Date: March 8, 1998

Series: The Power of a Blessing

Speaker: Ron R. Ritchie

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God Blessed Jabez

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Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother 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

A. The Character of Jabez

1. A honorable reputation

2. A living faith in the God if Israel

3. A realistic view of his circumstances

B. The Content of Jabez Prayer

1. Oh, that you would bless me (show favor)...

2. Enlarge my territory!

3. Let your hand be with me...

4. Keep me from harm...

C. The Character of God

And God granted his request.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which trancends all understanding, will gaurd your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. -- Philippians 4:4-7

Prayer: Dear God, give us the faith of Jabez as we seek to please you with our lives and resources.

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