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Mountain Moving Faith

Book By: James Simmons
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This is a book that teaches about praying in faith. This is often a misunderstood element of our Christian walk. The concept of having mustard seed faith is often twisted to include a "name it claim it" methodology. In this teaching we will look at the true meaning of faith and how it can be put into practice to truly move our mountains.


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INTRODUCTION:

"Faith", it's a word that possesses unlimited potential power. What I want to discuss is how this word applies to us in our daily life. And then how we can tap into that power source.

Lets first look at the word itself. Faith is called in the scriptures, "the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen." But how can we then apply this to ourselves?

The greatest example of this statement is the salvation of a sinner. They cannot see their salvation yet in faith, by grace, they are saved. In Ephesians 2: 8 it explains this quite clearly…"For by grace, you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God…"

Faith and God's grace are intertwined in this experience. Equally, we can see the same demonstration of God's power when we pray for our daily needs.

God, has set down in the Word a promise that He has never failed to fulfill. Here's where we have the problem. We have convinced ourselves that we are lacking in faith. So, we never bother to ask. Or, we assume that He is now some giant credit card that we can demand our wants of.

Strict guidelines have been given to us in the Word. They tell us how to come to Him. How to ask of Him. And in what way should we approach Him. But, now the question is how do we ask according to His will? How do we know what the will of God is?

To find God's will we must first lay aside our will. Jesus gave us that example very clearly in the garden. We read how He prayed not His will but the Father's will to be done.

Matthew 26: 39

39. And He went a little further, and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, "O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless not as I will but as Thou wilt.

Honestly, I find it hard to picture Jesus experiencing fear, it is quite clear that He was feeling afraid. Yet in this time of fear; when He knew that He was to go through the hardest time in His entire life; He let go of His own desires. He gave complete control over to His heavenly Father.

All through His earthly ministry, Jesus explained that He could do nothing without His Father's guidance. How did He know what His Father wanted Him to do? He spent time in daily prayer. This was the source of His wisdom, His power, and His insight.

But this wasn't some exclusive source that only Jesus could experience. No, this is also given to us as a way to experiencing the same anointing.

How can we expect God to answer our prayers when they conflict with the guidance that has been placed in the Scriptures. Thus the logical rule of thumb would be to follow the guidelines that have been placed in the scriptures. It is then that we can honestly expect God to answer the prayers of faith.

THE SCRIPTURE TELLS US TO RENEW OUR MINDS

We are in need of changing the way that we think about our prayer life. We need not come to the throne of our Heavenly Father, cowering and shaking in our boots. It is a joy to God to be able to answer His children's prayer. He loves us.

Romans 12: 1,2

1. I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

2. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.

IF WE BRING HIM OUR TITHE HE WILL BLESS IT

The Lord has laid out laws that tell us that He will bless those that give their tithe. This promise has some restrictions. The heart of the giver is to be set right. This means that the giver should giving with a joyful heart, expecting that God will increase it for His glory.

Malachi 3:10 -12

10. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

11. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.

12. And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts.

With each prayer we will find that our faith will begin to build like a muscle. The more that it is used the more it will grow. I have stood in faith about things that I could have never before withstood. This is because I have grown into that faith and that spiritual muscle has become stronger.

We need never to assume that we are lacking in faith. We have been given all the faith that we need to continue our daily walk. We need only to build up the faith that we have through prayer, Bible study, and spiritual growth. In doing this, we can see the miraculous in our lives.

John 14: 12-14

12. I assume you most solemnly I tell you if anyone steadfastly believes in Me, he will himself even greater things than these, because I go to the Father.

13. And I will do- I Myself will grant whatever you may ask in My name (presenting all I am) so that the Father may be glorified and extolled in (through) the Son.

14. Yes I will grant- will do for you- whatever you may ask in My name (presenting all that I am).

GETTING BACK TO THE BASICS

Before we can go any further we must first return to the first act of faith in our lives. For we cannot expect God to answer our prayers of faith if we come to Him covered in our sin.

Prayer is an act of worship. To come to Him with sin is as the priest did in the Old Testament. They were told that their offerings were a stench in the nostrils of God.

We must be clean before Him. Forgiveness and repentance must occur first before the miraculous can occur. We must first experience the blessed touch of the Lord in healing and forgiveness before we can see others being touched by God's hand.

So before we continue in this study of the Word, let 's stop and search ourselves. Let us do an inward search of our lives and see if there is anything that needs to be brought before the throne of God and dropped at His feet.

Let us say as the Psalmist David spoke, "Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalms 139: 23, 24)"

You may be lead to go to someone and ask them to forgive you for bitterness, or another wrong. Or maybe you need to forgive someone who has hurt you. Let us come clean before the alter.

To return to the basics is to return to your first love. When Elijah stood on the mount and faced the prophets of Baal, he had already returned to the basics of his faith. He offered no flowery prayer or read some long prepared sermon to impress his listeners.

