It has been a while since I posted on this site. The reason for that is that I have been going through a lot personally especially with going through chemo. As bad as the chemo has been at times I will admit that the emotional and spiritual battles have also been very difficult. During these times the feelings of loneliness and dispair were quite great. It is by God’s grace and the people that He has had around me that I believe allowed me to persevere through these times. There is one other thing that happened during this time that I believe allowed me to push through to victory.
I learned to speak to my mountains.
I am sure that if you have been in church for any amount of time you have heard the scripture that references this phrase. As a recap here it is again:
“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
I was reminded of this verse while listening to Joel Osteen recently. In that message he explained that a lot of us when we get into trouble pray about the mountain that is front of us. We talk about the mountain. We even get others to pray about the mountain for us. What we don’t do is speak to the mountain.
How is Speaking to the Mountain Different then Praying About It?
It is the is the difference between someone talking to you and talking about you – there is a difference.
If someone is talking about you and not to you it is usually because they are afraid of you. It is the bold people who don’t beat around the bush and go directly to the source in order to get a result. These people may seem rude at times for being so direct but these are the people that usually get results.
We need to be direct when a mountain is staring us down.
For me I had a whole host of mountains that were trying to stop me from getting better. The biggest mountain was nausea which was a direct result of chemo treatment. A byproduct of the nausea was depression in that I was starting to feel disconnect and like I didn’t care any more. On top of that our finances were looking the worst that they ever had through our entire battle with cancer. Things were not looking good. These mountains were the biggest that I had ever seen.
With God’s grace I realized that focusing on the mountains was not a good path to go down. After listen to Pastor Joel’s message I knew what I needed to do – speak to the mountains and get them out of my way. Don’t get me wrong, I had prayed about the mountains and even asked others to pray for me as well. Unfortunately the mountains didn’t seem to care that they were being prayed or “talked” about. As long as no one was addressing them directly they weren’t going anywhere.
I Spoke to Directly to My Mountains
So I spoke to my mountains… and they didn’t go anywhere, at first. But, by speaking to the mountains I did begin to feel better. I felt better because I knew that I was acting in faith according to God’s word. I was doing this on a couple different levels. By me talking to the mountains I was acknowledging that God had the power to change my situation and that He had given me His power to do so. The bible says:
…the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. – 1 John 4:4
I was also acknowledging God in the fact that it was not His will for me to be sick, depressed, or broke.
For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with streams and pools of water, with springs flowing in the valleys and hills;8 a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; 9 a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills. 10 When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. Deuteronomy 8:7-10
My mountains did eventually fall into the sea. My nausea went away, finances started to come to dig us out, and depression started to lift. In speaking to the mountains that were in front of me I believe it gave me the faith to overcome those mountains. Initially I thought that the mountains were impassable but with God’s help I overcame them. I overcame them by speaking directly to them.
Here is the message from Joel Olsteen that reminded me to speak to my mountains. I hope you find it helpful as well.