I live in the panhandle of Texas and there isn’t a mountain in sight, yet I hear Christians here talking about speaking to mountains all the time; I’ve even heard some praying about these so-called mountains (again, there are no mountains in sight). They appear to think mountains are their problems, but that’s entirely not true; mountains are mountains, problems are problems, and the two are nowhere near the same.
Through the years people have distorted the Word of God to the point that many now think these distortions are correct. Some of these distortions are things like claiming a promise, standing on the Word, and mountains are problems and you have to speak to them. But nowhere in Scripture are these things mentioned. They don’t exist in Scripture or in the Kingdom of God.
Why would someone claim a promise of God? To claim is to demand something that you think you have a right to. Who in his right mind would demand something from a holy God? Why would somebody stand on the Word; Jesus is the Word, believe Him, don’t stand on Him. Why would someone call a problem a mountain? A mountain is a mountain and a problem is a problem.
May I suggest that these three distortions of Scriptures originated from the mouth of Satan. He would rather have people standing on the promises of God and claiming those promises, rather than believing God and resting in Him. He would much rather we constantly struggle in our minds and talk to our problems rather than casting our cares upon our Lord, because He cares for us. He would rather we spend our lives trying to make God work rather than resting in Him and trusting Him to work.
We don’t receive things we ask because we don’t spend enough time claiming, standing, or speaking to our problems. We don’t receive things we ask because we don’t believe. And all of the claiming, standing, and speaking to problems won’t help our unbelief.
“…whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things,” Philippians 4:8. If we do this we will soon find our Lord showering His promises upon us. He is good. He is love. We are His beloved.
Dear friends, I am not maligning anyone or calling anyone on the carpet. I am simply pointing out that dear ones have picked up concepts of men and are preaching them from the pulpit. For instance, the concept of speaking to our problems comes from Matthew 17:20. The disciples had just tried to remove a demon from a boy and couldn’t do it. They asked Jesus why they couldn’t do it and this was His answer, “And He said to them, ‘Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you shall say to this mountain, ’Move from here to there,’ and it shall move, and nothing shall be impossible to you.” The mountain He was speaking of was not the problem; it was the mountain He and Peter, James and John had just come down from (vs. 9). Jesus never once said that our problems were mountains.
This belief was conjured up in the mind of a well-meaning human being somewhere in the past and has been adopted as a spiritual truth, yet it was never true to begin with; it was just a human thought from a human mind. It has nothing to do with Scripture or the Christian life. I’m a servant of God and my allegiance is to Him. I have to speak the truth. If anything I say offends anyone it is certainly not meant to. I just speak and write of what I hear in the Spirit, in the Word, and in the kingdom of God.
Some well-meaning people still believe and teach these three things I have spoken of (standing on the Word, claiming promises, and speaking to our so-called mountains) and I mean no offense to them, nor do I judge them; I love them as my own kin, my own family; I love them with the love God has poured in my heart for all people, without judgment, and unconditionally. I love them so much that I speak the truths of God and not the concepts of man.
Dear friends, it is a simple fact that the devil is behind these beliefs. The longer he can get Christians to concentrate on things they desire (promises, etc.) and things they don’t desire (problems or so-called mountains) the longer he can keep Christians from doing the will of God. Satan is constantly trying to influence Christians to look at problems and unanswered prayers, and to concentrate on them, trying to fix them, trying to exercise power in the name of Jesus to overcome them; and the longer he can keep us doing that, the longer he can keep us from looking to and concentrating on the Person of Jesus.
God allows our faith to be tested by fire, and we endure the fire not by claiming or rebuking or speaking to mountains, but by weeding out everything that tends to choke the word of faith, such as unbelief, the cares of life, the desires for riches, and the tendencies to worry. We can only cultivate the soil in which the seed of faith grows. As we weed out the things which are contrary to faith and water the soil of our hearts with the Word of God, we walk in the sunlight of His love and the seed sprouts and bears fruit to eternal life. We receive the things we ask of the Lord because we believe the Lord.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Jon Banks
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