Excerpt from “I Declare” by Joel Osteen

How to get over your mountain

In his book, “I Declare,” Joel Osteen writes that “mountain-moving faith” is a necessity for living a life in victory. As the country mourns the tragic loss of life at Sandy Hook Elementary, he shares why it’s important, now more than ever, to live a faith-filled life.

One final thought I’d like to leave with you is that if you are going to live in victory, you must have mountain-moving faith. We all face mountains in life. It may be a mountain  in  your  marriage  because  you  don’t  see how you’ll stay together. Maybe it’s a mountain in your finances, your health, or your dreams.

A lot of times we pray about our mountains: God, please help me. God, please make my child straighten up. God, please take away this fear. And yes, it’s good to pray. It’s good to ask God to help you. But when you face a mountain, it’s not enough to just pray. It’s not enough to just believe. It’s not enough to just think good thoughts. Here’s the key: you have to speak to your mountains. Jesus said in Mark 11:23 (kjv): “Whoever will say to this moun- tain, be removed, and does not doubt in his heart, he will have whatever he says.”

You may be praying about things you should be speak- ing to. You don’t need to pray about that fear anymore. You need to say, “Fear, I command you to leave. I will not allow you in my life.” If you have health problems, instead of begging God to heal you, you need to declare to that sickness, “Sickness, you have no right in my body. I’m a child of the Most High God. You are not welcome here. And I’m not asking you to leave. I’m not saying, ‘Pretty please, do me a favor.’ No, I’m commanding you to leave my body.”

I’ve learned if you don’t talk to your mountains, your mountains will talk to you. All through the day, those negative thoughts will come. They are your mountains talking to you.

You can sit back and believe those lies, or you can rise up and declare: “I’m in control here. I will not allow my mountains to talk to me. Mountain, I’m saying to you,‘Be removed. You will not defeat me.’ ”

It’s not a coincidence that God chose a mountain to represent our problems. Mountains are big. Mountains seem permanent, as if they’ll be there forever. But God says if you speak to the mountains, you will discover they are not permanent.

If you’ve dealt with long-term sickness, depression, or addiction, it may seem like it’s never going to change, but when you speak words of faith, something happens in the unseen realm. Mountains crumble. The forces of darkness are defeated. The enemy trembles.

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