Christ And Marriage

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For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. (Ephesians 5:23-29)

Christ And Marriage

The wise man wrote long ago the making of many books there is no end and if time is taken to find books written on the home and family and especially the relationship of the husband and wife, endless volumes can be found. God created marriage and the home and if there is any information that needs to be learned it must be from His word. Nothing can compare to the wisdom of the one who created the relationship of marriage than how God describes the love between a man and woman. Contained within all of the passages on the home, an unusual series of admonitions are found for the husband and wife for an extraordinary source. Paul exhorts the saints at Ephesus to take a serious look at their marriages and uses Jesus Christ as an example for the conduct of the husband and the relationship of the wife. The reason this is unusual is that Jesus was never married but the emphasis specifically on the husband is to be like Christ in every way. Paul uses the character of the church and the authority of Christ to illustrate the nature of marriage with clear distinctions and obligations inherent in the command of God. Jesus is the head of the church and there is no doubt about that. All authority was given to Him as Lord and Christ. The church is the body of saints that have given their lives to serve the true and living God. Bound together in a bond of love, sacrifice and devotion, the church is in submission to the will of Christ. With this foundation, the apostle explains how the man is the head of the wife and the woman is in subjection to the man – like Christ is to the church.

If a man wants to learn how to be a husband he need look no further than the example of Jesus Christ. First he is the savior of the woman which means he will do everything in his power to take care of her. Jesus left heaven and came to earth to die for all men. His love was a sacrificial love without bounds. A husband should love his wife unconditionally with a sacrificial love that is willing to give his all for her. Often men want the woman to make them happy and complain because their needs are not being met. If Jesus would have come to earth with the attitude of these types of men no one would have been saved. Love in the home is not about the man it is about the will of God. Jesus died obeying the Father’s will. The husband will love his wife in a complete spirit to please the Lord. To love the wife is not a simple statement of endearment once expressed and seldom reminded. Husbands are to love their wives in the same manner Christ loved the church. The Son of God left the heavenly realm to give His life for the love of those who would be in His body, the church. Love is an active word expressed in many forms. There is a sense in which the love for wife is commanded by God of the husband. Jesus came to do the will of God but He did so because He loved all men. Every man must love their wife because God commands it but it must be tempered with the love one has for the Lord first and then to show that love to the wife. Women need to be shown and told how much the man loves her. Jesus was a man who died for the church. A man who loves God is a man who will give his life for the happiness of the woman. One important character of Christ’ love for the church is that man did not deserve His love – but by the grace of God received it from the Son. A man’s love for his wife is based on his love for God not his wife. He loves her because he loves God and shows her his love by setting her apart from all others and purifying his love for her every day.

Christ and marriage go hand in hand as He is the perfect example and pattern for a man to love his wife. Jesus died so that all men could live. He sacrificed everything for the love of those who did not love Him in return. His love was not in word alone but by His total life given to the will of the Father. Every man who wants to be the husband God wants him to be will examine closely the life of Jesus and see how the Lord patterned His love for the church. His mission was to present the church as a holy and unblemished bride. Husbands who love their wives will always present them to others as a holy and unblemished woman of character. The wife who is nurtured and cared for by a man who follows the example of Jesus will embrace the submission of love given by the one who serves the will of the Father. Husbands must love their wives as their own bodies and care for them exquisitely as designed by God in creation. Cherishing the wife is a blessing both for the man and the woman. The home will be blessed by God when the husband loves his wife like Christ loves the church.

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Pekah The Son Of Remaliah

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Therefore the Lord his God delivered him into the hand of the king of Syria. They defeated him, and carried away a great multitude of them as captives, and brought them to Damascus. Then he was also delivered into the hand of the king of Israel, who defeated him with a great slaughter. For Pekah the son of Remaliah killed one hundred and twenty thousand in Judah in one day, all valiant men, because they had forsaken the Lord God of their fathers. Zichri, a mighty man of Ephraim, killed Maaseiah the king’s son, Azrikam the officer over the house, and Elkanah who was second to the king. And the children of Israel carried away captive of their brethren two hundred thousand women, sons, and daughters; and they also took away much spoil from them, and brought the spoil to Samaria. (2 Chronicles 28:5-8)

