Friday, September 28, 2018

Everyday Favor: Part 1

The Truth about God’s Favor

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately … more than usual about God’s favor and why I (or we) have a right to ask for it.  

So much has been happening personally that my thoughts began to wander toward testing the Lord when it comes to His promises in the Bible concerning believers. 

It was during the time when my husband was recently in the hospital having another procedure done that I started questioning,

“How do we really know God is about to show His hand of favor on a situation?”

Then and There

While I was waiting for my husband I started writing for this blog three times and got nowhere.  At first the sentences started to flow, but then just stopped and made no sense. 

Instead of getting flustered I placed my pen on the table.  Closing my eyes, I leaned back against the wall trying to hear from the Lord.  Within a few minutes the doctor came in the room and said they were finished. 

Right then examples flooded my mind on how God showed us favor during this entire procedure that the subject of “Testing Favor” like I had originally planned to share was pushed to the back burner.  We’ll get to that another time, but not yet.

In order for us to understand the testing of favor there are some foundational truths that we need to know beforehand and accept if favor is to ever become a daily event in our lives.  For the next few weeks we’ll be studying some basics when it comes to the concept of God’s favor.

Researching the scriptures on what forces the hand of God toward giving favor to His children, I’d like to share with you some truths that could be revolutionary in changing the way you think of this gift of grace.

Everyday Favor

Let me begin with asking you this simple question.  How would you live if you knew God’s favor was always on your life?  I can answer that really quick.

Life would be pretty good, full of adventure knowing that I couldn’t fail at becoming successful.  Does that sound about right for you as well?  Sure it does, and why not? 

If you truly believed that God’s everyday “favor” aka grace card was always active, life would be amazing.  People would be lining up to tap their heavenly ATM (automatic teller machines) non-stop.

However, before anything can happen, believer’s in Christ must come to these realizations and accept them as truth for their own life.

Check to see if you truly believe in God’s everyday favor.

ü Realization #1: God’s grace is His favor.  This is the first truth about coming into salvation.  Without the grace of God there is no favor, because we would still be in our sin and hell bound.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8 NKJV)

God’s favor is what actually saves us.  His grace is that He favors us, therefore, He extends favor so that grace can work in our lives to redeem us from destruction and eternal separation from Himself.  It is one of the benefits of being a child of God’s.

"Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all (one of) His benefits:
Who forgives (every one of ) all your iniquities,
Who heals (each one of) all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction (the pit of hell),
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies (compassion), Who satisfies your mouth (your necessity and desire at your 
personal age and situation) with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s (strong, overcoming, soaring)."  (Psalm 103:1-5 AMPC)

Simply put, no one can be born again, saved and redeemed by the blood of Jesus without God’s favor.  The truth is, favor saved you.

ü Realization #2: Favor was pre-planned for you.

Did you know that before you were conceived God had already planned a way to bring favor into your life?  It’s true.  As a matter of fact, before the world was formed God’s provision for redemption was already factored into His good plan for your life.  

Why did God provide this kind of favor?  He loves you.  He always has and He always will.

Sin had caused a division in the relationship between man and his Creator.  The only way to repair the breach was to get rid of the sin, so the Divine plan to send Jesus was set into motion to redeem us while we were still in the middle of sinning. How compassionate is that?

“But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die
for us while we were still sinners.” (Romans 5:8)

God already knew about every sin that you would commit in your entire life, yet still said He would forgive all of them if you only believed in Jesus as your Redeemer.  From the beginning blue print of life God chose and wanted you as part of His “forever” relationship, so He made a way to make that possible through salvation.

Giving sinners a way out of eternal separation from God is a source of favor that has to be received by the individual; no one can believe for anyone else.  It’s a personal thing between God and man/woman.

ü Realization #3: God’s favor changes every part of your life. 

"And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together (giving us joint seating with Him) in the Heavenly sphere (by virtue of our being) in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

He did this that He might clearly demonstrate through the ages to come the immeasurable (limitless, surpassing) riches of His free grace (His unmerited favor) in (His) kindness and goodness of heart toward us in Christ Jesus.”  (Ephesians 2:6-7 AMPC)

From the moment Christ becomes a part of your life through salvation, His favor begins to work in your spirit, soul and body.  Your life changes because you are an heir to an inheritance from the Heavenly Father through Christ Jesus that only God can provide.

Whether it is deliverance, safety, healing, financial or family, God supplies the need for favor according to His good plan that will affect your time here. 

Salvation through grace will get a person to Heaven, but believers need the favor of God here on earth.  Our lives are forever changed as we grow in grace (favor) and go from faith to faith in our walk with the Lord.  Now this is favor I can use every day!  What about you?

Continue on and read Everyday Favor: Part 2.

Until next time, find truth in everyday favor!

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