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Is Momentum on Your Side?

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One word can change a life. Forgiven. Loved. Free. Just to name a few. But having “one word” to focus on for the year is more than a popular trend; it can also lead to our transformation.

A few weeks ago, I began to seek God about His “one word” for me. At first, nothing came. I cleared my mind of the words I wanted.  “Productive,” “Leaner” and “Wisdom” floated around the room.

Then I listened for God to clear His throat and make a grand announcement.

Silence lingered.

But “nothing” is like a microphone in the hands of the Almighty. After all, He spoke into an empty existence and created the seen and unseen things.

As I continued to seek Him, I was drawn to the first two verses in the Bible:

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. – Genesis 1:1-2 NLT

I sensed Him hover over me. My search fast-forwarded to the last verse of the last book:

“May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s holy people.” – Revelation 22:21 NLT

Amen. Starting with nothing and ending in grace describes my faith journey for sure. But I also saw the first and last verses as bookends to every God-breathed Word in between.

Each principle guides. Every promise and prophesy has been or will be fulfilled. It’s just a matter of time. From Genesis to Revelation there is an undeniable miraculous momentum. And then my one-word appeared.

Momentum.

It rose with the warmest of invitations: Are you willing to trust God?

Momentum - the strength or force that something has when it is moving; the strength or force that allows something to continue or to grow stronger or faster as time passes.

How far would we go in God’s plan, if we knew momentum was on our side?  This is my year to find out.  It could be your year too.

I’m grateful for this word. And yet, it strikes a curious chord in me. The answers come slowly, exuding a quiet confidence. The more I meditate on what momentum means, the more I’m convinced:

In Christ, there is a redemptive gust behind me.  Any sin in the past moment or past years is completely forgiven by His grace. (Ephesians 1:7)

There is a holy resuscitation within me. Any time my soul suffers from life’s situations, I’m revived by His truth. (Psalm 119:49-50)

There is a resurrection whirlwind in front of me. Any obstacle on His path, whether it’s a foe or my fear, is defeated by His power. (Colossians 1:9-15)

That’s some momentum. You may or may not have “one word” but I’m praying you’ll know these truths.

The grace wind at our back is fierce. It comes as we walk with God. It takes us where He wants us to be.

And the more we yield to His glory, we become “stronger or faster as time passes” so others can experience Him too.

I asked God for a word but I didn’t ask for this word. He knows why I need it. He also knew I’d share it with you. Because when life hits us hard or we’re trying to hold onto His promises, we need to know momentum is on our side. We need to remember God is on our side.

18 Comments

  1. Joy, this was inspiring. Momentum and Grace are the words I need to focus on this year. Thanks!

    January 17, 2018
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    • Joy
      Joy

      Hi Pam! Sounds like we have quite a faith adventure ahead!

      January 17, 2018
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  2. Hi Joy, glad to be reading your words again and finding out about your one word for 2018. Great post packed with so much truth. But my favorite part is when you listened for “God to clear his throat” and how “nothing is a microphone in the hands of the Almighty.” I just love that!

    January 17, 2018
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    • Joy
      Joy

      Thanks Karen. Welcome back! I’m glad you enjoyed this post; particularly, the microphone in the hands of the Almighty!

      January 17, 2018
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  3. Linda Walters
    Linda Walters

    Wow— this Word is so timely for me. I’ve been waiting and anticipating what God is doing & going to do in my life in 2018. I sense the winds you mentioned and appreciate you giving it some definition and confirmation for me.

    January 17, 2018
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    • Joy
      Joy

      Hi Linda! Praise God for giving us insight into His grace for 2018 and beyond. Blessings to you!

      January 17, 2018
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  4. This is so incredible, Joy. I was feeling a great big ‘YES’ as I read through your words! Thank you for this powerful reminder!

    January 17, 2018
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    • Joy
      Joy

      You’re welcome Amanda! God is so good. He’s always worthy of our “Yes!”

      January 17, 2018
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  5. Joy, I love the word God gave you. It reminds me of Romans 8.29 where is says that Jesus is the first born among many brothers. He’s making a way for us. He’s given us an example to follow and that’s the reason we can have momentum! Thanks for sharing.

    January 18, 2018
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    • Joy
      Joy

      Hi Donna! May we all follow Jesus as He leads the way!

      January 18, 2018
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  6. Love your one word. We seem to be on the same schedule. It took me three weeks of prayer to find mine too. Momentum is an excellent focus. I pray you find it in every area of your life.

    January 18, 2018
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    • Joy
      Joy

      Thanks Mary! I’m glad you found your one word too. Blessings to you as well!

      January 18, 2018
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  7. I really like this idea of momentum spurred on by God’s grace.We don’t ever have to be stuck!

    January 18, 2018
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    • Joy
      Joy

      Hi Mary! I’m glad you mentioned the impact of momentum if we’re stuck. I can see there’s a lot to unpack with this word. Thanks for sharing!

      January 18, 2018
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  8. What great word for this year! I love how God plants thoughts and then lets them take root and grow into something amazing. My word for 2018 is “faith” and I’m excited/ slightly scared to see what that’s going to look like 😉 Stopping by from #RaRaLinkup

    January 19, 2018
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    • Joy
      Joy

      Hi Laura! “Faith” certainly has a sense of adventure attached. I feel the same way about “momentum.” No doubt, our faithful God will amaze us…blessings to you!

      January 19, 2018
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  9. I love your word! I too wanted productivity and he gave me “joy.” Thank you for your post.

    January 19, 2018
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    • Joy
      Joy

      Hi Maree! I know I may be partial, but I love your one word.😊 May you experience the joy of the Lord in deeper more fulfilling ways this year!

      January 20, 2018
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