Devotion for March 20, 2024

“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 often have a far better record for games played at home 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 crowd of witnesses to the 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.

Life can get really hard sometimes, but don’t give up. You have a heavenly cheering squad!

Prayer

Lord, I thank You for the blessings You have given me, and I am hopeful in the promises You have made. Lead my life so that it glorifies Your Name each and every day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike

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