Belief and Behavior

Don’t judge me. Back when Saturday Live was funny and not so gross, a sketch that I loved was the “The Spartan Cheerleaders”. The male was Wil Farrell and the very short female (I relate) was Cheri Oteri. They would cheer with fervor and dedication…at very odd times, unsupervised and not apart of the regular cheerleading squad. They would show up a chess games and cheer them on. They had their own bench, away from the other “real” cheerleaders and cheer at the football games until someone pushed them away. All they wanted to be were true encouragers, cheering anyone on to victory. They were good just not chosen to do it. Mm. Such is life.

But Paul, who is in jail, is the greatest cheerleader of all to other servants and believers. He is just as dedicated but has the Holy Spirit of God driving him with passion as he encourages and cheers the church on to victory, a fight to the finish. After teaching us, Paul is led to cheer us. I love that about Paul, who is sitting in jail, but is not stopped in his work for God. HE was chosen to do it.

Ephesians 6, The Message
10-12 And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.

13-18 Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.

19-20 And don’t forget to pray for me. Pray that I’ll know what to say and have the courage to say it at the right time, telling the mystery to one and all, the Message that I, jailbird preacher that I am, am responsible for getting out.

21-22 Tychicus, my good friend here, will tell you what I’m doing and how things are going with me. He is certainly a dependable servant of the Master! I’ve sent him not only to tell you about us but to cheer you on in your faith.

23-24 Good-bye, friends. Love mixed with faith be yours from God the Father and from the Master, Jesus Christ. Pure grace and nothing but grace be with all who love our Master, Jesus Christ.

What do we learn?
–As believers, our behavior must match what we say we believe.
–Stay alert. Stay armed for battle.
–Pray for each other.
–Stay strong and the Lord will be our strength.
–Cheer each other on!

What this calls for is a good cheer!


Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for encouragement and peace in the battle and storms we navigate in this life. Thank you for the many blessings You have given so undeserved…yet You give! We praise You and honor You with our thanksgiving and our “cheers” for Your unconditional love, mercy and grace. Go with us this day and use us to encourage others. In Jesus Name, Amen

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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