Joel Osteen (December-03-2020) Today's Word: Look Up and Listen.
Today’s Scripture: Hebrews 12:1, NIV - 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.
Today’s Word: Hebrews 11 talks about the heroes of faith and all the amazing things they accomplished. They didn't have a Bible like we do today. They didn't have the written promises to stand on like we do. They didn't know how it was going turn out, yet they chose to believe. Think of David, think of Moses, think of Abraham and Sarah. They withstood hardships, endured ridicule, fought giants, overcame enemies. Today's Scripture paints the picture of a huge heavenly stadium filled with the saints of old, including loved ones that have gone before us, cheering us on in our race.
When you're tempted do get discouraged in your daily race and losing heart, just look up and listen up. Do you hear it? All of heaven is cheering for you. Just imagine in that heavenly stadium that people are calling out your name, saying, "Run, baby, run! Stay strong. This is your time. You are well able. Leave your mark!"
Prayer for Today: "Father, thank You for the heroes of faith whose lives help show me how to live for You and who are cheering me on from heaven today. Thank You for their messages of perseverance and overcoming hardships. Help me to run my race with purpose and strength. In Jesus' Name, Amen."