Life mountains: we all face them. To successfully journey through them, and to experience freedom and victory (which lies beyond the highest peak of the highest mountain), we must make sound decisions. Perseverance – the ability to keep on trying, no matter the obstacles and potential setbacks, is also required.
Making sound decisions demands a proper understanding of the situation as well as self and God. The better we evaluate the three, the easier the journey. Unfortunately, believing in lies like “you are no good”, “you will never amount to anything”, “you are too weak to overcome this trial”, “God has deserted me in my troubles”, and “no one, including Him, will ever love me in light of my imperfections”, presumably produce strongholds in us. As we listen to Satanic falsehoods, we often overestimate the negativity of the trial, while underestimating what we can do through Christ. This only tightens the stranglehold that controls us.
We cannot let our fears, doubts, failures, past hurts, and wavering self-concepts prevent us from becoming the person and doing the work God intended for us. God promised in Psalms 32:8, “to guide us Christians along the best pathway for your life as He advises and watches over us.” The Lord also said,” He will never leave nor forsake His children;”all things work together for the good of those who love God and are fitting in His plans”; not to mention “nothing can ever separate us Christians from His Love.” Making sound decisions starts with believing in Biblical truths like these.
A familiar proverb goes like this: “Fear knocked on the door. Faith answered. There was no one there.” This means when our faith is sufficient in strength, our fears dissipate. Fear is what makes “ordinary trials” seem like “imaginary giants”. It also make us believe “our ship is sinking when isn’t”, and that our “life mountains cannot be climbed.”
So when your fears become stronger than your faith, embrace other biblical truths like the following:
“I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me”. (Philippians 4:13).
“Yet what we suffer no is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.” (Romans 8:18).
Jesus said to his disciples, in Mark 11:22-24: “Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘may you be lifted up and thrown into the sea’, and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. I tell you, you can pray for anything. and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.” However, it doesn’t have to beat me or you. I hope my recovery story and this web site both inspires and guides you toward greater freedoms.
Listening and believing in God’s truth is the secret toward further growth and freedom found only in Christ. Not only does it guide us what we should and shouldn’t do, but also who we are and what we can do through Him. It also enables us to experiences victories over life storms and mountains, which builds both our faith and perseverance. Life mountains get climbed and personal strongholds get broken, when we gain an heartfelt understanding that “God plus me are always greater than the ‘giants’ I face”.