Posted on Saturday, March 19, 2011 in Uncategorized
Do you see a challenge ahead that seems HUGE?
Are you uncertain of what to do first to change the way you’ve done things?
Forming a habit can be easy, but many times it’s a significant change in perspective.
Jesus Christ challenged his listeners with perspective changing, mind-altering, statements.
“Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” [Matthew 17:20]
T.D. Jakes expanded Jesus’ theme with his own, “Yes! Yes! Somebody holler: ‘Move mountain!’ ‘Move mountain!’ ‘Move this mountain.’ ‘This mountain!’ ‘The mountain in my life!”
We all have a “mountain”, a challenge that looms large in our eyes. The peak of the mountain is very obvious, it’s visible from far away. Everyone who looks can see it, but like an iceberg what’s below is the key.
Gary Smalley taught that we’re better off understanding “the motivations and actions that grow out of our basic personalities, [they] can help us achieve personal and marital satisfaction.” We need to look at the foundation of the mountain to find out what really holds up the mountain.
Take a look at the image and explanation created by my friend Ash San Filippo.
1. We all have a “Your Mountain”; that’s the visible problem we see.
2. Beneath that is the why your mountain is there. What’s holding your mountain up? What’s beneath your mountain top?
3. And, what’s really beneath all of that?
In the example below Ash applied the mountain challenge to the mountain of “cutting” and self-injury. While cutting is an obvious concern, the beliefs that support the decision to cut are the real concern.
Are you looking at a mountain?
T.D. Jakes continued, ‘The mountain in my finances!’ ‘This mountain!’ Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Look at somebody and say, ‘Move that thing!”
“I’m gonna speak to this mountain — whether it’s a mountain of sickness, whether it’s a mountain of debt; whether it’s a mountain of loneliness; whether it’s a mountain of despair — whatever this mountain is.”
Do you have a mountain of bills? A mountain of homework? A mountain of laundry? A mountain of dishes? A mountain of unresolved anger? A mountain of unexplainable loneliness? A mountain of hopelessness? A mountain of uncertainty?
Those and other mountains can be moved.
Will you accept Jesus’ mind-bending, faith-altering challenge and believe that your mountain is movable? With God’s help and the support of others we can all move our mountains.
If you’re interested in more, T.D. Jakes sermons “All I Have Is A Seed On My Side” part 1 & part 2 are available for a free download.