Jabez was honorable above his brothers; but his mother named him Jabez [sorrow maker], saying, Because I bore him in pain. Jabez cried to the God of Israel, saying, Oh, that You would bless me and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and You would keep me from evil so it might not hurt me! And God granted his request.” ‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭4:9-10‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

The truth of the matter is we cannot experience abundance in our lives by depending on our monthly income or by looking constantly on our bank account. God’s has his way of causing us to experience abundance in every area of our lives.

Abundance is something that starts in our heart and mind. That is our heart must first change and our mental attitude in how we view God and our definition of abundance must be inline with God’s definition of it.

When Jabez cried to God for a change. The first thing that had to change about him was his heart and his mind towards his situation and the way he views God.

When Jabez asked God to bless him. That word bless is a Hebrew Word for barak with a primitive root meaning to kneel down and receive a blessing with man as a benefit .

In other words Jabez has to submit to God’s will for his life to walk in God’s divine blessings of abundance. Jabez took a submissive place in his heart and mind and bow before God Almighty for blessing.

It’s man’s duty to humble themselves under the mighty hand of God so that He will lift man up to the position that He God has predestined and preordained for man. For example we all are join heirs with Christ today, because we surrender to God’s plan of salvation for man (Romans 10:9-10).

But He gives us more and more grace (power of the Holy Spirit, to meet this evil tendency and all others fully). That is why He says, God sets Himself against the proud and haughty, but gives grace [continually] to the lowly (those who are humble enough to receive it). [Prov. 3:34.]”‭‭James‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭AMPC‬

We can never walk in God’s will or in God’s faith without absolute submission to the authority of His Word. For this reason Apostle Paul through Holy Spirit said:

I APPEAL to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].” ‭Romans‬ ‭12:1-2‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

It’s very expedient that we surrender to God’s will because it’s in God’s ability to cause us, His children, to experience abundance in our lives like Jabez.

Not that we are fit (qualified and sufficient in ability) of ourselves to form personal judgments or to claim or count anything as coming from us, but our power and ability and sufficiency are from God.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭3:5‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

It’s by God’s Grace not by might or human effort.

Let’s pray together:

Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your Word. I bow my heart and mind to you . And ask You to reveal Your will for my life and also help me to walk in it through Your mighty right hand upon me in Jesus name. Amen