Mark your moments

Read: Genesis 12-14, Matthew 5:1-26

Genesis 13:4

At significant moments in his live, Abram would build an altar. In the first few chapters of his story, he builds two and even returns to one. Abram built altars to mark the places where God spoke to or appeared to him. And where God spoke to him, Abram offered sacrifices and thanksgiving.

There are some things in life we should just forget about all together—faults and failures. But there are other things in life we should remember. When God speaks to us or when we have a moment of clarity or revelation, we should mark it. Like Abram, we may need to return to that place so that we can recall God’s faithfulness to us.

But aren’t we running a race? 

Yes, we are.

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV)

We need to forget the things that would hold us back and remember the things that push us forward. A runner cannot forget all that he has learned in his training if he is going to win the race. And we cannot forget all that God has done for us if we want to continue running toward His calling. If we forget why we’re running, we will stop altogether.

We shouldn’t always be in a rush from one mountaintop experience to the next. There are valleys in between that we may need to walk through as well. And in those valleys, we should be able to look back and remember the heights from which we came. Those moments on the mountain, and sometimes in the valley, should be marked so that we can give thanks in the moment and look back to remember and gain the momentum we need to finish the race.

Momentum

And he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her, and immediately she rose and began to serve them. Now when the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to him, and laid his hands on every one of them and healed them.

Luke 4:39-40 (ESV)

Jesus never waited for the “right moment” to perform a miracle. He just did it. Whether he was in the mood for it or not. He just did it. When he performed one, word got out, and then he performed many.

When God does something miraculous in our lives or our churches, we need to talk about it. We need to let people know that something amazing has happened. It not only gets the word out that God is still moving today, but it builds our faith and gives us momentum.

When someone is healed in front of your eyes, how much easier will it be to pray believing for the next sick person you come across? When God provides for your needs in an amazing way, is it not easier to believe again right away?

When you encounter a miracle, don’t wait to believe for another. Start right away. Build your faith. Build momentum. Build the Kingdom.

Daily Bible reading: Joshua 14-15; Luke 4:33-44