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Faith Means I Refuse to Give up

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith...” Hebrews 12:1 (NLT)

What do you do when you feel like giving up? We all have those moments when we just can't see any light at the end of the tunnel. We've been struggling with something-maybe a health issue, a broken relationship, financial problems, or depression - we start to wonder if we have the strength to keep going.If you find yourself at that point today, I want to share some encouragement with you from Hebrews 12 and give you a powerful reason to keep on keeping on.

Hebrews 11 is the "Faith chapter.” It tells us about great people of the faith: Abraham, Moses, David, and many others. Their stories are sources of encouragement in and of themselves. But a phrase that starts off the first verse of the next chapter is what I want to focus on. Hebrews 12 says, "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith...“ God is saying, "Don't give up, because heaven is watching and cheering for you.” That's encouraging news!

You have an audience. Nothing you do is private. Nothing, nothing you have ever done has been hidden from heaven. God sees it all. As Job says, "He sees everything I do and every step I take.” (Job 31: 4 TLB) And Jesus tells us, "Every hair on your head has been counted.” (Luke 12: 7 GW). God knows every detail of your life. He watches every breath you take. There's nothing about you that He doesn't already know. And He loves you in spite of it all! And it's not just God who’s watching. Abraham, Jacob, Moses and all the other Saints are there as well. How is this encouraging? When you start to get discouraged, remember that people who have gone through much worse circumstances are watching to see how well you’re enduring. And they’re cheering you on from the grandstands of Heaven!

What did you hear?

What did God say to you as you read today’s Scripture and devotion? _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

What do you think?

How does it apply to your life? _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

What will you do? Don’t just be a hearer of the Word. Be a doer of the Word. (James 1:22) _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

Now talk to God This is where you turn your thoughts into prayer. It could be a prayer of gratitude or praise. It could be a prayer of confession or a request for God’s help. It’s up to you. Take a minute to write a prayer of response to what God said to you. _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

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