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Thursday, 15 May 2014

The Jabez Passion

One of the ways that will help us to arise and go is the fact that you are passionate about the thing that you should arise and go for. In the season we are to Arise and Go, to build a mega church, build mega finances, business and the like. Do we have the passion? How do spiritual gift manifest? When we “...desire spiritual gifts...” (1 Corinthians 14:1).

What is passion?
The word, passion, has a great number of meanings but in this presentation we stick to one. This is the one meaning strong feeling or agitation of mind. To agitate means to: disturb, perturb, to excite, to discuss, to stir violently, and to keep moving (Chambers concise Dictionary 1988). Thesaurus defines passion as fervour, ardour (eagerness, devotion, dedication and commitment), obsession, infatuation, excitement, zeal, craze, delight or strong feelings. Both concur that passion basically deals with strong feelings or emotions.
The Jabez Passion
In one of my presentations: “Laws of the Spirit; The law of desire and desperation”: I highlighted that the amount of evaporation in the is directly affected by the amount of humidity in the atmosphere. If the atmosphere has high humidity, full of vapour evaporation is low, but when the atmosphere has low humidity or, in our language, is thirsty then evaporation is high. The scripture tell us that, blessed are the thirsty for they shall be filled. What you are going to get out of this season is a direct outcome of the level of desire and desperation you have. Passion is the cruel slave-master that will keep whipping your back to keep you going on even when you feel like you have given your all already (Sibiya). People without a strong desire or passion start off with others to impress men but soon give up, but if the passion is in you, you will push on. In a number of Bible scriptures many things are accomplished not just by the will of God but by the zeal of God: 2 Kings 19:31, Isaiah 9:7, 37:32. You cannot do great for the house of God unless, the zeal of His house has consumed you or eaten you up (John 2:17). This is also true about your business, degree, company, marriage, gift, ministry and all.

Jabez
This guy is from the Judah clan (Gen 49:8-12).
Jewish parents never gave children names randomly. They would sit down and meditate, look at their surrounding circumstances, their history and look at the desired end of the child then decide a name. The names were highly prophetic. After the mother bore him in much sorrow and had no expectation of anything good in his life, she called him Jabez. Being born in sorrow does not mean you should die in sorrow. I always say, to be born poor is not by choice and not a sin but to die poor is a choice and criminal. Job (8:7) exhorts us by saying that, though your beginning was small, yet thy later end shall greatly increase. Actually Job 42:12 tells us that, “so the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning...” Ecclesiastes 7:8 tells us that, “better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.” This is the mega season and all those who were in the small and insignificant must be transformed...the mega question...are you passionate about the change?
The name, Jabez means “sorrowful” or “one who is causes sorrow.” It means, “to grieve.” This is the set up in which Jabez finds himself in...yet he refused to die in the situation around him. Jabez had a passion. He looked at his history; brothers, his boundaries and all that beset him and decided to be passionate about change in his life. He decided to fight through the walls that kept him inside the box for something bigger...he realised that his God was bigger than the prophecies spoken against his life and in bout of holy passion turned even a prophecy upside down. Passion is that powerful.

Can passion change destiny?
We will examine a few examples then together come up with a conclusive response:
Esau (Gen 27:30-40). We all know that Esau’s blessing was stolen by Jacob. When he came back from the field and discovered what Jacob had done he did not just relax or fight Jacob. He was so passionate about the blessing that he kept on knocking on the heavens door. Passionless people are never persistent. His father told him that he had already blessed Jacob...he cried with a great and exceedingly bitter cry...he asked for a blessing regardless of what his father said...the father told him that the blessing was already gone...he asked if there was no reserved blessing...father said Esau was to serve Jacob...he lift up his voice and wept asking if there was not even one blessing left...

This was an interesting father-son talk that shows how passionate Esau was for the blessing. After this Jacob was forced to pronounce a blessing which had mixed fortunes. He gives him the fatness of the earth, dew of heaven but tells him that he will leave by the sword and serve Jacob. He then went on to say a very important, but overlooked statement: “and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, thou shalt break his yoke from off their neck.” (Genesis 27:40c). In response to Esau’s passion Isaac was forced to make Jacob’s hold over Esau conditional. If he got the dominion he would set himself free from serving under Jacob and nullify Genesis 25:23. How do you gain dominion and break the yoke: through passionate struggle! Passion altered what Jacob had first made a certainty into conditional and by the time Jacob came back home Esau was a wealth man too (Gen 33:9).

