Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
Moving Mountains (2)
by Erik Momsen
Jesus has told Christians to move mountains. He said:
"... you could say to this mountain, Move from here to there and it will move." (Matthew 17:20,21) [He was talking here about having faith to cast out demons].
" ... you can say to this mountain, 'Go throw yourself into the sea,' and it will be." (Matthew 21:21) [He addresses his authority and power of His Word spoken].
There are mountains of sin in personal lives and communities which cause destruction. These mountains are strongholds of opposition to the will of God and prevent His best being enacted in our lives.
These mountains could also be strongholds of the evil one that prevent God's goodness making a difference. These could literally be the "gates of hell" (Matthew 16:18) against which "... the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing and forceful men lay hold of it." (Matthew 11:12).
The mountains and strongholds are also in the minds of people who are so blinded that they cannot understand.
WHY DO WE ADVANCE FORCEFULLY ON THE GATES OF HELL?
Are we not to go on quietly with our own lives and stay out of trouble?
No, Jesus has left us no choice. We were not saved for our own good, but for the good of God's whole family. We are called salt and light.
1. We were created and then saved for a purpose. "For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do." (Ephesians 2:10)
2. We have compassion for those suffering around us because we have Christ's love in us.
3. We are Christ's co-workers and even told that we would do greater things than Him. Since he "came to destroy the works of the evil one", so are we.
IF WE ARE CONVINCED THAT WE SHOULD BE PULLING DOWN STRONGHOLDS, HOW DO WE DO IT?
The first thing that we should learn about spiritual warfare is that we cannot fight beyond our training, equipment and authority.
Soldiers, like disciples, go into training and strict discipline.
Soldiers and disciples have certain weapons for certain types of warfare.
Soldiers and disciples are under authority. Acting on your own means you have no one to fall back on and you could get a terrible hiding like the seven sons of Sceva. (Acts 19:14)
WE WILL FIGHT ON THE BEACHES
WE WILL FIGHT IN THE STREETS ...
There are at least three areas in which we fight. The battle is firstly on the spiritual arena, secondly in the mind, and thirdly in the streets (good works).
(i) In the spiritual realm there are "rulers, authorities, powers of this dark world and spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm." (Ephesians 6:12)
But we have "divine power to demolish strongholds." (2 Corinthians 10:4)
Divine power comes from prayer and fasting, faith, the Word of God, personal purity, forgiveness (Mark 11:25), repentance.
(ii) The mind is also a battle ground as Paul warns us to put on the "helmet of salvation" (Ephesians 6:17). Paul tells us to "... be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is." (Romans 12:2)
Paul also speaks about "the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding ... because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts" - but - "be made new in the attitude of your mind." (Ephesians 4:17,18,23)
This renewal come primarily by the truth of the Word of God.
It is our task to take the battle to the minds of unbelievers.
"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)
(iii) The battle is thirdly taken to the streets through every good work done by believers.
"For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives ... while we wait for ... Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good." (Titus 2:11-14) - see Ephesians 2:10
- Grace leads to our desire for holiness and this leads to making a difference in the streets.
We are in a battle, but many ignore it. We are called to get saved, become holy and make a difference.
"If what he builds survives he will be rewarded. If it is burned up he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames." (1 Corinthians 3:14,15)
Date Added: 2008-10-08
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