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November 10, 2019
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Praying to Move Mountains

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  • Tony Evans: You see, for many of us,
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  • the problem of us getting along with other people
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  • is our inability to get along with ourself.
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  • Everything visible and physical is preceded
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  • by something invisible and spiritual.
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  • The consequences we are dealing with in our lives,
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  • in our homes, in our culture,
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  • we are dealing with 'em because there is a gap
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  • between where God is and where we are.
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  • He wants to know that you want him
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  • and not just want his stuff.
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  • See, a lot of folk go to church to get God's stuff,
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  • but who don't want the God who gives it.
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  • So if you're in distress, don't let that drive you away.
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  • Draw you near when you get close and wanna live for him,
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  • want to please him, want to honor him,
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  • want to exalt him, want to draw near to him,
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  • then heaven opens up, and he lets you find him.
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  • He lets you find him.
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  • Tony: Mountains, in the Bible, are used in a number of ways.
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  • First of all, there is the physical mountain
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  • that we normally use the word to refer to,
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  • but also in the Bible, mountain also refers to kingdoms.
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  • The kingdom of God is called a mountain.
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  • The kingdom of Satan is called a mountain,
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  • and the kingdom of men is called a mountain.
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  • It's referring to a rule over a sphere.
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  • The word mountain is used of that.
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  • The third way that the word mountain is used in the Bible,
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  • as it is used in this passage,
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  • is for an unovercomable situation,
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  • a situation that looms so large, you can't move it by yourself,
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  • and you don't even know anybody who can help you move it.
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  • It's just too big.
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  • You can't get over the hump.
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  • It's too awesome in its problematic impact
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  • on your life.
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  • It's a mountain. Those are called mountains.
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  • Zechariah 4:7 uses the word mountain in this way,
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  • some obstacle that looms large in your life to which
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  • you need divine help to move.
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  • In this passage today, Jesus talks about moving mountains,
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  • and it is introduced by a fig tree.
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  • Peter says to Jesus, "Jesus," verse 20,
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  • "the fig tree that you cursed yesterday
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  • has withered today from the root up.
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  • You pronounced a curse yesterday.
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  • We came out here today, and what you said yesterday
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  • not only has happened today,
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  • but it has super-happened, 'cause it is withered not only
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  • with the fig part, but it is withered from the root up.
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  • So whatever you said
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  • has completely reversed the situation."
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  • We find in verse 12, Jesus is hungry,
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  • and Jesus wants to get something to eat.
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  • He looks, and he sees a fig tree in leaf, that is,
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  • the leaves were out.
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  • When the leaves are out on a fig tree,
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  • that means there are figs.
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  • The leaves are the external validation that figs
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  • are on the tree.
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  • Jesus, being hungry,
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  • goes over to the fig tree in leaf
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  • to get figs.
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  • We're also told it was not the season for figs.
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  • So the tree is showing fig leaf
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  • when it's not even the season for figs to grow,
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  • so Jesus sees something out of the norm and goes over
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  • in his humanity because he's hungry.
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  • But when he goes over,
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  • he discovers there are leaves with no figs.
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  • There are leaves with no figs.
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  • Let me put it another way:
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  • There is an external reality with no internal reality.
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  • There is external show with no internal meaning.
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  • There is the look of figs without the reality of figs.
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  • The fig tree was a deception, it was trickery,
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  • because there were no figs, so Jesus curses the fig tree.
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  • He says, "Because you are a deceiving tree--
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  • I'm hungry.
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  • You gave me the visible impression you could feed me.
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  • When I came over, there was nothing but a good look,
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  • but no substance,
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  • and so I'm gonna curse your external activity
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  • because of the absence of an internal reality.
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  • However, between the fig tree yesterday
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  • and the fig tree today, there is a story.
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  • Let's look at the story to tie the two days
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  • of the fig tree together.
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  • It says in verse 15, between the two fig tree events,
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  • Jesus comes to Jerusalem, enters the temple.
