So if you lean on your mountain through prayer and nothing happens, then it is a good thing to look inside your own heart. You still have all the faith it takes to move those mountains and walk on in victory. I just keep on failing Him so miserably. I’ve seen some people that I believe are true Christians that seemed to have a dumb spirit. ( Log Out /  At times we all face situations in life that shake our faith. Are you currently enduring a difficult situation? He said: “Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (John 14:13 ESV). 1445 N Boonville Ave Springfield, MO 65802 I want my loved one to be healed – but I understand that you might be working a different (and better?!) I have spoken to those who claimed to have that kind of faith.

And, He will work all things together for our good too. Remember God’s character. To state the obvious, CHRISTIANS MOURN – but not without hope. Todays Sermon is courtesy of Pastor Jim May, and is something that every Christian needs to work on….. Do you feel like you have the faith to move a mountain this morning? Spurgeon said: “When I pray, I like to go to God just as I go to a bank clerk when I have [a] cheque to be cashed. (1 Peter 3:7 ESV). He said: when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Then I also remember what Jesus told the man to do – go and bring him unto me. And at noon Elijah mocked them, saying, “Cry aloud, for he is a god.

And then the next day. In fact at one point Job seems to speak of God as if he is an enemy; as if he is, like a killer whale, making sport out of his victim. You have a right to be there and Jesus has earned for you the right to be heard. It’s like all of the powers of hell have been unleashed with one thing in mind, to take us down. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. They prayed in circles. They were never alone and, in His time, He calmed the raging sea. God could move mountains. Well, whoever said that life was going to be fair in the first place?

In my darker moments I wonder what that says about me. It was not the outcome I wanted, nor one for which I’d asked. A young couple in our church had a baby that requires a heart transplant. God is something good in this situation even if no one can see what that is. His mountain didn’t move an inch. In John 9:1-3 we read: As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth.

When your mountain doesn’t move do widen your perspective but do not hide your pain. With angst and dread, Jesus was reluctant to drink the cup of God’s wrath He’d shortly endure in the torture of the Cross and, finally, death. A young toddler was rushed to the emergency room after a small toy had become lodged in his ear canal. After a prolonged illness, he passed rather quickly. Life will at times bring uncertainty, suffering, and even tragedy. That’s probably not your go to verse at a funeral. He said, “Does the wild donkey bray when he has grass, or the ox low over his fodder?” (Job 6:5 ESV). All of life is a struggle. Animals make noise over their food – how much more should human beings be allowed to weep over their pain? How do we keep the faith when nothing makes sense? Mountains come in many fashions and forms in our lives and it seems that there isn’t a day that goes by when a new mountain appears in our path. So when your mountain doesn’t move don’t turn on God, but do widen your perspective. bring him unto me. The differences appear after a moment or two of thought. There was a purpose to the suffering that provides salvation for every believer today. At least three people had been praying for this man for a very long time – and still he remained blind. But so is this: “Jesus wept” (John 11:35 ESV). Those are my mountains and as of yet, none of them appears to be moving. Sometimes our prayers aren’t answered because we are asking for the wrong things.

Never let an unmoved mountain keep you from worshipping the Lord. © 1995-2020 by The General Council of the Assemblies of God 1445 N Boonville Ave Springfield, MO 65802 All rights reserved. Hey there! In the same passage in which Jesus promises that his people will be mountain movers through the power of prayer, he also speaks about ways in which we can impede that power. Either he is musing, or he is relieving himself, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened.” And they cried aloud and cut themselves after their custom with swords and lances, until the blood gushed out upon them. He sends His presence through His Holy Spirit to be our comforter. No sir, that can never be, for either we are a Child of God or a Child of the Devil, not both. You aren’t praying to a bad man, you are praying to a good God!’. Some of us become little pagans when our initial prayers are not answered. Providence is more complicated than that. If there is unforgiveness, then go and seek reconciliation. As of yet no donor has been found. He’s a good God, even when the devil’s chain seems suddenly so much longer. The child screamed as the doctor used tools to retrieve the obstruction. Email This BlogThis! You are entitled to your pain and you are entitled to our fellowship within it. A friend of mine from Prayer Group is also in the hospital waiting for a new heart and no donor has been found for him either. (Mark 11:25 ESV). I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10) Create a free website or blog at To listen to Pastor Paul’s Into The Word devotional podcast on the TGC Canada website see here; to listen on SoundCloud see here. There is a story of a man whose son was possessed by the devil in Mark chapter 9, and I am convinced that most of us have the same kind of faith that this man had. God is just. And then pray again the next day. Rest in His Presence, We are not alone in our pain. He loves me. It’s not fair – when an innocent child has to suffer the loss of parents. He says, “Behold, God is mighty, and does not despise any” (Job 36:5 ESV). We want our loved ones to be ok. We want them to be well. Do keep on praying and do not turn on God. We were promised power so that the Father would be glorified in the Son – not so that we would never personally suffer. I want what I want, but I know that what you want is better. If you have been unkind and inconsiderate with your wife, go to her, own it and make it right. Change ), Dont Worry, Be Happy…….. Sunday Sermon, 04/21/13, Are You Looking For The Living Among The Dead, Easter Sunday 2013. If Mark 11:23-24 was the only passage of Scripture I had to deal with I think I would despair but I’ve been digging a little deeper and a little wider recently and this is the counsel that I have given to myself. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. plan. You are allowed to cry when your mountain doesn’t move. He defends God further saying, “He delivers the afflicted by their affliction and opens their ear by adversity… Behold, God is exalted in his power; who is a teacher like him?” (Job 36:15–22 ESV).

