By Faith...

May 26, 2024


“The Cloud of Witnesses”

Hebrews 11:30-40; 12:1-2


Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every hindrance and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us,


A Witness is someone who testifies about what they have seen, heard, or experienced.


Hebrews 11:30-34 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after being marched around by the Israelites for seven days. 31 By faith Rahab the prostitute welcomed the spies in peace and didn’t perish with those who disobeyed. 32 And what more can I say? Time is too short for me to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets, 33 Who by faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, 34 Quenched the raging of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, gained strength in weakness, became mighty in battle, and put foreign armies to flight.

Faith is not about our strength, but the strength of Christ in us. 


II Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me.


Hebrews 11:35-37 Women received their dead, raised to life again. Other people were tortured, not accepting release, so that they might gain a better resurrection. 36 Others experienced mockings and scourgings, as well as bonds and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawed in two, they died by the sword, they wandered about in sheepskins, in goatskins, destitute, afflicted, and mistreated. 


Hebrews 11:38-40 The world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and on mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground. 39 All these were approved through their faith, but they did not receive what was promised, 40 Since God had provided something better for us, so that they would not be made perfect without us.


They were approved by faith, but still waiting for the promise.


We have seen the promise, and are approved by faith.


Romans 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us.


Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every hindrance and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, 2 keeping our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. For the joy that lay before him, he endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.


What do you need to lay down today?


Are you keeping your eyes on Jesus?