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  • He drives out those who were buying
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  • and selling in the temple,
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  • overturned the tables of the moneychangers,
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  • and the seats of those who were selling doves,
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  • and he would not permit anyone to carry merchandise
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  • through the temple, and he began to teach them,
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  • saying, "Is it not written, 'My house shall be called
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  • a house of prayer for all the nations,'
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  • but you have made it a robbers' den."
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  • Follow me now.
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  • On yesterday, Jesus was hungry, and he went to a fig tree
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  • that looked like it was real, but when he got up close,
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  • there were no figs.
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  • There was no reality.
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  • The following day, he goes to church, the temple,
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  • and where he should've found folk worshiping God,
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  • where he should've found folk praying to God,
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  • where he should've found folk living for God,
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  • he found fake religion, not the real thing.
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  • Now, it was in the right building,
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  • 'cause it was in the temple.
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  • It had the right folk 'cause they were the priests,
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  • but it didn't have spiritual reality.
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  • They were shucking and jiving in church.
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  • They were playing religion in church.
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  • They had the leaves, and the leaves should've meant
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  • you should find God here,
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  • you should find his presence here,
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  • you should find his power here,
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  • but when he showed up,
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  • all they were doing were playing games in the house of the Lord.
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  • There was no reality to their religion.
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  • You see, religion without reality is leaf without life.
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  • Religion without reality is leaf without substance.
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  • You could look the part,
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  • but when we get up close and peer close,
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  • there is no spiritual life, spiritual reality.
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  • You see, between the fig tree yesterday
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  • and the fig tree today is the temple story,
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  • and in the temple story, which is Jesus's major point,
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  • is you're supposed to be reality,
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  • but all I see is Christian leaves.
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  • I don't see the Spirit of God, the power of God,
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  • the presence of God.
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  • All you're doing is trying to make money.
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  • All you're doing is having programs.
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  • All you're doing is activity that has absolutely nothing
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  • to do with spiritual reality.
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  • You've got fake church going on.
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  • In fact, he goes on to say, when he quotes the Old Testament,
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  • "My house shall be known as house of prayer."
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  • Jesus is delusioned by the church,
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  • by Christians who are satisfied with leaf Christianity
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  • and not life Christianity, who want leaves
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  • but who don't want figs, external religious look
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  • without internal religious reality.
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  • And so when he talks about that, it says, "Peter says to him,
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  • 'Master, Rabbi, the tree has withered from the root up.
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  • I mean, you cursed the tree, but in 24 hours,
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  • this whole tree is gone.
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  • How could you do this in that short amount of time?'"
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  • Tony: I studied the Bible in college for four years.
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  • I studied the Bible for four years,
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  • working on my master's degree,
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  • another four years working on my doctorate degree,
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  • and then I've been preaching all of these years,
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  • and I'm still learning new things from this awesome,
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  • inexhaustible book, the Word of God.
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  • That's why I'm so excited about "The Tony Evans Study Bible"
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  • and its accompanying work,
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  • "The Tony Evans Bible Commentary."
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  • It will take all of this training
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  • and this teaching and make it available to you
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  • to understand, utilize,
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  • and apply God's most powerful Word.
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  • Tony: "Jesus," it says, "answers--"
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  • Now, it's interesting.
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  • It says, "Jesus answers,"
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  • but technically, Peter didn't ask a question.
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  • All Peter said was "The tree is withered from the root up."
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  • Well, that's not a question, that's a statement.
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  • But Jesus knew what he was getting at.
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  • What Peter was getting at is
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  • how could something that big happen this fast?"
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  • That's the question.
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  • Jesus knew what his question was.
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  • "Tree is fine yesterday.
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  • You cursed it yesterday. It's gone today.
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  • How could all that happen in 24 hours?"
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  • And that's when Jesus now gives him and gives you and me
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  • his secret for moving mountains,
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  • things in your life that are too big for you
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  • to handle on your own
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  • and for anybody else you know to handle for you.
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  • "He says," in verse 22, "Have faith in God."
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  • He says a simple statement, "Have faith in God."
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  • "You wanna know how I got that tree from yesterday
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  • to be totally transformed today?
