Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
Do-Gooders (Part 29)
Cast Their Mountains
Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him.
Mark 11:23 (NASB)
Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
Matthew 17:20 (NASB)
If earth's mountains represent obstacles, if they hover like troubles and bullies, if they block the Son's light in many lives, if just thinking about them makes men sweat, if avoiding them becomes a lifestyle, if climbing them is a strenuous job...
If most people aren't in the shape to climb, if the detours around them are lengthy, if all the winding ways prevent progress, if wimpy wanderers fill twisting paths, if they demand broader and easier roads, if Satan is happy to oblige them...
Then what must good soldiers for the Lord do?
Should we get in excellent condition by daily practice of walking in faith? Should we pore over our Captain's Orders to follow Them as He clearly instructs? Aren't we commissioned to fight the good fight, and not for us (because that war was won), but for those who are helplessly struggling? Yes! And yet--not exactly how we think.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Consider two unusual thoughts:
1) You're not called to climb every mountain, even though it's a very nice song. Surely, it beats walking around them, and the panoramic views are great. But people below lose sight of you. They're scared or not prepared for the hike, and leading them is part of your job. Modern churches nestle on hilltops.
2) Instead, you're called to cast those mountains: to pick them up and throw them away, to bury them under an ocean, as if they had never existed. And how do you destroy bad mountains? Just like one Man destroyed Satan's reign. In faith, you speak God's Word upon them.* Then show your fans how to do the same.
To Be Continued...
* Excellent, referenced article: Speak to The Mountain,
* Additional short article: Speak to Your Mountain and Move It,
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do-Gooders series.