Pekah The Son Of Remaliah

Every generation has its mighty men of war and Pekah son of Remaliah was no exception. The first record of Pekah is where he is an officer in the army of Pekahiah, king of Israel during the period of the divided kingdom. Like all the kings of the northern tribes, Pekahiah did evil in the sight of the Lord and did not depart from the sins of Jeroboam. The reign of Pekahiah ended abruptly after two years when Pekah assassinated his king and reigned in his place. Pekah was a ruthless warrior who had a lust for power and a taste for blood. His reign would last twenty years and like his predecessors would be filled with all the wickedness of the nations around him. Near the end of his rule (before he himself was assassinated by Hoshea son of Elah) he aligned with the king of Syria and attacked his southern brethren of Judah. The record says that in one day Pekah killed 120,000 valiant men and took captive 200,000 women, sons and daughters. This judgement on Judah was from the rebellion of the Judean king Ahaz who walked in the ways of the kings of Israel and served Baal including the human sacrifice of his own children. Therefore the Lord God delivered him to the hand of the king of Syria and by the hand of Pekah a great slaughter of God’s people was carried out. Bringing the captives to the northern capital of Samaria, Pekah was met by a bold and courageous prophet named Obed who demanded the release of the 200,000 captives. The captives were released and the men of Samaria dressed and fed the people returning them to Jericho to return to their homes. Pekah, king of Israel would die within a few years of this war.

Despots like Pekah were ruthless tyrants who terrorized the world for a short period of time but like all men – died. In his case he is murdered by another in the same fashion he murdered his king. His fierceness was unstoppable by most men but one brave prophet withstood the king and saved 200,000 people. The tragedy of the war between Pekah and Ahaz king of Judah was that Israelite was killing Israelite and using the Syrians to kill his own brethren, Pekah preserved his place as being a wicked ruler. All of the kings of Israel during the divided nation were evil. There was no redeeming value to what they did as they killed their own people, sacrificed their children as burnt offerings and filled with land with sexual immorality, murder, strife, hatred and wickedness. God’s wrath would come upon the northern tribes as the Lord brought the powerful Assyrian Empire to obliterate the ten tribes.

Men like Pekah were children of God who had turned aside to the carnal evils of the nations around them. It is difficult to remember these people were under a covenant with the Lord God as the apple of His eye, His beloved and special people whom He redeemed from Egypt. Yet now in the days of the kings the land has been filled with gross immorality and wickedness that would rival the heathen nations around them. The people of God had gone to seed in their pursuit of the fleshly gratifications and lusts for power. Pekah would have been admired and feared in his day for his prowess and might but he was a weak, feeble and cowardly man who learned in death a greater Lord ruled all men. And that is the way of all those who seek to gain glory and honor in this world who have no regard for the day of accounting before the great I AM. Orators would have proclaimed the name of Pekah as the man who killed 120,000 valiant men in one day but without the divine record of his evil no man would have been the wiser. Fame is fleeting and ruthless men find the soil of the earth their home like those they have slaughtered. The rich and powerful despots of the world and those who are to be feared will all cross the river of death and stand before one Lord, one God and one Ruler.

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Building Faith By The Mercies Of God

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I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:1-2)

Building Faith By The Mercies Of God

The life of a Christian is a glorious manifestation of God’s mercy to all men. There is nothing man can do to measure up to the eternal grace of what God has done for man from the Garden of Eden to the last and final hour of time. Breath of life is given because of the mercy of God allowing the world to continue in the fashion He designed in the beginning. The sun rises and sets apart from the power of human wisdom. Complexities found in the human body declare the image of the eternal maker. Death is a reality only explained from the word of God. Everything in the world of the Christian is determined by the hand of the Lord and His hand alone. Nothing man does or says has any eternal merit apart from the mercy of God and until man realizes how dependent he must be to the nature of God he will never be able to see the worth of his life. To be called a child of God is the ultimate blessing given to lowly man that he may show forth the glory of the Savior. The Christian should live with this knowledge deeply embedded in his mind to present his body a living sacrifice to the One who gave it all. All of God’s people are indebted to His grace. Living holy lives is not just a measure of commandment keeping but the evidence of a change that has taken place in the lives of those who profess to be children of God. Setting apart the body, soul and mind to serve the Lord is what sets the Christian apart from the carnal world. Daily life is finding what is acceptable to God and following that course with great diligence. Pleasing the Lord is the focus of family, work and recreation. The reasonable service of every Christian is the spiritual worship to an eternal Father who gave His Son to save all men. Building faith by the mercies of God knows the debt owed for what He has done and living every day acknowledge that debt.