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  • Here's my answer, Peter and the disciples:
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  • Have faith in God."
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  • In fact, Jesus says in Matthew chapter 17, verses 20 and 21,
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  • "If you have the faith the grain of a mustard seed,
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  • you can say to this mountain--"
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  • he uses the word mountain--
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  • "'Be moved,' and the mountain will be moved," he says,
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  • "and this comes through fasting and prayer."
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  • He says, "Mustard-seed faith can work
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  • if it's in the right object."
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  • Don't have faith in your faith.
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  • Have faith in the right object.
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  • A lot of faith in the wrong object
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  • will go nowhere.
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  • A little faith in the right object will go a long way.
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  • To put faith in God means that you must put faith
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  • in God's Word, God's will, and God's character,
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  • and when you have faith in that God,
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  • now we can discuss mountain-moving prayers.
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  • If you don't have faith in that God,
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  • then you are asking the wrong person
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  • to move the mountain,
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  • because you're not asking the person
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  • whom you are to truly have faith in.
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  • He then says you must put confidence in God,
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  • his will, his way, his Word.
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  • What do you do next with your mountain?
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  • Here's what you do.
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  • He says, "Whoever says to this mountain,
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  • 'Be taken up and cast into the sea.'"
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  • So Jesus is probably on the Mount of Olives.
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  • Fifteen miles downhill is the Dead Sea.
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  • He says, "If God is working for you,
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  • you can say to this mountain, 'Be moved,'
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  • and it will relocate itself."
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  • The problem is the mountain.
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  • You wanna get the mountain off of you.
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  • You want it to relocate itself away from you.
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  • He says, "If there's figs on your tree, there is life,
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  • you have faith in the true God,
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  • then you can do with your mountain
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  • what you saw me do, Peter, with mine.
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  • I spoke to it."
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  • He talks about praying to God,
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  • but then he talks about speaking to your mountain.
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  • Prayer is when I talk this way.
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  • My mountain is what I'm experiencing
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  • out here in my daily life.
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  • He says if there's figs on the tree, real life,
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  • you're not withering, if you have faith in the real God,
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  • not the God of your own making,
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  • his will, his Word, and his character,
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  • then you could have a conversation
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  • with your problem,
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  • 'cause your mountain is your problem.
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  • And when you speak to your mountain,
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  • it says the mountain will relocate itself,
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  • means get out of your face.
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  • The mountain will relocate itself.
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  • Now, this raises a question,
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  • and the question is in what Jesus says after this,
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  • and it's a question in everybody's heart and mind.
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  • He says, "All things with which you pray and ask,
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  • believe that you have received them,
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  • and they will be granted you.
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  • Whenever you stand praying, forgive,
  • 00:14:39.150 --> 00:14:43.040
  • if you have anything against anyone,
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  • so that your Father in heaven will also forgive you."
  • 00:14:44.210 --> 00:14:49.020
  • In verse 24, he makes a staggering statement:
  • 00:14:49.030 --> 00:14:53.080
  • "Whatever you have asked for, believe you have received it."
  • 00:14:53.090 --> 00:14:58.210
  • In other words, you haven't received it yet,
  • 00:14:58.220 --> 00:15:01.140
  • but believe you have received it
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  • even though you haven't received it.
  • 00:15:03.080 --> 00:15:05.100
  • So you expect it, but you haven't received it.
  • 00:15:05.110 --> 00:15:09.170
  • The difference between God's unconditional will
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  • and his conditional will,
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  • God's unconditional will is what he decides to do
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  • regardless of what anybody else does.
  • 00:15:24.000 --> 00:15:27.040
  • In other words, he's gonna do it, period.
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  • His sovereignty has decided, "This is what I'm going to do,
  • 00:15:30.060 --> 00:15:35.060
  • and no matter what you do, don't do,
  • 00:15:35.070 --> 00:15:36.260
  • what somebody else does, does not do,
  • 00:15:36.270 --> 00:15:38.270
  • nothing will change, 'cause this is my unconditional will,
  • 00:15:38.280 --> 00:15:42.270
  • that is, it's not tied to any conditions.
