How to Get God's Blessing

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"And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, 'Oh, that You would bless me indeed...'" (1 Chronicles 4:10)

Introduction

The Word of God records in the middle of a long genealogy, a surprising testimony about the life of Jabez, whose example shows us how to obtain God's blessing for ourselves.

"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)

1 The Family of Jabez (verse 9)

2 The prayer of Jabez (verse 10)

Translations of his prayer:

Things he prayed for (Modified outline of Matthew Henry)

3 The God of Jabez (verse 11)

Conclusion

The name of Jabez is recorded in God's book because he called on the Lord, with a determination to follow the Lord in his life. Our names may or may never be recorded in earthly records such as: the Guinness Book of Records, Australian of the Year, a school award for sports or academics, or an achievement award at work. It truly does not matter! But what matters for eternity is whether or not our names are recorded in God's Book of Life.

The Apostle Paul mentions those "who laboured with me in the gospel" have their "names in the Book of Life." (Philippians 4:3) (Revelation 20:12 & 15: "And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books...And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire." and 21:27: "But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb's Book of Life."

Be aware of this also. Because our name has been written in God's Book of Life does not automatically mean it can never be removed. According to God's Word in Exodus 32:33: "Whoever has sinned against Me (the Lord) I will blot him out of My book."

So the life of Jabez shows us how to obtain and maintain God's blessing on our lives: by truly and honestly calling upon God so that we may be more honourable and kept from all evil and know God's blessing on our lives, and be a blessing to others, and not a pain. And we must faithfully continue in this walk with God each day of our lives, to maintain the blessing of God.

Note:

Unless otherwise stated, all Bible quotations are from the New King James Version.

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