1 Kings 18: 36-37

36. And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near and said, "Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at Thy word.

37. Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that Thou art the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.

As you seek God, ask Him to show you who He is, and who you are before Him. This is the time when we get ourselves refocused and we can then pray in faith. When He dose this He will come in like the fire on Mount Carmel. He will purge you with the fire of His holy presence.

1 Kings 18: 38-39

38. Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.

39. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The Lord, He is the God; the Lord, He is the God.

It was at that very moment that the people of Israel were confronted with their sin. They saw that they stood before the presence of God. They could not offer any excuse for their sin.

When we are confronted with our sin and the presence of God is before us, we must be simply silent and fall on our face. We are compelled to proclaim as the prophet of God Isaiah said, "Woe is me! I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts. (Isaiah 6: 5)"

I have written a simple help for you if you are uneasy with what to say in your prayer. Please only use this as a guide not a form prayer…

Dear Lord, I come to You; a sinner. Lord, I ask that You search me and reveal to me any sin that may be interfering in my relationship with You. (Stop for a moment and deal with the areas that the Holy Spirit shows you...remember that the Lord will only show you what you are ready and able to confront.) Now Lord show me any place that I need to forgive others. Lord help me to let go of these people and forgive them and forgive myself. (Again take some time to allow the Holy Spirit to speak...release the individuals that the Lord reveals...speak their name specifically and do not continue until you can speak these names without feeling emotional about them, whether anger or hurt.) Now Lord, I thank You for Your forgiveness and cleansing. I rejoice that once again I can call You Lord of my life. Thank You Lord for the presence of the Holy Spirit. Lord stir up in me again the fire of Your Spirit that I can feel His power in my life. Fill those areas that need to be filled by You and heal those places that need Your healing. I thank You Lord...amen.

The process of going through this prayer is a hard time of facing many things that you may have buried in your memory. I want to say though that God is a gentleman and will not force you to confront anything that He knows you are not ready to confront.

Write down your feelings so that you can come back and reread through your starting point.

CHAPTER ONE

FORGETTING MANS LOGIC

The first step to mountain moving faith, is laying aside the logic of man. For how can you walk in faith if you are listening to the words of a lost generation?

Man's ways are far from God's ways. So it is a logical conclusion to say that man's logic is far from God's logic. And yet we in the church are constantly speaking man's logic. We pray our prayers in unbelief and cling to humanistic views of every situation.

So often I have heard people praying the prayer, "if it be Thy will…" This immediately cuts off our faith and submits our prayer to the logic of man. We can read in the scripture that the will of God is to heal us. Why should we pray, "if it be Thy will"?

We need to make a rational decision to close our eyes to the logic of man and open our eyes to the logic of God. This is to say that we need to choose to see all our crisis through the eyes of God.

1 Corinthians 3: 18-19

18. Let no person deceive himself. If anyone among you supposes that he is wise in this age- let him discard his (worldly) discernment and recognize himself as dull, stupid and foolish, without (true) learning and scholarship, let him become a fool that he may really become wise.

19. For this worlds wisdom is foolishness- absurdity and stupidity- with God. For it is written, 'He lays hold of the wise in their (own) craftiness.

You can see here that mans logic is at odds with God's logic. We need to cling to that wisdom (God's) like it was a prize possession. This means even though it may seem completely illogical.

HEALTH AND FINANCES:

There are many stories that demonstrate God's logic as opposed to man's logic. However, the best example of this is the story of Lazarus in John 11.

We read how Mary and Martha told Jesus that Lazarus was dead. Now the story takes a strange turn in that Jesus doesn't immediately rush to his friends side. Instead Jesus remains in the town that He was ministering at for two more days.

John 11: 3-6

3. Therefore his sisters sent unto Him, saying, Lord, behold he whom thou lovest is sick.

4. When Jesus heard that, He said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.

5. Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.

6. When He had heard therefore that he was sick, He abode two days still in the same place where He was.

This action makes no logical sense to the human mind. Yet Jesus wasn't listening to human logic in this situation. He was listening to His Father. Jesus told His disciples that this was "for God's glory."

John 11: 7, 11-15

7. Then after that saith He to His disciples, Let us go into Judea again.

8. These things said He: and after that He saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep

9. Then saith His disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well

10. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that He had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.

11. Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.

12. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.

I have to say that I sympathize with the two sisters. I must admit that I would be rather insulted if a man like Jesus; who claims to be a good friend, did not come to my brother's side when he was sick. Let alone waiting to even start traveling for two days.

But here we have our story continuing when Jesus finally arrives four days after Lazarus has died. Again Jesus reassures them that this is only for God's glory.

But the human mind asks, 'How could the death of one of your best friends be for the glory of God?' This is where we must see each even through the eyes of God. For Jesus knew that He had been given all authority, and that there was nothing impossible for His heavenly Father. So in His eyes Lazarus wasn't dead, he was just taking a short rest until Jesus came and called him back.

