Don’t Quit and Don’t Let Yourself Be Denied

  • Mark 10:46-52 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
  • Matthew 15:22, 25-28 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.” …. The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said. He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” “Yes, it is Lord,” she said, “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.
  • 1 Corinthians 16:13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.

Sometimes the world seems to be against us. The crowd was hushing Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52). Some men came from the house of Jairus to inform him his daughter was dead and not to trouble the teacher any more (Mark 5:22-42). The Canaanite woman came to Jesus when He was sent only to the children of Israel at that time (Matthew 15:22-28). Faith that does not quit or won’t be denied gets results. Blind Bartimaeus ignored the crowd, shouted louder for Jesus’ attention and left seeing. Jairus trusted Jesus when He told him to believe and had the privilege of seeing his daughter rise from the dead. The Canaanite woman’s daughter was set free from a demon when she persisted and demonstrated her faith to Jesus. They all had a choice: agree with people, give in to the circumstances, or refuse to be denied and see the victory. Today, the choice is ours!

How to persevere and not be denied:
  1. Let your faith in God’s Word be your anchor. Don’t let fear, doubt, unbelief or circumstances dictate the outcome. Take your stand against the devil’s schemes. Use your spiritual weapons to enforce your victory and when you have done everything, stand (Ephesians 6:13). (See the category Spiritual Armor and Weapons.)
  2. Declare the Word over your circumstances. Keep your eyes on God and on His Word and exercise patience. Hebrews 6:12: “We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.”
  3. Spend time praising and worshiping God as this should keep your heart settled. In His presence, there is joy and peace. He loves you and wants you blessed.
  4. Anytime someone hinders or prevents you from taking what is rightfully yours as a child of God, keep on loving them but go back to the Word and stand firm on its promises.

Call to action:
Don’t quit! Have you prayed for something and the answer is taking time in coming? Stand firm in your faith. God wants to answer every prayer that lines up with His Word. Thank God regularly that your prayer has been answered in Jesus’ Name (Mark 11:24).