Are you determined to overcome in life? Are you determined to get God’s attention? I’m not referring to just the words that come out of your mouth that might say you’re determined because you think that’s what others want to hear. Are your actions showing and expressing that you are determined? I always say I want to lose weight, but until I start losing it it’s just words.
Determination=the act of coming to a decision or of fixing or settling a purpose, the settlement of a dispute, question, etc., as by authoritative decision.
Jesus Heals a Paralytic
1A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. 2So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. 3Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. 4Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on. 5When Jesus saw their faith; he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
- This takes much determination, to bring someone and carry them a long way, and see that there might not be any way at all to get blessed. (are you willing to carry anyone?) YET they climbed onto a house, lifted up their friend and ripped the roof off, tied rope around his stretcher to lower him right in front of Jesus.
- It says “When Jesus saw their faith.” I believe that it’s because of their boldness and determination and standing together, that Jesus had no choice but to bless them.
- There are people in the world that will carry you when you need them to, if you allow them (like the 4 men).
There are also people that will get in your way and not move because they are concerned with themselves, (like the crowd blocking the door) those are the times when you need to be determined to climb high and dig deep to get your blessing.
The amount of people willing to carry someone is much fewer than the ones that will try and block your way.
Blind Bartimaeus Receives His Sight
46Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (that is, the Son of Timaeus), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. 51″What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” 52″Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
Do you go beyond what you are comfortable doing or what you think others might think of you to get your blessing?
You can’t let what people think about you or say about you determine your blessing.
The crowd was rebuking him!
re⋅buke; to express sharp, stern disapproval of; reprove; reprimand.
Others that were there listening to the word were rude, and selfish even though they just got filled with the word because the scripture says “they were leaving the city”. Don’t be a person who hears the word but doesn’t apply the word.
Blind Bartimaeus knew exactly what he wanted. I like his boldness because even thought the crowd was telling him to be quite he Yelled even louder, getting Jesus’ attention, I’m pretty sure Jesus had no other option but to bless him because Bartimaeus wouldn’t be quiet until he got his blessing.
When Jesus asked him what do you want me to do for you? If he had no faith he could of just asked for money or food and I’m sure Jesus would have given it to him, isnt it esier to give someone money or food than to give him sight? But Bartimaeus had faith and determination to become healed no matter what anyone said or did to try and stop him.
Make your requests before God, be bold and determined to live your purpose. If you don’t know your purpose yet, that’s fine, than open up a dialog to ask the Lord what is your purpose?
There is no sin in asking the Lord for your wants and desires to fulfill your determined purpose. Not believe God will or can do it for you, I believe is the sin. If you believe that you can’t come to God you must seek more the scriptures because that is not at all what God says.
John 16:24-27 (The Message)
23-24″This is what I want you to do: Ask the Father for whatever is in keeping with the things I’ve revealed to you. Ask in my name, according to my will, and he’ll most certainly give it to you. Your joy will be a river overflowing its banks!
25-28″I’ve used figures of speech in telling you these things. Soon I’ll drop the figures and tell you about the Father in plain language. Then you can make your requests directly to him in relation to this life I’ve revealed to you. I won’t continue making requests of the Father on your behalf. I won’t need to. Because you’ve gone out on a limb, committed yourselves to love and trust in me, believing I came directly from the Father, the Father loves you directly. First, I left the Father and arrived in the world; now I leave the world and travel to the Father.”
How do you overcome??
There is always someone or something to cause a problem or a situation to block your blessing. What do you do? How Far are you willing to go to overcome and receive your blessing?
Overcome; to get the better of in a struggle or conflict; conquer; defeat: to overcome the enemy.
Judges 6:30-32 (The Message)
30 The men of the town demanded of Joash: “Bring out your son! He must die! Why, he tore down the Baal altar and chopped down the Asherah tree!” 31 But Joash stood up to the crowd pressing in on him, “Are you going to fight Baal’s battles for him? Are you going to save him? Anyone who takes Baal’s side will be dead by morning. If Baal is a god in fact, let him fight his own battles and defend his own altar.” 32 They nicknamed Gideon that day Jerub-Baal because after he had torn down the Baal altar, he had said, “Let Baal fight his own battles.”
There will always be opposition to what you believe. There is always a problem or a situation. You need to be the type of person that will stand in a crowd of opposition and fight and overcome for what you believe in. It’s easier said than done! Lots of us would love to stand and say that is who we are, but think about that for a second.
1. Have you ever gotten involved in ugly gossip?
2. Have you ever had and opinion but the majority shut it down so you went with the crowd?
3. Have you ever had someone’s very strong opinion make you question what you believe in?
Most of us have been in this situation at least once in our lives. Being there is not the issue, staying there is the issue.
What is your take away?