Mountain Moving Faith

Have you come face to face with a mountain, a giant obstacle challenging your faith? Are you facing an impossible situation and wondering how to overcome it? Jesus gave us a spiritual strategy for such circumstances. He said, “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” (Mark 11:23 NLT).

David applied this spiritual strategy to a mountain he faced as a seventeen-year-old boy. His mountain was a giant named Goliath. Goliath was an experienced warrior and a Philistine champion who was over nine feet tall. He wore a bronze coat of mail, and “the shaft of his spear was as heavy and thick as a weaver’s beam, tipped with an iron spearhead that weighed 15 pounds” (1 Samuel 17:7).

For forty days and nights, Goliath taunted King Saul and the army of Israel, and for six weeks, they ran in fear from him. But when David arrived at the camp, he was not threatened by the giant. The devil is no match for the power of God. The Lord had just sent the prophet Samuel to anoint David, so even though David was a young shepherd boy, he was walking in the anointing of a king. You may appear insignificant on the outside, but the King of kings has anointed you, and if God is on your side, you are destined to win.


“Don’t worry about this Philistine,” David told Saul. “I’ll go fight him!” (verse 32). Saul was shocked. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth” (verse 33). But after David told Saul of his victories with a lion and a bear, the king changed his mind. There was something different about this youth. His faith in God was unshakeable.

Saul gave David his own armor for the battle, but David wasn’t used to wearing it. So “armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across the valley to fight the Philistine” (verse 40). Goliath charged toward David. Insulted by his young, unarmed opponent, he sneered, “Am I a dog that you come at me with a stick?” “And he cursed David by the names of his gods” (verse 43). Goliath was a man influenced by the devil, and he used witchcraft to try to curse David. To a degree, he understood the power of the tongue. But he met his match that day.

He ran into a young man who was in a blood covenant with God. When a curse runs into the blood, it has to bow. You are covered in the blood of Jesus, so no curse has any power over you. The curse is broken!

“‘Come over here, and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and wild animals!’ Goliath yelled” (verse 44). The devil always overplays his hand. He always puts his foot in his mouth. If Goliath had known this young shepherd boy had killed a lion and a bear, he wouldn’t have been flapping his lips so haughtily.

“David replied to the Philistine, ‘You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied’” (verse 45). David did not allow Goliath to have the last word. You have to answer the devil when he speaks to you. Answer him with Scripture. Tell him you are in a covenant with God. You are under the blood of Jesus. Your family, marriage, children, health, and future are covered in the blood of Jesus. Somebody shout. “I’m covered!”

So, David continued to speak to the giant. “Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head.” How could David make such a bold statement? He didn’t even have a sword. I believe God gave David a supernatural revelation, and David began to prophesy under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. I dare somebody to open your mouth and prophesy to your mountain.


The Bible says if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain move, and it will move (Matthew 17:20). When you have faith, you can dare to stand in the face of cancer and declare with confidence, “I will live and not die to declare the works of the Lord” (Psalm 118:17). You can dare to speak to your divorce papers and say, “This divorce will not happen in the name of Jesus. Whom God joins together let no man put asunder” (Mark 10:9). You can speak to your eviction notice and say, “My God shall supply all my needs” (Philippians 4:19).  

David realized the battle was not his; it was the Lord’s (verse 47). And he ran to meet Goliath (verse 48). The Bible says the righteous are as bold as a lion (Proverbs 28:1). After you are done talking to your mountain, you have to act on your faith because faith without works is dead (James 2:17). If you believe the job is yours, apply for it. If you believe God gave you a business idea, start working on it. God will reward your faith.


So, David acted on his faith. And as he approached the Philistine, he reached into his shepherd’s bag and pulled out a stone. God directed David’s eye to the very spot where Goliath had no armor. And when David swung his sling and released it, the stone sank into the center of Goliath’s forehead. “And Goliath stumbled and fell face down on the ground” (verse 48). No wonder David wrote in Psalm 27, “When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell” (verse 2).

“So David triumphed over the Philistine with only a sling and a stone, for he had no sword” (verse 50). But David did not stop there. He went from being a conqueror to more than a conqueror. And standing on top of the giant, he pulled Goliath’s sword from its sheath and used it to kill him and cut off his head (verse 51).

The very thing the enemy thought he would use to destroy you will backfire on him. No weapon formed against you will prosper, and every tongue that will rise against you, you will condemn (Isaiah 54:17 KJV). The devil is under your feet. Open your mouth and give God praise.


Open your mouth and speak to your mountain. Speak to your trouble. Tell your storm, “Peace! Be still!” Stand on the Word of God and declare the promises of God over your situation. I join my faith with yours and break the enemy’s attack over your life, marriage, children, relationships, finances, business, career, ministry, or education. We cancel the plans of the enemy right now in Jesus' name, and we declare and decree victory. The Bible says you shall decree a thing, and it shall be established (Job 22:28). Use your God-given authority and speak to your mountain. It will move in Jesus’ name!

God bless,
Pastors Sean and Aimee Pinder

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