Come Up The Mountain

  • Come up the mountain
  • Matthew 15:29-31 READ
  • You cannot stop people who really want Jesus- Jesus tried to get away from these people- he went around the sea, he went up on the mountain- and multitudes came to him
  • Now think about this- they brought the lame, blind, mute, maimed and many others TO HIM
  • Up on the mountain. They came up to the mountain to get their healing.
  • Title- Come up the mountain
  • When you come up the mountain-
  • The Mute will speak
  • Can you imagine not being able to speak? Not being able to connect with your fellow man??
  • In this instance- the friends of those who were mute brought their friends to Jesus to be healed and he healed them! 7.5 million people in America have difficulty using their voice-
  • Being mute or having a speech difficulty can be a medical and or psychological issue.
  • The simplest way to understand it is that those who are ‘mute’ cannot or do not speak for whatever reason- they cannot speak- not just a stutter or a lisp.
  • In my life, I have really only met one mute person I can think of- homeless guy-
  • In our church- I don’t think we have people that are mute in the sense of not being able to speak physically or psychologically- Jesus can heal that if that’s your issue- he can
  • But here’s the application I want to focus on today- if you’re afraid to speak up for Jesus and the truth- Jesus can heal you of that- come up the mountain and get healed!
  • You can get the  courage to speak up- he can heal you of your meekness
  • Prov 31:8 Open your mouth for the speechless, In the cause of all who are appointed to die.
  • Eph 4:15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—
  • We are living in a time (have been) where there is rampant immorality, falsehood, idolatry and wickedness that many people have been given over to- that people are not speaking up
  • We’re not speaking up against darkness and we should
  • Eph 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.
  • We’re not speaking up for the poor and needy
  • Proverbs 31:9 Open your mouth, judge righteously, And plead the cause of the poor and needy.
  • But its more than that and the most important one is that we should be speaking up about Jesus- COME UP THE MOUNTAIN- Get healed and talk about how it happened!
  • READ 1 Peter 3:15-16 always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason
  • We need to be the mouthpiece of Jesus- we need to be willing to speak up
  • Its not easy- it takes courage- I’ve failed more times than I have succeeded because I’m fearful of how people will receive me and how they will respond to me
  • The bible says- Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ,
  • And honestly- I think sometimes we are ashamed- we are not bold we don’t speak up when we can- and that doesn’t honor God and we can be healed of that
  • Jesus didn’t heal mute mouths so they could shut up and never talk again about the mountain
  • Have you ever met someone (besides me) who can just talk? I mean talk talk.
  • I always think about how long I’m talking in a conversation- some apparently don’t
  • But if we’ve been given speech- how do we use that for Jesus? COME UP THE MOUNTAIN
  • One- confess Jesus Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
  • If you’ve never audibly confessed Jesus- it will change you (Paul getting saved at work)
  • But ALSO- we need to speak truth the darkness we need to speak up.
  • At school, church, work, home, community- you speak against those who speak against God, Jesus, gossip, racism, slander, mistruths. Use your mouth! (watching movie- fornicators)
  • Acts 18:9-10 READ COME UP TO THE MOUNTAIN
  • The Lame will walk
  • Now on this one- I know there are people here that have physical ailments that prohibit you from doing what you want to do- your skydiving career is over.
  • Some of it is age and neglect- some of it is injury or disease. Some people are born disabled
  • And I believe that Jesus can heal you of all of it. (I have ailments I’m still waiting on healing)
  • Here’s what I’ve noticed tho- you can still get a lot done while you’re waiting on your healing
  • You may not need a physical healing for right now- but we all need strength to endure
  • We need strength to do the work, continue in our faith, fight the good fight of faith.
  • Its hard to be a Christian! Its hard to be strong- its hard to endure- and if you have never felt that way- I’m curious how much you’re in the fight- cause if you are- it wears on you
  • Hiking mailbox with jay- didn’t think it would smoke me- had to stop to eat-
  • Spiritually it can be that way for us- but we appropriate the spirit of God and his word
  • Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
  • Exodus 15:2 The Lord is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; My father’s God, and I will exalt Him.
  • Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
  • But if you want that power- if you want that strength- you got to come up to the mountain- you have to get in front of Jesus and have him heal you and set you free- see what he can do
  • He will heal you of your cowardice, your weakness, your laziness, your fears.
  • Read your Bible! Parts of this is a war manual! Its got the history of our people fighting!
  • Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
  • You can’t got into battle without the strength of the Lord in you, and if you don’t have it- come up the mountain and be filled- be healed- be given strength
  • 2 Tim 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
  • He wants you to have to strength! He wants you to be able to endure! Come up the mountain
  • I like watching these strong men- met one- need like 13000 calories a day or they lose muscle mass and get weak- that’s how we get if we don’t stay in the word of God and in the spirit
  • Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
  • Deuteronomy 20:4 for the Lord your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.’
  • And I know- you say- I’m so weak- I can’t do it- I don’t have what it takes-
  • Isaiah 40:29 He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength.

