you a molehill.” Wow. How many times have you heard that saying? Like you’re making a mountain out of a mole hill. Well, God says you have made a mountain. You’ve got a mountain in front of you and he’s gonna turn it around and make it a mole hill. Let’s look through the vision of God at our mountains and let’s see what’s really there. Physically standing in front of us, we might see a mountain. But by God’s spirit, it’s a mole hill.

Talk to Your Mountain

Tonight I’m thinking about the mountains that lie before me. A mountain can be a sickness or a disease like cancer. A mountain can be some job that you have to do that seems way too big, something you can’t handle. Your past experience can’t get you through it. Your knowledge today can’t get you through it. A mountain can be a marriage that’s in turmoil. Every day, you fight with your spouse over finances or the kids or over the trash—the smallest of things—because it’s in turmoil. You don’t know what’s going on. You were once in love, and now you’re not even sure you like your spouse anymore. Those are mountains.
                                  
I look at my mountains that lie before me today, and I sit here and think about how our perspective influences the way we view our mountains. What lens are we looking through? If you have to climb a mountain and you don’t like to climb, you’re thinking, “Ugh, I can’t climb that mountain. It’s too big. It’s too big for me to do. I don’t even know what tools to buy, what shoes I should wear, how I should dress. Is it cold on top? I don’t know the temperature. What kind of supplies do I need? What do I need to be safe? Do I need ropes? Do I need a professional to help me? Should I get some training? How long should I prepare before I actually climb that mountain?”
But maybe I’m a mountain climber. Maybe I’ve climbed rocks my entire life and it’s one of the thrills that I love, so I look at that mountain with anticipation. My adrenalin starts pumping, and I think, “I can’t wait to stand on top of that mountain. I’m going to take my picture out there. I’ll prepare my photography equipment in advance. And how will I get down? I’ll probably need a helicopter to pick me up.”
The professional climbers know exactly what equipment they need to climb the mountain, and they probably already have it in their tool chest. They have all the tools they need to climb that mountain. They know exactly how they are going to get to the top of that mountain. They know which shoes to wear, and those shoes are already broken in and comfortable. They love those shoes, and they can’t wait to get those shoes on the grooves of the mountain. They have all the ropes, and they have a belayer, somebody who will hold the rope and keep them safe and tight. They have confidence. They’re not afraid at all.
The beginning climber, on the other hand, is shaking in his shoes, thinking, “What if I fall? What will happen? What will happen to my family? Maybe I won’t make it.” He doesn’t have the confidence and experience of having climbed a mountain before whereas the professional knows he is going to get to the top of the mountain because he did it before with that other mountain.
Maybe you decide not to climb at all. You think, “I do not like heights, and I refuse to climb this mountain. I’m going to dig my way through this mountain. There must be a way through it.” How are you going to get through this mountain? It’s 25 miles wide—I don’t know how big a mountain is—it’s one mile wide, maybe. It’s one mile wide, and it’s made of rock and earth and heavy structure. How do you get through that?
            If I dug a mine before, I probably know what tools and how many people I need to get through the mountain. If I’m a beginning digger, I’m probably thinking, “Do I need a shovel? Should I call my buddies and offer a pizza party if they help me dig my way through this mountain?”
So many times, we look at the mountain and think about how we’re going to conquer it with the resources that we have today, the physical resources that we have on hand and our own power and might. Well, I propose there’s another way to look at the mountains we face.
The Bible says that God will give us the tools. He not only gives us the tools, He also sharpens them (see Isaiah 41:15). He makes them of great quality to use. He gives you the tools, and they’re so sharp that you won’t need to climb over the mountain or dig through it; the tool is going to chop that mountain down to a flatland (also see Zechariah 4:6–7). There won’t be a mountain anymore, just crumbles of dirt. 

Jesus told His disciples, “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” (Mark 11:23 NIV).
Speak to your mountains? How are you going to speak to a marriage that is broken or in turmoil? How can you speak to cancer? Speak to it? What good does that do? Chemotherapy helps cancer, not speaking to it. Maybe it’s the homeschooling that you think you are called to do. How am I going to homeschool my kids? I can speak to it? Is that really practical?
Well, let’s put this into a practical application. God created the world in seven days. How did He create it? He created it through His words, and He holds it together with His words. All things are held together by God’s word.
A lot of people will tell you how to attack your mountain. They’ll tell you, “Look at your mountain. Size it up. Talk to a doctor if you have cancer. Do everything they say, follow their plan, and you’ll probably be okay.” If your marriage is in turmoil, people will say, “Go to marriage counseling. Keep a check on your marriage. Make sure that you’re paying attention to it, that you spend time loving on your spouse. Figure out how your spouse best receives care and love and respect from you.” There are all kinds of books written on how to care for your spouse in a better way. Females like to be loved in this manner, males in that manner. There are all kinds of ways out in the world to attack your mountain. Every day there are people trying to tell you what to do.
One of my mountains was my marriage. I’d been married for a little while. Every relationship I had before completely fell apart. I always thought it was everyone else’s fault, but I came to find that it was mine. It was my fault. It was all my fault. Why? Because I tried to let my marriage complete me and make me whole and make me someone that I wasn’t.
I tried to let my marriage be my rock and my hiding place. Well, guess what happened? After I got married, my husband wasn’t all he said he was, all he seemed he was going to be. Suddenly my hiding place had cracks in it, and I was exposed in places I didn’t want to be. This brought out emotions I didn’t really like. You know, like you hear me saying, “Are you kidding me? Are you serious?” 
I really didn’t think I liked my husband anymore. I’m stuck to him, married to him, but I didn’t think I even liked him. Then I saw this book that said, “Maybe marriage is meant to make you holy, not happy.” It didn’t matter how many hours I could have gone to marriage counseling or how much I worked on my marriage and loved my husband more or did more to meet his needs. I missed that my number one covenant was with Father God.
The only way to conquer your mountain is by the Spirit of the Lord (see Zechariah 4:6). You can spend all day long listening to people’s advice or trying to figure out how to build a train around your mountain, how to climb your mountain, how to get to the other side by your might and your power. But the only way to conquer your mountain indefinitely, completely, and perfectly is through the Spirit of the living God and through Jesus Christ!
We read in Zechariah 4:7, “What are you, O great mountain [of obstacles]? Before Zerubbabel [who will rebuild the temple] you will become a plain (insignificant)!” (AMP). Wow. How many times have you heard that saying, You’re making a mountain out of a molehill? Well, God says you have a mountain in front of you but He is going to make it a molehill. Let’s look through the vision of God at our mountains and let’s see what’s really there. Physically standing in front of us, we might see a mountain. But by God’s Spirit, it’s a molehill.
That’s how we conquer our mountains.