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You Can Change Your Destiny

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“And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested” (1 Chronicles 4:10).

TEXT — 1 Chronicles 4:9,10


Many people are given to seeking the easy way out of their challenges. Sometimes, they excuse themselves by blaming other people for their ill fortune. It does not occur to them that whatever is the cause of their challenges, they can actually alter the course of their lives for good by a deliberate action.

Jabez had more than enough reasons to pass the buck for the problems he faced in life. Literally speaking, he was a child of sorrow. The Bible does not give details of the challenges associated with his conception and birth. The only hint of his appalling condition was given by his mother. She named her child Jabez, “…saying, Because I bare him with sorrow.” It seemed that from that moment onwards, wherever Jabez went, whatever he touched, irrespective of the efforts he put to the work, it always ended in disappointment and sorrow.

He could have resigned himself to this fate and lived a shattered or hopeless life. But as soon as he became awake to his seemingly perpetual misfortune, he resolved to do something about it, to change his life story. To do this, the only option he could imagine was to turn to God. He “called on the God of Israel,” to bless, enlarge, protect and preserve him from evil occurrences so that the grief that trailed his path in life would be brought to an end. “And God granted him that which he requested.”

Jabez presents a veritable example for all who may be facing dire conditions in life. It may be in the form of inability to live to please God, despite all efforts. The antidote is to turn to God and earnestly plead for His mercy and ask for a change in specific areas of your life. His promise is certain: “If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it” (John 14:14).

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Pastor W.F. Kumuyi
About Author - Pastor W.F. Kumuyi

Listed among “500 most powerful people on the planet” by the Foreign Policy magazine in 2013, Pastor (Dr.) William F. Kumuyi is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM) headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. DCLM started in 1973 as a 15-member Bible study group right in Kumuyi’s apartment at University of Lagos where he was a lecturer. His revolutionary Bible teaching on personal holiness and commitment to evangelism soon gained so much traction and resulted in a widespread revival.


  1. There was a mistake in the audio today. Thursday’s devotion was posted instead of Tuesday, can it be corrected please?

  2. There is an error in today’s upload. What played was the message of Thursday 08/02/24, Let the Lord be your shepherd, instead of the message on the screen, You can change your destiny. Please take note and correct it before it becomes a serial err. Thanks

  3. Today’s topic is YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR DESTINY and the Text is 1 Chronicles 4:9,10 but the audio sent online is different both the Text and the message.

  4. Today’s voice over is not for Tuesday, 5th of February but of Thursday 8th of February, 2024.

    Please the neccessary adjustment should be made, thanks.

  5. I need deliverance from sins, I’m living in masturbation and every time I pray and try not to do it, the images of unholy things keep appearing in my mind. I need deliverance

  6. This is a most excellent way to catch our young adults
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