Welcome Home – 40 Day Fast Devotion #17

Matt Destry – Communications Pastor
Acts 5:14
Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number.
There’s nothing like the feeling of being “on a roll”. If you’ve ever played sport, you’d recognise the times when things ‘come easier’ to you, you tend to score more points, make more runs, get out fewer times, kick more goals. It could be a result of practice, or just a ‘lucky day’; but he feeling of speed, efficiency and joy of the game is evident in those times, the obstacles seem less and the wins seem bigger and come more often. 
Momentum is defined as “force or speed of movement; impetus, as of a physical object or course of events”. At the beginning of Acts 5, we see the newfound church quickly gaining momentum as the word of God was preached and people throughout Jerusalem came into obedience and faith in the risen Jesus. This momentum was the result of the believers obedience, prayer and discipleship; along with the empowering presence of God by the Spirit and the triumph of his Word.That said, the disciples were about to encounter the stiffest test of faith yet, and they would need every ounce of Spirit-inspired energy to make it through. Sometimes to climb a mountain, you need a very long run-up! 
We too can feel the momentum of these things as we continue to fast, pray and seek God in this season. Momentum can encouraging, it can also be deceptive. When things are going well we can feel so free, so alive and in a perfect place of fruitfulness. It can also fool us into thinking we’ve done enough, prayed enough, sacrificed enough to take things to the next level. During seasons of rising momentum, let’s be thankful to God for His grace and faithfulness, and let us also be vigilant, staying focused on following, lest we mistake momentum for the original encounter that got us there. 
Reflective Questions:
  1. Where in your life are you experiencing great momentum?
  2. What will you need to be careful of in this next season?
  3. How can you contribute to the forward-momentum of others?