Blind seeing- See the truth

  • I feel like a broken record today- but I don’t think there’s anyone blind here this morning
  • But Jesus CAN heal you of your physical blindness-
  • Pastor Christian and Amanda were in Indonesia- man healed from blindness-
  • But many people today don’t need physical blindness- they need their spiritual blindness healed- they need to see the truth of the savior, the word and the world.
  • Now in today’s world- many people have been blinded by the ethos of the world.
  • Celebrate immorality- lawlessness- and political idolatry
  • These people are unbelievably blind- they celebrate wickedness! And cover for those who do it
  • 2 Corinthians 4:4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.
  • John 12:40 “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, Lest they should see with their eyes, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.”
  • The Bottom line is that they don’t want to receive Christ because they love their wickedness
  • They don’t want to follow Jesus and his laws
  • Don’t want to pray Psa 119:18 Open my eyes, that I may see Wondrous things from Your law.
  • And really- they want to live with no restraints- sexually, morally, financially, time wise
  • They want to live life for themselves unto themselves and have no one tell them otherwise
  • So we pray as they did in Acts 26:18 to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’
  • But it doesn’t stop there-
  • This needs to be our prayer! That we may not be blinded by the god of this world- that we begin to go soft and accepting of things that are not of God
  • The time is growing short where we can speak up against things that go against the Bible
  • Sexual sins, trans, etc. Thievery, false religions, politicians that go against God (natural imm)
  • But ABOVE the social ills of the day- we have to be able to see the truth of our salvation!
  • Ephesians 1:17-18 READ
  • We need that hope and we need not be blind to it- we need to see it-
  • If you’re here this morning and you’re not a Christian- you don’t believe- pray for God to open your eyes- come up the mountain to Jesus and have him heal your eyes to see clearly.
  • Jesus speaks to his people- you may not understand because you may not be saved-
  • Matthew 13:13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.
  • This is why Jesus came! For a physical and spiritual blindness to be cured!
  • Isaiah 35:5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
  • John 9:39 And Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.”
  • And its true- some people are blinded and theres no helping them. There’s nothing you can do about it. It’s the way that it is – but like these men you can bring them up the mountain
  • Jr High- didn’t wear glasses because I thought they looked dumb- except I couldn’t see (blind)

Here’s the promise of Jesus

Maimed made whole- fullness in Jesus

  • Maimed is the catch all- it’s the phrase that says- you are just not perfect- you’re not where you need to be physically so that you can be all that you are spiritually
  • Jesus healed them all up on the mountain. All of them. But they came up the mountain.
  • You have to come up whatever proverbial physical spiritual mountain you need to come up to be made whole. You have to do what it takes. Muster up the courage to get to Jesus
  • And if you know someone who doesn’t have the strength- carry them up the mountain
  • Psalm 34:18 The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit. Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.
  • That’s what he does!
  • The hands of Jesus make whole! Completely! Come up the mountain to be made whole.
  • Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
  • And so if you’re in a place where you feel like you cant get any traction- that you don’t have what it takes. You aren’t good enough, or strong enough, or smart enough he’s more than enough! He can heal you of your SIN, MUTENESS, BLINDNESS, MAKE YOU WHOLE.
  • Here’s the hard part about being maimed- you get healed but you still might have the memory of the past so you THINK you’re still maimed when you are Healed!
  • Jeremiah 33:6  Behold, I will bring it health and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth.
  • Pastor Amber- man- she has been through some stuff since she’s been here- she don’t like me telling this- but I had to fire her- but she didn’t give up- having kids, growing the children, starting this school, getting her degree- she’s been made so whole in Jesus-
  • Hosea 6:1-2 Come, and let us return to the Lord; For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. 2 After two days He will revive us; On the third day He will raise us up,That we may live in His sight.
  • 1 John 5:4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
  • Faith and Victory in Jesus name- Made whole- come up the mountain-
  • Romans 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
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