Conforming to the world hinders the growth of the Christian because it is in conflict with the mercy of God. To conform to something is to become like its nature. Nothing is more foreign to the life of a Christian than the trappings of the world because by its nature it does not serve a holy God and what the world does is not pleasing to the Father. It is impossible to have the heart in the world and the mind on God. As a body of faith under the mercies of God, the heart and mind will either serve the world or love the Father. One is exclusive of the other and cannot be blended together. Too often Christians try to live like the world while maintaining a semblance of spirituality with disastrous results. Building faith by the mercies of God takes a transformation of the mind to be renewed in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. A renewal is a rebirth under the grace of God. There is a new way to think, a new way to speak and a new way to live. Changes take place that are evident in the life of a Christian. Conforming to the world makes the Christian to think like the world, speak like the world and live like the world. Transforming the mind in the grace of God illuminates the spirit to walk separately from the carnal desires of the world. By the mercies of God a change takes place. It is clear, demonstrative and evident by all who know the life of the Christian.

Proving what is good and acceptable and the perfect will of God takes time and energy. It does not happen overnight and will not take place without effort. The Christian desires to do things that are pleasing to God. Anything that is proper for the mercy of God is the main focus of life. Perfecting the heart under the will of God will be the mantra of the soul as it conforms to the image of the Father. The life of a Christian will prove one of two things: either the heart is worldly or it is spiritual. Presenting the body as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God will manifest itself in the actions of the person for everyone to see. The manner of dress will reveal the character of the mind. What comes out of the mouth will either give glory to God or reveal a wicked heart. Decisions of life will reflect the attitude the Christian toward serving the Lord. Everything in the life of the Christian is a reflection upon the mercy of God. Building faith takes transformation. Presenting the body as a proof of ones love toward God will be seen by all and leave a lasting impression of grace or grief. Build your faith on the Lord Jesus Christ.

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He Takes Thought Of Me

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But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinks upon me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God. (Psalm 40:17)

He Takes Thought Of Me

There are a lot of things on the mind of God. It is an incredible volume of knowledge that is contained within the spirit of the Creator as He thinks upon all He has created. The universe is held together by His word and everything must work in complete order for life to continue. Without the sun being an exact distance from the earth man would not survive. The elements of the natural world must continue in an orderly form for life to abound on earth. Animals cover the face of the planet and not one is forgotten or neglected by the One who created them. Filling the world, nearly eight billion souls live among the four corners of the sphere in communities that vary by culture, language, economics, history and spiritual faith. Compiling all the stars in the heavens, creatures that dwell on the earth and abound in the sky and sea and the volume of the human needs pressing daily upon the mind of God – the mighty Creator, Savior, Lord and Protector takes thought of me. I am just one person out of billions and untold billions that have lived through the ages of history and the Lord thinks about me and my needs and my wants and my cares. David knew this well as he faced trials in life with enemies pressing about him and feeling as if he stood in a horrible pit and the miry clay. Yet in all of this he trusted in his God and the Lord brought him out of the pit and set him on the rock and established his feet. Why? Because God cared about this one lone shepherd boy in Israel who waited patiently on the Creator of the world to deliver him. Imagine that – God took time to think about David and to help him.

