posted Aug 4, 2013, 5:33 PM by Dale Barnes

“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 NIV)

The group or cloud of witnesses are those mentioned in Hebrews chapter 11. They are men who, in their generation, lived a testimony of those who pleased God because of their faith.  We are challenged to take their examples and set aside the many things that hinder and entangle in this life; a life so short and yet so important.  Then run with steadfastness (perseverance) in our generation the path that God sets before us.

We are to “fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.” (Heb.12:2 NIV) He is the way to God. He is the truth about the true God. He is the life of the one God.  He will help us, encourage us, comfort us, and supply all the needs to run a good race that counts for eternity.

It is said of these people of faith; “they saw the promises of God and welcomed them from a distance.. They admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth...they were looking for a country of their own...they were longing for a better country--a heavenly one..(God) has prepare for them a city.” (Heb.11:13-16)  They are looking for the better and God is going to give it to them.  God will do the same for us!

In the next few weeks, let’s take a look at some of these ones mentioned in the Old Testament writings, and take a look at the actions that were motivated by their faith in God.  In has been interesting and challenging to me.  I hope to you as well.  ,