Multiply – Blessings and IncreaseBy: Pastors Rodney & Adonica Howard-Browne
Publish date: 08/11/2018
Jabez was honorable above his brothers; but his mother named him Jabez [sorrow maker], saying, Because I bore him in pain. 10 Jabez cried to the God of Israel, saying, Oh, that You would bless me and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and You would keep me from evil so it might not hurt me! And God granted his request. 1 Chronicles 4:9-10 AMPC
1. You Are About to Be Enlarged/Increased.
a. Increase comes from God.
b. Psalm 115:14-15 KJV – “The Lord shall increase you more and more, you and your children. 15 Ye are blessed of the Lord which made heaven and earth.”
c. Job 8:7 AMPC – “And though your beginning was small, yet your latter end would greatly increase.”
d. 1 Corinthians 3:6-7 KJV – “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.”
e. Honest labor.
f. Proverbs 13:11 NKJV – “Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, But he who gathers by labor will increase.”
g. Watch your mouth.
h. Proverbs 18:20-21 AMPC – “A man’s [moral] self shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; and with the consequence of his words he must be satisfied [whether good or evil]. 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life].”
i. Giving – sowing – brings the increase.
j. 2 Corinthians 9:10 AMPC – “And [God] Who provides seed for the sower and bread for eating will also provide and multiply your [resources for] sowing and increase the fruits of your righteousness [which manifests itself in active goodness, kindness, and charity].”
2. Multiplication – Blessing.
a. Trust and rely on the Lord and you will not cease yielding fruit.
b. Jeremiah 17:7-8 AMPC – “[Most] blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is. 8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters that spreads out its roots by the river; and it shall not see and fear when heat comes; but its leaf shall be green. It shall not be anxious and full of care in the year of drought, nor shall it cease yielding fruit.”
c. Obey His commandments and you will live and multiply.
d. Deuteronomy 30:16 AMPC - “[If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God which] I command you today, to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His ordinances, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land into which you go to possess.”
e. Choose life and blessing.
f. Deuteronomy 30:19 AMPC – “I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live.”
g. Psalm 23:1 KJV – “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”
h. Proverbs 10:22 KJV – “The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.”
i. Prosperity and success are a result of meditating on God’s Word, day and night, and then believing, receiving and acting on it.
j. Joshua 1:8 KJV – “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
k. When you honor God, ignore the negative and ungodly voices, and meditate on His Word, day and night, then everything you do will prosper.
l. Psalm 1:1-3 KJV – “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
3. Expect Blessing and Increase.
a. Meditate on God’s Word.
b. Believe God and His Word.
c. Put your faith out.
d. Be a doer of the Word.
e. Obey the Holy Spirit.
f. Follow His voice – His prompting and His leading.
g. Income streams – multiple sources of income.
4. It’s Time for Blessing and Increase.
a. Get around people who are successful.
b. Learn from them.
c. Be teachable.
d. You cannot get to where you are going from where you are now, unless you learn and grow and make the necessary adjustments.