The world can be a cold and unfeeling place when it seems no one cares and no one takes thought. Everyone is focused on themselves or others and take little time to help those who struggle in life. Isolation sets in from fear of being abandoned and left for hopelessness in a miry spirit of despair. Men often fail others because they are incapable of caring for everyone limited by time, space and knowledge. That is not the case with the Lord God. Jesus reassured His disciples of the untold number of sparrows that inhabit the earth not one of them falls without the knowledge of the Creator. Isaiah writes the Lord has a name for every star in the heavens (try to count them if you can). If our God has such a vast array of knowledge then why would it seem impossible for Him to think about me? He knows my name, my needs, where I am and what I am doing and He cares about me. It was not the plan of God to send His Son to die for all men and then forget them. His plan was to send His Son to show all men that He takes thought of every single individual soul in every part of the globe at any time of the day or night in every generation that has lived and will live because He is an eternal caring God. There is nothing going on in your life that God is not aware. It is impossible to hide from God because wherever a person seeks to go the Lord God has already been there – waiting for you to arrive. There is an element of fear in this thought but there is an immense spirit of joy knowing that wherever I am in my life God will always take thought of me and help me. He is my omniscient and omnipresent Father who loves me.

When God created man He said it was not good that he be alone. Creating Eve was the secondary answer to the need of man. The chaos of man has always come from his desire to be apart from God and as long as he tries to live apart from the Lord he will find himself in misery and sin. David declares in his psalm that when you trust in the Lord and seek Him there will never be a time that man is alone. God will take thought of those who seek His love and His mercy. We look forward to being in the presence of the Father but we are in the presence of our Father now. He looks after us and takes care of our needs. In our prayers we ask that He not lead us into temptation and He will fulfill His promise because He takes thought of us. When heavy trials and weary days come upon us we can rest assured that God is thinking about us and loves us. Trusting in His grace we can be lifted out of the despair and loneliness because He takes thought of us. What greater message of love can the Lord give that to reassure every heart that seeks Him that He takes thought of them? It is a powerful testimony to how much God loves me to think about me – my needs, my failures, my sorrow, my repentance, my joy, my questions, my wonder and my hope. It is as if there is no one else in the universe but me and my God knows MY name and takes thought of ME!

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Getting Serious About God

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You are my portion, O Lord; I have said that I would keep Your words. I entreated Your favor with my whole heart; be merciful to me according to Your word. I thought about my ways, and turned my feet to Your testimonies. I made haste, and did not delay to keep Your commandments. The cords of the wicked have bound me, but I have not forgotten Your law. At midnight I will rise to give thanks to You, because of Your righteous judgments. I am a companion of all who fear You, and of those who keep Your precepts. The earth, O Lord, is full of Your mercy; teach me Your statutes. (Psalm 119:57-64)

Getting Serious About God

Devotion is a character that infuses the heart with a determined spirit that consecrates the will to focus all ones energy upon a single goal. There is nothing more important in the relationship with God than to see a need for consistent faith and trust in the plan given by the hand of the Lord and to carry out that will in the lives of His people. So often the challenge that overcomes the spirit of the Christian is the lack of committing the whole heart to service of Christ. The psalmist declares in this eighth letter of the Hebrew alphabet that he is devoted to the purpose of God as he takes firm hold on the teachings of the precepts of the Lord. These lessons are so vital in understanding how to get serious about God under the grace of Jesus Christ. God needs to be possessed by His people. There must be an overwhelming flood of love and devotion to the truths of God’s word that fills the heart every day. Each step is measured by the grace of God. All the thoughts, motives and plans of the heart must be guided by the will of the Father. God must be the portion of life that consumes the soul in keeping His words. There will be a surrendering that is total.

In time of need the heart turns to what it is familiar. If the word of God is not foremost in the mind of the child of God he will turn to other things before seeking the Father. Getting serious about the Lord comes from a heart that knows the only help in life man can find is to entreat the favor of the Lord with a whole heart. When a child is hurt they first cry out for what is near and dear to them. Such is the manner of the child of God who will immediately call out to the Father daily as reliance to the presence of the Father. Mercy comes from the Lord and learning the word of God creates in the spirit of man a dependency on the power of divine help. Life is measured by thinking about the ways of God and always turning the will of man to the testimonies of the Lord. Returning to the Lord will bring life and peace.

