“I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20-21 NIV).
I’m a coward. I admit it. Oh, there are times when I seem fearless and ready to take on the world, but most of my thoughts and dreams end up lost in the shadow of the mountain of fear: fear of failure, fear of debt, fear of the “what ifs”. I relish my comfort. It gives me a sense of safety; even though I know it is a false sense.
In the shadow of my mountain of fear, my thoughts turn to the dreaded “what ifs”. What if I try to expand my business and I fail? What if I don’t like the extra responsibilities? What if other business ventures result in more debt? What if my kids are unhappy with my decisions? What if I end up over my head? So, there I sit in the shadow. And it grows cold. And weary. And not much fun.
Thank God for revelations. Thank you, Lord, for great “Ah ha!” moments. Praise the Lord for those times when you’ve been over Scripture countless times, but God reveals something to you in a way you hadn’t seen before because you either weren’t ready for it or you didn’t need it then.
This is that time.
When God decided to do something, He didn’t think it. He SPOKE it. He didn’t THINK the world into existence, He SPOKE it and made it so. “The Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]” (Hebrews 4:12 AMP.)
Jesus is described in John as being THE WORD. Not a thought, but THE WORD. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning” (John 1:1-2 NIV).
The Greek word for Holy Spirit is “Pneuma” and it means wind or BREATH. “It is written: ‘I believed, therefore I have SPOKEN.’ With that same spirit (BREATH) of faith we also believe and therefore SPEAK” (2 Cor. 4:13, emphasis mine).
Fear doesn’t come from God. I know that. However, the power to overcome fear, or anything really, doesn’t lie in my ability to fight thought with thought or emotion with emotion. The power to move mountains lies in SPEAKING THE WORD OF GOD. I can’t think to my mountain of fear to move. I can’t sit in my shadow and try to rationalize, justify, or out-think my fear. I have to shout at it! I have to say to it, “MOVE!” and trust God’s Word that it will, indeed, move. And if it doesn’t, then He’s going to get me over the top of it!
I’m an introvert; a pretty reserved person. I’ve been called “unassuming.” Shouting at my fears, at my mountains, doesn’t sound like me at all. But I’m going to claim this and start speaking God’s Word more often. I’m going to start speaking to every mountain Satan tries to put before me. There’s no adventure sitting in the cold shadow of a mountain, and I’m pretty certain God didn’t put me here on this earth to sit and shiver.
He didn’t put you here for that reason either. So, I’ll ask you. What mountain do you need to shout at, “Move out of my way!”?
‘”Is not my word like fire,’ declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 23:29).
*Much credit for this revelation goes to Beth Moore’s Believing God Bible Study.