Thursday, May 7, 2015

Mountains in our lives


Mountain Moving Faith
In our city we have a mountain of poverty; many are on welfare and disability.  A large crowd are homeless, some have been released from jail, and others are bound by alcohol and drugs. 

Thankfully, we also have recovery programs in our city where many are doing the work toward recovery.  Some have experienced being made new in Christ Jesus.  All in all there is a great need in our area for jobs and industry.  

A prayer walk was announced to meet at 9:00am at the Oroville Dam.  A road runs across the dam with parking at the far end where a person can view the landscape and also behind the lake, the mountains holding many in residence.  

Not everyone who came to pray was from our church, but we were all in unity to release blessings over our city and to keep our prayers positive.  Pastor asked that we focus on God sending provision in the form of industry, jobs and housing by what ever means God uses to provide.

Fourteen people were in attendance and although we stayed in the same proximity, we dispensed to walk and pray yet as a team. 
 

God often reveals himself on the mountaintop.  Mountains and hill tops are mentioned in the Bible over 500 times.

In the Old Testament, we consider Mt Ararat where the Ark positioned its-self after the flood, Mt Sinai where Moses received the law and the 10 commandments. Perhaps Abraham and Lot were on a mountain as Lot looked over the plains and chose the well watered land and pitched his tent toward Sodom. 

Matthew, in particular, has six significant mountain scenes: Jesus’ temptation (4:8); the Sermon on the Mount (5:1); a number of healings (15:29); the Transfiguration (17:1); Jesus’ final discourse (24:1); and the commissioning of the Apostles (28:16).

Perhaps the most significant mountain scene in the Gospels, however, is the Transfiguration of Jesus. Jesus is accompanied by Moses and Elijah, who themselves encountered God on the mountaintop in the Old Testament. Now, they encounter God through Jesus and Jesus, in turn, is seen as the fulfillment of the Law (Moses) and the Prophets (Elijah).

Not to forget the Mount of Olives (Luke 22:39-49, Act 1:9-12.) Jesus prays here before his arrest and crucifixion. Later he ascends into heaven with a promise that He will return in like manner. 

All those mountains remind me that often we face a mountain of trouble in our lives.  Jesus taught that it was acceptable to speak to the mountain and tell it to go and be removed.

Prayer Starter:

Lord God, I speak to the mountains of discouragement, sickness, ungodly habits, doubt and unbelief, fear with its torments and tell them to go in Jesus Name.  I release courage, comfort, health, faith, harmony, peace, boldness and provision in all its forms to replace these mountains.   Thank you Lord Jesus for your faithfulness.


 

1 comment:

  1. we have all faced those mountains as I am sure there are more to come but faith and love help us through them
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