Forward Momentum

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Thursday, September 12, 2019

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14

Among the many lessons we can learn from skiing is the idea of forward momentum. Indeed, skiing is primarily about moving forward. The only thing that can stop a skier from moving forward is the skier. One of the important skills skiers have to master is knowing when to stop to avoid crashing.

Our Christian journey is all about moving forward. Though we should learn from the past, the Bible teaches us not to look back. After all, no one can run a race while looking backward. The only way we can stay focused on achieving our destiny is by looking forward.

Forward momentum comes from cultivating the spiritual disciplines of prayer, meditation, fasting, worship, and reading of the word of God. People who practice those spiritual disciplines prioritize the things of God over the things of the world. They tend to look at the world from the lenses of what is possible through Christ instead of what is impossible because of life’s challenges.

Forward momentum is a spiritual state of mind wherein the believer sees opportunity in every challenge, and looks to be spiritually fruitful despite their many experiences of failure. It comes from a heart of faith that give the believer the confidence that nothing or no one can prevent them from fulfilling their destiny.

Believers that are moving forward don’t allow petty differences with others slowdown their momentum. They are apt to pick themselves up by their own bootstraps no matter how many times they fall down. These forward thinkers do not like to make excuses. They see opportunity where other people see peril.

In today’s text, Paul is encouraging the Philippians to keep pressing forward in their Christian journey. There were those in the Philippian church who believed they had already achieved spiritual perfection. Therefore, they can cruise their way to heaven. However, Paul reminded them to keep moving forward in the practice of their faith. He told them that he is pressing toward the goal to win the prize.

Some Christians lose their spiritual fire after they’ve gone through a difficult experience, or they simply become bored or disinterested in the things of God. Forward momentum is about fanning the flame of the Holy Spirit that is in our soul. It is about going to Bible study when we don’t feel like it and joining an accountability group to make sure we stay faithful and honorable in our Christian life. It is about praying fervently and earnestly despite our circumstance. Most of all, it is about sharing the truth of the gospel whether the times are favorable or not.

Most divorces starts with one of the couple losing interest in the other. When each individual in a marriage starts to take the other for granted and stop doing the necessary things to keep the marriage moving forward it will crumble. Relationship experts tell us that it is vital for married individuals to do the small things to keep the flame of their romance burning. Muscles that do not move experience atrophy and eventually dies.

Many people are dying spiritually, intellectually and emotionally because they are not practicing forward momentum. Instead of complaining about the things that are not working in our relationship, in our family, or in our church, we should take the initiative to become part of the solution. Forward momentum is about solving problems, making a difference, and working toward a legacy of greatness. Jesus is waiting for us all at the finish line of times, what will we tell him when he asks why we did not make the best of the opportunities we were given.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, strengthen those who feel stuck, and help to keep moving forward by the power of your Holy Spirit.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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