Heroes cheer themselves in the Lord

Joan Clayton

The vastness of God’s creation is overwhelming. From outer space, Planet Earth is but a little blue marble, yet God provides every need for the earth’s inhabitants.

God knows each one of us. He knows every hair upon our heads. All things are possible for you and me because he lives mightily in his children. God is able. He never gets weary, and his supply never runs out. He is big enough to renew strength and to hear and answer prayers. He restores well-being. Nothing can compare to our God.

He is an awesome God indeed. Because of that, I think everyone should know what a wonderful God we have and what he has done for you and me.

Do you ever find someone who is down and out? Then be a cheerleader for God. A cheerful attitude is contagious. Discouragement is a chief weapon of the enemy, leading to apathy, insensitivity, bitterness and resentment.

I like to read about David in the Old Testament. Pursued by insurmountable odds, he persisted in his faith, taking courage in meeting life’s challenges. David’s own men turned against him, “But David encouraged himself in the Lord his God” (1 Samuel 30:6).

I’m thrilled by stories of faith such as Joseph’s statement to his brothers: “As far as I am concerned, God turned into good what you meant for evil, for he brought me to this high position I have today so that I could save the lives of many people” (Genesis 50:20 TLB).

I admire Esther’s faith when she agreed to put her life on the line for her people when she said, “If I perish, I perish” (Esther 4:16 KJV).

These great heroes encouraged and cheered themselves in the Lord. You and I can, too. Remember all the hard places the Lord has brought you through. God will do it again. The future of the child of God is always “the best is yet to be.”

We do have problems in life’s journey, but they are just a reminder that God is faithful. Cheerleaders believe, “I can do all things through Christ, because he gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13 NCV).

Looking on the bright side dispels discouragement. The one who gets up after being knocked down is the real winner. Even in the hard places, there’s hope. “With God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).

Face each trial with hope and faith in your heart. Be a carrier of the good news. If there is no conflict, there is no conqueror. Read about encouragement in Hebrews 12:1: “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.” (NIV)

I can almost hear the heavenly cheerleaders shouting as we run toward the finish line. To me they seem to say, “Go! Go! Go! Give it all you’ve got. Heaven is worth it all.”

We win! I’ve read the last page of the book, and Jesus is our all in all.

I have been called “God’s Cheerleader.” That is a compliment for me. I want to tell the good news and shout it from the rooftops.

Be a cheerleader for God today!