John 11: 17, 20-27

17. Then when Jesus came, He found that he had lain in the grave four days already.

18. Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house.

19. Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if Thou hadst been here, my brother had not died,

20. But I know, that even now, whatsoever Thou wilt ask of God, God will give it Thee.

21. Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.

22. Martha saith unto Him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.

23. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

24. And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believeth thou this?

25. She said unto Him, Yea, Lord; I believe that Thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.

Martha and Mary were so bombarded with the logic of their world that the idea of Jesus being able to raise their brother from the dead was completely insane. They had buried him four days ago and he had been pronounced dead. He wasn't simply in some coma or sleeping. He was dead.

John 11: 32-34, 38-44

32. Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying unto Him, Lord, if Thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.

33. When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, He groaned in the Spirit, and was troubled.

34. And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto Him, Lord, come and see.

35. Jesus therefore again groaning in Himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.

36. Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto Him, Lord, by this time he stinketh; for he hath been dead four days.

37. Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldst see the glory of God?

38. Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up His eyes, and said, Father, I thank Thee that Thou has heard Me.

39. And I knew that Thou hearest Me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that Thou has sent Me.

40. And when He thus had spoken, He cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.

41. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave clothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

We so often face crisis that seem insurmountable for us in our human limitations. Cancer, divorce, poverty, death all come at us from every side convincing us that we cannot win. Are they mountains? Yes, they are. Are they overwhelming? Yes, they can be. But not in the presence of the Lord God.

If we can only remember that God has given us numerous promises in His word. Promises that tell us that we can overcome all the wiles of the enemy. And each of these mountains that we face are just that. They are tools of the enemy to defeat us.

Cancer has destroyed many people and crushed many families. Yet God says that cancer is curable in His hands. I could tell you of many who have been diagnosed with cancer; told that they had only days to live. Yet today they are proclaiming the glory of God through that time.

You see that in this story, every evidence in the eyes of man told the people and his family that Lazarus was dead. The proof was there in the grave. His body accepted the sickness. He gave in and succumbed to whatever sickness had attacked him.

Yet, in the hands of Jesus Christ, the enemy had to run. Death could not hold His friend. And God received the glory, just as He had said.

Though the world had declared Lazarus a lost cause, hopeless, without a chance to live again. God said life. Jesus knew that His Father never lied. He was standing on that truth amidst all the facts to the contrary.

We too have been given promises that could give us strength in the same crisis. We face financial crisis that have resulted in divorce, suicide, and jail. Yet the answer is right here in the Word of God.

Malachi 3: 10-12

10. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in Mine house, and prove Me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, If I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

11. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.

12. And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts.

This passage promises us that if we give to the Lord our tithe, He will abundantly return it to us. So no matter what the world may say about our finances, we can stand on the promise that He will not abandon us.

FAMILY AND OTHERS

There is no doubt that the family is under severe attack from the enemy. It seems that at every turn I hear of another divorce, murder, rape, or separation. It even has hit my own family.

Children also seem to be the target. With every form of perversion coming at them through the internet and advertising, there seems to be no place of refuge. Society has told them that they don't need their parents, they can make decisions about life on their own.

The enemy seeks to steal kill and destroy our families. He is coming at us with both guns blazing and if we are not prepared we will be overtaken.

But the scripture is true, dear reader. Be encouraged. "Train up a child in the way he should go and he will not depart from it." I offer this as encouragement because I lived it.

No child is too far gone to come back. They may be bruised and hurt, but they will return. It may take some time for them to stay in the pig pen, or walk through some fire. But stand on this truth; What God has promised, He will fulfill.

The institute of marriage is another area of severe attack in today's society. Man's logic tries to program us into believing that marriage is outdated. God's logic tells us the He established marriage to teach us of His love for the church.

He has laid down laws and guidelines that will help us sustain union and peace. We can find refuge in the word, if we find our marriage in the midst of crisis.

1 Corinthians 4: 18, 19

18. Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.

19. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

We should be able to clearly see how the logic of man is at odds with the logic of God. Man's logic is self-centered, self-serving, and self-destructive. But God's wisdom seeks to give unselfishly and forgive unconditionally. God's wisdom teaches us when we fail to admit failure and accept responsibility.

In our relationships, we can see how many of our non-Christian friends are consumed in bitterness and unforgiveness. They seek only to satisfy their own fleshly wants. They take and take, never caring whom they hurt. Yet God's wisdom shows us how to forgive and give abundantly to the needs of others. It tells us to lift up others and rejoice in the success of others.

This is the first step in our faith walk. To lay aside all of man's logic and hold fast to God's wisdom. No matter what crisis we may be in the middle of, we must seek God's wisdom in this crisis.

Initially, we need to repent of our selfishness. We need to return to our salvation experience and be broken before the throne of God. He will then take the burden of the crisis and carry it for us. We can then look at our crisis through His eyes, and not our own.

