BLESSINGS OF JABEZ
BLESSINGS OF JABEZ, “WORTH CONSIDERING” 12/30/19, (Across my desk today.)
|“Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!” And God granted him what he requested…” (1 Chronicles 4:10, NASB)|
|Enlarge Your Territory|
In 1 Chronicles 4, Jabez was a man that people said was supposed to have trouble and heartache and lived depressed and defeated, but he shook off the negative mentality. Despite how people labeled him, he had the boldness to ask big, that God would bless him and enlarge his territories. He was saying, “God, let me see abundance. Let me see more of Your favor.” And God blessed him indeed.
Like Jabez, you may have plenty of reasons to settle where you are—what you didn’t get, what people said, how impossible it looks. The odds may be against you, but the good news is that God is for you. He wants your new year, your life and everything about you to be successful and wonderful. He knows how to make up for what you didn’t get. He can thrust you further than you ever imagined, but you have to pray bold prayers. Ask in spite of what the circumstances look like and what people are telling you. Ask in spite of what the enemy keeps whispering in your ears. If you’re going to beat the odds, stand out in the crowd and reach your best life, you have to learn this principle of asking big.
|A Prayer for Today|
|“Father in heaven, today I open my heart to You and ask You to bless me. I ask You to increase me in every area and teach me to be faithful to You always. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”|
Yes, and a bit of repentance and obedience could be very helpful for the success of the vision as well. Obviously most of us do not deserve the blessings that we have. I watch films on how the other half of the world lives. And I grew up in the 1930’s on a Kentucky Hillbilly farm with no power, a bucket for water and a deep hole in the back yard for a cooler and an out house behind the chicken house. But was loved and healthy. So life does not revolve around the stuff we may have but around relationships and especially our relationship with our Creator. God’s blessings come to us out of our obedience to HIM as with any good father. With pride and rebellion, things dry up.
“He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. (John 14:21) If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.(John 15:10) “Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Mark 7:7) “And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. (Matt. 19:17) And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. (Matt.5:19.)
So if we, as the children of GOD, really want to be blessed, we need to search the New Testament thoroughly for the Commandments of Christ Jesus. We must saturate our heart with them and learn to keep them. There are literally hundreds of the LORD’S Commandments in the New Testament that we need to be learning to obey. Our Heavenly Father is creating a Kingdom of Righteousness for us to live. There we be total love, unity and obedience in that new Kingdom. We are now in a process of learning how to be able to live there in Love, Peace and Joy. So we might as well spend our very short time here learning what His Commandments are all about and in learning how to submit to authority. Our Creator God is not going to allow the present rebellion to exist at all in HIS Coming Kingdom. He is not going to allow the rest of the universe to experience the destruction that rebellion has caused on earth. So just where are we learning how to be in humility and to learn obedience. This school seems to have very few in attendance.
Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful Grace and Mercy, Ken<>< www.Trinity-Aloha.org
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