To continue steadfastly or firmly in some state, purpose, course of action, or the like, especially in spite of, opposition, remonstrance. Google Image
To last or endure tenaciously
To be insistent in a statement, request, question, etc...
Here are some Bible verses, I am not writing them out as they would take up this whole
post. :) 1 Chronicles 16:10-12 2 Chronicles 7:13-15 Job 8:4-6 Matthew 7:7-8 Luke 11:9-10 Luke 18:1-8
2 Chronicles 7:14-15
...if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
If you have read the above Bible verses you will kind of get the idea where this post is leading us to.
God doesn't want us to give up. There are so many references in the Bible where God asks for us to persist in seeking Him; His face. God wants us to humble ourselves before Him, pray, seek His face and turn from our wicked ways. He promises us that if we do this He will hear from heaven and forgive us our sins and heal our land. He wants us to keep knocking on His door. Well that is what I am doing, I am bugging Him. :) And you know what? I think He likes it.
When I went for prayer at Bethel, I was given some reading material to go over before I attended the healing rooms. This material was pretty straight forward and consisted of Bible verses that covered healing and how to repent of my sins. I said the prayers, repented of sin, asked for forgiveness and then was prayed over. I had hands on prayer and the RA was commanded to leave my body. Nothing happened. So we left for the hotel, a bit discouraged but still clinging to His promises. The next day after the 3 hr chapel, people were being healed all around me. Deaf people were hearing, legs were growing out, (yes I did say that). You heard shouts all over the place and me, still the same. One man prayed over my wrists and the pain kept on moving from one spot to another. He claimed that there was a demon on my wrists and concluded that we should continue to rebuke this and claim healing. Well my husband and I looked at each other and he asked me, "really", I told him, "yes, the pain is moving away from the spot this man is praying over". So we left for home and I was a bit better and found that I was slowly recovering movement in my joints.
A few months later the kids and I were visiting my sister and she recommended I see a man by the name of Henry Warkentin who wrote a book called Answers & Hope for the Struggling Christian I agreed to see Mr. Warkentin and we talked for over 3 hrs. He told me to think back to when I was little, were there any sins there that I might not have repented for? I thought and thought and said no way, I have repented of all that I remember. Then he asked if I had any fears as a kid. Fears are not of God, except the fear of God Himself. We are to fear God and God alone and if we have another fear, then that is from Satan. We must rebuke this and give the fear to God. So I thought and remembered...........
When I was little I was a pretty happy go lucky kind of girl always getting into near misses of fatal accidents. There was a period of time in my life when I had a new cast on every six months for 3 years in a row!! My mom was so worried for me and I remember she use to tell me, "you really need to slow down and be careful or you will become a cripple". Cripple!! That terrified me and when I prodded into my past I realized that I was terrified of becoming an invalid. When I mentioned this to Mr. Warkentin he told me I needed to rebuke this sin and ask God for forgiveness. Sin? I didn't think this was a sin, but I did as I was told and you know what? I felt relief!! A lift from a heavy weight on me. Pretty amazing I must say, who would have thought. The healing process was on the move! It still took another 2 years of persistent prayer but I must say I am almost without pain. My joints are normal looking, not deformed.
We need to step out in faith and claim the healing that God has for us. We also need to repent of all sins, even stuff that we don't think is a sin because Ephesians 4:26-27 states:
26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold.
We don't want to give Satan a foothold, an opening in to wreck havoc on us.