We need tenacious faith. It’s time for caution and timidity to end. We must pursue a faith that pursues the call of God in the face of what the world would say are impossibilities; a faith that risks. Our level of risk is often a good indicator of our level of faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). This world needs a church with faith that has tenacity and conviction.
A story that indicates this kind of faith is the story of blind Bartimaeus in Mark 10. It says,
As He [Jesus] went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, “Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you.” And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus. So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road. (Mark 10:46-52)
There are many parts of this story that could be highlighted, but I want to focus on one main piece.
The part that I think is most significant about this blind man’s faith is not simply his rambunctious crying out, but his persistence despite the push back from those around him.
As he began to cry out in desperation for Jesus to heal him, the people around him warned him to shut up! They told him to be quiet and stay in his place. My favorite part of this whole story is his response to this warning.
When the crowds told him to be quiet he didn’t timidly shy away. He didn’t respond in anger and get bitter. He didn’t throw in the towel and say, “Maybe they’re right, I should just sit here and hope that Jesus possibly sees me and comes to heal me. He is God after all, He can do what He wants.”
What did he do? It says, “Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more.” He didn’t simply maintain his same level of pursuit, he increased it. When the crowds told him to quiet down he yelled out louder!
What do we do when the world wants to shut us up, stifle our faith, silence our voice and stomp out our fire? Our response has to be that we cry out all the more. We respond in greater desperation, greater tenacity and greater boldness. Don’t let opposition deter you, let it stir you!
I believe God is waiting for a generation that will say, “We haven’t seen anything yet!” We haven’t seen the half of what God can and wants to do in this world. The only thing stopping the outpouring is our unwillingness.
The great preacher D.L. Moody was forever changed when his friend spoke out during a prayer meeting and said, “The world has yet to see what God can do with and for and through and in a man who is fully and wholly consecrated to Him.”
Leonard Ravenhill once said, “One of these days some simple soul will pick up the book of God, read it, and believe it. Then the rest of us will be embarrassed.”
So many Christians today live as though going to church, reading the Bible and not doing bad things are the essence of the Christian life. If that were the case, what’s the difference between Christianity and other religions? Not much.
Jesus didn’t die and send the Holy Spirit just so that we could do church and overcome sin. Overcoming sin and reading the Word both lead to something more. We are called to walk in the power of God; to live with a tenacious pursuit of God and all that He wants to give us.
This website is called All or Nothing for a reason. There are two aspects to the All or Nothing concept. The first is that Jesus calls us to give Him all that we are or not to give anything at all. There’s no middle ground when it comes to our surrender to Christ. But the second aspect is also vital. As we give our all to God, we must also live with a pursuit of all that He has for us.
We must live with the mindset that we are going to get everything God has in store for our lives and generation or we are going to stay home. If we think we’ve already seen what God can and wants to do in this earth, we are sadly underestimating the power of God.
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