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Starting Point - Setting The Tone for More
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Starting Point – Setting The Tone for More

 

1 Chronicles 4:9-10

“There was a man named Jabez who was more honorable than any of his brothers. His mother named him Jabez because his birth had been so painful. He was the one who prayed to the God of Israel, “Oh that you would bless me and expand my territory! Please be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all trouble and pain!” And God granted him his request.

  • Jabiz’s name means pain
    • Every time his name was called he was reminded of the pain he had caused
  • Have you ever tried to run away from your past but it seems to always watch up to you?
  • A lot of us try to be a better person but there’s always someone who reminds you how you used to be
  • Maybe these past year you’ve felt like pain, disappointment and troubles have wrapped themselves around you but you’re not alive if you’ve never experienced pain, heartache, and disappointment
  • Not all pain is bad
    • You may have experienced a pain that has pushed you closer to Jesus
    • God can grab that pain and turn it into something
  • You can tell Jabez was an honorable man by the prayer he prayed
    • God wants you and I to be honorable, to be of a higher standard so we can be blessed
    • When you have an honorable life your prayers can be answered because there’s nothing there to hinder it or block it
    • If you want to be remembered this year work at being honorable
  • Jabez interrupts history because he was an honorable man
    • God honors honor
    • Jabez’s story tells us our story doesn’t have to end the way it started
  • In the Scripture God doesn’t change Jabez’s name
    • God puts His name above the name of Jabez
    • The Word of God says there’s no name greater than the name of Jesus
    • God says:
      • “I’m not going to change your name because maybe your situation won’t change but I’m going to step into your situation”
      • “Maybe your past won’t change but I’m going to step into your future”
      • “maybe your history won’t change but I’m going to step into your present”
  • Jabez name didn’t change but his situation changed because the honor and glory of God were upon him
    • You may be known for something but this year the situation around you will change because the honor and presence of God will be upon you
  • Someone who is honorable is sincere
    • The day we stop trying to impress people and jut get our life changed and transformed will be the day we experience the greatest freedom of your life
    • When we stop trying to measure up to people and what people expect from us and just say, I am what I am and God will bless what I am, is the day that you will experience freedom, joy, and breakthrough.
    • When you stop carrying what other people want or expect from you and you just worry about what God expects from you and what you expect from yourself God is going to bless you in such a way.
  • If you want God to move in you, call out to Him even in your pain
    • Don’t let your pain stop you rather let your pain push you closer to Him
  • Jabez’s prayer: “Oh that you will bless me”
    • It was not a casual prayer
    • He was saying I am fed up, I’m tired, I need You to bless me!
    • His request was a desperation, it was now or never God
    • It was I NEED Your mercy, I need You to help me, I need You to come to my rescue
    • I need Your blessing now
  • Jabez asked for a blessing but then he did something he says “that you would be with me oh God”
    • Jabez did just want stuff he wanted God too
    • We sometimes want the blessing so bad we forget where it comes from
    • Don’t get caught up on the thing more than the one who gives it
    • We need to get our priorities right, yes we want the blessing but if we don’t have God what’s the point of the blessing
  • Jabez says “keep me from harm”
    • The more God blesses you the more the enemy sees you
    • The higher you get elevated to the longer the fall  and the harder it is when you fall, this is why he asked God to protect him
    • This year we need to depend on God like never before
    • Don’t let the blessing extinguish the need for God
    • We need to make sure we are connected to God because His strength is our shield
  • He ends with “ let me not harm people and let me be a blessing as well”
    • We are blessed to be blessing to other
    • We need to be a blessing to other people
    • We are to share the blessing of God
  • This year we need to share our blessings and expand!
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