  • 00:15:42.280 --> 00:15:45.090
  • I'm just gonna do it because I have my prerogative to do it."
  • 00:15:45.100 --> 00:15:48.220
  • The reason why God tells us to pray
  • 00:15:48.230 --> 00:15:51.010
  • is so that we can link into his conditional will,
  • 00:15:51.020 --> 00:15:54.000
  • because his unconditional will is gonna happen
  • 00:15:54.010 --> 00:15:56.200
  • whether we pray or not,
  • 00:15:56.210 --> 00:15:58.160
  • but his conditional will only happens if we obey,
  • 00:15:58.170 --> 00:16:01.160
  • if we pray, if we believe, and if we have figs on the tree,
  • 00:16:01.170 --> 00:16:04.280
  • that is, we are full of divine life operating within us.
  • 00:16:04.290 --> 00:16:09.090
  • So that's condition.
  • 00:16:09.100 --> 00:16:11.010
  • So many of the things that we pray for,
  • 00:16:11.020 --> 00:16:13.230
  • we don't get because we didn't meet the conditions.
  • 00:16:13.240 --> 00:16:16.270
  • It didn't fit God's conditional will,
  • 00:16:16.280 --> 00:16:20.040
  • 'cause if it's his unconditional will,
  • 00:16:20.050 --> 00:16:22.060
  • it's gonna happen regardless,
  • 00:16:22.070 --> 00:16:23.290
  • but if it's his conditional will, it happens if,
  • 00:16:24.000 --> 00:16:27.280
  • only if certain factors are made,
  • 00:16:27.290 --> 00:16:30.140
  • and that's why in the Scriptures we're told
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  • that we have to quality for certain things to happen,
  • 00:16:32.220 --> 00:16:35.280
  • because it's tied to his conditional will.
  • 00:16:35.290 --> 00:16:37.270
  • So how do you know if something you're asking for
  • 00:16:37.280 --> 00:16:42.290
  • is unconditional--
  • 00:16:43.000 --> 00:16:44.140
  • he's gonna do it or not do it anyway--
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  • or conditional?
  • 00:16:46.230 --> 00:16:48.050
  • Let me answer that two ways.
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  • Number one, many times you don't know, okay?
  • 00:16:49.210 --> 00:16:53.290
  • Many times God is silent on whether it's unconditional
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  • or conditional, so guess what you do?
  • 00:16:57.250 --> 00:17:00.060
  • You treat it like it's conditional.
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  • If you're not sure, then you treat it like it's conditional,
  • 00:17:02.210 --> 00:17:06.010
  • and you do everything you're supposed to do
  • 00:17:06.020 --> 00:17:08.090
  • so that if it is unconditional,
  • 00:17:08.100 --> 00:17:10.140
  • you've met all the standards for God to fulfill his--
  • 00:17:10.150 --> 00:17:13.280
  • if it is conditional, for God to fulfill his conditional will
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  • regarding that situation.
  • 00:17:17.130 --> 00:17:19.080
  • But then there's another answer:
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  • 1 John chapter 5, verses 14 and 15, says,
  • 00:17:21.010 --> 00:17:24.230
  • "And we have this confidence that if we ask anything
  • 00:17:24.240 --> 00:17:30.250
  • according to his will, he hears us,
  • 00:17:30.260 --> 00:17:34.230
  • and if we know he hears us,
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  • we know that he will grant what we have requested."
  • 00:17:37.030 --> 00:17:40.090
  • So here's another secret to God's conditional will.
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  • When God is operating on a conditional will,
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  • and he wants you to qualify to move this mountain
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  • that you are facing,
  • 00:17:51.150 --> 00:17:53.080
  • what he will do is give you an inbred confidence
  • 00:17:53.090 --> 00:17:58.260
  • or a sense of assurance or a sense of peace
  • 00:17:58.270 --> 00:18:03.010
  • or a sense of for-realness
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  • that this thing is going to happen,
  • 00:18:05.120 --> 00:18:08.220
  • because when God is doing something big in your life,
  • 00:18:08.230 --> 00:18:12.270
  • he has to do two things at the same time:
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  • prepare the thing that he wants done,
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  • and prepare you for the thing he's doing.