Again I am leaving you with a short guide prayer. Please only use this as a guide to help you pray through your mountain. Remember to release the preconceived logic of man and accept the wisdom and logic of God in your crisis. Know that His wisdom is far beyond that of man.

Dear Lord, I lay aside all of the wisdom of men and cling to the wisdom of God. I recognize my own limitations and Your unlimited power. I know that there is nothing impossible with You.

Lord, first, I ask You to show me the places in my life that I have relied on man's logic. (stop for a moment and listen to the Holy Spirit as He reveals the areas that you need to deal with.) Forgive me, Lord for allowing the logic of man to influence my faith. Forgive me for doubting You. Cleanse me from that doubt and help me to strengthen my faith in You.

Now Lord, as I face this crisis in my life, (speak whatever crisis the Holy Spirit has shown you.) I lay aside the logic and wisdom of man concerning this. I give it completely into Your hands. I ask You to take full control of this and grant me the wisdom of Solomon as I look upon this situation; that I can look upon this in faith. And Lord, through all of it, give me the ability to praise You, knowing that even as I have begun to pray, You are already answering this prayer...Amen.

As in the previous chapter I would like you to write down your thoughts from this chapter. Put down your feelings as you prayed through this part of the faith walk.

CHAPTER TWO

ALLOWING GOD TO WORK IN THE IMPOSSIBLE

Congratulations. You've successfully moved beyond the logic of man and your ready to attack that mountain head-on.

Allowing God to work, is simply allowing Him to take that impossible situation; that mountain, and move it out of your way.

So often though this seems to be the hardest step in our faith walk. Our minds convince us that we can deal with the mountain ourselves. Just like little children trying to accomplish a new task, we say to God, "I can do it myself." Then we find ourselves bruised, beaten, and broken, and we cry out to God (our heaven Father), "Why did you let me do that?"

I remember a time in my life when I faced down a group of bully's who proceeded to give me a thorough beating. I was riding home after my humiliation and began to rant at God. "You promised me that you would protect me, You promised me that I would never have to have this happen, Where were you God? Where were you when they were beating me?" I said. Then suddenly I felt a hand slap me across the face and I fell to the ground.

The voice of God spoke to me at that moment in hard fierce tones. "Who do you think you are speaking to?" He said to me, "Were you there when the galaxies were formed? Did you speak them into existence? Did you form the face of man in your hand? Did you part the waters? Did you breath breathe into the animals and give them life? I am God. I held your hand when you prepared to take that boys life with the knife you carry. I protected you from your own foolish behavior, son. I have been there through all of those times that you wept and cried. I wept with you."

The reality of that moment hasn't been more true than over the past year as I have gone through the hardest times of my life. As I sat working on this chapter I have felt the same hand but not in chastisement, instead in mercy.

For as I have tried to face the hardest mountain in my life and have forgotten all of these teachings, God has gently brought me back to this place. In His eternal mercy and grace I have found myself being asked the same questions.

How do I take this step of faith? How do I allow God to work in and through this impossible situation? I am facing the loss of my family . I am about to loose my wife. How do I take this impossible crisis, this time of darkness, and allow God to speak light into my life?

First, we understand that man's logic does not apply here. We have taken this first step and accepted that God's logic is far beyond anything that man can offer. So now we need to understand that we cannot deal with this mountain on our own. We must surrender this mountain completely unto the authority of God.

In our surrender we must now let God have freedom to do whatever He chooses to do. He must have full control of our lives, our finances, our children, our work, etc. As we do this we must begin to praise God for what He is about to do. This means no matter what it may be, and even before we see the results of His move.

The Word of God is filled with people of God facing impossible situations and standing in faith. From the Old Testament through the New Testament, we are told time after time how God proved Himself true.

Daniel saw the mouths of the lions shut. Abraham was promised a son and received one in his old age. Samson fought an army single handed and defeated them. David faced Goliath with three stones and took his head.

The best story that presents this truth though is the story of the three Hebrew children as they stood before the king.

Now let me lay out the setting of our three Heroes of Faith. The king Nebuchadnezzar had sent out orders that the people of the land had to bow and worship him at the sound of the trumpet. The consequence of not bowing would be death.

However, there were three Hebrews that refused to bow, despite the potential consequences. Well, the king was royally upset. He ordered that they were to be arrested and brought before him.

Daniel 3: 13-14,16-18

13. Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then they brought these men before the king.

14. Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up?

15. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, 'O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.

16. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will bring us out of thine hand, O king.

17. But if not, be it known unto thee, o king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou has set up.

I want you to see these key phrases in this passage. This is crucial to allowing God to work in your impossible situation. Look at the power of their faith. They accepted that it was not what they wanted. They were completely submitted to the will of God.

Now, understand that they told the king that it wasn't a decision that they took lightly. They had spent time praying about this. They knew the potential result was death. Yet, this did not sway their decision.

