1Chronicle 4: 9-10
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.
The meaning of Consecration: The action of making or declaring something typically a church, sacred. Have you ever made a declaration of any kind? A declaration so powerful that you just dedicated your entire being to walk it out in your life? Or have you ever set a goal that you couldn’t stop working at it until you met it? This was Jabez prayer, a declaration to his God, the God of Israel.
Although Jabez name meant pain, before the eyes of the lord he was more honorable than his brothers. He refused to live with that stigma of what his name meant. See many times we are given names by our friends, society, culture and even family. Names like; not good enough, ugly, poor, fat, skinny, loud, not athletic enough or even not social enough. We are given these false titles and names and we forget that we are the child of the one true king. Instead Jabez decide to make a declaration. A prayer that would change his life forever. We as children of the living king need to put aside all these names and titles and declare God’s promise as Jabez did. Let us declare that in 2017 we will consecrate our lives to him, live a victorious life, walk out the word and love people the way that Jesus love us. That we will declare his goodness and favor upon our life and that we will be overcomers.
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.” Heal me from past hurts that I will walk in your freedom and grace. I declare you to be the lord of my life, I am VICTORIOUS!