Maximizing My Kingdom Potential!

Have you ever thought or said to yourself “I should be doing more for God”, however, you just keep falling short even after you’ve made plans. Maybe you’ve seen others successful and seem to be moving forward in their walk with God. Some even become well known and it seems as if in order to move forward you need some special talent or gift. It seems as if you have to be a superstar. You are frustrated and you keep asking yourself, how can I do more for the God and his Kingdom?

Well, I want to tell you about a guy who was not well known and maybe you’ve never heard of him before, however, he had a desire to be more and do more for God; and you know what I like about him; HE WAS JUST AN AVERAGE GUY AND NOT A SUPERSTAR. We see his story in the middle of the genealogies. It’s almost as if the writer stops in the middle of giving them and said let me tell you about this AVERAGE GUY who received some EXTRAORDINARY FAVOR from God because he wanted to do more. His brief story is found in 1 Chronicles 4:9-10, his name was Jabez. I believe if we follow the principles that Jabez followed we too can accomplish more for God and MAXIMIZE OUR KINGDOM POTENTIAL! THE FOLLOWING ARE HIGHLIGHTS FROM A MESSAGE ENTITLED, MAXIMIZING MY KINGDOM POTENTIAL!

1 Chronicles 4:9-10 (KJV)
9 And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow.
10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.

WHAT MADE JABEZ UNIQUE/MORE HONORABLE

(1.)    HE REALIZED THAT THE SOURCE OF HIS BLESSING IS GOD AND NOT OTHERS.

(2.)    HE WANTED TO BE MORE AND DO MORE FOR GOD.

Often times we want to DO MORE for God without BEING MORE! However, DOING MORE always starts with BEING MORE! And BEING MORE requires one of the most difficult tasks known to mankind; CHANGE!!!!

HOW DO I BE MORE FOR GOD? John 15:4-5

In order for us to be more, we must simply do as the scripture says in John 15:4-5 STAY CONNECTED TO HIM AT ALL TIMES!

Let’s look at how Jabez went about it and gleam some principles from his experience:

1 Chronicles 4:10 (KJV)
10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel

(1.) Jabez CALLED ON GOD/CRIED OUT TO GOD: This is prayer! The scripture declares that we should always pray and not give up and that we should pray without ceasing. Jabez really wanted his life to change so he went to the only one that could help him. So, here is the principle that I want you to remember: Involve GOD in your circumstances CONTINUALLY through PRAYER!

PREREQUISITES FOR MAXIMIZING YOUR KINGDOM POTENTIAL THRU PRAYER!

(1.)    Have a STRONG DESIRE! Matthew 5:6, Mark 11:24

(2.)    ASK the Father: if you have a strong desire like Jabez, you will ask and keep on asking like in Matthew 7:7-8.

HERE’S WHAT JABEZ PRAYED:

1 Chronicles 4:10 (KJV)
10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed,

A.    Jabez was asking for supernatural favor. That’s what blessed here means. It means to favor me with that which I cannot do for myself, but give me that in which God’s unlimited goodness and favor can provide.

B.    Ask God to bless you abundantly everyday so that you can maximize your potential and make a greater impact for the Kingdom of God.

C.    The word bless in the Hebrew text here means to kneel. What Jabez was saying was; God because you are in heaven and I’m on earth (that’s what praying thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth is about), please kneel down and give me yourself because for me to grow and prosper I need you (your favor). WHAT IS HE SAYING? IM INVITING YOU INTO MY LIFE AND SITUATION. TO KNEEL DOWN MEANS THAT HE CAN INCREASE, MULTIPLY, MAXIMIZE US. HE IS SAYING COME DOWN AND CONNECT WITH ME SO I CAN MAXIMIZE MY POTENTIAL.

1 Chronicles 4:10 (KJV)
10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast,…………..

In other words, enlarge (increase) my coasts (boundary, Territory, space)

A.    Jabez looked at his present circumstances and concluded, SURELY I WAS BORN FOR MORE THAN THIS, ENLARGE ME! Have you ever said something like that, surely I was born for more that this? When you do, you set yourself up for change and position yourself to seek God for help in maximizing your potential.

B.    Ask God to expand your opportunities, impact, and influence to touch more lives for his glory.

C.    ANOTHER IMPORTANT PRINCIPLE: YOUR POTENTIAL IS LIKE A SEED!  when God blesses us He expects us to maximize our potential. He blesses us with himself. In other words, he impregnates us with his SEED OF POTENTIAL but it is our job to nurture and develop it like in Matt. 25. AGAIN, when God gives you the seed of his potential (his blessing or favor) he expects us to care for the seed to bring it to its fullest potential.

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