“Enlarge the place of your tent and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings;
Do not spare; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes. For you shall expand to the right and to the left, and your descendants will inherit the nations, and make the desolate cities inhabited.” (Isaiah 54:2-3, NKJV)
The word, mo-men-tum, defined by Webster’s Dictionary: “strength or force gained by motion or by a series of events.” Often, in the walk of faith, to get to the place where momentum occurs requires a few preliminary steps: First, receiving instruction from the Lord, which can only happen when we seek Him and are listening for what He has to say. “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13, NKJV). What’s more, the Lord longs to speak to us as well. “And there I will meet with you, and I will speak with you from above the mercy seat. (Exodus 25:22, NKJV.)
Never forget, The Father sent Jesus to pour out His blood upon the mercy seat, clearing the way of sin so that we can come boldly to the throne of Grace! (See Hebrews 4:16). God desires to meet with His children. Why? Because He has plans for us – plans to fulfill His purposes in our lives. In order to do that, we need to know what He is saying to us.
Second, we must lay hold of what he says to us, write it down, seal it up in our hearts, speak it, declare it and refuse to let it get out of sight despite the distraction’s life brings. This is how we apprehend what God says to us in the spirit and bring it into the natural. It requires focus and a forceful faith. Eventually, we will see the thing we are believing for begin to move, take shape, come into view, etc.
Let me illustrate what I mean. Many years ago, as a young man, having completed my enlistment in the Navy, I took a job driving an 18-wheel, tractor–trailer. One hot summer night in Phoenix, after a long evening drive, and having parked in a space too small for the size of my truck, the transmission went out and I was at a loss for what to do.
After a few moments, I decided to put the truck in neutral, release the brake and attempt to push the truck backwards. The full load weighted roughly 90,000 lbs. Now, to the innocent bystander, this would’ve looked ridiculous, but I was stuck. You’ll do almost anything when you’re in trouble, and that is where faith works the best. I leaned into the truck and initially nothing happened for seconds, minutes, I don’t know. And then … it began to move. The more it moved, the easier it got, to the point I had to jump up and apply the brake. That is momentum.
I encourage you to keep up the force of faith for what you are praying for in the New Year. Momentum will build and you will see your prayers answered. I believe 2020 will be full of momentum for those who will believe.
Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Dr., San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit www.gracesanmarcos.net for further information.
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