• Staci Sweet

How To Identify Inward Mountains

So now that you know inward mountains exist, how can you identify them? By spending enough time in the Word where God can reveal those ugly, hidden parts of you. How does this happen you may ask? For me, the way He does it is through His Word. Ordinarily, when you hear that, you tend to think that while you’re reading the Bible, you’ll hear a booming voice that’ll personally call you out and tell you to do this or stop doing that; but again, more times than not, it’s not going to happen that way.

The Nitty Gritty of the Word

The way that it usually happens is like this; take for instance you’re reading the book of 1 Kings. In Chapter 10, you see that ‘…King Solomon surpassed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom.’ (1 Ki 10:23) But in 1 Kings 11:1 you read that ‘Solomon loved many foreign women’; so much so, ‘that his wives turned his heart after other gods; and his heart was not loyal to the LORD his God.’ (1 Ki 11:4). While reading that, you might say to yourself, ‘Solomon had all that money and wisdom and still did that to God. Lord, when I get married, I’m not going to let that happen.’ At which time, the Lord may open the eyes of your understanding (Eph 1:18) and point out that you’re doing it now; by having premarital sex with the person you’ve been dating for the last three years. In that instance, premarital sex is the inward mountain God is revealing to you that needs to be removed.

Or maybe while reading the book of Malachi, you read, ‘For you have robbed Me’; to which you respond, ‘Lord, I would never do that. I pay my tithes…when I can.’ In that moment, the Lord may ‘fill you with the exact knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding’ (Col 1:9) and show you that just because you pay your tithes sporadically, He still considers you a robber; simply because you don’t tithe all your income, all the time. In that instance, the Lord is lovingly revealing an inward mountain of covetousness that's hindering His ability to promote you.

Go To The Word First

You see inward mountains are revealed through the Word. As you read it, preferably out loud, the Holy Spirit will enlighten your understanding so that you can see your sins, faults, and shortcomings. God’s not going to embarrass you; He lovingly chastens and corrects (Heb 12:5-11). So many times, people tend to look to others to tell them what’s wrong and ask them how to correct it. But if you’ll give your Heavenly Father the opportunity, He’ll tell you. And not only that, He’ll help you dig that ugly stuff out of your spirit and empower you to say to those inward mountains, ‘Be removed and cast into the sea!’ I encourage you to get in the habit of reading a chapter of your Bible a day aloud and ask questions about what you’ve read. You may want to even take notes or keep a journal. But get ready! Because your Heavenly Father is going to reveal the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your inward mountains.

Pray this with me: Heavenly Father, please forgive me. I haven't been reading my Bible as I should. Lord, will you help me to start today? And as I You do, I thank You for revealing everything that's stopped You from blessing me. In Jesus' name.