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Summary: Jabez’s name stood out from all the rest, why? He wasn’t a great preacher, like Billy Graham, He wasn’t known for his wisdom like Solomon. He was not a famous warrior on the battlefield like David. He was a different kind of warrior! He was

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Jabez asked, "Jabez got what he asked for"

1st Chronicles 4:9-10 MSG.

9. Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.”

10. 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.

If you were to read the chapters around these 2 verses, you would find nothing but genealogies,

History recorded, nothing outstanding mentioned, just a bunch of words and names, pretty boring stuff.

It is sad to think that so many people are listed in those chapters, thousands upon thousands,

and all that is said about them is that they lived, begat sons and daughters, and then they died.

Few people leave a mark upon this world, and even fewer have an impact on eternity!

What will history record about us, what history write about you?

Jabez’s name stood out from all the rest, why?

He wasn’t a great preacher, like Billy Graham,

He wasn’t known for his wisdom like Solomon.

He was not a famous warrior on the battlefield like David.

He was a different kind of warrior! He was remembered because of his prayer!

But more importantly than that, he was remembered for his faith behind the prayer!

Jabez no doubt, with his name having the meaning of great pain, definitely had some challenges!

How in the world, could a mother name their child “pain”

Sure all kids can be a pain at times, but to name your kid pain, seems odd

Jabez suffered ridicule, probably a large part of his life.

Whether it was back in Jabez day or yesterday, kids are going to be kids,

And I’m sure he was the punch line of a many a cruel joke.

You know the world can be cruel, the world will try to sell you and tell you,

That the way its been, is the way its always going to be, and you can’t do nothing to change it,

its called status quo, its just the way it is!

A lot of people fall for that hook, line and sinker.

They just buy what ever the world tells them and trudge on through life, over one little hill after another.

No real plan, no real hope, no possibility of change even on the horizon.

And the worst part of it is, a lot of those people are Christians!

Woe is me, whoa is me!

Can you believe my lot in life?

If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all.

Terrible part is, if they hear it long enough, they start to believe it.

They say their living for Jesus, yet their spiritually bankrupt in every sense of the word, living in poverty.

Let me tell you, that’s not the way God planned it!

I'll say it again, that's not the way God planned it!

If you’re a Christian, you need to wake up and realize that you’re an heir to the throne of God! Amen?

And Jesus is in charge of dispersing all the blessings that God wants to give you, whether you know it or not!!

Ephesians 1:3-6 MSG.

[ The God of Glory ] How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He's the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. Long before he laid down earth's foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.


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