“Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us.” Daniel 3:17
Though I have faced many mountains in the past few years, of this much I can testify to you all, “No mountain, and I mean no mountain at all, can stand in your way once our mighty Unchanging God has whispered to your spirit,
“Now is the time. This is the place.” You are the one.”
By the way, that is a direct quote from Pastor Jentzen Franklin’s book, Overcoming When You Feel Overwhelmed.
If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it to you.
It’s a new day!
So, here we are, in a new year and again I hear in my spirit, “It’s a new day!”
What do I mean by that?
Well, it goes something like this:
For the next year, we shall fix our faith and our eyes on The Unchanging God, not this unstable, constantly changing world.
And, this shall be our direction for the upcoming year.
No matter what the past years have thrown at us?
- No matter what mountains stand in our way?
- We shall not be conquered by them.
- We shall fix our eyes on this theme:
The man to whom God has given grace to be of blameless life dwells in perfect security. He dwells on high, above the world, out of reach of the enemy, and near to heaven. He is defended by munitions of stupendous rock. THE FIRMEST THINGS IN THE UNIVERSE ARE THE PROMISE AND PURPOSES OF THE UNCHANGING GOD, AND THESE ARE THE SAFEGUARD OF THE OBEDIENT BELIEVER.CHARLES HADDON SPURGEON
It is not in ourselves. It is not in governments, or political parties. It is in this one truth given by the Prophet Jeremiah:
“Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee: Jeremiah 31:17
We shall remember, the One who called each star into being, and named them all, (Isaiah 40: ) He is the One we put our faith and hope in.
We (like Zerubbabel of old) speak to our mountains from God’s Word:
The Messenger-Angel said, “Can’t you tell?”
“No, sir,” I said.
Then he said, “This is God’s Message to Zerubbabel: ‘You can’t force these things. They only come about through my Spirit,’ says God-of-the-Angel-Armies. ‘So, big mountain, who do you think you are? Next to Zerubbabel you’re nothing but a molehill. He’ll proceed to set the Cornerstone in place, accompanied by cheers: Yes! Yes! Do it!’
Jesus said to us,
“Because you’re not yet taking God seriously,” said Jesus. “The simple truth is that if you had a mere kernel of faith, a poppy seed, say, you would tell this mountain, ‘Move!’ and it would move. There is nothing you wouldn’t be able to tackle.” Matthew 17:20
But Jesus was matter-of-fact: “Yes—and if you embrace this kingdom life and don’t doubt God, you’ll not only do minor feats like I did to the fig tree, but also triumph over huge obstacles. This mountain, for instance, you’ll tell, ‘Go jump in the lake,’ and it will jump. Absolutely everything, ranging from small to large, as you make it a part of your believing prayer, gets included as you lay hold of God.” Matthew 21:21-22
One “Overcoming” last word
Quoting PastorJentzen Franklin’s book again,
This is the moment! This is the place! There will never be a greater time to give your best, to give your all, to pour your life out on God, than right now.
You are the one. This is the place. Now is the time.
Awaken to your destiny today. You were created to be the salt and the light of the earth. You can’t do anything about your past, but you can rewrite the rest of your life. It starts right now.
What are you waiting for?
Now is the time
God has not changed.
He is our Unchanging God!
We work together with Him–our faith and His omnipotence, in tandem.
Your mountains are mere molehills to you when you have Him on your side.
What He did for others in the past, He will do for you.
He is the same Unchanging God.
The Creator of All You Can See or Imagine says to you:
Climb a high mountain, Zion.
You’re the preacher of good news.
Raise your voice. Make it good and loud, Jerusalem.
You’re the preacher of good news.
Speak loud and clear. Don’t be timid!
Tell the cities of Judah,
“Look! Your God!”
Look at him! God, the Master, comes in power,
ready to go into action.
He is going to pay back his enemies
and reward those who have loved him.
Like a shepherd, he will care for his flock,
gathering the lambs in his arms,
Hugging them as he carries them,
leading the nursing ewes to good pasture.
12-17 Who has scooped up the ocean
in his two hands,
or measured the sky between his thumb and little finger,
Who has put all the earth’s dirt in one of his baskets,
weighed each mountain and hill?
Who could ever have told God what to do
or taught him his business?
What expert would he have gone to for advice,
what school would he attend to learn justice?
What god do you suppose might have taught him what he knows,
showed him how things work?
Why, the nations are but a drop in a bucket,
a mere smudge on a window.
Watch him sweep up the islands
like so much dust off the floor!
There aren’t enough trees in Lebanon
nor enough animals in those vast forests
to furnish adequate fuel and offerings for his worship.
All the nations add up to simply nothing before him—
less than nothing is more like it. A minus.
18-20 So who even comes close to being like God?
To whom or what can you compare him?
Some no-god idol? Ridiculous!
It’s made in a workshop, cast in bronze,
Given a thin veneer of gold,
and draped with silver filigree.
Or, perhaps someone will select a fine wood—
olive wood, say—that won’t rot,
Then hire a woodcarver to make a no-god,
giving special care to its base so it won’t tip over!
21-24 Have you not been paying attention?
Have you not been listening?
Haven’t you heard these stories all your life?
Don’t you understand the foundation of all things?
God sits high above the round ball of earth.
The people look like mere ants.
He stretches out the skies like a canvas—
yes, like a tent canvas to live under.
He ignores what all the princes say and do.
The rulers of the earth count for nothing.
Princes and rulers don’t amount to much.
Like seeds barely rooted, just sprouted,
They shrivel when God blows on them.
Like flecks of chaff, they’re gone with the wind.
25-26 “So—who is like me?
Who holds a candle to me?” says The Holy.
Look at the night skies:
Who do you think made all this?
Who marches this army of stars out each night,
counts them off, calls each by name
—so magnificent! so powerful!—
and never overlooks a single one?
Isaiah 40:9-26 The Message