What consequence are you willing to face to follow the will of God in this situation? Are you willing to loose your home, your friends, your family, your life?

Daniel 3: 19-25

19. Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated.

20. And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace.

21. Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.

22. Therefore because the king's commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

23. And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.

24. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and rose up in hast, and spake, and said unto his counselors, 'Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?' They answered and said unto the king, 'True, O king.'

25. He answered and said, 'Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt: and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.'

The faith of these three men carried them up to and through the ultimate sacrifice. Yet they did not waver. But now, after they have overcome the king, the result is to walk through the fire with the Son of God.

But lets get this whole thing down to our individual lives. How can we see God walk with us midst our fiery furnace? We must first realize that we are not longer looking at our situation through earthly eyes. We need to look through the eyes of faith.

This means that we need to tap into the authority that we have in the Name of Jesus Christ. David spoke of the proving of the armor. We have proven the armor of God and found it faithful. Read through 'role call of faith' found in the book of Hebrews and you can see how He has proven faithful.

I Samuel 17: 34-37

34. And David said to Saul, 'Your servant kept his fathers sheep, and when there came a lion, and again a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock.

35. I went out after him, and smote him and delivered it out of his mouth; and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and killed him.

36. Your servant killed both lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, for he has defiled the armies of the Living God.

37. David said, 'the Lord, who delivered me out of the paw of the lion and of the paw of the bear, He will deliver me out of the hand of the Philistine.' And Saul said to David, 'Go and the Lord be with you.'

David was functioning in faith based upon what he had seen God do in his life, time and again. Sadly, Saul should have been able to move in the same faith. The Hebrew tradition of that time was to pass on the history of their families from one generation to another. Yet the army of Israel sat on the ridge in fear.

PUTTING GOD IN A BOX

Saul had long since forgotten the power of the God of his forefathers. He had long since forgotten the great acts of people like Abraham, Moses, Isaac, and others.

But, sadly there are many of us who have done the very same thing. We've forgotten the God of our forefathers. We've place God into a box of tradition, ritual and religion. We have declared that this is as far as He can move and no further.

We need to remove those walls and recognize that we serve the same God that spoke the worlds into existence. We serve the God who raised Lazarus, closed the lions mouth, delivered a nation, killed a giant, rebuilt a nation, birthed out Savior, split the temple veil, rose from the dead, and gave us salvation, healing, deliverance, restoration, and a promised returning Glorious King.

Hebrews 12:1-2

1. Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

2. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

David declared his faith. He had no doubts that this Philistine was going to die. He knew that the Lord was going to give him in to his hand. And it would be seen by all that this was an act of God.

So how does this apply to our mountain? You must declare to the enemy that put this mountain in your life that he is a liar. Declare that the mountain that has held you and beaten you, will die. Declare that God will give this mountain into your hand and you will proclaim to all that God has set you free.

I Samuel 17: 45-46

45. Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of Hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.

46. This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand: and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcasses of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.

The words that you speak are crucial. The Lord told us to be careful how we use our tongue. He told us that it held much power. Why is this? Because what you say in agreement with another is a binding truth.

Matthew 18:18-20

18. Verily I say unto you. Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

19. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of My Father which is in heaven.

20. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them.

This principle is based on the Jewish law that says a covenant must possess two witnesses. But think about this. If you agree and another agrees then God agrees. What power is available to you at that point!

Look at the story of the woman with the issue of blood. It doesn't say that she thought or considered or debated within herself. It tells us that she said, "If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole." She spoke her faith, and Jesus acknowledged this faith.

Mark 5: 27-29,34

27. When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.

28. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.

29. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.

30. And He said unto Her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

I SURRENDER IT ALL:

We have been given the opportunity to see God's unlimited power in our lives. Jesus promised us that we could see the same miracles that happened in Jesus ministry; and even greater.

John 14: 11-12

11. Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me: or else believe Me for the very works' sake.

12. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father.

Jesus later explains that this will happen because we are praying with the authority in His name. We no longer approach the throne trying to summon our worthiness or groveling at the feet of Jesus. Notice that this doesn't mean that we show arrogance or irreverence. We show our reverence by approaching the throne realizing that we are His children now and we have been given the privilege to come to Him. We now approach His throne, clothed in His righteousness. We speak our petition to the "I am".

John 14: 13-14

13. And whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

14. If ye shall ask any thing in My name, I will do it.

This means we tap into the unlimited power that this attains. He said in this passage that " He will present all that He is". That is saying that He will be the complete answer to all that we need to fulfill our petition. Just like when He spoke to Moses from the burning bush.

He was saying, He would be all that Moses needed. If he needed courage, then He would be his courage. If he needed the words to say to Pharaoh, then He would be his words.

So you are looking at God and then at your mountain. Your vision has been changed and now you are going to allow God to move. You now must speak to that mountain with words of faith. You must have the faith of the woman with the issue of blood; David's faith. You know the promises that fill the scriptures. Grab hold of the promise that fits with your mountain and proclaim this truth.