The word of the Lord keeps the feet from walking in the pathway of the wicked. A devoted heart will not delay in seeking the counsel of God when the cords of the world seek to ensnare it. The focus of Psalm 119 is trusting in the word of the Lord and again the psalmist declares the trust in the commandments of truth to guide the feet with righteous judgments. Fear is taken away when the heart trusts in the word of God. The psalmist is not afraid of those who may seek his harm. Rising at midnight he devotes his heart to giving thanks to the care of his Father. There is no fear in the love of God and through every precept of the Lord strength is increased. Righteousness is found in the company of the family of God and companion to all who fear the Lord. Associating with the righteous of the Lord is where courage is found and shared. Being in the presence of those who keep the precepts of the Lord infuses a spirit of hope and trust in the common goal of serving God. Together the hearts of the children of God praise Him for all the mercies seen throughout the earth by the hand of the Creator. There is strength in numbers and sharing with the people of God the wonderful message of the word of the Lord encourages all to be very diligent in serving the one true God. Are you serious about your faith in God? Take a moment and read our psalm for the day. Let each day begin and end with the promise the Lord will be everything you need. Get serious.

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Who Is Jesus?

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John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:4-8)

Who Is Jesus?

When John the apostle was given the revelation by God of things that would shortly take place, he began with the declaration of the authority of Jesus Christ. The book of the revelation of Jesus Christ is the final book of the Bible and represents an incredible imagery of the war between righteousness and unrighteousness. At the conclusion of the book the message of victory is assured with the triumph over Satan, his cohorts of beasts, death and Hades. The glory of the Lord pervades the final scenes as the curtain draw to a close the grand message of the revelation of the Son of God. John begins with describing who Jesus is and what His divine power has granted Him as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is declared to be the “faithful witness.” The work of the Son of God was to come into the world and be a witness to the truth. He accomplished all the Father desired of Him and left the message of the One Truth among all men. His death was pronounced on the basis of being a criminal or fraud but before the Father the witness of Jesus was faithful until death. Jesus died accused of sedition but He died sinless.

The power of Jesus’ death was confirmed by the majesty of His resurrection. Many had been brought from the grave like Lazarus, the widow of Nain’s son and the daughter of Jairus. Jesus became the firstborn from the dead because He was raised from the dead by the power of the Father and still lives. All those who were raised from the dead through the history of God’s people died again. Dorcas would be raised from the dead by Peter but she died again. The powerful testimony of Jesus was confirmed that He rose from the dead and He lives before the Father. Death could not hold the Son of God in its grasp and with each passing day Jesus reigns with the Father He brings to naught the power of the grave. There is no bondage in sin and death because Jesus reigns as the firstborn from the dead. The Christ is ruler of the kings of the earth. Those who sentenced Him to death became His subjects when He rose from the dead. Pilate delivered Jesus to death by the authority granted him by God. When Jesus became the firstfruits from the dead He became the ruler of all men. Caesar was His subject as has been all those who rule over nations. What Satan tempted Jesus with at the beginning of His ministry the Lord attained through obedience to the will of the Father.

Jesus loved all men and died for all men. His love is without measure to consider He left the glories of the Father to come walk among men. The first sacrifice Jesus made was to leave Heaven. He loved all men by dying on the cross for the sins of unworthy man. Through the blood shed on the cross anyone can come to Christ and be washed in the blood for the cleansing of sin. The resurrection assures all men of the love of Christ. It was the blood of the Son of God that brought redemption, salvation and hope to a lost and dying world. Without that blood there could be no hope of eternal life. In the cleansing of the blood of Christ His people become kings and priests to God for His glory and dominion. The kingdom of God is made up of those who serve as priests giving glory to the Father for His abundant grace. In the Revelation the contrast of those who serve the Lord and those who serve the devil are clearly defined. As the letter begins it declares Jesus to be the Christ and when John finishes the revelation Jesus is declared to be the King of all Kings and Lord of all Lords. All victory has been given in Christ and no disciple need fear the forces of evil, worldliness and Satan himself because Jesus conquered all. Praise God.

