What Surrounds You?

Updated: Mar 28

"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, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." — Hebrews 12:1-2

This past week Pastor John preached about being surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses. My heart pondered about what surrounds us in our daily lives. How do we live out this principle of being mindful that we are, in fact, surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses, and how do we surround ourselves with this cloud of witnesses?


Intentionality.

• Choosing to surround ourselves with godly influences in our homes.


Psalm 101:2 (ESV) "I will be careful to live a blameless life— when will you come to help me? I will lead a life of integrity in my own home."


Faithfulness.

• Being faithful in the word of God keeps us surrounded by God's truth.


Joshua 1:8 (ESV) "This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success."


Prayer.

• When we pray and ask God for help, He hears us and surrounds us with His presence.


Ephesians 6:18 (ESV) "Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints."


Grace.

• We are in desperate need of God's grace to live out the disciplines of the Christian life.


2 Timothy 2:1-2 (Phillips) "So, my son, be strong in the grace that Jesus Christ gives. Everything that you have heard me preach in public you should in turn entrust to reliable men, who will be able to pass it on to others."


As we take inventory of what surrounds us, we might notice some less than beneficial things that surround and distract us. Is it social media? Is it doubt? Ultimately our inner circle has the greatest influence on us. What do we allow into that significant space of our lives? 


When we intentionally surround ourselves with God’s word and people who seek God, our compass is set to true north, and we are able to live the abundant life Christ promises. Don't let shame or any burden this life brings separate you from God's love.


Tomorrow we will begin a series based on the book, The Celebration of Disciplines: The Path to Spiritual Growth. If you find yourself feeling incapable of faithfully being in God's word or living for Christ, come and be encouraged and join Pastors John and Lauren for a study on Wednesday nights as we work through this book together and find ourselves surrounded by others on a similar quest.

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