God the Giver & the Gift – Week 1

An Open Window

“And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh that you would bless me indeed. (1Chron.)

During this Season of Being & Growing, we will be focusing on “God the Giver and the Gift.
What does God want to do for us? In the Book of Malachi, God says: “Put me to the test and you will see that I will open the windows of heaven and pour out on you in abundance; all kinds of good things.”
Are your arms open or closed? Do you want to receive all the good things God has in store for you?
While preparing for this week’s timely message, “An Open Window” I felt the Lord leading me to a book on my shelf, ‘The Prayer of Jabez”, written by Dr. Bruce Wilkinson.
Whenever I pull the book from the shelf or it conveniently falls into my hands, I turn to the inside flap; it has an inscription of “To Patty, With Love… The person who gave me this book was a dear friend; one of the spiritual giants in my life who crossed the veil a few years back. It is one of my greatest treasures.
Here is the passage I wanted to share with you today:
“God really does have unclaimed blessings waiting for you, my friend. I know it sounds impossible-even embarrassingly suspicious in our self-serving day. Yet that very exchange – you want God’s plenty-has been his loving will for your life from eternity past. And with a handful of core commitments on your part, you can proceed from this day forward with the confidence and expectation that your heavenly Father will bring it to pass for you.”

“Enlarge my territory that your hand would be with me; keep me from evil that I may not cause pain. So, God granted him what he requested. (1Chron.)

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