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Keeping The Momentum
12/15/2015

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2 (NKJV)

I was driving my Jeep one weekend up in the dunes at Pismo Beach, looking at all the off-road vehicles playing about in the sand dunes, and as I made my way down the beach I would slow down whenever I saw something interesting.  Each time I began to slow down I would feel the chatter of my tires slipping in the sand as they tried to keep the vehicle going forward.  When this would happen I would gently apply a little more throttle to get my momentum going back to a pace that allowed me to move forward while staying up on top of the sand.  Had I continued at the pace I was going, I would have eventually lost all forward momentum and traction and I would have been stuck. 

As I thought about this, I was reminded of how easily it can be for us at times to lose our momentum in our Christian walk.  We can be going along just fine, when suddenly something, or someone catches our eye, and attention, and we can find ourselves inadvertently slowing down—not doing what we need to be doing to keep ourselves from becoming stuck within the loose sands of the cares and desires of this world (cf. Mark 4:19). 

When this happens, we can soon find ourselves consumed with other things, or trying to please other people, rather than pleasing Jesus and being about our Heavenly Father’s business (cf. Luke 2:29).  Thankfully, God is faithful to warn us when we get distracted in our walk (Phil. 1:6), and He will allow us to feel the chattering and slipping going on in our lives when we are out of His will.  This spiritual chattering may come in the form of anxiety, a lack of peace, discontentment, divisiveness, etc.  When we feel these things we need to acknowledge the Holy Spirit’s prompting and begin to make the proper adjustments to change our course, and to get our spiritual momentum going again lest we become stuck in being conformed to this world (Rom. 12:2).

Q:         How can we regain momentum in our spiritual walk once we have lost it, and keep from being conformed to this world?

I believe we must refocus on our eternal destiny, rather than our earthly one—bringing clarity to the mission God has given us as Christian men and women.  Once we have done this, we can now reset our course to properly navigate where we are to be going, and we can begin to seek the Lord for His equipping to do what He has asked of us.  I think it is imperative for us to fix our mind upon Jesus and to make Him our delight.  By doing this we will soon find He will not only change the desires of our heart, He will give us these desires (Ps. 37:4).

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Romans 12:2, how can we keep from getting stuck in our Christian walk, and being conformed to this world?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you keeping momentum in your walk with God, or are you allowing the enemy to distract and slow you down?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:  Continue to focus on who you are in Christ Jesus each day, and on what He has called you to do.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, I confess falling short and becoming distracted in my walk with You, and I ask Your forgiveness.  Replace the worldly desires I have within my flesh as I make You my delight today.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 

 


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