Apostle P. Sibiya preaching at Bethel Worship Centre
Hezekiah (1 Kings 20:1-5,Isaiah 38:1-5). In the accounts, the King is told that the time of his death is nigh and should therefore put his house in order. This is an edict of God not of man. However the guy is so passionate about life that he begins to open his history book and recount his righteous walk and all the good deeds he did before God. Then all of a sudden God changes the man’s destiny and gives him a further fifteen years to live. Passion was not the direct thing that effected this change but it pushed the King not to just lie in his bed and accept things as they are but to arise and make a clear challenge before the Creator of the earth. Passion made him reject the first pronouncement over his life
So the question still remains; can passion change your destiny?

Does passion conquer alone?
The answer is a definite “no!” Passion alone will accomplish almost nothing or at most a confused result. A number of things need to be partnered with passion:

Passion and righteousness. To be righteous means, to be in right standing with God. Even if you have passion but live against the will of God then you will not see even your promised land. Moses was passionate about Canaan but his passion only got him to see it from a mountain because he disobeyed God. Live by the standards and principles of God and let us build God’s work with holy hands.

Passion and partners. When you have a passion you will have to pray to God that he gives you submissive and loyal partners who see what you see. David desired the water from the well in Bethlehem and his loyal guys got it regardless of the barricade against them. You will not go it alone, you need partners. Jesus needed 12 guys to be around him always!

Passion and the glory. Passion without setting up excellent standards and capacity will get us nowhere. Before we talk about a “blessing with which we will not be able to find room for” or “overflowing cup” let us “enlarge the place of our tent, stretch forth the the curtains of our habitation and spare not, lengthen our cords and strengthen our stakes...before we break forth to the right and the left, inherit Gentiles and make desolate cities inherited!”

Passion and prayer. Jabez prayed himself out of sorrow, we too should never under-estimate the potency of prayer. Prayer moves things in the heavenlies and is a proof of our dependany on God. We need passionate prayer...P.U.S.H pray until something happens.

Passion and knowledge. Romans 10:2 tells us: “For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.” A wild horse has all the passion and energy and is dangerous. It only becomes useful by being tame and the process includes giving it knowledge and a discipline it once never had. Zeal without knowledge is like a moving car without a driver! Every minister in addition to the anointing must be an ardent reader and researcher, to balance the power in them...all spirit without knowledge you blow up...all knowledge without spirit, you dry up...spirit plus knowledge, you grow up!
Passion and love. Though knowledge is central to this process, knowledge without love is a recipe for falling. This is because knowledge alone leads to pride (1 Corinthians 8:1c). Yes it is true knowledge puffs up, but love edifies. Let us learn to build the Kingdom through the Kingdom motive: love and love alone. It edifies.

The effect of Jabez’s passion
The passion of Jabez pushed him to change his destiny. He was born in and prophesied to die in sorrow, grief and pain but he refused to die the way he was born. This passion led him to call and the Hebrew word there means to cry, shout, preach, proclaim, invite, pronounce, read, say and publish but with a passionate stance. After that passionate prayer of increase, he was asking God to move into a mega phase: “...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..!”(1 Chronicles 4:10) he asked for these:

Blessing/ barak to kneel. Usually used in the sense of blessing God, which leads God to bless you. Means also to congratulate, to praise, to salute.

Enlargement and increase. Rebah to increase, bring in abundance, lift up to authority, grow, multiply, make to be bigger, make mega. Coast means boundary.

The hand of God. Represents divine direction

Preservation evil grief. asah advance, appoint, bear, bestow. Evil is ra: distress, affliction, bad, displeasure, harm, hurt, mischief, misery, vex, sorry, wickedness, sadness sore and wretchedness.
In response God, who is identified as Elohim in the text, granted him his request. Elohim means, the supreme God which translates to the highest, best, ultimate absolute greatest God, who can reverse all that has been destined over you. Elohim gave him honour. The Hebrew word for honour is kabad. Kabad shares the same root with the prophetic name given our father and hence came to be the name of the ministry. Kabad means numerous, rich, honorable; to make weighty, abounding with, glorify, be (make) glorious (things), glory, (very) great, harden, be (make) heavy, be heavier, lay heavily, honour, (be) honourable (man), make self many, nobles, prevail, promote (to honour), be rich.

MORALE: let us be passionate about the season of the mega and we will have dominion and break the yoke of smallness from off our necks. However we are blessed and have the prophetic word on us and the Angel of God is with us! The season is here and grow must we. Get tired of inadequacies in your life!

PRAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE JABEZ PRAYER
BLESS PEOPLE WITH THE JABEZ BLESSING!

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