  • 00:18:19.110 --> 00:18:23.090
  • Both things have to collide.
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  • If you are not being prepared, then you're not ready.
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  • You're like the children in the wilderness,
  • 00:18:28.210 --> 00:18:30.180
  • because you're not ready for the Promised Land,
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  • 'cause you won't meet the conditions,
  • 00:18:33.030 --> 00:18:34.140
  • but he also has to get the Promised Land ready
  • 00:18:34.150 --> 00:18:37.090
  • so that when you arrive there,
  • 00:18:37.100 --> 00:18:39.070
  • and he's ready to move the mountain,
  • 00:18:39.080 --> 00:18:40.290
  • the mountain is already ready to obey.
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  • It's in the hands of Almighty God
  • 00:18:43.100 --> 00:18:45.070
  • of whether it's conditional or unconditional,
  • 00:18:45.080 --> 00:18:48.190
  • but what I don't want to happen
  • 00:18:48.200 --> 00:18:50.070
  • is I don't want it to be conditional,
  • 00:18:50.080 --> 00:18:53.040
  • and I didn't do what I was supposed to do.
  • 00:18:53.050 --> 00:18:55.180
  • But then, one more thing, and it's an important thing:
  • 00:19:03.120 --> 00:19:07.090
  • He says, "Whoever--
  • 00:19:07.100 --> 00:19:10.100
  • whenever you are standing, praying, forgive,
  • 00:19:10.110 --> 00:19:15.150
  • if you have anything against anyone,
  • 00:19:15.160 --> 00:19:17.280
  • so your Father in heaven will forgive you."
  • 00:19:17.290 --> 00:19:21.030
  • Okay, watch this: Forgiveness is a condition of moving mountains.
  • 00:19:21.040 --> 00:19:26.130
  • This is in the same story.
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  • Forgiveness is not necessarily reconciliation.
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  • You can forgive without being reconciled.
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  • For example, suppose the person you need to forgive has died.
  • 00:19:36.130 --> 00:19:39.100
  • You can't reconcile with him.
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  • Suppose the person you need to forgive,
  • 00:19:41.260 --> 00:19:43.150
  • you don't even know where they are anymore.
  • 00:19:43.160 --> 00:19:45.240
  • You can't reconcile with them.
  • 00:19:45.250 --> 00:19:47.150
  • Or suppose the person you need to forgive doesn't wanna repent,
  • 00:19:47.160 --> 00:19:51.280
  • doesn't wanna say, "I'm sorry," doesn't wanna confess,
  • 00:19:51.290 --> 00:19:54.220
  • then you can't reconcile with them.
  • 00:19:54.230 --> 00:19:56.140
  • Forgiveness can lead to reconciliation,
  • 00:19:56.150 --> 00:19:59.000
  • but forgiveness is not the same as reconciliation.
  • 00:19:59.010 --> 00:20:02.010
  • Forgiveness is where you are not seeking revenge
  • 00:20:02.020 --> 00:20:06.140
  • against the offender, okay?
  • 00:20:06.150 --> 00:20:08.290
  • I am not seeking vengeance.
  • 00:20:09.000 --> 00:20:11.260
  • Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord.
  • 00:20:11.270 --> 00:20:13.290
  • I will repay.
  • 00:20:14.000 --> 00:20:15.180
  • You are not seeking to repay.
  • 00:20:15.190 --> 00:20:17.100
  • What God is saying is,
  • 00:20:17.110 --> 00:20:19.040
  • "You're blocking me moving your mountain,
  • 00:20:19.050 --> 00:20:22.040
  • because what you're wanting from me
  • 00:20:22.050 --> 00:20:24.070
  • is my forgiveness for you.
  • 00:20:24.080 --> 00:20:26.180
  • Well, if you want my forgiveness for you,
  • 00:20:26.190 --> 00:20:29.020
  • you've gotta be willing to offer it to somebody else."