Dear Lord, I praise Your name. I proclaim You as Lord of my life. I surrender myself to Your leading and listen with my heart and my spirit to Your voice. Lord this mountain that is before me is a hard thing in my life. And I know that You are not glorified in it remaining in my life. Lord God, the enemy has been beating me with this and it has caused a gap in my relationship with You. I don't want this in my life anymore. Satan, right now, I declare to you, that you are defeated. You have come to me with (your mountain) seeking to defeat me. You have knocked me down for the last time. For today, the Lord will deliver you into my hand. I will take you down in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. And all around me will know that I serve the Lord God. Now in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I command you to take your hands off of me. Mountain of (your mountain), I command you to be gone. You no longer have a place in my life. Holy Spirit, I give You the glory, I ask You to fill this part of my life that has been beaten and bruised. Heal the hurt areas, and restore the joy of the Lord in my life. Thank You Jesus, Amen.

As in the previous chapter I would like you to write down your thoughts from this chapter. Put down your feelings as you prayed through this part of the faith walk.

CHAPTER THREE

IGNITING THE FIRE OF THE SPIRIT

We are going to learn about the power of the Holy Spirit. This is the power that is available to all the children of God. Sadly, we behave just as the disciples did in many of the situations that they faced while walking with Jesus.

In the story of the feeding of the five thousand, we can see this played out clearly. At this time they had already seen Jesus do many miracles. They had seen Him heal and even seen Him walk upon the water. Yet, when they were faced with a simple situation like feeding the hungry, they faltered.

Mark 8:1-4

1. In those days the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat, Jesus called His disciples unto Him, and saith unto them,

2. I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with Me three days, and have nothing to eat:

3. And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far.

4. And His disciples answered Him, 'From whence can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness?

What great men of faith. "But God there just isn't any way I can do this," I've said the same thing. But, this is the time when we must learn to move outside our limits. It is when we step outside out limits is when God receives the glory. If we could do it in our own strength, what did we need God for? You may not see how to accomplish the task that God lays before you. But you must listen to what the Spirit says to you. In account of this story Jesus says these words, "Give me what you have."

As Jesus said this to the disciples, He also says this to us. Jesus is asking you to do the same thing and give Him what you have. The Holy Spirit can take you beyond what you feel are your furthest points. He can take your weaknesses and do wonders. It was only five loaves and two fish that Jesus used to feed a multitude. The Holy Spirit can do the impossible.

So, what is this power? Well, in Mark 16:17-18, it tells us of what is available to us as believers.

Mark 16:17-18

17. And these signs shall follow them that believe; in My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

18. They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Also in John 14:11-14, we are told that we will do even greater miracles.

John 14: 11-12

11. Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me: or else believe Me for the very works' sake.

12. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father.

13. And whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

14. If ye shall ask any thing in My name, I will do it.

Here Jesus tells us clearly that He has given to us the authority to overcome the enemy and all his attacks. We can see people healed and delivered. We can see miracles on a daily basis. We can see the mountain moved in our lives. All that we have to do is tap into the power that is available to us.

How do we do this? How do we tap into the power that is in the name of Jesus?

IGINITING THE FIRE OF THE SPIRIT

I like telling people about just how much power is available to us in the name of Jesus. First of all the word dunamos is the Greek word that means power. It is the root of words like dynamite. However, in this context the word dynamo is closest to its true meaning.

Now a dynamo is a device that creates continuous power by turning faster and faster. Basically, the more it turns the more power is produced. Cities use these very large dynamos to produce electricity for their customers.

If we were to house a dynamo that could produce only one millionth the potential power available to the believer in the name of Jesus, it would probably fill a large auditorium.

Now we want to take this dynamo and push it to it's limit. So, let's cover all the openings and cracks, to hold the power inside the building. Lets turn the machine up to only a fraction of it's power at one thousandth of its potential. In doing this the room and building will be glowing with power.

If we move it up another tenth, the building will be consumed with the power. Now taking it up another tenth, the surrounding area would be consumed with the power.

You see, you are talking about tapping into the power of the Creator of the universe. The power that spoke the worlds into existence. The power that brought Jesus Christ back from the dead. This is the power that is held in the very name of Jesus. He has given you this power.

This means, that in the anointing of the Holy Spirit, we have the potential power to move any mountain. We plug into this when we come before the throne of God in prayer, using the name of Jesus. When we do this we are not walking in under our own authority but under the authority of God's own Son.

Let me give you another example of just what this means to you as a believer. If I was going to go before a judge on a severe case. I would most likely want to be prepared with all the evidence I could find. I would also want to find myself a good lawyer.

So I would begin looking around and talking to some of my friends. So lets just say that one of them tells me about a guy who just happens to have the same last name as the judge. When I call him up, I find that the lawyer just happens to be the son of the judge.

