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Matthew 6:33 – But seek ye first the kingdom of God,and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
I Chronicles 4:9,10 – And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that though thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thy 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.
Jabez means sorrow. Out of a boring list of genealogies comes a man marked by his mother. For some reason sorrow was in the life of the mother, maybe he was a twin and the other child died, who knows. But his mother tried to pass a heritage to him that no one in their right mind would want. Every time she called his name, she was speaking sorrow over him. Her vision for him was a life of sorrow. He was born in sorrow. Sometimes great things are birthed in a time of sorrow. Bad things don’t have to stick to us. Somebody else doesn’t control our future. Even our past doesn’t control our future. This guy named sorrow, refused to accept this prophecy. In these Scriptures, God interrupted Himself, and put these two powerful verses in the Bible. Jabez was of the lineage of Judah, but his immediate family was not listed: just him. Faith does something to God. It moves Him powerfully. All your family may be rotten to the core, but you don’t have to be. Jabez’s life became a contradiction of his name. Jabez called on God who can change all things. ELOHEEM – Supreme God, the One that speaks creation – “Let there be light.” He is a speaking, creating God. Jabez called on ELOHEEM. Somebody told him, God will bless you if you seek Him. Jabez believed that God was God, and a rewarder of them that seek Him. Jabez was more honourable than anyone in his family. He chose to call on God. (Honourable in the Greek, kabad, means Glory; to be heavy.) This man, Jabez, had more of the glory or weighty presence of God in his life than all his brethren. He was a worshiper. He prayed, bless me indeed. He knew that God was a blesser to those who sought Him by faith. All blessing and enlargement begins from a desire to seek Him. Enlargement is a fruit of that blessing. Jabez’s faith changed his fate, enlargement means increase. The blessing of seeking God is enlargement. We begin to apply truth in our lives, and operate in the principles of God’s spiritual laws, we begin to seek first the King and His kingdom.
My coasts are borders enlarged, and my capacity to receive more. My faith is increased.
Psalms 119:32 – I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart.
Reference – Isaiah 54:1-5 – As Jabez did, receive the blessing of enlargement.