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They are Watching…Live Like it!

Hebrews 11 gives a who’s who list of Saints from the old testament. They parted the waters, shut the mouth of lions, conquered kingdoms, etc.

crowd-pgThen chapter 12 brings you and me into the picture. “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…”

Do you ever stop to think about this cloud of witnesses? We’re talking about Moses, Daniel, Gideon, Samson, Joseph, and any other favorite OT hero, or any other Saint who has crossed over. They are all watching over you right now. They are witnesses to all that you do, and don’t do. They are your cheering section, urging you on to the same acts of faith they walked out.

Every time, you have an opportunity to step out in obedience to God, they are cheering you on. And everytime you are tempted by your flesh, they are urging you to resist. They have already played the first half, and now it’s our turn. They did a great job, and now stand on the sidelines to watch us continue the game. They rejoice in our victories, and hang their heads when we fall short.

We are not alone, and we need to live like it! These Saints gave it all they had, can we do any less? Remember the next time you’re tempted, there’s a stadium full of righteous Saints watching to see how you respond. And the next time you move in obedience to God, they are chanting your name and doing the “wave”. Let’s make this year something to cheer about.

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