Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
Moving Mountains (1)
by Erik Momsen
We have heard the epigrams, "he has a mountain to climb" or "he has to go around the mountain again" or "he has a mountain of work". These all refer to opposition or difficulties. In the natural people have to climb mountains, go around mountains or even tunnel under them. Very seldom are mountains moved.
The mountains I see in and around me are mountains of sin. Addictions, lusts, greed, violence, foolishness, anger, abuse, lovelessness and hatred. People are hell bent on destroying their lives. Often, very often, we cannot help ourselves. The sin is so ingrained that there is little hope. I often find myself waiting for the next person to come walking through the door and announce that they have just ruined their lives. By the way, this (the church) is the place for sick people.
Yet Christians are called to move mountains. Jesus said:
"I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, Move from here to there and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." (Matthew 17:20,21)
"I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt ... 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." (Matthew 21:20-22)
IS JESUS INTO EARTH MOVING?
The first passage starts with the question; "Why couldn't we drive it (i.e. the demon) out", to which Jesus answers "Because you have so little faith." This 'mountains moving' passage is about healing and driving out the devil.
The second passage is about the authority of Jesus' words and the warning against unfruitfulness. The fig tree had leaves but no fruit. It was advertising fruit by having leaves yet had none.
Requirements for moving mountains:
Unbelief and perversion prevents moving mountains. (Matthew 17:17)
Only a little faith is needed - "as small as a mustard seed". (v. 20)
"Nothing will be impossible" and "you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer" (21:22) - prayer moves mountains. - prayer is speaking God's truth - "Your Heavenly Father know what you need before you ask." (Matthew 6:8)
Forgiveness - "when you stand praying ... forgive him ... so your Father may forgive your sins" (Mark 11:25) - moving mountains requires a forgiving heart so you may be pure.
Faith that moves mountains must be combined with love, or it is harsh. "If I have faith that can move mountains but have not love, I am nothing." (1 Corinthians 13:2)
YOU HAVE TO SPEAK TO MOUNTAINS
In both accounts in Matthew Jesus says "you can say to this mountain". Our words have great power. Christians know the truth but do not have the courage to speak it. The Bible is full of examples of God's workers speaking and great things happen. We are told that the evil one was defeated "by the blood of the lamb and by the word of their testimony." (Revelation 12:11)
When the word of God is spoken into a situation it brings faith and this leads to the power of God being revealed. "And the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by signs that accompanied it." (Mark 16:20)
The Lord prepared Jeremiah in this way:
"Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, 'Now I have put my word in your mouth. See today I appointed you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant'." (Jeremiah 1:9,10)
"Is not my word like fire, declares the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?" (Jeremiah 23:29)
TEARING DOWN MOUNTAINS AND STRONGHOLDS
A mountain is a good place if you are on the top, but if not it is a stronghold against you. Your enemy sits on a mountain and has the advantage. The Lord is calling us as a church to remove mountains and strongholds firstly in our own lives and then in our community. To build a Mountain for the Lord, strongholds of the evil one have to be cleared. We have weapons that have divine power. Weapons of faith, love, prayer action, the Word etc.
"On the contrary they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God and we take captive every act of thought to make it obedient to Christ." (2 Corinthians 10:4,5)
Date Added: 2008-09-23
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