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Speak to the Mountain

by Mark Batterson,
Author of Draw the Circle

Say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’
and it will move. — Matthew 17:20

There comes a moment when you must quit talking to God about the mountain in your life and start talking to the mountain about your God. You proclaim His power. You declare His sovereignty. You affirm His faithfulness. You stand on His Word. You cling to His promises.

Goliath held an entire army captive through fear. His weapon was intimidation. And that is how our enemy operates. He prowls around like a roaring lion. (1 Peter 5:88)

But the important word is like: He’s an imposter. Jesus is the Lion of the tribe of Judah. (Revelation 5:5) And when he roars, everything is shaken. All authority under heaven and on earth is His. And we are His children. Why don’t we live like it, love like it, give like it, serve like it, and pray like it?

If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)

The One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13 NKJV)

In all things God works for the good of those who love Him,
who have been called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)

What did Jesus do when Satan tempted Him in the wilderness? He fell back on the Word of God He used it like a skilled swordsman. And He wasn’t just defending Himself; He was delivering blows by citing chapter and verse!

Maybe we need to quit playing defense and start playing offense. Maybe we need to quit letting our circumstances get between us and God and let God get between us and our circumstances.

Maybe we need to stop talking to God about our problem and start talking to our problem about God.

More Than Conquerors

It’s time to claim the victory that has already been won at Calvary We are not conquerors; we are more than conquerors through Christ. Jesus proclaimed the victory when He said,

I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:18 NKJV)

Let me make two observations First, notice the pronouns. He did not say, “You will build My church”; He said, “I will build My church ” The key pronouns are I and My. The church belongs to Jesus Christ. So does the battle. So does the victory.

Second, it says that the gates of Hades will not prevail. Gates are defensive measures, which means, by definition, that the Church is on the offense. It’s high time for an all-out attack on the enemy! The battlefield is the prayer closet. And secret prayer is our secret weapon.

When we hit our knees, we pick a fight with the enemy. We are immediately transported to the front lines of the Kingdom, where we wage war with principalities and powers. That is where the battle is won or lost — on our knees! And when we hit our knees, God fights our battles for us.

Speak to the Mountain
from Devotionals Daily
© by Mark Batterson,
Author of Draw the Circle


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