The Southern Alps in New Zealand’s South Island are a magnificent mountain range especially when covered in snow. They gave ideal training for Sir Edmund Hillary to conquer Everest in 1953. But it was summer in central Otago when Ian and I challenged each other to climb what we thought was an easy mountain. We took with us a thermos flask with the idea of returning with snow to prove we had reached the top. Well, mountains are deceptive especially for inexperienced climbers, the climb was much harder than we imagined but We eventually reached the top and gathered a handful of snow for the thermos. As weary as we were – there was still the hours of decent to face. We were taught a good lesson never to take a mountain for granted. Jesus climbed many mountains with His disciples, especially the high mountain in Mark 9:2 what we call the Mount of Transfiguration and the high mountain where the devil tried to tempt Jesus alone (Matt 4:8). Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things He says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore, I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you have received them and you will have them’” (Mark 11:23-24). Now, Jesus didn’t relocate any physical mountains during His ministry but Isaiah 40:3-5 had prophesied of one to come who will make the high places low and the low places high representing the proud and arrogant among men, all
unevenness and roughness of their character must be made smooth. Men were warned again by John the Baptist who spoke like the prophets of old preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke 3:3-4). We are facing mountains today like never before in our lifetime. Shutdowns provide a real challenge to our own faith doing our part to make a smooth highway for others to travel, and to have the courage and determination to make our stand on God’s Word because David said in 2 Samuel 22:31, As for God His way is perfect and the Word of the Lord is flawless” And notice something
important in Mark 11. He talks only once about our need for faith, and three times about our need to speak His Word. Why? Because if you don’t have enough faith to move your lips and speak God’s Word you won’t have enough faith to move your mountain whatever it may be. Something wonderful happens when you speak God’s Word. Your
ears hear it, your mind is renewed, your focus is off self and the thing God responds to –faith – rises up in your heart. And when you hold that position of faith, refuse to budge and keep speaking God’s Word and that mountain in your life begins to crumble, even the likes of that world-wide virus. As long as you keep dwelling on the things you think and feel in your natural mind the mountain will keep standing like an immovable colossus. As inexperienced climbers tend to underestimate the size of mountains to climb never ever underestimate the power of righteous prayer to remove those mountains in your life. Trust God implicitly in your prayers and He will do it.
Author: John Shepherd