“Then the children of Judah came unto Joshua in Gilgal: and Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite said unto him, Thou knowest the thing that the Lord said unto Moses the man of God concerning me and thee in Kadesh–barnea. Forty years old was I when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh–barnea to espy out the land; and I brought him word again as it was in mine heart. Nevertheless my brethren that went up with me made the heart of the people melt: but I wholly followed the Lord my God. And Moses sware on that day, saying, Surely the land whereon thy feet have trodden shall be thine inheritance, and thy children's for ever, because thou hast wholly followed the Lord my God. And now, behold, the Lord hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the Lord spake this word unto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now, lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old. As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in. 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. And Joshua blessed him, and gave unto Caleb the son of Jephunneh Hebron for an inheritance.” Joshua 14:6-13 KJV
We may be the people of God, but we still face mountains and valleys. The devil will throw his stuff in our path to try to trip us up and cause us to look at problems rather then Christ. These things are troublesome but they also cause us to go to the Lord. Look around our world is in crisis and man does not hold the answer. The government does not have the answer. Jesus holds the answer. It is sad but, even in the church there is in crisis. Churches are compromising the gospel and the bible to be seeker friendly. Pastors are falling. Sin is being celebrated, how people live is being overlooked to get good talent. There is a mountain pushing into the church. An avalanche of crushing compromise.
A mountain is something that seriously hampers progress. They slow your assent to greater things, they test your ability to rise, and they give some an excuse to give up. There are mountains that hamper the growth of the church. You can not sanction or condone sin. You cannot live like the devil all week and come into church like you and Jesus are best friends. Jesus cares for you, not just on Sundays, but all week long. There are people who are determined to shut the doors of the church, silence Christians, and remove faith. NEWS FLASH.... The gates of hell will never prevail against the church that stands on truth. But when sin gets in to a church God will not condone it. IT WILL HAMPER GROWTH. Get the sin under the blood of Christ. Stop trying to his it under the rug. Call sin, sin and truth, truth. We all have sinned and all need grace. Stop promoting what the Bible calls sin, and instead promote the salvation of God.
Q: Do you think God blesses those who flaunt sin? If you are not looking for mountains, you will settle for mole hills. Don't let a Jezebel spirit into the church. It is not about who looks the best, or dresses the fanciest, for God looks at the heart, not the hair dew. We are moving forward for the Lord and NO devil can stop what God is about to do.
FIVE KEYS TO POSSESSING VICTORY OVER A MOUNTAIN.
1- Maintain REAL obedience to the things of God.
2- TRUST that God has promised to deliver.
3- Run like we have to recover the mountain.
4- As Christian people, we need to receive our blessing.
5- Remove the enemy from our life styles.
THINGS TO GET RID OF:
Get rid of stinking thoughts.
Get rid of past hurts.
Get rid of defeat-us attitude, Victory is ours.
THINGS TO DO:
Go where we have never gone before.
Do what we have never done.
Believe like never before.
Work like never before.
Fight like never before.
Pray like never before.
FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real.
It is time to put aside our fears and move forward towards what God has for us.
No giants can stop us when we have the anointing of God.
PTA: Pray to God, Think like God, and Act like God.
Pastor Lewis Cushman
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