“So Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.'” (Mark 11:22-24)
God has destined and designed you for a glorious purpose. He has made you to live a full, abundant life (John 10:10), to be the salt and light of the earth (Matthew 5:13-16), and to be an overcomer of trial through the blood of Jesus Christ (Revelation 12:11). But sometimes, great trials or difficulties- “mountains”- may seem to stand in your way of fulfilling your dreams, thriving in your relationships, or living the abundant life you were destined for.
As we enter into 2017 and reflect on 2016, you may find that you faced mountains that seemed insurmountable. Your mountains can include challenges in your finances, problems in your marriage, sickness, addiction, depression, or hopelessness, just to name a few. As the people of God, we are destined to see heaven invade earth—and there is no sorrow or pain in heaven! Do you need breakthrough, healing, miraculous provision, or open doors? I want to encourage you that your heavenly Father wants to partner with you to see your mountains removed, so that you can “have life and have it to the full” (John 10:10), bring heaven to Earth, and fulfill your God-given purpose.
Speak to your Mountain
“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:19
Just as Adam and Eve were given authority in Genesis 1 to “fill the earth and subdue it” and “rule over every living thing” (Genesis 1:28), you have authority to rule and reign on this earth. You are called a “royal priesthood” (1 Peter 2:9) and “kings and priests” (Revelation 5:10). You have the authority to make decrees that result in transformation and blessing.
In the Gospels, Jesus made decrees again and again that brought healing and peace to the world around Him. In Mark 4:39, Jesus said to the storm raging around Him and His disciples, “Peace! Be still!”—and the storm died. In John 5:8, He said to the sick man at the pool at Bethesda, “Get up, pick up your mat, and walk”. In these instances, Jesus did not ask for what He wanted; He decreed.
You are called to “bind and loose” things in prayer that release heaven onto earth—and there are no sicknesses, relational difficulties, or financial issues in heaven. Begin by listening to God in prayer, and then make decrees that that move the mountains before you. Decree healing over your body, salvation for your family, and breakthrough in your finances- out loud. Your words are powerful and carry the authority of Jesus Christ.
Believe You Have it Before You See it
“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” (Mark 11:24)
You must learn to believe that you have received what you have asked for or decreed, before you see the fulfillment of the reality. Faith is not for the future—it is for the “now.” The world may say that you must see something to believe it, but Hebrews 11:1 says that “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (emphasis added)
When we purchased Ambassador Auditorium for HRock Church in 2004, I had an encounter with God where He revealed to me that I was seated in the heavenly places with Him (Ephesians 2:6), and not to worry about the finances that we needed to pay off the mortgage. I knew, “it is a done deal.”
Know that when you decree something, you have received it. If you are dealing with illness, know that “by His stripes (you) are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5) If you have a prodigal son or daughter, receive their return to you and God in faith. Faith is a present reality that will transform even the most overwhelming of circumstances.
Radically Obey God
“He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” ( John 3: 36, NASB)
Faith and obedience go hand-in-hand. God wants to partner with you in order to see healing, restoration, and transformation in your life. If you want to see your mountains moved, you’ve got step out in faith and obedience to the Word of God and the leading of God. In Hebrews 11, Abraham is commended for His faith because he “obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.” (Hebrews 11:8) Later on, we know that he received an incredible inheritance—but he obeyed first.
When Sue and I moved to LA in 1992, we had no family, friends, or acquaintances to receive us. It was a very radical move, and it did not come without challenges and difficulty! But God had spoken to me about the great harvest that was coming, and I received His Word by faith- and God doesn’t disappoint.
James 2:17 says that “faith, if not accompanied by action, is dead.” What are the action steps God wants you take to remove your mountain? I encourage you to listen to Him, and step out in obedience. At HRock Church, we are taking active steps in order to eradicate the existing debt of our building payment, by partnering with our church body. We have a divine assignment to bring great transformation to the arts and entertainment industry with the beautiful building God has provided for us. In order to see this fulfilled, we must remove the mountain before us!
Joy Comes in the Morning
Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning. (Psalm 30:5, NLT)
If 2016 has been an especially difficult year for you, I want to encourage you that joy is coming in 2017! Decree change and transformation, receive God’s Word by faith, and obey His leading. Believe your mountains will be “cast into the sea.” I encourage you to join us this coming Friday-Monday, January 13-16, for the Prophetic Destiny Conference. The Conference will be a powerful and unique opportunity to ignite your faith and hear from God with prophets, teachers, and leaders including myself, Shawn Bolz, James Goll, Gabe Ahn, Havilah Cunnington, and many others.
Here are some resources to encourage and equip you to remove the mountains before you.
- God Wants to Bless You! is a book I wrote with 10 powerful decrees that will bring transformation and wholeness to your life. Prepare to grow in faith and power!
- Decree, by Patricia King, is a powerful resource that will equip you to see God’s Word come alive in multiple areas of your life, including health, finance, business, and family.
- How to Pray for Healing is both practical and inspiring, and will equip you to see breakthrough in healing.