Now this gives me a good advantage, to say the least. I go to the lawyer and tell him my story. He speaks bluntly and asks me if I am guilty. I tell him that I am completely guilty and deserve all the punishment that the court can dish out. The lawyer pauses for a moment and then says, "Let me call up the judge and set up a court date."

After they talk on the phone the lawyer says, "We have a special meeting with the judge. He wants us to come into his private chambers and discuss this case."

When we go and talk to the judge, I now come not only with my own credibility. I come with the credibility of the lawyer, the son of the judge.

We stand before a righteous judge, but we do not stand alone. When we bring a petition before the throne of God we come in the name of Jesus Christ. He stands before us speaking to His Father. "This one is Mine, He holds My name." He has promised that if we ask anything in His name, it would be done.

So, you say to me, "Randy, wait a minute, how can I pray for this person, or this situation? I mean, your asking too much of me." True, this may be difficult to do. Some things that the Lord takes us through, to move that mountain in our life, are hard. So this is the place that we must rely totally on the Holy Spirit.

We need to come to the place that we understand our strength comes from God alone. Every prophet of old demonstrated great feats of faith by realizing that God alone could get them through their crisis.

Mark 16:17-18

17. And these attesting signs will accompany those who believe in My name; they will drive out demons; they will speak with new languages;

18. They will pick up serpents, and (even) if they drink anything deadly, it will not hurt them, they will lay hands on the sick, and they will get well.

God has promised us the power to stand, in the face of trials and struggles. In our standing we then move under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. This is where God can now move through us and the igniting of the Holy Spirit's fire can begin

Romans 8:26

26. So too, the (Holy) Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance.

27. And He that searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

Now I know that this may rub some people the wrong way. The fact of scripture is, however, that we need the baptism of the Holy Spirit to overcome the attack of the enemy. It is through this that we can tap in to that power we have been promised. To be baptized in the Spirit is to give complete control of our lives to the Holy Spirit, to surrender your own will to that of the will of God.

Acts 2: 1-2

1. And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

2. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

In this event we can see that the believers had some key characteristics in their lives. They understood surrender and obedience. It was their obedience to wait on the Lord that brought down the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit. When we are ready to move into this place, the Holy Spirit can manifest Himself in and through us. He can reveal to us the spiritual aspects of our mountains.

He can then pray in and through us with words of faith that will see the mountain moved. He can also birth in us the victory of our faith.

Paul explains in Romans 8 that when we face mountains, sometimes we are unsure of how to pray through the mountain. We need the Spirit to reveal exactly what is the way to pray.

Quite often that mountain is not the need for physical healing, but emotional or spiritual healing. We may need to confront hard, painful memories. We may need to go to someone and ask forgiveness, or forgive them. This is where we need to wait on the Lord and allow Him freedom to speak to us.

I have learned that we often face mountains (crisis) in our lives that appear to be one thing and are actually the result of deeper issues. Overeating in my life was simply the result of low self-esteem created by molestation at an early age.

When we allow the Holy Spirit to truly be ignited in our lives, He can burn away the shroud of the enemy to reveal truth. This truth is the place that our freedom needs to occur. Sometimes this will be hard, but always remember that God will not take us through an area that we cannot deal with. He will take you step by step through your memories until the healing comes.

A CLEANSING FIRE

As we allow the Holy Spirit freedom in our life, He will begin to open up all of those spiritual closets that hold our past pain. He may also reveal areas where we have allowed the enemy to have control. This can come from our unforgiveness, arrogance, or our ignorance. Whatever the reason or source, we must allow the Holy Spirit complete freedom to move in and through our life.

We must rest in His strength, not in our strength. This will be where we can most experience the true power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. This is the true infilling of the Spirit.

The infilling of the Holy Spirit, or Baptism of the Holy Spirit, is probably the most vital part of the Christians walk. Yet it is the most controversial. It is crucial to our daily faith walk. It is our dynamo.

Some have explain it this way. When we are saved, we are given all of God that we may ever need. The glass of our life is filled to the brim. However, through our daily life, each experience or trial we face we find that some of that joy and strength begins to splash out. The glass of our life begins to empty.

When we are baptized with the Holy Spirit, He comes and picks up the glass and sets it within Himself. The glass is not only filled but filled to overflowing. We are set within the person of the Holy Spirit. We no longer possess the Holy Spirit, He possesses us.

But you may be asking, "How do we separate between then and now?" We learn that the scripture shows us that the evidence of the true filling is to speak the praises of God in tongues. Every case in scripture tells us that when the Baptism occurred, tongues followed.

Acts 2: 1-4

1. And when the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all assembled together in one place.

2. When suddenly there came a sound from heaven like the rushing of a violent tempest blast, and it filled the whole house in which they were sitting.

3. And there appeared to them tongues resembling fire, which were separated and distributed and that settled on each one of them.

4. And they were all filled -diffused throughout their soul- with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other (different, foreign) languages as the Spirit kept giving them clear and loud expression (in each tongue in appropriate words).

