Is there such a thing as spiritual momentum? It seems as if there must be. Jesus spoke of the uncontrollable reality of the Spirit, blowing in as a wind wherever God pleases. That may be what I am calling momentum. It just seems to me that there are times when God is working and one breakthrough begets another breakthrough. The breakthrough begin to snowball and it just carries you forward with a sense of momentum.
Right now our church is in such a season. The Spirit is at work in tangible ways. People are making radical changes to their lives. A buzz is growing, it is the sound of expectant and excited talking about God at work. People are dreaming new dreams. Truth is sinking in and grabbing the hearts of our people. It is humbling and glorious.
My question is, why now? Is this just a matter of God’s timing? Have we as a leadership group become more obedient? Is this simply a harvest of a crop that was planted and nurtured over the past several years? Is God working in ways far beyond our understanding? The answer to all of these questions is probably, “Yes”.
God works when and how he chooses, but he responds to the obedience of his people. If we intentionally prepare for God to move and do the working of cultivating the ground and planting the seed, God will be faithful to bring about a harvest when he is ready. Every great movement of God I knows of followed intentional preparation and patient obedience by his children. We can’t control the Spirit anymore than we can control the wind. We can, however, be prepared to harvest its energy when it blows in.
This is true in our individual lives and our churches. So we must ask ourselves, are we preparing? Are we being obediently? Are we cultivating? Are we doing our part to prepare for the movement of God?