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.


God doesn’t keep office hours!

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Jan 272018

Behind this is a simple but important truth:
We can come to God at any time-
– because He wants our fellowship.

God doesn’t keep office hours!

He welcomes us because He knows we need Him.
And He wants to help us.

No situation is beyond His concern-
– because He loves us and wants what is best for us.

Prayer is an opportunity-
– an opportunity for us to grow closer to God and seek His will for our lives.

Does this mean God wants us to lock ourselves in our rooms 24 hours a day-
– with our eyes closed and our lips constantly moving in prayer?

That isn’t what He commands.

He wants us to cultivate the habit of quietly praying in our souls about everything throughout the day.

Even when you are talking with someone, you can be praying for them in your spirit.

I commend you for wanting to start each day with prayer.

But ask God to help you turn to Him in prayer all day long also-
– not just praying about your needs or the needs of others,
– but also praising and thanking Him for all He has done for us in Jesus Christ.


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!


– it cannot reach us without rails!


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!


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.


– 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.