NOTES TAKEN FROM SERMONS BY PASTOR R. BRUCE MILLER
The Prayer of Jabez The story of Jabez relates to the season we are in.
1 Chronicles 4:9-10 9And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. 10And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.
1 BLESS ME INDEED
2 ENLARGE MY COAST
3YOUR HAND BE WITH ME
4 KEEP ME FROM EVIL
He called on the Lord and God granted him his request.
We must be a people of prayer, especially in this hour.
We have confidence that if we ask according
to his will he hears and we have the petitions we have desired of him.
We have a lot to be glad about!
Glad that He has made us glad
Glad our names are written in the lamb’s book of life, that His favor is upon us, that His grace is sufficient
We are encouraged to know that God is the one true and living God, that he is faithful and more than willing to honor his word.
We come with a spirit of gladness, knowing that we are in the kingdom for a time as this. We are living in a very important time now. This story relates to us at this time.
IChron 4:9 Jabez (sorrowful), but He was more honorable than his brethren
“Because I bare him with sorrow”
God granted him what he requested
The Power of Prayer: His ear is open to our cry
We can ask anything according to His will and know that he hears us. (1 John 5:14)
It’s not how we begin but how we finish.
Jabez´s name was a negative way to begin life, Still not defeated, though
to start see ourselves the way God sees us.
He didn’t allow the name to put him in a place of defeat.
The name did not define who he could be
He was honorable in that He trusted the Lord, sought for his purpose for his life
2Corinthians says the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds casting down imaginations… (2Cor 10:4)
Things done and said in early childhood are overcome in this spiritual warfare
Declare we are who God says we are: we can have what he says we can have, we can do what he says we can do.
Remember John 8: If we continue in his word we shall know the truth…
Cast down imaginations. Doubts and comparisons, condemnation re: previous decisions you’ve made
Get beyond negative situations in our lives
Take every thought captive
2 Corinthians 10:5 5Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ
Though from Single parent home, lack, poverty, negative circumstances, it is important to see yourself the way God sees you and how you see yourself and declare we are who god says we are…
God has begun a good work in you and will perform it (Philippians 1:6 6being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.)
(John 8) If we continue in his word as disciples and see ourselves in him, we will know the truth
Know the truth of who he says we are, See ourselves and Him in a greater light,
Learn to cast down imaginations and negative impressions of ourselves
Resist the lies from the devil: he says that you are reaping what you sowed, but God is a merciful God and will restore you. If any man be in Christ he is a new creature…there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus (1Corinthians 5:17, Romans 8:1)
Transition: not victims but victorious
From tragedy to triumph
Strongholds: Wrong attitudes, mindsets, belief systems identifying with problems more than the promises of God
Begin to speak in agreement with His word. Don’t identify with the problems rather than the promises.
Rise up above what the world and the natural eye can see, Define ourselves based on what God says we are, based on God’s perspective.
Apostle Paul, Preaching not as a man, but with demonstration of power, faith resting on the power of God - 4 things Jabez requested:
A plan and purpose or your life
Before you were conceived in the womb, visions and dreams to accomplish if we totally submit
Apostle Paul said, “I fought a good fight”
Desire to fulfill His plans
(Isaiah 43) I will do a new thing
He will open up some doors. - some ways, slay some giants for you
Rise up in this season
It’s time to prosper. the hand of God is demonstrated at higher levels in hardship and darkness
You are the born again child of God
Loved of the lord the apple of His eye,
Word curses have an impact on you
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue” We speak life! (Prov.18:21)
Do not remain in bondage to negative and defeated mindsets. We are who he says we are, we can do what He says we can do,
We can do all things through Christ (Phil. 4:13)
He sent His word to deliver us. (Psalms 107:19-21 (KJV) 19 Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses. 20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. 21 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men)
We shall be free indeed (John 8:36)
Enlarge my coast not based on my past. I will trust in the hand of God do a new thing
“bless me indeed”; (1Chron 4:9) Jabez first prayer –
not just in word, evidence of your blessings – experience
our faith does not rest in the wisdom of man…
(Psalm 27:13) I would have fainted unless I had believed to see the goodness of the lord in the land of the living.
God desires to bless us. “The blessing of the Lord maketh rich…”no sorrows come with his blessings (Prov 10:22)
Don’t limit God. He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we can ask or think (Ephes, 3:20)
I come to the garden alone. walk and talk with Him
Operate in the power of His hand and His provision
Walk in the provision of God
Prosperity of God
The protection of God – no man can pluck you out of His hand (And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. John 10:28)
The peace of God comforts and sustains us
two hands – hold us up and cover us
Dwell in the secret place (Psalm 91) no evil and no plague, he satisfies us with long life
4)Keeps us from evil - (“lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil” Matt 6:13) spirit is willing but flesh is weak
We resist temptation, deny the flesh,
Put God first, guard our hearts, avoid negative conversation, evil reports, etc. Love the truth, love God
The truth of His word keeps us
Transition is a process of change and adjustment
Life is about change! Transition, fiery trials and hardships into a burning testimony of God’s faithfulness
Use what we have to bring glory to the kingdom of God.
We can’t get stuck in the rut of the familiar
We don’t know what will happen.
A Process of Change! Be able to adjust, re-align and use resources available to us,
Can’t get stuck in traditions of the past
Turn away from covetousness, fleshly works even with the form of godliness
There are all types of religious activities but God’s word never changes their hearts
Can’t get satisfied with the way things are, must be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and to new challenges
Reach for higher goals, greater disciplines in this season
More consistency needed in Your prayer life, the reading of the word of God your walk,
Conversations more aligned with the word of
Requires movement, advancement,
Believe God to enlarge your coasts give you a picture of who we are in him.
He has us In His Hand, His hand is Upon Us
Keeps away from evil, enticements and seductions of the wicked
Be strong in the lord
From sorrowful to honorable bountiful, victorious
Don’t allow past decisions to hinder you
Lay aside all weights
Run the race with patience
Stay in the process, make the transitions that cause you to adjust, advance, reach higher
Press toward the mark!
Press on, saints, press on higher in Jesus name.