The Psalmist reminds us that His faithfulness and mercy endure. As a pastor, my father made many hospital visits during his years of ministry. That isn’t a contradiction, although it might sound like one at first.

Other times we believe He’s able, but find it’s not His will. Look for Christ’s Return. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9). He said, “Remember to extol his work, of which men have sung.” (Job 36:24 ESV). I knew and believed that He could heal his body and restore his health easily. No matter what we endure, our Lord goes with us. Job could have prayed with all the faith in the world and not changed a single thing in his particular trial. The Gospel Coalition Canada helps people know God's Word with their mind, love God fully with their heart, and engage the world with grace and truth. So don’t pray like a pagan when your mountain doesn’t move; but do keep on praying.

They prayed long. There are a couple of mountains that I’ve been leaning into through prayer. God is love and it’s His love that motivates His relationship with us, even giving His own son to satisfy a justice we deserve. His death left me struggling with doubt and confusion. Until the last one is taken out of the freezer you are probably better off parking yourself in John 11:35 or Romans 12:15. Trust God’s Character, Through our pain we must focus on what we know to be true. David says: “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me” (Psalms 66:18 KJV), Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered. Their counsel is as simple as their analysis. He’s a good God, even when your wife is sick and she isn’t getting any better.

They will sit there, with that mountain of faults and failures sitting astride their path back to God, and there they will stay for a while, just pining away, whining and complaining that life just isn’t fair. Occasionally, someone would ask him if he felt bad when he prayed for people, but they were not healed. And then the next day. I have also met many who look at this passage of scripture and wonder if they have any faith at all, because they feel like they could never move a mountain. The little boy looked in confusion at his mother, wondering why she would allow this man to bring pain to his little life. Some years ago, I had to travel out of state to deal with an extremely stressful situation. They prayed loud. Why was a God who was perfectly capable of intervening unwilling? Finally, one day those Christians will wake up, by the mercies of God, and realize where they are. That sounds like a dumb spirit to me! They did funny things with their bodies.

It’s not fair – when the mountain that stands before you is a mountain of sickness when you’ve done everything in your power to eat right, exercise and maintain your health. I felt like I was taken out of the frying pan and cast into the fire, or I have been taken out of the pool of tears and cast into a sea of humanity that is filled with despair, and I begin to wonder, when will this pass and when will I rise again? As human beings in particular relationships and with particular limitations we tend to pray for what we want.

I’m not sure I understand how that all works; I just know that I read it in the Bible. As human beings we love to do this – we almost can’t help ourselves. All the faith that I could muster wouldn’t move a small anthill.”. That’s probably a verse you pull out a couple months later, after the dust settles and the frozen lasagnas have all been eaten. Apparently, unforgiveness can impede our power in prayer. They accuse of doing terrible things: You have given no water to the weary to drink, and you have withheld bread from the hungry…You have sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless were crushed. Then they will begin to lament their circumstances. Some mountains are worn down very slowly over time and that’s why Jesus told us to persevere in prayer. how long shall I suffer you? He acknowledged God’s presence surrounded him so that he could lie down and sleep in peace because the Lord sustained him (Psalm 3:3-6). In the end it is the worst of all decisions.

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Maybe you are struggling with doubt as you feel your prayers are going unanswered. The disciples decided that it must be due either to his sin or the sin of his parents. (Mark 11:23–24 ESV). And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ (Luke 18:2–3 ESV), Day after day she came and made her request and finally, even though the judge was not a good man, he gave her what she asked for just so that she would go away.

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