The King’s Heart ~ part 1

“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.” 1 Chronicles 4:10

Honor, righteousness and the blessing of God apprehended the heart of Jabez and from this short sentence; we can gather that Jabez was committed to living righteously and honorably.

He saw and heard aspects of life he did not wish to partake in; perhaps because his name had a meaning that carried with it pain and sorrow, Jabez had a desire in his heart to rise above these sad qualities of life.

He had a desire for his heart to be apprehended by a power much greater than his own.

This Word is alive, it can bring life to our dulled senses, it can penetrate to the deepest core of our being and then it can sift, analyze, and judge the thoughts and purposes of our heart.  Nothing in our lives remains hidden when the light of God’s word of truth shines in our hearts.

Will we choose to be fearless and confident in the love our God has for us and draw near to His throne of grace and blessing and unmerited favor?

Will we choose to believe that His grace covers all our failures; that His mercy is freely given to us?

Will we cry out from the midst of our pain for His blessing, for His favor?

Isaiah 30:18 tells us that the Lord is waiting in earnest for us, He is fully expecting us.  There is an expectation of birth, our new birth where we live, day in and day out, upheld in the Water of Life.

The waves of the storms of life crash over us swirl around us but our cries for blessing lead us to higher ground.  The higher ground is always found on the Highway of Holiness and it is there, in that place of doing and being right that we find protection in the storms.  We know that we have been made righteous having been given the righteousness of Christ, but it is here that we learn to be holy.

Jabez is petitioning the heart of God to have his territory enlarged after he has asked for blessing.  Blessing and obedience are linked and always go hand in hand.  One cannot be had without the other.

Had he eaten of the bread of adversity and drank the water of affliction; was he lifting up his voice, lifting up his eyes in order to behold his Teacher; desiring to hear and obey His leading?

Jabez wanted to walk honorably and uprightly within the territory God had given him.  Today in this hour, we are no different with the desires of our own hearts.

Today we live alive in Christ.  His very life is within us and He has raised us up together with Him and then invited us to sit with Him in the heavenlies.  Our true life is hidden in Christ, our natural life is spent here on earth and somehow we must find and understand how to walk here so that we enjoy the blessings of God with a territory that has been enlarged.

We know that blessing requires obedience.  We know that blessing also comes because of the pain of vanquishing the foe, the enemy of our souls.  We fight equipped with the full armor of God, sometimes gaining new territory, more often than not, gaining back ground we have willfully given.

We have been translated into the Kingdom of Light where the love of God forever shines.  God does not see us as we see each other, with our natural, physical attributes; He gazes upon the hearts that are abiding in Love’s Kingdom.

The Kingdom of God does not consist of natural meat and drink but righteousness, peace and joy.  In His Kingdom, we are free and yet each of us must learn to live in that freedom here on earth.  We must learn to yield to the hand of God as He lays it upon us and be willing, no matter the circumstance to yield to Him.  It is when we choose to allow the pressure of the circumstance, rather than the pressure of His hand to control us that we begin to have compounding problems.

When we think unrighteous thoughts, our relationships suffer the blessings of peace and joy.  We can speak out of distraught emotions and we reap the consequences.  And in real life, relationships are fractured and there is a break in the “together” part of the Body of Christ.

We are only as strong as our weakest link and the brokenness in the relationship affects the unity of the Body of Christ.  Us, you and me who are the people of God, attending church together, seeing one another round about, the tensions are in real life and instead of hoping time will melt them away can we not choose instead to deal with the brokenness that exists within our own hearts?

The ability to be reconciled with brother or sister is a gift we take far too lightly.  Reconciliation takes humility on our part and leads us into Kingdom ways.  In our relationships that become broken, we need to understand and be broken by this; that we are not treating one another with honor. We are not honoring the word of King.

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