Where Do You Gain Momentum?
“Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us….”
In December 1958, the powerful New York Giants clashed with the Baltimore Colts and a young quarterback named Johnny Unitas, pushed the game into the NFL’s first-ever overtime. What a game that was!
Ironically, Johnny had been cut from the Steelers in 1955—“too small and too slow.” Eventually the Colts offered him a try-out and signed the skinny rookie for a backup quarterback position. When the starting quarterback broke his knee during the fourth game of the 1956 season, the door opened for Johnny U. to do his thing. Unitas went on to set many team records in the following years, including throwing at least one TD pass in 47 consecutive games. And then, before a roaring crowd of more than 64,000 in Yankee Stadium, on that cold December afternoon, Unitas directed the Colts to a thrilling “come from behind” victory—23 to 17. The ebb and flow of the game kept the fans on the edge of their seats the entire game, as that finicky invisible player called “Big Mo”, AKA momentum, couldn’t seem to pick a favorite team. It was perhaps the most exciting football game ever played!
Most coaches will tell you that embracing momentum can mean the difference between victory and defeat. Many things build momentum during a game. Whether it’s a ball bouncing your way, a marquee player making a spectacular play, or a little-known player stepping up and playing the game of his life, when the spectacular happens play after play, team excitement builds and confidence soars. Hearts pound and players play with more enthusiasm and abandonment.
In a similar manner, the Holy Spirit empowers a Christian. Through the Spirit, God gives believers all the spiritual power they will ever need to live a victorious Christian life. When the Spirit enters the life of a new believer, new strength, courage, and godly wisdom is available, allowing him to serve others, grow in the knowledge of God, and boldly speak truth.
The Apostle Paul encouraged believers to lean on the resources and power of the Holy Spirit—God’s Comforter. He was regularly challenged physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Yet he drew strength and momentum, as well as peace and comfort, from this invisible player: “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed….” 2 Cor. 4:8-9.
Like the Big Mo, the Holy Spirit can empower us and give us the victory—over fear, frustrations, failures, threats, temptations, or even sickness. Unlike Big Mo—whether you’re a super star player or a skinny rookie—God’s Comforter remains faithful and constant, true to the end.
The Power of Truth:
- “The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him, the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.” Isa. 11:2
- “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you…” Acts 1:8a
- “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Rom. 15:13
Suggestion for Prayer:
Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with hope, joy, peace, and strength, as you trust Him to guide you and comfort you. Let Him build your momentum!