Step One (so yall know what I'm talking about), here's Jeremiah 51:25-26:
“Behold, I am against you, O destroying mountain, Who destroys all the earth,” says the Lord.
“And I will stretch out My hand against you, Roll you down from the rocks, and make you a burnt mountain. They shall not take from you a stone for a corner nor a stone for a foundation, but you shall be desolate forever,” says the Lord.
When I read this verse, I was beginning to feel like God had forgotten me. I saw multiple friends get new cars, sign leases, get full time jobs, etc. Like, everybody around me is getting blessings on blessings on blessings!!….annnnnd I’m still sitting pretty in this storm. I’m the one that everybody comes to for prayer, and I'm still trying to win the waiting game. I’m still….trying to figure everything out. I’m still…here…trying to remind myself of what God said & that life won’t be a constant struggle. It’s one thing to be in the struggle surrounded by familiar faces. At least then, you know you’re not alone. Life hasn’t singled you out to pick on you. But what about when everybody else is getting their breakthroughs, and everybody else is talking about what’s new…and everybody is holding what you think you need? That’s when it gets very easy (ridiculously easy) to put yourself in a corner & say that the storm wins. (do me…and yourself…a favor: NEVER give in just to get out; it’s never worth it)
It was in the middle all of that, that I randomly stumbled upon this verse. It’s not one that you hear quoted in church a lot, but it helped me, so hopefully it’ll help you…
Sometimes when we're going through storms, it gets easy to believe that God has either completely forgotten that we’re waiting on Him (like a child left in Walmart) OR that He’s stopped fighting the devil and turned to hit us with a 1-2 combo (or 3). It also gets a lot easier when we don’t even know what life was like before the storm started. I know that feeling...all too well. I know what it’s like to feel forgotten. I know what it’s like to have to be your own “faith support”. I know how it feels to wonder if God is fighting your enemies, or if He’s fighting you. I also know what it means to read Jer. 51:25-26 and realize how wrong we were.
Jer. 51:25 is God speaking to His enemy….your mountain. Not YOU; your MOUNTAIN. The mountain that’s tried to keep you from being happy. The mountain that’s blocked the view of every blessing you’ve received since hell started breaking loose (because there are blessings during the storm). The mountain that has destroyed life as you knew it, and has seemingly taken away your ability to feel and bounce back. You know that mountain, right? Ya’ll may be very well acquainted by now. Well, don’t get used to it, and don’t believe the lie that it’s permanent. One, because nothing’s constant but Jesus. Secondly, because that’s the mountain that God is talking to in this verse. Don’t believe me? Check the verse!
Verse 25 starts with these words, “Behold, I am against you, O destroying mountain, who destroys all the earth,’ says the Lord”.Which tells me that 1) shhhh…God is talking and 2) He’s not against you, He’s against the mountain. He’s still on your side! Verse 25 also says that God will make your mountain a burnt mountain. The very mountain has taken up all of your mental space, will soon be the ash under your feet. Let that sink in for like…2.7 seconds. The thing has just about worn you down is the very thing that God will burn! He’ll take the biggest issue you have. He’ll take the mountain that you’ve tried to bring down on your own. The one that you’ve named & claimed victory over. The one that you used your last mustard seed of faith on. THAT ONE! He WILL BURN IT!
Not only will He burn it, He’ll ruin it. People won’t be able to take the ruins of your low moments and use them to build monuments of your downfalls. They won’t be able to use one word of your testimony to bring you down. How do I know this? Because verse 26 says that “they shall not take from you (the mountain) a stone for a corner nor a stone for a foundation”. It continues to say (this is my favorite part), “but you shall be desolate forever”. To be desolate is to be “deserted of people and in a state of bleak and dismal emptiness”. So, you won’t be a resident of this struggle forever, nor will it last much longer. I can say that, because I see all around me that this is a season of deliverance. One by one, God is lifting people out of depression. He’s lifting them out of financial hardship. He’s lifting them out of dependence on others. He’s freeing people EVERYWHERE!! You’re covered with grace & mercy, suga (fresh coat, every day! lol). He doesn’t have a reason to leave you in bondage. He won’t just get rid of it, nor will He simply slide it to the side. This is the mountain that has burdened His child, so He’s got to get rid of every trace. When it’s all said and done, the only trace of this mountain standing in front of you today will be your testimony.
I don’t have 7 tips for deliverance. I don’t have 3 ways to ship your miracle in overnight. Trust me, if I did, I would’ve used it by now (lol). I’m not going to be some spectacular prophet, & give you a date or a deadline. All I have for you is His word. I know that at sometimes, that doesn’t feel like enough. I know that sometimes, it seems like He’s forgotten His word. I know that you’ve probably questioned if He actually said it. I’ve felt that. I know that. But I also know that all things, including your mountain and every second you’ve spent waiting on it to move, work for the good of them that love Him and are called to His purpose. I know that if you’re reading in this, something in you knows that God is real & loves Him. Something in you wants to hold on & not disappoint Him. I also know that if you’re breathing, He’s called you to something & given you a purpose. Congratulations! You fit the criteria.
I can’t tell you when, and I can’t tell you how, but I can assure you that He’s going to come through for you. I can let you know that each day that passes is one day that gets you closer to your turnaround. I know that this isn’t the end for us. He’s not fighting us, He’s fighting the mountain. We can’t see it, but we can say it. We don’t have “proof” but He gives patience. Remind yourself of what He said. Stand on that, and you’ll go from standing on the promise to living in the promise. How on earth & I so confident of all of this when I’m still sitting pretty in a storm? Because the storm hasn’t taken me out, it’s given me a front row seat to the desolation of my own mountain. Let’s watch Him work together. Be encouraged! He hasn’t forgotten you or left you alone!
God’s message to your mountain: “you’ve been here long enough, it’s time for you to go”
Background Music: Turning Around for Me - VaShawn Mitchell
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