THE POWER OF PERSISTENCE
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Mark 10:46-52 KJV
And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging.  And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.  AND MANY CHARGED HIM THAT HE SHOULD HOLD HIS PEACE: BUT HE CRIED THE MORE A GREAT DEAL, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.  And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee.  And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.  And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.  And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.
According to Mr. Webster, persistence is the quality that allows someone to continue to do something even though it is difficult or opposed by other people.
The blind son of Timaeus may have been blind, begging all his life but he sure wasn’t deaf or stupid. When he heard that Jesus was passing by, he used what was available to access what was obtainable. He used his voice to access the help of Jesus. People around him tried to shout him down as folks are wont to do but Bartimeus was not ready to back down. He recognized opportunity in adversity, rose up to the challenge and regained his sight by a miracle from the hand of Jesus.
There are several lessons to be learned here.
1. Bartimaus had a challenge. His disability was blindness. This moved him to roadside begging.
2. Apparently, he’d refused to accept his predicament as normal. He must have nursed a hope to regain his sight again.
3. He knew and acknowledged that he needed help.
4. Though blind, his trained ears were extremely sharp and he recognized a helper in Jesus.
5. He raised his voice in persistence and successfully stopped Jesus with his cries for help.
6. When brought before Jesus, Bartimeus knew exactly what he wanted when Jesus enquired of him
7. His persistence paid off. He received his heart desire.
How do you handle challenges?
Do you tend to give up easily in the face of challenges?
Do you realize that you need help?
Can you recognize your helper when you meet him / her?
Pray for yourself that God will enable you to identify your need and also to recognize help when it shows up. Above all, ask for power to persist even in the face of challenges.
The blood of the Lion of Judah runs through me, I cannot and refuse to be defeated by challenges. In every battle of life, God has already promised me victory. Therefore I persistently push on until I push through to victory In the name of Jesus.
May your day be truly blessed and fruitful.
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