  • 00:20:29.030 --> 00:20:32.050
  • Now, unless you have the right view of God,
  • 00:20:32.060 --> 00:20:35.120
  • you're not gonna do that because you think,
  • 00:20:35.130 --> 00:20:37.220
  • "I'm gonna repay this.
  • 00:20:37.230 --> 00:20:39.130
  • I'mma get my posse to repay this,
  • 00:20:39.140 --> 00:20:41.130
  • 'cause you shouldn't have done that to me,
  • 00:20:41.140 --> 00:20:44.000
  • and I'mma get you for doing that."
  • 00:20:44.010 --> 00:20:47.020
  • Well, what you just did,
  • 00:20:47.030 --> 00:20:48.260
  • you didn't have faith in the God of the Bible.
  • 00:20:48.270 --> 00:20:51.230
  • So you gotta have faith in the God of the Bible,
  • 00:20:51.240 --> 00:20:54.190
  • which keeps you from needing vengeance for yourself,
  • 00:20:54.200 --> 00:20:57.290
  • not necessarily reconciliation, but vengeance for yourself.
  • 00:20:58.000 --> 00:21:01.180
  • See, the reason why Joseph could forgive his brothers
  • 00:21:01.190 --> 00:21:06.230
  • for selling him into slavery, putting him in a hole,
  • 00:21:06.240 --> 00:21:09.140
  • selling him to the Ishmaelites,
  • 00:21:09.150 --> 00:21:11.020
  • he says, "I forgive you, and the reason I can forgive you
  • 00:21:11.030 --> 00:21:15.240
  • is you meant it for evil, but God meant it for God.
  • 00:21:15.250 --> 00:21:19.000
  • God is so big, he used your mess to create my miracle."
  • 00:21:19.010 --> 00:21:24.040
  • Unless you have that view of God,
  • 00:21:24.050 --> 00:21:26.000
  • you will do the wrong thing,
  • 00:21:26.010 --> 00:21:27.210
  • because you don't have faith in God,
  • 00:21:27.220 --> 00:21:29.180
  • and you'll do the wrong thing while talking about God.
  • 00:21:29.190 --> 00:21:32.170
  • "Yeah, I'm trusting the Lord while I get 'em back," okay?
  • 00:21:32.180 --> 00:21:36.080
  • So you'll do the wrong thing in the name of God.
  • 00:21:36.090 --> 00:21:39.260
  • I'm trying to create for me, for you, for us,
  • 00:21:39.270 --> 00:21:43.070
  • this bigger view of God that we have faith in that God,
  • 00:21:43.080 --> 00:21:47.020
  • that we are life Christians, not leaf Christians,
  • 00:21:47.030 --> 00:21:49.230
  • we don't just come to church on Sunday,
  • 00:21:49.240 --> 00:21:52.040
  • that we wanna make this house a house of prayer,
  • 00:21:52.050 --> 00:21:54.050
  • not just a house of preaching, a house where we cry out to God
  • 00:21:54.060 --> 00:21:58.020
  • and where we see miracles happening here.
  • 00:21:58.030 --> 00:22:00.220
  • I want people to come not for the preacher or the sermon,
  • 00:22:00.230 --> 00:22:03.290
  • but because of the power that's happening.
  • 00:22:04.000 --> 00:22:06.190
  • Lives are changed, miracles are taking place,
  • 00:22:06.200 --> 00:22:09.050
  • sicknesses are healed, marriages are restored,
  • 00:22:09.060 --> 00:22:12.170
  • sins are overcome, addictions are canceled.
  • 00:22:12.180 --> 00:22:15.280
  • That's why they come, and then if they come for that,
  • 00:22:15.290 --> 00:22:19.240
  • the preaching becomes extra because they're coming
  • 00:22:19.250 --> 00:22:22.260
  • for the power of God in this house.
  • 00:22:22.270 --> 00:22:26.030
  • That's what we're crying for.
