How to Ignore Naysayers

How to ignore naysayers

There are several people in the Bible who ignored their naysayers and achieved their goals and they can teach us how to ignore our naysayers so that we can also achieve our goals.

The Woman with the Issue of Blood
The women who had a bleeding disorder is a great example because the Bible tells us that she had suffered many things from many doctors as they as they tried to treat her.

We are also told that she had spent all her money looking for a cure for her disease. However, her condition continued worsening despite all her efforts. (Mark 5:25-29)

Her bleeding disease can be counted as one of the naysayers in her life because for 12 years it had afflicted her and caused her to suffer many things from many doctors and even drained her finances.

Her financial status can also be counted as another of the  naysayers in her life because it suggested that she could not be healed because she had no more money to pay for treatment. 

In addition to this, it is safe to assume that some of the people who had treated her or talked to her about her medical condition during all those years had told her that she could not be healed. 

However, if this woman had taken to heart the words of her naysayers or the suggestions of her financial situation, she would never have been cured of her condition.

Blind Bartimaeus
Bartimaeus is another person who also had to ignore naysayers so that he could get the healing that he wanted and needed.

The Bible tells us that as he was crying out to Jesus saying, "Jesus, Son of David have mercy on me!" Many people who heard him warned him to keep quiet. (Mark 10:48)

However, Bartimaeus ignored these people and continued crying out until Jesus called him and healed him.  


How to Ignore Naysayers
Regardless of whether you are dealing with
* physical problems (e.g. sickness)
* mental problems (e.g. stress)
* emotional problems (e.g. abuse)
* financial problems (e.g. joblessness)
* relational problems (e.g. marriage, singleness) or  
* legal problems (e.g. court cases)
you can learn the following tips on how to ignore naysayers and achieve your goals like Bartimaeus and this woman because they both attained their goals of being healed:

1. Focus On Your Goal
Keep your mind on the goal you want to achieve and not on the words of the people who are telling you that you cannot achieve it.

I am not suggesting that you should ignore your doctors if you are sick and they tell you that your disease is incurable.  

What I am saying is that you should listen to them and follow their treatment recommendations BUT you have to keep your mind focused on the fact that you can still be healed because With God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)
With God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)

2. Meditate on Bible Verses
As you follow the recommendations of the specialists who are helping you with your problem, do not continuously think or meditate on their words if they tell you that you cannot achieve your desired goal.

Go through your Bible and find Scriptures that cancel the words of the naysayers and tell you that you can achieve your goal so that you can meditate on them instead of the words of the naysayers.

For example if you are dealing with a physical illness or disease, you can meditate on:
By His stripes I am healed. (Isaiah 53:5)
By His stripes I am healed. (Isaiah 53:5)

God has restored health to me and healed me of all diseases. (Jeremiah 30:17)
God has restored health to me and healed me of all diseases. (Jeremiah 30:17)

He sent His word and healed me. (Psalm 107:20)
He sent His word and healed me. (Psalm 107:20)

I am prospering in all things and I am in good health just as my soul prospers. (3 John 1:2)
I am prospering in all things and I am in good health just as my soul prospers. (3 John 1:2)

God has heard my prayers. God has seen my tears and He will heal me. (2 Kings 20:5)
I have heard my prayers. I have seen your tears. I will heal you. (2 Kings 20:5)

3. Persist in Prayer
Emulate Bartimaeus who persisted in calling out Jesus even when the people around him told him to keep quiet (Mark 10:48) by Praying without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17) until you achieve your goal.
Praying without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

4. Have Faith in God
Bartimaeus had faith in Jesus, the Son of God because told him, “Your faith has healed you." (Mark 10:52)

The woman with the bleeding disease also had faith in Jesus because He also told her, “Your faith has made you well." (Mark 5:34)

Therefore regardless of the goal that you are trying to attain, if it is in line with God’s Word, have faith that you can achieve it.

To strengthen your belief, affirm yourself by saying, I can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13) because With God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)
I can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13)

5. Take Action
As you pray for God’s help, meditate on His Word and confess it over your situation, you have to take some action to solve your problem.

For the woman with the bleeding disease it involved pushing through the crowd until she touched the hem of Jesus’ garment. 

For Bartimaeus it was persisting in calling out to Jesus until he received his healing.

Therefore take action by doing what God’s Holy Spirit inspires you to do to achieve your goal because Faith without works is dead. (James 2:26)
Faith without works is dead. (James 2:26)

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