If we continue to read we will see how God manifested His power clearly in each of the disciples. Further in the book of Acts, Peter brought the news of the Holy Spirit and His filling to other believers. Each of them had a manifestation of His presence in tongues.

So we see that after the baptism was when the power came down. We must ask ourselves this question, "Have we experienced the baptism as described in scripture? Have we allowed the Holy Spirit to have complete reign in our life?"

The fact is that you must choose to allow the Spirit complete control of your life, or your mountain will not be moved.

Pray through the following prayer and I promise that you will experience the power of God to radically move that mountain in your life. Understand that we don't truly know all that is transpiring within the spiritual realm. The Holy Spirit is our guide in each of these times.

Dear Lord, I come before Your throne in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. I give You praise and honor and worship. Lord, You alone are worthy of praise. Father, I continue to submit myself unto Your guidance and now I ask that You cover me with the anointing of Your Holy Spirit. Baptize me now, Father, in the power of Your Spirit as You did the disciples on Pentecost. Wash over me as You did in that upper room. Empower me with Your strength that I may be able to stand against the wiles of the evil one. Guide me as I pray in the Spirit. Show me how to pray through this mountain (your mountain) to attack it and see it fall. I give You praise for You have promised that even as I speak my prayer, You are already beginning to move on my behalf. Amen.

As in the previous chapter I would like you to write down your thoughts from this chapter. Put down your feelings as you prayed through this part of the faith walk.

CHAPTER FOUR

TEARING DOWN

THE STRONGHOLD OF THE ENEMY

Okay, this is where we stop playing games. It is time to put things into practice. It is time to start applying all the things that I have taught you in the past chapters. We are going to storm the gates of hell and demand them to let you go. Get down to the roots of our problems and take this mountain down to the water line.

To review, we started by talking about changing our perspective. We said that you need to recognize who is the source of our mountain, our enemy.

The enemy seeks to steal kill and destroy. So, though some may say otherwise; your sickness, your financial crisis, your marital turmoil, or whatever your mountain may be, is not from God. It is not a test, a punishment, a season of trial, or a desert time. It is simply and completely an attack from the enemy.

Now, understanding this, we are going to go on the offensive. I want to lay down some ground-work. I am not talking about underestimating his power. Or flippantly attacking the enemy. For this would be foolishness. Instead, I am saying that we must know his boundaries and our own.

We need to know that we are the children of God. In this fact, the enemy has no right to attack us. You are the precious possession of the King of Kings. He has placed upon you His seal. Therefore the enemy cannot attack or harm you, without you allowing him to do so. Therefore, we must change our perspective and realize that the enemy has violated his boundaries by touching you.

We must secondly see that we have been given the right to attack with the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is one of our weapons that can bring the enemy to their knees. This right is reserved only for the child of God. No other creation has this privilege. When we stand in this authority of that name, all that it represents stands with us.

Just for example lets consider the ambassador of the Roman Empire. This is the picture that Paul is giving in this statement. In this time there was no telecommunication like there is today. When an ambassador traveled from one country to the next, he traveled with the authority of that nation.

Now when you talked about the ambassador of Rome, you understood that he wielded a large amount of power. If we throw in some tension to our story and say that he is captured and his life is threatened, we have just declared war with Rome. Why?

Because when we threatened the ambassador of Rom we have threatened Rome itself. This man could declare war if he was insulted by someone. Simply by placing a seal on a piece of paper. This is why when Joseph was given his position in the kingdom, he had such authority. He functioned as a representative of the king's house.

Now, if we take this into the spiritual realm, we can see the great power that lays at our finger tips. When we face the enemy, we do not stand alone. For we stand as children of the Almighty.

We stand in the authority of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Ambassadors of Christ. Given His name as a tool and as a right of honor. We can thus face the very gates of hell itself without fear.

The enemy trembles at the believer who has grabbed hold of the truth of his/her position in Christ.

I find myself thinking of Joshua as he stood before the walls of Jericho. These walls were huge. They would regularly hold chariot races around the top of the city. Homes were constructed on top of these walls. Now there stood Joshua looking at this impressive, yet impassable barrier. Suddenly, God speaks and says, "Joshua, these walls are going to fall."

I have to be honest and tell you that my response would probably be, "Yeah right." Yet he never wavered in the truth of the word from God. He was clinging to the promise and moved out into the battle.

TEARING DOWN THE STRONGHOLD

In this section I want to talk about tearing down strongholds. Now lets get some definitions clarified. The term stronghold refers to a structure within a walled or fortified city that has been built to hide the enemy.

This was often done during a battle, when the enemy saw an area of the city that wasn't being guarded. They would tear down a section of the wall and use the stones to build a walled or fortified area within the city. They would then have unencumbered access to the rest of the city.

Matthew 12: 29

29. Or how can a person go into a strong man's house and carry his goods- the entire equipment of his house- without first bi





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