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Bless Me

1 Chronicles 4:9–10 (NIV84)
9 Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.”
10 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. Pain is a precursor to blessings

Honorable could be translated as weighty, be heavy, heavier
The mother had more pain because the child was bigger (big boy)
In these times it was the custom to give the child the name of your condition
A name was believed to produce a person’s character
Leah wasn’t loved and felt afflicted - Reuben; Believed God her heard - Simeon; Hoped that her husband would be attached to her - Levi; This time I will praise the Lord - Judah
Pain is what symbolized Jabez, therefore, his name
Favor comes with pain
If you can make it out of pain, you will step into your blessing
If you can still talk about your pain you are not ready for deliverance
Stay the course
Bless Me Lord

2. Don’t limit God because of your past

Your past doesn’t have to be your future
God’s favor is changing seasons
God has moved you to the front of the line
Dream Big
Imagine Big
Ask Big
Speak Big
See Big — open your eyes as wide as you can, then, open them
Bless Me Lord

3. Time to push that baby out

The bigger the blessing the bigger the pain
How much do you want that blessing
The doctor that delivered our children made my wife focus on the deliverance not just the pain
2 Corinthians 4:18 CSB
18 So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Focus on the promise not the pain
Focus on the eternal not the temporary
2 Corinthians 4:17 CSB
17 For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory.
This too shall pass
2 Corinthians 4:8 CSB
8 We are afflicted in every way but not crushed; we are perplexed but not in despair;
The road to the blessing comes with affliction
Bless Me Lord

4. God’s hand on you brings blessing

If God is for you, He is more than the world against you
You have to be bold enough to ask for your blessing
You have not because you don’t ask
Ask you don’t, Have you won’t
No more limits
Bless Me Lord

5. God still answers prayers

God reward those who trust Him
Know that you have a Big GOD
2 Corinthians 4:13 NIV84
13 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak,
Ask for your blessing
Bring life to your blessing
You are not your past
God changed Jacob (liar) to Israel (overcomer)
Genesis 32:28 NIV84
28 Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome.”
No more quitting
No more losses
God has placed you at the front of the line
Ask and it will be given to you
Enlarge my territory - Bless Me Lord
Building Bigger and better - Bless Me Lord
Extend the borders - Bless Me Lord
Extend the influence - Bless Me Lord
Beyond imagination - Bless Me Lord
God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all we ask or think--Beyond comprehension - Bless Me Lord
Beyond my wildest imagination—Bless Me Lord
If you imagined it; it’s not big enough
The property you imagined is not big enough
The house you imagined is not big enough
The bless marriage you imagined is not blessed enough
Bless Me Lord
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