Conquering Your Mountains
Wherever you are reading this, there’s a pretty good chance you’re facing a mountain or difficulty in some area of your life. Facing mountains (or giants or storms) is a part of life, and more and more a reality in these troubling and tumultuous times. What encouragement can we find in God’s Word when we’re up against what seems like an insurmountable mountain?
Through the following excerpt from my book, Give Me This Mountain—Faith to Go from Barely Surviving to Actually Thriving, I pray you’ll be comforted and uplifted as you see how the Lord wants you to perceive your mountains and receive a simple but powerful key on how to conquer them!
What is your mountain today?
For most of us, what comes to mind is probably the situation we’re struggling in the most. It could be in the area of your finances, where you’re trying desperately to pay off that student loan debt. It could be in your career or studies, where you’re barely doing well enough to get by. Or it could be in the area of your emotions, where you’re constantly overwhelmed by negative thoughts and fears.
It’s true—mountains are often a picture of the problems we face. But in God’s Word, mountains are also a picture of the inheritance we have as His children (Exod. 15:17 NKJV).
Yes, inheritance. In other words, all the blessings God has given to us through Christ. Blessings that are rightfully ours to claim, own, and enjoy.
When Caleb first laid eyes on his mountain, he saw that it had giants in it. But he also saw that it had giant-size harvests—clusters of grapes so huge and heavy that a single cluster had to be carried on a pole between the shoulders of two full-grown men. It was a land of abundance, and Caleb knew that God had given it to him and his people.
That’s why when he brought back word to everyone else, he said, “The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, ‘a land which flows with milk and honey’” (Num. 14:7–8 NKJV).
Caleb didn’t see the giant-populated mountain as a problem. He saw it as his portion. Years later, when he said, “Give me this mountain!”, he knew there were exceedingly good things waiting for him in that land. He knew the Lord wasn’t going to let any giant stand between him and the giant-size blessings that belonged to him.
Friend, your heavenly Father wants you to see your mountain the same way Caleb did. Instead of seeing the problems in your finances, your work, or your relationships as insurmountable challenges, see them as spaces in your life where He wants you to grow in—in your character, in your faith, in your ability to trust Him—so that you might possess the incredible blessings He has prepared for you in those areas.
Now you can be sure that for every mountain you encounter, there is a promise for you to possess it. It’s your portion as His child, having been brought into His family because of Jesus’ finished work at the cross. The Bible tells us that “every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realm has already been lavished upon us as a love gift from our wonderful heavenly Father, the Father of our Lord Jesus—all because he sees us wrapped into Christ” (Eph. 1:3 TPT)!
“Every spiritual blessing” means every single blessing in Scripture. These blessings include:
As a child of God, this is what your heavenly Father wants you to hope for and expect to see in your life. Just like Caleb, you don’t have to let your giants—the difficulties and obstacles that seem to be standing in your way—stop you from seeing the giant-size inheritance that belongs to you. This is your mountain!
Think about the hopes and dreams God has placed in your heart. Think about the promises in His Word you want to see in your life. Are they already within reach? Or do they come with their share of challenges and obstacles? Spend some time talking to the Lord about them as you read Caleb’s story in Joshua 14 and begin to see your mountain the way the Lord wants you to.
This excerpt is taken from the book Give Me This Mountain (Base Camp 1: Day Two—What is your Mountain?, pp. 29–32) by Joseph Prince.