Inspiration

Your Heavenly Cheering Squad

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us." (Hebrews 12:1 NLT)

Home field advantage can mean everything in sports. Teams who are at home often have a far better record than those on the road. When a team has someone cheering them on, they can often outplay their ability.

The Bible says that you, too, have an audience cheering you on. Hebrews 12:1 says, "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us" (NLT).

Nothing you do is private. You have an audience. Heaven is watching. But, more importantly, you have a cheering section. The Bible says that everyone in Heaven is cheering you on.

You probably realize that God knows everything. The Bible says "The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth" (2 Chronicles 16:9 KJV). The Lord doesn't miss a thing. He knows your ups and your downs - your everything. He knows every thought you have.

But you're also surrounded by "a huge cloud of witnesses to this life of faith." Moses is watching you. Abraham is watching you. Every believer who has ever lived is in the stands watching you live out your faith.

And they're cheering you on. When you're scared, they're rooting for you to be courageous. When you want to give up, they're urging you to keep going. When you feel insignificant and forgotten, they're in your corner.

Talk It Over

What does understanding that God knows your ups and downs change for you?

- Who do you think is among your cloud of witnesses? Are there friends or family who have gone on before you?

 

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Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller "The Purpose Driven Life." His book, "The Purpose Driven Church," was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also the founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors.

This devotional © 2013 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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