  • 00:22:26.040 --> 00:22:28.030
  • And so, if you meet the qualifications,
  • 00:22:28.040 --> 00:22:30.080
  • you wanna be an authentic life Christian,
  • 00:22:30.090 --> 00:22:33.000
  • you wanna cry out to God in prayer and in faith,
  • 00:22:33.010 --> 00:22:36.190
  • you're gonna speak to the mountain,
  • 00:22:36.200 --> 00:22:39.010
  • and you're gonna forgive those who need to be forgiven,
  • 00:22:39.020 --> 00:22:41.270
  • whether that's writing a letter, sending a note,
  • 00:22:41.280 --> 00:22:44.030
  • making a call if those people are contactable,
  • 00:22:44.040 --> 00:22:47.030
  • or just acknowledging to God, if they aren't, "I release them.
  • 00:22:47.040 --> 00:22:50.170
  • Lord, I don't feel like releasing 'em.
  • 00:22:50.180 --> 00:22:52.000
  • I don't even wanna release 'em,
  • 00:22:52.010 --> 00:22:53.140
  • but I do know I want my mountain moved,
  • 00:22:53.150 --> 00:22:55.190
  • so because I want my mountain moved,
  • 00:22:55.200 --> 00:22:57.060
  • in the name of Jesus Christ,
  • 00:22:57.070 --> 00:22:58.200
  • I release them from their offense against me.
  • 00:22:58.210 --> 00:23:01.100
  • I'mma let you handle them,
  • 00:23:01.110 --> 00:23:03.000
  • 'cause I need you to move this mountain in my life."
  • 00:23:03.010 --> 00:23:06.120
  • And when we qualify
  • 00:23:08.230 --> 00:23:10.020
  • for the mountain-moving work of God,
  • 00:23:10.030 --> 00:23:14.230
  • we will see mountains move.
  • 00:23:14.240 --> 00:23:17.190
  • Things that God wants moved, we'll see 'em moved,
  • 00:23:17.200 --> 00:23:22.190
  • and we will see God's power in this house,
  • 00:23:22.200 --> 00:23:26.220
  • and that's what I want.
  • 00:23:26.230 --> 00:23:28.120
  • We've got a mountain.
  • 00:23:28.130 --> 00:23:30.190
  • You have mountains.
  • 00:23:30.200 --> 00:23:32.160
  • And if you don't have one, keep living.
  • 00:23:32.170 --> 00:23:36.080
  • You gonna have a mountain,
  • 00:23:36.090 --> 00:23:38.040
  • something too big for you to move.
  • 00:23:38.050 --> 00:23:41.080
  • Just make sure that when you face your mountain,
  • 00:23:41.090 --> 00:23:45.130
  • you have qualified for the conditional will of God,
  • 00:23:45.140 --> 00:23:49.170
  • to see that mountain move.
  • 00:23:49.180 --> 00:23:52.100
  • In closing, there was a husband who went to the doctor
  • 00:23:52.110 --> 00:23:58.150
  • on behalf of his wife.
  • 00:23:58.160 --> 00:23:59.250
  • He says, "Doc, my wife has a hearing problem.
  • 00:23:59.260 --> 00:24:03.220
  • She can't hear well.
  • 00:24:03.230 --> 00:24:05.100
  • I can be talking to her, screaming across the room,
  • 00:24:05.110 --> 00:24:07.210
  • and she doesn't hear."
  • 00:24:07.220 --> 00:24:09.180
  • The doctor said, "Okay, well, I tell you what.
  • 00:24:09.190 --> 00:24:11.190
  • Let's set an appointment.
  • 00:24:11.200 --> 00:24:12.290
  • You bring her in next week, but between now and next week,
  • 00:24:13.000 --> 00:24:16.090
  • I want you to run a test."
  • 00:24:16.100 --> 00:24:18.230
  • Said, "Doc, what's the test?"
  • 00:24:18.240 --> 00:24:20.140
  • Said, "Stand 15 feet away, and when she's cooking,
  • 00:24:20.150 --> 00:24:23.150
  • ask her what she's cooking.
