Are you this kind of person?

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Feb 022018
 

“Oh, that You would bless me and enlarge my territory!” (1 Chronicles 4:10).

He is mentioned only once in a brief description in the Old Testament-
– yet what he says and what his life bespeaks could fill volumes.

He was a man whom God saw as worthy of a request that had significant consequences for him and his family.

His name was Jabez.

Here is how the Scripture describes him:
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.1 Chronicles 4:9-10.

When you think of territory-
– you probably think of land or some area in which you have dominion.
That territory can mean personal influence and/or physical territories.

Jesus often spoke about giving responsibility-
– based on what we do with the little things first.

Jabez must have been a very responsible person.
God describes him as honorable.

Jabez must have understood what it really means to be blessed by God.
He was a man who knew what it meant to press into God and ask for God’s favour with passion.

God saw the heart of this man and gave him his request.
His borders were enlarged!

The only reason God will enlarge a person’s territory is that-
He knows that person will use it responsibly.

He will steward what is given in light of God’s Kingdom.
God truly wants to increase our territory to have greater influence in the world around us.

Jabez must have been quite a man with incredible integrity and purity of heart.

Are you this kind of person?
Can God enlarge your territory and entrust you to use it for His purposes?

Ask God today to enlarge your territory.
Ask Him to make you the kind of man or woman who is worthy of such trust.

(PA)

It cannot reach us without rails!

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Jan 252018
 

“When we cried out to the Lord, He heard our voice” (Numbers 20:16).

A group of businessmen were flying in an aircraft.

There was a sudden decompression.

As the plane plummeted to the ground-

– one of the men asked his friend across the aisle to pray for them.

“The last time I prayed was twenty years ago!” his friend replied.

But his business companions insisted.

“All right” he said and prayed:

“O Lord, I haven’t bothered You for the last twenty years; and if You get us out of this fix, I promise You, I won’t bother You for the next twenty years!”

God does not consider our prayers bothersome.

On the contrary-

He desires that our very first thought at the onset of a trial would be to come to Him for help in getting through it.

So often, we hear people say, “The only thing left to do now is pray,” when in reality-

God was there all along, waiting for someone to cry out to Him and call down His power.

When you begin to wonder why the storm isn’t letting up, ask yourself-

“Have I requested God’s help yet?”

If the answer is “No,” call to Him and watch-

– as He calms the wind and waves in your life.

Our prayers lay the track down on which God’s power can come.

Like a mighty locomotive-

His power is irresistible!

But-

– it cannot reach us without rails!

(PA)

Faith turns it to fact!

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Jan 112018
 

“Whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you” (John 15:16).

The important steps to help you access the power of the Spirit is to-
– repent from sin,
– reach out in faith and
– receive the fullness of all that God has for you.

We enter into all God’s blessing by faith!

As a child of God-
– you are heir to all that the Father has – Himself.

So reach out and receive Him now!

“Now this is the confidence we have before Him: whenever we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears whatever we ask, we know that we have what we have asked Him for” (1 John 5:14-15).

Here are the principles:
Confidence – “the confidence we have before Him.”
Conversation – “we ask anything.”
Condition – “according to His will.”
Conviction – “we know that He hears whatever we ask.”
Consequence – “we know that we have.”

Follow the principles one by one!

Have confidence in the character of God.
Converse with Him and tell Him your need.
Believe that the condition is met and your asking is in harmony with His will.
Remind yourself that He hears your request.
He is flooding your whole being with His power.
Have the boldness to take what is there.

Faith turns it to fact!
Welcome His coming in whatever manner He comes!

(PA)

Prayer is a privilege!

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Jan 082018
 

It’s really encouraging to have a God you can pray to-

– anytime, anywhere, for any reason.

But-

– prayer can become meaningless and ineffective when we take it for granted.

You’d prepare yourself; you’d be respectful and thoughtful and take it very seriously.

Prayer is conversation with God.

But don’t forget who God is.

“For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God” (Deuteronomy 10:17).

When you come into His presence, remember that:

“Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary” (Psalm 96:6).

That’s nothing to be taken lightly.

However, don’t be afraid to come before God.

Hebrews 4:16 says ” Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

In 2 Chronicles 7:14, God gives one of the keys to privileged prayer:

A humble heart!

“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven.”

What attitude do you bring before God?

Do you take Him for granted and treat prayer like a nice way to get something good?

Or is it serious business for you?

Jesus told a story about two men praying in the temple.

Read Luke 18:9-14; then describe the prayers of these two men.

What’s the attitude of each heart?

Which one was more pleasing to God?

Which prayer sounds more like yours?

Don’t be afraid to come to God in prayer.

But don’t take Him lightly.

Prayer is a privilege we enjoy-

– because Jesus died to give us a relationship with God the Father.

Because of Jesus, 1 John 5:14-15 says “this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.”

How are you going to pray today?

When you do, pray with humility and confidence, seeking God’s will.

And ask Him to show you how to become intimate with Him but never take Him for granted.

(PA)

Faith-filled prayer!

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Nov 302017
 

You’re facing some issues that just can’t seem to be resolved-
– some problems that are defying solution,
– some mountains that just aren’t moving,
– that just aren’t getting answered,
– maybe there’s an overload that is absolutely overwhelming you.

It could be in your family, or at church, or at work, or in your personal life –
– there just doesn’t seem to be anything powerful enough to meet the need, to handle these demands.

May be the transformer’s down.
It could be that the power’s been out where you live!
– I mean, in your life.

For those of us who belong to Jesus Christ-
– there is something called prayer that brings all the power of God Himself down to where we can use it to change our everyday lives.

Prayer is your spiritual transformer.
And it’s possible that it’s gotten lost in the storm that you’ve been going through.

Mark 5:24 says, “A large crowd followed and pressed around [Jesus]. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better, she grew worse.”

This woman has tried all the earth-solutions she can think of, but the need was just much too great for anyone on earth to meet.

She had thrown money at the problem.
– nothing happened.
She went to all the human experts.
– nothing happened.

The Bible continues to say, “when she heard about Jesus, she came up behind Him in the crowd and touched the cloak, because she thought, ‘If I just touch His clothes, I’ll be healed.’ Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.”

Only one thing brought a solution:
Desperately lunging for Jesus-
– believing that His authority and power were greater than her massive need.

That’s going to be the only place you’ll find a solution, too.
By getting back to the one weapon that can prevail in your battle,
-coming in desperate faith to your all-powerful Lord,
-waging war with prayer.

Maybe you’ve been scurrying around,
-trying everything to find a solution
-except fervent, frequent, faith-filled praying!

You don’t need a planning meeting.
You need a prayer meeting.

You don’t need a program.
You need to pray.

You need to pray as you’ve never prayed before-
– believing God for something so big, only He could do it!

You’ve been so overwhelmed with your situation, maybe, that you’ve neglected the only power source that can possibly change things-
– releasing the power of Almighty God through intense and intensive prayer.

The storm isn’t the reason you don’t have the power you need.
It’s the transformer of prayer that brings God’s power to where you live.

Get your “transformer” back on line.
And you’ll have all the power you need!

(PA)