“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1).
People often refer to the “cloud of witnesses” who are described in the previous chapter of Hebrews, Chapter 11, as “champions (or heroes) of faith.” Some consider their stories mere history lessons and look at Hebrews 11 as only a recitation of biblical characters who fought and won.
We forget that God still uses champions of faith. The heroes of Hebrews have much to teach us—some through what they did right and some through the wrongs God redeemed. From these champions, we learn not only that faith is fruitful but also that...
One of the blessings of Scripture is the encouragement we can find in the faith of others—including both the successes and the failures of those who have walked this journey before you. When the great champions of Hebrews 11 faced great trials, or even failed, God used them anyway.
He is still using their stories today to encourage you. And He will use you, and the story of your faith, to encourage others!
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