YOUR NAME IS CHANGING!
Scripture reading 1Chronicles 4: 9-10, “Jabez was more honourable than his brothers. His mother had 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! NIV
Our God is a God who can do all things, and He never fails in anything. He is the God who can suddenly change things and rearrange them to work out for the good of those who love Him. When reading the book of 1 Chronicles 4, you will realise that nothing much is said about the people mentioned in the genealogy of Judah. Moreover, they seemed to follow the same pattern. However, when you go to verse nine, you will see that Jabez is distinguished from his ancestors. The bible says he was more honourable than his brothers. Even though Jabez was named sorrow maker, he did not allow his name to limit him. He refused to allow his origin to disadvantage and cripple his life. Therefore, he called upon the God of Israel and asked Him to change the course of his life. He asked the Lord to bless and increase him, and the faithful Lord did according to His prayers.
Even in this day there are some people like Jabez, who are given names that limit and block their success. Some have inherited curses from their families, and thus follow an inevitable path of poverty, failure, and sicknesses. Such people adjust to such abnormal patterns and do not expect good things to happen in their lives. If you are one of those, let the story of Jabez encourage you today! Believe that the Lord is able to break the vicious circle in your family and give you an unexpected end. He is a God of possibilities and He is not a respecter of man; He can also do for you what He did for Jabez. He will enlarge your territory and change the course of your life.
When the bible talks about the territory being enlarged, it means that you shall no longer be limited to your family status. You shall see yourself expanding and having an impact in the entire world. Your influence will run far beyond your boundaries, and you will know that the Lord is truly on your side. As the Lord blesses you, He shall give you more responsibilities as well. You will be able to do things that will benefit and bless others. All those who are connected to you will also receive what you have received from the Lord. You will bring healing, deliverance and restoration to others.
Brethren, change is happening in your life through this word. You are getting promoted. God is changing your name like He changed Abram’s name to Abraham, and made him a blessing and a father of nations (Genesis 17:5). He will give you a name that carries blessings, a name of honour just like he did for Jabez.
Child of God, the favour that was upon Jabez is also upon you. Allow God to change your name and make you a success. He will do that which you have never imagined or dreamed of. You are highly favoured! You shall experience multiplication, promotions and increment. The Lord will amaze you and beautify your life. Your status is changing right now. If you were called unemployed, your name is changing to employed. If you were called single, your status is changing to married. If you were called sick, your status is changing to healthy, and if you were called poor, your status is changing to rich! Receive it in the name of Jesus Christ!