  • 00:24:23.160 --> 00:24:25.180
  • If she doesn't answer, then go 10 feet away
  • 00:24:25.190 --> 00:24:27.260
  • and ask her what she's cooking.
  • 00:24:27.270 --> 00:24:29.200
  • If she doesn't answer, go 5 feet away,
  • 00:24:29.210 --> 00:24:31.260
  • and ask her what she's cooking.
  • 00:24:31.270 --> 00:24:33.210
  • If she still doesn't answer, go right up to her ear
  • 00:24:33.220 --> 00:24:36.040
  • and shout in her ear, "What're you cooking?"
  • 00:24:36.050 --> 00:24:39.250
  • to see whether she answers then,
  • 00:24:39.260 --> 00:24:41.080
  • because that'll give me a measurement of how many feet
  • 00:24:41.090 --> 00:24:44.010
  • it takes before she's hearing."
  • 00:24:44.020 --> 00:24:46.070
  • He says, "Okay, I'll do it."
  • 00:24:46.080 --> 00:24:48.060
  • He went home, 15 feet away, "Dear, what're you cooking?"
  • 00:24:48.070 --> 00:24:53.080
  • Nothing.
  • 00:24:53.090 --> 00:24:55.020
  • He goes 10 feet away, "Dear, what're you cooking?"
  • 00:24:55.030 --> 00:24:59.070
  • Nothing.
  • 00:24:59.080 --> 00:25:00.290
  • He goes 5 feet away.
  • 00:25:01.000 --> 00:25:02.250
  • "Dear, what're you cooking?"
  • 00:25:02.260 --> 00:25:05.000
  • Nothing.
  • 00:25:05.010 --> 00:25:06.270
  • Goes right up to her ear, "Dear, what are you cooking?"
  • 00:25:06.280 --> 00:25:11.260
  • She says, "For the fourth time, 'vegetable stew.'"
  • 00:25:11.270 --> 00:25:16.230
  • [congregation laughing]
  • 00:25:16.240 --> 00:25:21.230
  • See, the problem may just be you.
  • 00:25:25.110 --> 00:25:27.290
  • 00:25:28.000 --> 00:25:36.130
  • Tony: We are not only to speak to God about the problem,
  • 00:25:36.140 --> 00:25:40.200
  • we are to simultaneously speak to the mountain or the problem
  • 00:25:40.210 --> 00:25:46.240
  • or the unovercomable situation about God.
  • 00:25:46.250 --> 00:25:51.110
  • When you pray about this mountain--
  • 00:25:51.120 --> 00:25:53.170
  • and figuratively, the mountain in the Bible
  • 00:25:53.180 --> 00:25:55.190
  • is a situation you don't know how to overcome--
  • 00:25:55.200 --> 00:25:58.030
  • then you need to bring the character of God,
  • 00:25:58.040 --> 00:26:01.110
  • the promises of God, and the power of the Word of God
  • 00:26:01.120 --> 00:26:05.080
  • to that problem, and you speak to it.
  • 00:26:05.090 --> 00:26:08.150
  • You tell that mountain what God says about it.
  • 00:26:08.160 --> 00:26:11.080
  • You tell that mountain about the power of God.
  • 00:26:11.090 --> 00:26:13.180
  • You tell that mountain what this passage of Scripture says
  • 00:26:13.190 --> 00:26:16.270
  • about this particular situation.
  • 00:26:16.280 --> 00:26:20.170
  • If you need healing, quote to the illness
  • 00:26:20.180 --> 00:26:26.010
  • the power of God's Word.
  • 00:26:26.020 --> 00:26:28.160
  • Watch God show you that he can cast mountains in the seas
  • 00:26:28.170 --> 00:26:33.160
  • when you speak to the mountain.
  • 00:26:33.170 --> 00:26:36.190
  • 00:26:36.200 --> 00:26:46.190
  • 00:26:46.200 --> 00:26:56.190
  • 00:26:56.200 --> 00:27:06.190
  • 00:27:06.200 --> 00:27:16.190
  • 00:27:16.200 --> 00:27:21.190
  • 00:27:21.200 --> 00:27:29.100