Summary: Some mountains are to be climbed, some commanded, some conquered, some are cordoned of. This is about mountains you have to conquer.
Intro: Part 4 of a series of messages on:
WHY DIDN'T MY MOUNTAIN MOVE?
This series was birthed on a question a woman asked her pastor, when her sick child died... "Why didn't my mountain move? I prayed, I believed, I spoke to the mountain, but my child died." The pastor she asked, replied:
SOME MOUNTAINS IN LIFE ARE TO BE CLIMBED.
SOME MOUNTAINS IN LIFE ARE TO BE CONQUERED.
SOME MOUNTAINS IN LIFE ARE TO BE COMMANDED.
SOME MOUNTAINS IN LIFE ARE CORDONED OFF. (My addition to his reply)
This week we will be discussing: Some mountains are to be conquered.
We like when mountains fall into the sea, we like when by the grace of God we are permitted to climb the mount and enjoy fellowship in His presence, but the mountains you have to conquer, though these mountain yield the sweetest of fruits, is the one believers like the least. You see this one involves real work.
I like what one preacher once said along the lines of this topic. If God puts a mountain in your way, and you try to sidestep it, you will find that God puts it right back in the middle of your path. You see some mountains can only be dealt with by conquering them.
Caleb said "give me my mountain"
If you try to speak to a mountain you are supposed to conquer, nothing will happen.
Some people quit smoking in an instant, for many others it will be one of the biggest knock down drag out fights in their life.
They will say: "God if you love me take this away." God says if you love me:
Roll up your sleeves, dig in your heels, put up your dukes, and I promise you, you will be the last person standing.
Isn't it wonderful when God supernaturally causes the fruit of the Spirit to be revealed in your life, for example take the gift of, "longsuffering." When its a fruit of the Spirit, and it is God's character being expressed through you its easy. But what about when He challenges you to live out your Christian walk, and bring your anger and frustration with others under His control with no obvious support in your "feelings." That is a bird of a different feather. That is conquering a mountain, and not simply watching it fall into the sea.
Consider Caleb's request:
Jos 14:12 Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the LORD spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims [were] there, and [that] the cities [were] great [and] fenced: if so be the LORD [will be] with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the LORD said.
The Anakim were giants who live in seriously fortified cities. The first sight of them caused the hearts of 10 of the original 12 spies to search out Israel to melt in fear.
Nu 13:28 Nevertheless the people [be] strong that dwell in the land, and the cities [are] walled, [and] very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there.
Nu 13:33 And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, [which come] of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.
Caleb was a visionary for God! He saw the impossible, believed God, and didn't consider for a second an easier route.