The Word of God records that there are fixed laws in heaven and on earth (Jer. 33:25). This means that there are fixed laws that God has set up that apply to us all. One such law is the law of gravity. Other laws include the laws of motion. One conclusion drawn from the laws of motion is that an object at rest tends to stay at rest and an object in motion tends to stay in motion. Alongside this is the fact that it takes less force to keep a moving object in a state of motion than the force required to move an object at rest. Basically, an object will continue doing what it is doing unless an outside force causes that change. From Romans 1:20, we learn that the natural things God has established teach us about His divine qualities. In other words, there is a spiritual application to these natural concepts. Take into account the law of momentum described above. In our walks with God, it is easier for us to keep our spiritual walk with God going when we are steadily reading our Bibles, praying, fasting, and obeying His Word than when we are not. When we are not consistently seeking God, then we have inconsistent results. We need spiritual momentum.
Jesus is the perfect example of spiritual momentum. Luke 13:31-33, records, “31 At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, ‘Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you.’ 32 He replied, ‘Go tell that fox, ‘I will keep on driving out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.’ 33 In any case, I must press on today and tomorrow and the next day—for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem!” Jesus is praying for people to be free from demonic influence and healed from illness. The Pharisees try to get him to stop. Jesus’ reaction was to tell them that he had a goal to keep. He had to press in and continue until the goal had been met. Jesus knew that He had spiritual momentum going; he did not need to stop. Had he stopped, people would not have received their touch from God. Another great example is the feeding of the 5,000 in Matthew 14:13-21. In this passage, Jesus was ministering to a group of people. As evening approached, the disciples encouraged Him to send the people home. He did not accept their suggestion. He was looking for an opportunity to keep the spiritual momentum going. He then multiplies five loaves and two fish to feed the entire crowd. What a miracle of God! A final example of spiritual momentum is Christ being our sacrifice. Christ took the worst beating that any human will ever endure. He was lashed, spit upon, slapped, punched, and crucified. He went all the way for us. At any point along the way, He could have stopped it all. He kept the momentum going because He saw the end result and knew the spiritual harvest that would come.
Jesus said something very important in the Garden of Gethsemane before He was crucified. In the Garden, He was praying and asking the Father for strength while He bore the sin of humanity. In Matthew 26:41, Jesus said, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” Jesus was weakened in His natural body. However, He knew that there was a force within Him which could keep Him going when He did not feel like going forward. The Spirit of God gave Him energy when He was weak! The strength from God’s Spirit gave Him the spiritual momentum He needed to carry the cross all the way!
How do we keep the energy and momentum going in our lives? The first key is by keeping the commandments. The commandments are fixed laws that never change. They will never change. For instance, Christ’s presence will always be present on the Sabbath. Christ performed many healings on the Sabbath (weekly and annual). The healing power He operated in on the Sabbath gave Him momentum for the rest of the week. The Sabbath is the last day of the week, but it serves as a foundation for the upcoming week! We have promises from God in the Bible that we will receive blessing and increase in our lives by obeying the commandments (Deut. 28:1-14). We have a promise that there will be spiritual momentum in our lives if we obey Him!
The second key to keep the spiritual momentum going is to have a daily discipline of seeking God. The root word for disciple is discipline. When the word discipline comes to mind, we usually think of punishment. However, it can mean a narrow focus of study. We must consistently seek God through prayer and reading our Bibles. I pattern my life after a thought called “immersion”. We were immersed in water through Baptism when we converted to Christianity. I immerse my life so that when I wake up, I read my Bible first. When I get into the car, I play a sermon on CD or I listen to Christian music. When I get a break at work, I may meditate. When I get home, I take care of every day natural tasks. We all have to take care of these items. Immediately afterwards, I get on to Kingdom work – whether it is writing this article, tweet a Bible verse, prayer, a sermon or some other task. I am trying to immerse my life in Him. The third key to maintaining spiritual momentum is to keep going. As aforementioned, we all feel like giving up at times. Paul said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9a). When we feel weak, Christ’s strength to carry the cross becomes activated in us.
Do you have a Kingdom-focused goal you have given up on? Do you feel unqualified or discouraged? Is there some service in God’s Kingdom you have let fall by the way side? The Creative Power of Christ is in you to keep the goal alive! The energy of the Holy Spirit within you will push you to keep going. Just make the decision to go forward and act. We are running a race for the prize. I encourage you to run with all your might! Christ commanded us to pick up our cross and follow Him daily (Luke 9:23). He commanded us to keep His spiritual momentum going.