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He Asked And God Granted

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Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested. (1 Chronicles 4:9-10)

He Asked And God Granted

Genealogies are somewhat boring at best and tedious to wade through the inability to pronounce the names of Bible characters. They serve an important purpose in scripture and like the genealogies of Jesus given by Matthew and Luke declare Jesus to be a child of Abraham and man as a descendant of Adam. In the Old Testament genealogies are numerous and while reading the text an attempt will be made to skip the long lists, opportunities abound with intriguing lessons embedded in the passage. The Chronicles are two valuable volumes filled with a treasure trove of information of the nation of Israel. There are a lot of “begots” and “begets” with names so hard to pronounce it becomes a foreign language to most. These lists can also be used for parents seeking names for the children. For example who would not want to name their daughter Hazelelponi or son Eshtemoa (sounds Hawaiian but he was a Maachathite)? Intermixed among the family of Judah was a man who appears in scripture and disappears as quickly with no other reference in scripture. His name is Jabez. What is known about him has filled books and sermons with powerful lessons from a man who asked the Lord for a blessing and was granted what he requested.

Jabez was an upright man and the text compares him to his brother declaring he was more honorable than his brothers (not saying a lot about his siblings). His birth must have been a difficult one for his mother as she named him Jabez because she bore him in pain. The emphasis must have shown a more intense birth as the consequence of sin was that all women would bring forth children in pain. Jabez was a man of character and holiness as he sought the blessing of the Lord and was very specific in his needs. He asked the Lord to bless him with the things he needed. Often prayers are given for everyone else but the person doing the praying. Jabez realized he needed the blessings of God as much if not more than anyone else. He also knew the only source of true strength would come from the blessings of the Lord. His will for God in his life was that the Lord’s hand be with him. This is an incredible statement of faith and trust in a man who emptied himself to serve the will of God alone. His life would be measured by the will of the Divine one and nothing else. What a powerful testimony of trust to rely on the word of God to guide his mind, soul and body in the service of the Lord. He wanted the hand of the Lord to be with him. One of the most important parts of his prayer was to seek the protection of the Father against the wiles of the devil. Jabez knew the power of sin but he knew the power of God was greater and without that providence he would be destroyed by sin. It is one thing to want to overcome temptation but the character of Jabez was his active faith to seek God’s intervention to not be lead to temptation but to be delivered from the evil one. He did not want to cause pain to others and especially did he not want to displease the Father.

With fervent prayer comes responsibility. Jabez asked the Lord to bless him, keep His hand upon him and to keep him from evil because he had a higher plan for his life. He begged God to enlarge the borders of his territory. It does not seem logical that Jabez is simply asking for more land to be his so that he could be a wealthy landowner. What this man of God wanted was more opportunities to serve the Lord. He was unwilling to remain in the place that he found himself but to increase in the wisdom and knowledge of the Lord so that he could be an example to others. Not being satisfied with the status quo, Jabez went to the Lord and asked for more work. How often do employees go to their leadership and ask for more work? When was the last time we went to God and asked for more work that we can do in His kingdom (most often people are trying to do much less than the Lord demands)? Jabez was a man of action. There were no fields of grass growing under his feet. He wanted work and he wanted to serve the Lord. Accomplishing this task came about because he wanted God to bless him, keep His hand upon him and to protect him from the devil.

Here is the takeaway from the story of Jabez: he asked for it and God granted it. Would the Lord have granted these things if he did not ask? Jabez wanted to do something and he knew where to go to seek his answers. Going to the Lord he asked specific petitions of the Lord because he had an exact job he wanted to accomplish for God. His prayer was clear, concise, conclusive and complete. The Lord granted the prayer of Jabez because he asked and he asked big. Prayer is a specific plea for a particular need so that God’s work can be done. The Holy Spirit is silent about what happened in the life of Jabez but in reality the Spirit finished the story by saying nothing. Jabez received the blessing of God and changed the world he lived in. We will never know what the rest of the story of Jabez was but everyone who knew him understood the faith of this powerful man of God. Prayer is pleading the promises of God. Ask God and seek His blessing but be careful – the Lord will grant you what you ask.

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