Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!” Zechariah 4:7
The prophetic declaration above was made by an angel to Zechariah as a message of encouragement to Zerubbabel. Zerubbabel at this time was the governor of Judah and he was spearheading the building of the temple in Jerusalem and the project has been stalled for about 16 years because of the opposition (Ezra 4:23-24). Zerubbabel and his team are apparently tired, discouraged, and probably regretting that they ever got involved in this project in the first place. While he was going through this valley experience, the Lord, who sees and know all things has a message for him through Prophet Zechariah. The lesson here is this. You might be going through stuff and it appears that you are on your own, as long as you know that you are in the will of God for the situation, you must have this assurance that God is aware of every minute of your struggle. He is never late. He is always on time and He is thinking about you and has a plan to help you. So, don’t despair. Don’t give up on God. He has a word for you that will change your situation for good.
To better understand this prophetic declaration, let’s try to break this verse of the bible down and glean the how-to lessons from it.
Identify and isolate your mountain
The starting point of solving any problem is to identify it, the second is to isolate and the third is to deal with the problem. One of the ways the enemy confuses people is to give a problem another face. For example, someone might be having a chronic financial problem or be in debt but the real problem might be laziness or procrastination or impulsive buying or I-better-pass-my-neighbour syndrome where you just buy stuff you really don’t need to show that you are better than someone who is really not looking. So, God in this declaration was calling out the problem by asking the question “Who are you” to isolate and deal with it properly and then relate it to the identity of his servant Zerubbabel. As it happens, God saw the problem not as opposition but as a mountain and dealt with is accordingly. Also, David, in 1 Samuel chapter 17 identified Goliath not as a giant but as an “uncircumcised philistine” and he identified the Israelite army as the “God’s people” this way, he was able to isolate Goliath and dealt with him. So, we need the help of the Holy Spirit to appropriately identify the problem and match it with who we are in Christ to deal with the problem. What God is teaching us here is that when we match our problem with who we are in Christ and exercise the authority delegated to us, no problem has a chance to defeat us.
Address your mountain boldly
After identifying the mountain, God firmly addressed it to “become a plain”. Note that God did not plead with the mountain, he commanded it. He did that because he knows His authority and he exercises it. Also, David ran toward Goliath without any contemplation. In the same way, once you identify your mountain, speak to it. Jesus said in Mark 11:23, For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. The keyword here is not to doubt after speaking to the mountain. We know we are not doubting when our expectation is aligned with what we pronounced. We do not doubt because the word we speak is not ours but God’s.
You may not see the result immediately: With thanksgiving, wait
Jesus spoke to the fig tree (Mark 11:14) and after the encounter, nothing appears to have happened to the tree but after 24 hours, it became clear to the physical eyes that the fig tree is dead. In the same way, once you speak to a situation something happens. This may not be visible to the physical eyes immediately, but if you do not doubt it will soon become evident what God has done.
What is your mountain?
What is that thing in your life that seems so big, difficult, or impossible? What is it that thing that you have prayed and prayed about and it seems as if the heaven is sealed and no answer is coming? A mountain might be a source of worry but at the same time, every mountain could also be an indication that, like Zerubbabel, you are on an important assignment that is dear to God’s heart. This is no time to give up or quit. Instead, take your sword (Bible) and with the help of the Holy Spirit, identify, isolate, and deal with the mountain and it shall become plain.
And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease. Mathew 10:1
Lord Jesus, thank you for the authority you have given to us. Thank you for the revelation of your word through your spirit. We thank you because the word is near us in our heart and in our mouth (Romans 10:8). Thank you, Lord, because when we speak the word something happens and with this sword, we can take on the enemy and be victorious.
If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear. Psalm 66:18
Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions. Psalm 51:1
Lord, as I stand in my position of authority today, I ask that you remove any legal ground that stands to oppose me. I plead for your mercy. Let your mercy remove every filthy garment from me and cleanse me from every unrighteousness. Let everything hindering the flow of your power in my life be removed. Take away my sins and put fine garments on me (Zechariah 3:3)
For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Mark 11:23
In the mighty name of Jesus, I speak to you mountain of (… begin to name them one by one). Become plain. Be moved into the sea never to return. I cut off any power feeding you. You are permanently defeated in my life to the glory of my father.