15 Oct Maximizing Momentum
By Pastor Blake Elder
Sometimes in life, we need the ball to bounce our way. At Heaven on Earth 2018: Momentum, that certainly happened! Momentum turned in our favor. The presence of God was real as we worshipped and the Word of God was dynamically delivered. I am thankful for the moments that we shared with God and one another at this conference.
Now, as we move forward, I want to encourage you to ask yourself, “What do I do when the ball has bounced my way? How can I leverage the momentum that God has given me?”
Sports teams, corporations, and individuals seize momentum by knowing what action to take once they have the advantage.
Momentum demands movement.
In the remainder of this post, I would like to share a few suggestions to help you maximize your momentum.
“The world is wide, and I will not waste my life in friction when it could be turned into momentum.” – Frances E. Willard
Momentum is Real
Take a moment to express gratitude and to rejoice in the way that you encountered God during Heaven on Earth. Before the enemy or your mind begin to tell you that it did not matter, take hold of the significance of how God spoke to you.
Momentum can be discerned even if it cannot be seen.
What God is doing in you is real and true. Being grateful for what He is doing is the best way to get moving in line with His great design for you.
“Momentum is the result of putting victories together.” – Bishop Michael Pitts
Record Your Victories
Write down your “God moments.” What spoke to you the loudest? When did you sense that you are seen and heard by God? What challenged you and stuck with you? Be intentional about writing these things down. Do not let the late nights, early mornings, and the balancing act of all the moving pieces in your world keep you from receiving the advantage that God is giving you.
One of my God moments was on the first night of conference. Going into Heaven on Earth, I was praying that God will correct my perspective and give me a proper perspective for where I am. Then, the first message was on the power of interpretation and I felt like the message was God speaking directly to me!
So, take time to write down your victories and see the momentum that God has given you.
Maximize by Summarizing
Each and every message was so powerful and rich. Some of the most brilliant minds and communicators of the Gospel were in attendance. (And, aren’t you thankful to Bishop Pitts for inviting the best to Heaven on Earth?)
Sometimes, though, we can be overloaded by hearing so many profound messages. I have found that it helps to pick one or two things out of each message that speak to me.
Here is an example from three messages from this year’s conference:
-The seed of the Word of God will prevail in your life.
-Something remained unchecked goes unhindered into seasons of your life.
Pastor Robert Madu:
-Your awareness of God’s authority determines how much you receive from God. Faith is connected to His authority.
-God is going to straighten out your family, friends, finances, and flesh.
-It is impossible for you to lift yourself. You need God!
Rehearse, Rehearse, Rehearse!
Once you record your victories and summarize the messages by what speaks to you the loudest, then you have something to build on. Place the phrases and the victories on a notepad, refrigerator, or mirror. Meditate on them, and let them take root in your heart and mind. Leverage your momentum by rehearsing what made a difference for you.
The things that we rehearse in private will be the things that we display in public.
“No one can be ideally successful until they have found their place. Like a locomotive they are strong on the track, but weak anywhere else.” – Orisen Marden
Lay Some Tracks (Pick out the Practical)
A locomotive, even with all of its mass and power, cannot reach its destination if does not have a track to run on. The track concentrates and leverages the power of the locomotive in order for it to reach its destination.
You and I are the same way. We can leverage the momentum from Heaven on Earth by laying some tracks for us to move on. The way to do this, along with rehearsing your victories and what spoke to you, is to pick out the practical things from the week that you can apply in your daily life.
Pastor Steven Furtick’s acronym for D-R-E-A-M is a great example. Another example, from Pastor Benny Perez, is the way that God says ‘no’ (through Scripture, through leadership, through the inner witness of the Holy Spirit, and through circumstances).
Find the practical pieces from Heaven on Earth that help you focus and direct your movement forward.
Momentum is Contagious – Talk About It
A conversation is a powerful thing. Every person needs to be able to hear an expression of God’s love, and every person needs to be able to express themselves to others. Talk about what spoke to you and what you encountered God with your spouse, children, friends, co-workers, and anyone you meet. Let the momentum you are experiencing spread to all of those around you.
These are a few things to help you keep the ball rolling after it has bounced your way. Remember to enjoy the journey! God is faithful and His word will prevail!