Sunday 5/5/13 Pastor Michael sermon Increase-Supersized Blessings, I Chron 4:9-10
Supersize was started by McDonalds for larger french fries and drinks. It became a permanent feature in the restaurant. Supersize means we don’t want the regular normal size. You are saying the normal size won’t do it for me today. Supersize is a way of thinking. We want more than the normal size of things in our life. In the text the children of Israel were taken into slavery and left a supersize land of milk and honey. Now that they have come back, their land can barely meet their needs. They needed to praise God anyway because when the praises go up, the blessings will come down. Praises are inhabited by God. God inhabits the praises of his people. We can thank God for bringing us thru the circumstances in our life. Praise will change stuff in our life! Praise the Lord!
In the text Jabez, whose name means pain, calls on the Lord. Although his name meant pain, he refused to be defined by his painful name or his pain. Jabez praised the Lord anyhow! He prayed to God because he knew the power of God. Prayer is our weapon that the devil cannot fight against. Big Prayer, Big Power- little prayer, little power. Our secret weapon is prayer! If in everything we seek God’s face in prayer, God will send us his peace and blessings. You have not because you ask not! Seek and ye shall find! When we get into difficult times, take the time to pray! Stop complaining and pray! Jabez prayed, Pain prayed to God. He had no choice but to pray for help. And….And…God answered his prayer! Jabez prayed with expectation of an answer. God answered his pray real quick because………..
1) Jabez Had an Extraordinary LIfe: Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. He was committed to being honorable. He didn’t take shortcuts or hook ups in life or the easy way to get stuff. There is a process that God wants us to go through so we appreciate the blessing and the place that God will put us. Jabez had the courage to take the opportunity that God could give him. Just because you came out of the “hood” doesn’t mean you have to think like the “hood”. It is not about where you been but where you are going! Don’t let others define who you are! God is bigger than any issue you came in here with! Give your burdens to the Lord! The devil is a liar so make a change in your life no matter what people say!
2) Jabez Asked for an Enlarged/Supersized Life vs 10:
Jabez asked God to enlarge his borders, his territory. Supersized increase is what Jabez asked for. He knew only God could enlarge his borders. Jabez refused to identify himself by what others said. He asked God to enlarge his regular size to Supersize! Let God enlarge your life! Believe that God can take you beyond what’s blocking you and take you to your destiny. God says I can have it and I CAN have it! What God had for me is for me! THIS IS OUR TIME FOR OUR BREAK OUT!!
God answered Jabez’s prayer because he had prayed and got permission to step into his new destiny! Break out of the box! Jabez refused to let his pain define him. He asked God for an enlargement and he believed God could do it and God did it. Now there is a city name Jabez because Jabez asked God for more than what folks said he should have! We must think bigger, see everything as an opportunity to break out of where you are at! Break out and ask God to enlarge your territory! God wants more for us than we ever imagined in our life!