This dimensions seems to be a continuation from the last edition. Because I have recently been asked about The Prayer of Jabez. I had previously looked it up in the numerous versions of the Bible that I possess and noted the differences. I liked the Masoretic text the best, as it contained this version.
I, Chron 4:9,10
"And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren; and his mother called his name Jabez, saying: 'Because I bore him with pain.'
And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying: 'Oh that Thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my border, and that Thy hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest work deliverance from evil, that it may not pain me!"
And God granted him that which he requested."
The point that seems to be passed over is that Jabez was more honorable than his brethren.
For this is where so many try to work the prayers and affirmations that they are being taught, without first being in the consciousness that can deal with them.
Jabez being 'honorable' was obviously unusual enough to cause a comment about him. In the way that Enoch 'walked with God' gave him mention also. In today's parlance that would be that he was of a higher consciousness than his brethren.
As we move into that mountain place and pitch our tent, the higher consciousness allows us to communicate with God in a surer way. Jabez proves this by the companionable way he talks with God.
If thou wouldst - thy will!
He is putting himself in alignment with God's will, not demanding certain things or happenings. But asking only for God's blessing, and to enlarge his border that he may do God's will more effectively.
How often do we take this approach to working with God? Jesus said, "My Father worketh hitherto, and I work." (John 5:17)
Too often we decree a thing then sit back and wait for God to do the rest.
Jabez did not fall into that mistake. The blessing he asked for was to be able to do the work by enlarging his capabilities first, which would then allow the manifestation of the blessing of God to become possible.
We do not realize that if we attempt to do this kind of prayer without first being in a higher consciousness then God's blessings have no way to work through us.
Why do you think that the Patriarchs were constantly pitching tents on a high mountain? They knew that their ability to remain in that higher consciousness could not be sustained for long hence the mobile tents, but they made that effort to put themselves in alignment with God's will and to follow through with that will.
The names they gave their wells, that they were constantly digging, also gives clues to the work they did to allow the springing forth of the spirit (typified by flowing water).
Digging a well, thereby allowing flowing water, which means a spiritual level, indicates the flowing of spiritual activity through us. A stagnant well, pool or pond means the psychic, the stagnate side of mental or lower spiritual activity.
Some of the wells dug, or re-dug by the patriarchs were:-
Lahairoi - the well of him that liveth, and seest me. This is one of the wells Abraham dug, and which Isaac waited by for Rebekah
Esek - Strife, contention because the herdsmen of Gerer (a halting place) did strive with Isaac's herdsmen.
Sitnah - strife, adversary
Rehjoboth - enlargements (enlarge the borders) (Re place)
Beer-sheba - seven, fulfillment, and oath covenant, reaffirming the covenant of continence (self-restraint)
Shebah - return to an original state.
Today we talk of going with the flow, allowing ourselves to be in alignment with God and his will rather than 'our thing'.
Swedenborg spoke of the influx of the Spirit that we needed to allow to flow through us.
Where does the statement, 'there is no limit to what WE can achieve', fit into this picture? God can do anything through us as we allow his will to be our will.
Sometimes we have such a hard time getting to this point in our relationship with God. BUT if we just 'know' (see Gospel of Thomas) that God is Spirit and that Spirit controls our consciousness as we ALLOW it to 'let it be so'. Then our mind will follow suit and manifestations will appear beyond our dreams.
We do not need to enter into demonstrations of declarations, for greater things has God for us as 'we work and let God work'.
BLESS YOU AS YOU DO IT