RUNNING TO WIN Ė THE CROWD OF WITNESSES - 1
"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us." (Hebrews 12:1)
When you run on the field, there are always spectators watching you. At the same time, other people at home are waiting to hear the result of the race. Did you know there is a great crowd of witnesses watching you as you are running the race of life?
There are two groups of this crowd of witnesses:
The people in the first group are those you cannot see. They are in Heaven. They comprise of the angels and saints who have gone to Heaven. They are watching you. When you run into anotherís manís track, they see you. Those in hell are also watching. Your late friend who is in hell is watching you. Your neighbours and kinsmen, who went to hell, are watching you also, as you run this race of life.
How are you running your race? There is an unseen crowd of witnesses watching you. In Acts 7:55-56, Stephen was about to conclude his race of life. As he was running, he was being stoned to death. Then, the heavens opened and Stephen saw Jesus, who gave him a salute.
Stephen finished the race, you can. Itís just a few more moments before the finish line. Jesus saluted Deacon Stephen from Heaven. As you are running, remember there is a crowd of witnesses watching you, watching your movement, your speed. When you are running against the doctorís report to defeat it, they are watching. Sometimes you have to run against eminent failure, joblessness, a collapsing business, etc, they are watching.
Do not give up you can run to the end. You can believe God to the end. Only the man that finishes the race wins a prize.
In the name of Jesus, I will not run my race to stop half way. I will complete my race. In the name of Jesus, you spirit of non-achievement and profitless hard labour I command you come out of me. Loose me and let me go. Go away from my life; leave me alone, in Jesus name.
FURTHER READING: Hebrews 12:1-4, Acts 7:55-56
WORDS OF WISDOM: Only the man that finishes the race wins a prize.