There was a man named Jabez who was more distinguished than any of his brothers. His mother named him Jabez because his birth had been so painful. 10 He was the one who prayed to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and extend my lands! Please be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all trouble and pain!” And God granted him his request. 1 Chron 4:9-10 NLT
Christ-Followers know higher living is in God’s plans. When we don’t focus on higher living doubt leads to living below ourselves.
Focus on Higher Living
1) Think bigger than you.
bless me and extend my lands!
We are limited by spiritual confusion:
Humility is not fear. Contentment is not laziness.
I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. Phil 4:12 NLT
Thinking small is not spiritual and not contentment.
2) Stretch your faith.
Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” Matt 19:26 NLT
…it is impossible to please God without faith. Heb 11:6 NLT
3) Stay connected through prayer.
Pray for power.
By his mighty power at work within us, he is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope. Eph 3:20 NLT
And even when you do ask, you don’t get it because your whole motive is wrong–you want only what will give you pleasure. James 4:3NLT
Pray for God to be close.
Please be with me in all that I do
For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need. Phil 4:13
Pray for God’s protection.
keep me from all trouble and pain
Keep alert and pray. Otherwise temptation will overpower you. For though the spirit is willing enough, the body is weak!” Matt 26:41