SERIES: GREATER THINGS By Pastor Philippi
Part 5: LIVING LARGE
There is an unusual portion of scripture in 1 Chronicles tucked among nine chapters of genealogies where it lists 500 Hebrew names. It gets interesting in chapter four in the lineage of Judah. You get to 44 generations and something interesting happens. A guy nobody has heard of, just an average guy whose life started badly is described. He prayed a little one sentence prayer, God answered it and he got put in the Bible.
1 Chronicles 4:9-10 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. (NKJV)
His name can be translated, ‘this one is going to cause me pain’. He prayed against what someone put on him. We don’t know if his mother died in child birth or maybe she just had a revelation, ‘this kid is going to be trouble’. Jacob changed Benjamin’s name because he didn’t want him to live with that. This name didn’t get changed.
Jabez’ Response to Pain Was Prayer
Jabez did not complain or blame another, instead, he prayed, “I refuse to allow my past to affect my future and regardless of what I’ve been through will You bless me and make me greater than I am right now? I am not going to let my past hold me back!”
We get so caught up in our hurts, past and addictions. We get it in our head that God would never love us. I believe the more messed up you are the more attention you are getting from Him. He is drawn to pain and He is looking to change your life! Jabez just got up and got on with what God intended for him.
“Lord, bless me indeed!” You put indeed on there to make it intense. You’re not going to get anywhere with God with little lay me down to sleep prayers. “Enlarge my territory.”
Remember, there are two kinds of anointings: The Joseph anointing where God provides and protects; He puts you in the land of Goshen. God will help you to operate so that the crops meet their maximum potential. But if you have the Benjamin anointing, that causes growth when you didn’t plant it. That is the Benjamin anointing.
We think in terms of where we are now. If you have money you expand as much as you can afford. The twelve tribes had a territory and each family was given land. So how do you expand when you’re neighbor’s land is already parceled out to someone else? I want to go beyond blessed. It’s blessed to be given land, but he wanted to go miraculously beyond that. Supernaturally he was given more than he was promised.
God is bringing us into the Benjamin anointing where we will not just go to our potential, but beyond our potential. God is going to turn you into another man, another woman, a powerful young person, to go beyond your abilities. God is about to set the Benjamin anointing on this church and on every family and individual. Let’s trust God for the impossible!
In the Hebrew calendar the New Year started in the fall. For us this is 2015, the year of celebration after the harvest. This is a huge time, a time to celebrate. This is the year of coming in, 2015 the year of celebration and rest after the harvest.
The Example of Esther
Queen Esther was a Jew in Babylon (Persia) but no one knew it. Haman had tricked the king that all of the Jews were to be annihilated. This was to be the original holocaust. Haman who was trying to hang the Jew, Mordecai, got hung. The king allowed the Jews to annihilate all of those who were going to annihilate them. On the 13th day a proclamation was made, on the 14th they killed their enemies, on the 15th they celebrated (Esther 9:1ff).
2014 was a year of battle. The enemy had designs on you. He was trying to kill you; if he could have driven you crazy or bankrupted you he would have done it. 2015 is a year of celebration, we are going to dance and rejoice because this is the year of greater things!
Esther 9:25 But when Queen Esther intervened with the king, he gave written orders that the evil scheme that Haman had worked out should boomerang back on his own head. He and his sons were hanged on the gallows. (THE MESSAGE) The number for this word boomerang in the Strongs Concordance is 2015. Don’t think that’s coincidence. Let’s start praying for a boomerang. The enemy tries to throw stuff at us to destroy us and all you have to do is get the duck anointing. By duck I mean just worship. Just worship. Every time he throws something at you just bow down and worship, let God take care of it. The boomerang will go back where it came from and God will give you greater things.
Taking Your Seat of Authority
Isaiah 22:22 The key of the house of David I will lay on his shoulder; so he shall open, and no one shall shut; and he shall shut, and no one shall open. (NKJV) That is repeated by Jesus and by John in revelation. The government, the leadership will be on His shoulders. When the church began because they didn’t want to call it the temple they used the word ecclesia, translated church. In this context it was used to describe an assembly of people who ran the city, like the council of elders. So the people who come together to worship are called the gate keepers of the city. All power and authority is at the gate of the city. That is where decisions were made and authority was.
We need to stop letting our past influence our future, believing we can never change, thinking this great anointing thing is for someone else and not for me. We need to stop letting others beat us down. Sit in your place of authority. You are seated together with Him in heavenly places! Listen to these messages over and over and take your rightful spot. Walk in your Benjamin anointing. We need to be like Jabez and not complain about what is given to us. I am going to take the kingdom by force. Get the keys to the kingdom and start coming against hell and take back what was taken.