Monday, February 16, 2015

Give Me This Mountain

 Give Me This Mountain!  God’s true destiny for us is beyond our wildest dreams.  But it can only be accomplished by asking for the Mountain.  Asking God for the Mountain is the type of request that others will laugh at because it seems out of reach.  It is the type of breakthrough that will reveal your haters and change the course of your life for the better.   

God wants us to have the courage to ask for the Mountain.  Such was the case with Caleb who 45 years earlier had surveyed the land with 11 other spies sent by Moses to bring back a good report for the Children of Israel; But with the exception of Caleb and Joshua, all of the other spies brought back an evil report and convinced the people that they were not strong enough to conquer the land. And as a punishment, God made them to wander in the wilderness for 40 years.  

So Caleb finds himself in the same place 45 years later.  And this time he refused to allow anything or anyone to hinder his blessing and so in Joshual 14:12  Caleb decrees “Now give me this mountain (hill country) that the Lord promised me that day.  You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but the Lord helping me, I will drive them out just as he said.”  It is important to note that Caleb wholly followed, and depended on God.  He was also willing to separate from the crowd.  Here are a few things to consider when claiming your mountain:
  • Be willing to ask God for a Hard Thing: Mountains are difficult to conquer during war because they are easy to fortify.  They are a convenient defense for the enemy.  It’s easy for the enemy to hide and spy you out from afar while on the mountain.  God has certain blessings in store for us that require boldness, and a willingness to ask Him for a hard thing.  
  • Be prepared to face Giants:  The Mountain that Caleb was asking for was inhabited by  the Anikans who were a race of Giants.  And even in our personal lives, when we are asking God for a mountain blessing, there are giants that we must overcome.  Giants today come in the form of huge obstacles, intimidating circumstances, and insurmountable barriers.  But God is able to help you conquer your giants. For with God all things are possible and you can overcome the giants.
  •  Be ready to overcome barriers:  Not only were there giants on the mountain, but the cities were  “great and fenced.”  This was a huge barrier.  If you are seeking to accomplish something grand, be prepared to go through, around, over, and under fences.  And we are more than conquerors through Christ who gives us victory over the mountain. 
  • Some blessings have to be Taken:  Although Caleb asked, “Give Me This Mountain,” In reality he had to fight the enemy, climb, endure, persevere, and wait to secure the mountain blessing.  Put simply, the mountain had to be taken.  In fact, Jesus said “the Kingdom of heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force (Matt 11:12).  We must be bold in going after the blessings God has in store for us.  And nobody is going to give it to you. The mountain blessing has to be taken by faith in God with prayer and devotion, planning, preparation, education, personal sacrifice and effort.    
So if you are tired of settling for the valley experience and are no longer satisfied with status quo, it’s time for you to take the mountain.   Stay strong in the faith, stay connected to Jesus, and stay positive about the direction of your life.  

And go get your mountain.  It’s yours for the asking.  Go get your breakthrough.  Nobody is going to give you a helicopter ride to the top of the mountain.  But I declare if you wait on God, he will bless you in due season.  And just like Caleb, you can declare: Give Me This Mountain.