Friday, May 31, 2019

Six Steps on How to Be Blessed with Favor

If I were a betting woman, and I'm not ... I would "bet" that you didn't wake up this morning telling God, 

"Good morning Lord.  Just checking in to say You don't have to bother with anything on my agenda today.  I've got things pretty well worked out for myself.  I'm good ... have all the blessings I need. Don't give me any more; my favor levels are full."

If you did I'd question if you were awake yet!  Of course no one enters God's throne room making statements like that.  Blessings and favor are what we live for and need in life, it's been that way from creation.

Let me tell you something else while we're on the subject of blessings and favor.  God wants to shower you with an abundance of good things.  He desires it so much that it's a priority in His "list of crowns" book in Heaven.  

That's great you may say when it comes to Heavenly rewards, but what about here on earth?  Glad you asked.

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Although there are numerous passages in scripture describing where God blessed individuals for obedience, the Bible doesn’t always point out specific things we are to do in order to receive those treasured blessings.

The good thing though, is that God provided a way to make it easier to achieve those goals by giving us His Holy Spirit for correction, guidance and wisdom.

When we seek the Lord for direction in prayer and through reading of His word, the Holy Spirit will reveal to our heart the correct decisions to make for any particular instance if we include God in them.  

There's a still small inner voice - a knowing shall we say, that tells you which direction to take that will lead to God's favor and the favor of mankind.  It’s called the unction or the anointing of the Holy Spirit that speaks to believers and gives us a knowing of what to do that pleases the Lord.  Listen for that voice and then do what you were instructed. Obedience will lead you to blessings and favor!

Let the Lord know that you truly desire His will and want to know what He thinks, than wait and see how God responds..  Make an effort to consciously include Christ in the decisions you make.  Employ the “Six Steps on How to Be Blessed with Favor” in your prayer life and throughout the day.  

Six Steps on How to Be Blessed with Favor

1 - Our decisions will be blessed with favor when they include God. 

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not depend on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge (or know) Him, and He will make your paths straight." (Proverbs 3:5-6 ISV International Standard Version ISV) 

Stay in fellowship through prayer and the reading of His Word.  When we’re out of fellowship with God we can easily make wrong decisions thinking they are right. 

2 - Our decisions will receive favor when they follow God's will and law of blessings and curses. 

Biblical laws aren’t like our kind of laws, but are laws written on a believer’s heart revealed through the scriptures and the Holy Spirit as our relationship grows in the Lord.   Not wanting to follow the will of God can get us into so much trouble, plus it takes us out of His favor and blessings.  

"When they live by My statutes and keep My ordinances
by observing them, then they’ll be My people and I will be their God. 
 but to those whose hearts delight in loathsome things and
detestable practices, I'll bring the consequences of their
behavior crashing down on their own heads,
declares the Lord GOD."
(Ezekiel 11:20-22 ISV International Standard Version) 

Even satan knows God’s will, truth and Word, that’s why he tried to tempt Jesus.  The thing is though, Jesus knew he quoted the scriptures wrong.  If we aren’t versed in the Word we might think we are making sound decisions based on the Bible, but they could be totally wrong.   

3 - Our decisions will be blessed with favor if we delight ourselves in the Lord with a pure heart. 

“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the
desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4 NKJV) 

4 – Our decision will be blessed with favor if we chose to follow God, not man no matter the circumstances. 

Are we trying to please God, others or ourselves?  The decisions we form concerning friendships make a difference in the amount of favor we will receive from the Lord. 

"Now I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who create divisions and sinful enticements that oppose the teaching you have learned. Stay away from them, because such people are not serving the Messiah Christ our Lord, but their own desires. By their smooth talk and flattering words they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.” (Romans 16:17-18 ISV) 

5 - Our decisions will be blessed if our hearts desire is to serve God.  Whether we realize it, the decisions we make truly reveal the deepest desires of our heart.  

In the Old Testament of the Bible we read about an honorable and godly man named Joshua who made wise decisions. He declared among the people that he chose to serve the Lord, and challenged them to make a decision of whom they would follow.  Notice he didn’t tell them they had to decide to follow his God, but declared who he had chosen. 

“And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”  (Joshua 24:15. NKJV) 

By making the decision to serve God Joshua received great favor and those who did the same also received blessings, because he was in the will of God. 

6 – Our decision to seek God as a source of wisdom will lead us into His favor and blessings. 

God created us to look to Him as our source of wisdom.  Do not lean on your own understanding; he wants to direct your path into favor and success. 

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God,
who gives to all liberally and without reproach,
and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5 NKJV) 

Where are you seeking wisdom and counsel?  Is your source for making decisions based on God’s word and will?  Is it counter to the will of God?  If so, it won’t be blessed by God.   

We all make decisions every day; some not so earth-shaking, while others change our lives forever.  Quick decisions or delayed ones; both can be disastrous if God isn’t in them. 

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God is eager to bless your life and give you the tools needed to succeed in your calling.  Just talk to Him about it.

As you pray and seek God’s desires, He will give you the wisdom needed to make the right decisions for life.   

“I delight to do Your will, O my God, and Your law is within my heart." 
(Psalm 40:8 NKJV) 

Life doesn't have to be confusing, overwhelming or baffle us when we have to make hard choices.  We have Holy Spirit help.  

If God has a good plan for us, isn’t it time we decided to seek and include Him in our lives?  Make the decision to take the favored life lessons steps given to you today; they are your direct path toward blessings and favor.

“For whoever finds Me finds life, and obtains favor from the Lord.” (Proverbs 8:35 NKJV)

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Until next time, step into God's favor. 

“With Me you will have eternal life and favor.”
Jesus Christ 

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