IT IS A FIGHT OF FAITH
In the application of faith, tenacity is required because sometimes, once may not be enough. Tenacity talks of persistence and consistency. It is adhering insistently to the word of God till your desired blessing is delivered.
Hebrews 11:30 says:
“By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.”
When Joshua, as instructed by the Lord, led the Israelites round the city of Jericho the first day, there seemed to be no impact. The second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth days, the same thing. Yet, he didn’t give up. On the seventh day, he led them out again, and this time they marched round Jericho seven times, blowing trumpets and making a loud noise. And then, the walls came crumbling down (Joshua 6:15-20). Often times, you require such tenacity to resist the oppositions on the way to your miracle.
There are several other graphic illustrations in the Bible that emphasize the place of tenacity in the application of faith. In James 5:17-18 we are told that prophet Elijah prayed earnestly that it might not rain and at his word, there was no rain on the earth for the space of three years and six months. Then he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain.
Read 1 Kings 18:42-45 and Psalm 12:6 from your Bible.
So, until you have tried seven times and failed, you don’t have a right to your first complaint. “For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again…” (Proverbs 24:16).
The greatest problem that many believers seem to have today is lack of tenacity; after their first or second attempt at laying hold on their blessings, they give up. Note what Jesus said in Mark 11:23: read it from your Bible.
He never said you were to say to the mountain only once or twice and then if it doesn’t move, you stop. Rather, He meant to say that if you truly believe in your heart, you will keep speaking to the mountain until it moves! Even blind Bartimaeus had to cry the more in order to get Jesus’ attention.(Mark 10:48-49)
God’s blessings are available to all believers but only the tenacious take delivery of them (Matthew 11:12). The Bible says in the book of Hebrews that the elders obtained good reports through faith. They subdued kingdoms, quenched the violence of fire, and turned to flight the armies of the aliens, not just by saying, “I believe God” but because they were “valiant in battle” (Hebrews 11:32-34). They were tenacious! They were not jelly like believers. They were a “no giving-up” people who knew how to stay tirelessly on till they saw the result of their faith. Even when it looked as if the battles they were fighting would overwhelm them, they kept at it. They held unto the promises of God with all tenacity till the enemy had no choice but to give up.
You must understand that satan’s intention is to frustrate you by all means. That is his strategy; He wants to dissuade you from believing God’s Word and convince you that there is no point fighting. He will keep pointing out to you how many times you’ve attempted and failed and then he will tell you, “Why don’t you just give up?” But a man of faith will say, “It is better for me to die believing than to withdraw and be alive in failure!”