Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Moving Mountains in Simple Steps

James says in simple terms.   Get close to God and He will get close to God,  Repent and keep your sins under the blood, and your mind focused on what is important.
          James 4:8  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
We are meeting to pray over our city and asking God to remove Mountains that are in our citizens.  Many in our city are full of doubt and unbelief; Pressed down with Mountains of habits and addictions.  Full of fear with Mountains of pride and rebellion and self will.
As we prepare to take authority over these mountains, Mark shares how to receive - - -
Step 1.  Have Faith in God:
          Mark 11:22 And Jesus answering saying, Have faith in God.
Step 2.  Open your mouth and Speak
                Mark 11:23  For verily I say unto you, That who ever shall say unto this mountain,   Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart,    but shall believe that those things which he says shall come to pass; he shall have what ever he says.
Step 3.  Believe and not doubt
          Mark 11:24  Therefore I say unto you, What things so ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
Step 4.  Forgive if  you desire your personal forgiveness
          Mark 11:25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
We are reminded in the Lord's prayer that first we come to God to honor Him,  Next we are able to ask for our bread and our needs, but Jesus emphasizes the importance of forgiving others.
Our families are a big part of our life, and as young children, mountains are put upon us.  Parents and relatives, friends, teachers do not always understand the power that there is in words, and as most of us have experienced, words that hurt and deeply cut into our soul.  These words make deep wounds and cause us to become easily offended.
As a young person, the sad thing is that we take those harmful words to heart and believe them, not realizing they are not true. 
If anyone has ever told you "leave us alone, we don't want you here," or "you can't do anything right," or "you are not really loved,"  or "you are not the pretty one,"  or you are not smart and will always fail."   Often these types of statements are often said in jest, or in anger, and they are NOT true, because they are lies, - but believed by the young child. 
So what happens as the child grows up.  They remember those words, not really connecting that the words are not true, and believe everyone they meet must be saying those same words about them.  
Although a blessing from a parent figure will help to counteract childhood hurts, the major point in healing these hurts is for you to pull up the memory of your parent, sibling, teacher or friend and the words they said - -  Then determine to say verbally,  "I forgive you."  Do this with each face that comes to your mind.  Forgiveness is powerful.
Lastly take time to fast forward to times later in life when you experienced pain from words and again say with your mouth - - "I forgive you."    Believe the mountain is gone.
As I was teaching the Lord spoke to me and said, Once the mountain is now level ground, it is time to plant a "Tree of Righteousness." 
I shared this with our prayer warriors, and said, as the many mountains in our city are moved, we shall plant a tree where there was once a mountain.  In our city we shall plant an orchard of trees.


Aritha said...

Thank you!I love to read yur biblicl an good words

Floyd Chaplin said...

Wonderful advice and prayers. Forgiveness is a powerful tool for the forgiven and the forgiver.

James 4:8 is one of my favorites. I cherish it because it's always brought me back to Him and peace, regardless of circumstances.


Amen, Aunt Hazel.
Thank you for these precious reminders.
God Bless