Expand Your Territory.
( 1 chronicles 4: 9-10) Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez,saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain. And God granted his request.
Every time Jabez heard his name, he heard it as sorrow, grief, pain. It reminded him, how unfortunate he was. There was nothing he could do. Today of course we can change our names. It seems Jabez didn’t think of that, neither he cursed his mothers or God. He had all the reasons to do so. Even if he had done, nobody would have found fault with him. Bible says he is honorable.
Instead of sinking in his depraved condition, he turned to God. In his distress, as David he cried unto God. What would we do if we had been in that situation?
He was bold to keep his pain before the throne of grace. He had the confidence that God would answer. He freely spoke his mind before God.
1. He prayed “bless me”.
He approached God in faith, without any fear or inhibition. He knew only God had the answer to his problem. We need to go to God fearlessly, and ask him to bless us. We need His blessings. Without His blessing we are helpless. He has promised to bless us. Say now to the Lord, I need your blessings so that I can serve your better.
2. He also prayed “enlarge my territory”.
God can and will enlarge you, if you ask him specifically. You need to tell the Lord your real need. It’s not a selfish demand. When your ministry is enlarged, you can touch more people with His love.
3. He asked for God’s hand to be with him.
He understood without God’s help and empowering, he could achieve nothing. He asked God’s protection and wanted to be free from pain. Let us boldly draw near to God and ask Him to protect and guide us with His mighty hand.
4. God granted his request.
God answers our prayers. Tell him to bless you, so that you will serve him better. Tell him to expand you, so that you can touch many lives with his love. Tell him to be with you, so that you are encouraged to release his ministry of love.
Be confident like Jabez and draw near to God, to enjoy, love and serve Him.
- Enlarging Your Territory? (missionmusings.wordpress.com)
The God we worship is interested in our welfare. He is not separated from us. He is with us, and within us. Israelites cried to God in their distress from Egypt. He heard their cry and came to rescue them. He led them out of bondage to freedom.
“I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey” (Exodus 3:8-9).
The God, we worship is “I AM WHO I AM” (Exodus 3:14).
He is great. He is unchanging. He is eternal. He is sovereign. He is mighty. He is able.
1. I have indeed seen the misery of my people.
God cares for us and sees us always and everywhere. He is willing to get involved in our affairs to help us and free us. Seeing the suffering of His people in Egypt , He chose and prepared Moses as a leader to rescue them. He saved them as promised. Even today He does it, in and through Christ. We have a redeemer, we have a glorious hope.
2. I have heard them crying out.
“Call unto me and I will answer you…”(Jeremiah 33:3).
He hears our prayers. He is sensitive to our needs. He heard the cry of His people and sent Moses to deliver them. Same way Jesus was sent to free us. We have been set free.
3. I am concerned about their suffering.
He is our shepherd. He took action to deliver them, protect and provide for them on their journey to freedom. He is concerned of us. He wants to comfort us, and provide for us. He, as our shepherd is with us, even when we go through the valley of death.
4. I have come down to rescue them.
He had a mission, rescuing His people. He accomplished it in relation to Israel.
He sent His son to rescue us from the bondage of sin and the power of Satan. We are no more under bondage. We are more than conquerors. We have been set free.
5. Bring them out of that land to a good and specious land, a land flowing with milk and honey
They were released from slavery. The circumstances were changed; the environment was changed and were brought to a new dimension of divine experience. God always brings us out, from one level of experience to another level of experience to taste and see how good the Lord is.
It is rewarding, for “the blessings of Lord brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it” (Proverbs 10:22).
Our God loves us.He is interested in us and bring us, in to true freedom to enjoy Him and His blessings.The opportunity is open for all.Let us draw near to Him in faith.