WE HAVE NOT BECAUSE WE ASK NOT

WE HAVE NOT BECAUSE WE ASK NOT

1 Chronicles 4:9-10 (NKJV) 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.

I love this story about Jabez.  Here is a man whose mother gave him a bad name, but he would not accept it.  He did what we all need to do when life throws us a curve ball: he called on God. 

Each of us has stuff from our past, yet, even with all that stuff, we can let life make us bitter, or make us better.  It is really our call how we want to live.  Do we want to be blessed?  Then call on the Name of the Lord.  Do we want to stay in bitterness?  Then do not do anything.

The old saying is so true, “When life throws you a lemon, make lemonade.”  I can receive bad from the past and things that have happened to me, or I can say that I am a new creation in Christ, old things are passed away, behold all things have become new!

Our God is the God of second chances, and twenty-fifth chances.  His mercies are new each morning.  Do not let your past hold you down.  Lift yourself up and do as Jabez did.  Talk to your Heavenly Father and tell Him that you want a new start, and that, by the blood of Jesus, you believe that you have it now.  This is faith, and faith is what pleases God!

Confession: My God is the God of second chances.  Today, I believe that I have a new start.  I believe that the old things are truly passed away.  I confess today, that God has great things in store for my life!

Today’s Bible Reading

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Lamentations 1 – 2

Philemon 1

Psalms 101

Proverbs 26:20

Bible in a Year: 365-Day Reading Plan : English | King James Version (KJV)

Today’s Bible reading from Old Testament : Lamentations 2:7-27, Lamentations 3:1-39

Today’s Bible reading from New Testament : Philemon 1

Today’s Bible reading from Psalms and Proverbs: Psalm 119:121-128

Bible in a Year: 365-Day Reading Plan : English | New Living Translation (NLT)

Today’s Bible reading from Old Testament : Lamentations 2:7-27, Lamentations 3:1-39

Today’s Bible reading from New Testament : Philemon 1

Today’s Bible reading from Psalms and Proverbs: Psalm 119:121-128