cloud of witnesses, faith, focus


Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for….Abel, Enoch,Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac and Jacob. All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country –a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them (Hebrews 11:1,13-16).

Honestly, there are days when I can’t imagine heaven. Other days I have so much fun trying. But this I know: Something is missing here on this earth. I’m not home. I don’t fit. This is a good thing, but some days I get weary.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us (Heb. 12:1).

“How far is the race Lord? Are we almost there?”

“Keep running.”

“Fix your eyes on my Son, the author and perfecter of your faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of my throne. Consider Him who endured opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (Heb. 12:2,3).

Focus is key.

Grace and peace,

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