Friday, September 27, 2019

Genetically Favored for Good Things

It’s dinner time at our house on a Sunday night as I begin writing this.  Actually, it’s a bit late to be eating, but hubby and I are trying to keep ahead of things for tomorrow’s schedule so we didn’t get around to the meal until 8 p.m.

I’m not complaining, but am serenely calm and feeling rather blessed.  A hot plate of leftover spaghetti sits on the left of the keyboard.  I dig into it between writing and nibble on a slice of bread with butter that rests near the plate.

How marvelously favored …  you know, besides so many other things, having food available and not thinking where the next meal may come from or whether or not I will even get to eat that day. 

You may be surprised, but I know that feeling.  Or should I say, I’ve experienced that fear.  It was during times of lack that I came to understand abundance and how it ties to being favored. 

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Desiring Favor

As Christians our utmost desire should be to tap into the good things that accompany salvation, which includes receiving being favored by our Creator.  The sad thing is that most of us didn’t know about favor, grace or “the blessing” (not blessings) of God.

I was never taught about the favor of God or “blessing”, even though it’s in the entire Bible.  It was a subject that was avoided like the plague (that and anything about the Holy Spirit) as if it was sinful, selfish and not Holy.

It didn’t make sense to me that Christians knew nothing (or very little) about favor, especially when we form our life choices around being accepted, liked and yes – “favored” by society.

Tell me you don’t want approval, acceptance and to receive special benefits especially from your family, co-workers or boss?  Don’t you want people to be kind, generous and sometimes merciful in certain situations?

Of course, you do, and so do I.  So then, if that’s wrong why can’t we get it out of our thinking?  I’ll tell you why, because it is in our DNA to be Surrounded by Favor

There’s nothing wrong with wanting people to be nice to you or even having a bit of favor thrown our way.  It’s how God wired us – we desire to be liked and loved.  The Bible tells us that even unbelievers know how to be kind, that leads me to believe it must be something genetic that needs to be nurtured.

Everyone ever born (or yet to be) has an inner desire to be accepted and successful.  From the beginning all creation was genetically blessed by God.  Mankind was created to be achievers, not deceivers, but sin changed what would have originally come to us naturally.

“Then God blessed them, and God said to Adam and Eve (mankind Genesis 5:2); fill the earth and subdue it, have dominion (I give you power) over it …” (Genesis 1: 22-28 NKJV)

Adam and Eve never had to ask for God’s favor or blessings, because their world was Divinely created just for them.  They lacked for nothing so what could they ask for anyway? 

Favor surrounded them – literally, because they were already in “right standing” with God.  All Adam and Eve had to do was walk in favor.  It was their shield against anything harmful.

“For You, O Lord, will bless the Righteous; with favor You will surround him (them) as with a shield.” (Psalm 5:12 NKJV)

Mankind learned that relationship was the key to everything the heart desired, whether it was material, spiritual, mental or physical.  It still holds true for today.

However, when it comes to favor, we think there should be an equalizer – everyone who does this or that receives it.  You and I know it doesn’t work that way.

Genetically Favored

If you are thinking there has to be something that sets a person apart from others in order to gain such blessings, you would be correct (to some extent).  For man it’s works, but with God, it’s righteous living or being in “right” standing with Him through salvation (believing in Jesus Christ as the Son of God).  Adam and Eve stepped out of living right before God, and it cost them the shield of favor they enjoyed from the beginning.

This is where physical DNA is shattered and having the DNA of Christ separates everything of value.  Every person that comes into the saving knowledge of Jesus is automatically connected genetically back to God’s favor, because of the favor He bestowed on Jesus.

I know it may sound confusing, but let me put it like this to help you understand.  When Jesus died on the cross as a sacrifice, all sin was covered by His blood making it possible for anyone who believes to enjoy living in the favor of God.  However, only “repented” sin receives the blessing referred to as the favor of God.

Jesus died for all, but not all believe.  Those who reject Him still live in their sin even though Christ died for them to be free of it. 

Those who never believe in Jesus or seek forgiveness will go to Hell with their sin, sickness, diseases and everything else that separated them from God.  Can you imagine never being healed of anything?  That person who suffered in life with a sickness will never be rid of it – ever!

It’s important to believe today while there is still time and get back in “right” (favored) standing with the Lord.  The day of salvation IS the day when God’s favor is genetically restored into our life through Jesus. 

"For he says, In the time of my favor I heard you. and in the day of salvation I helped you.  I tell you,now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation." (2 Corinthians 6:2 NIV)

This favor isn’t only for here on Earth, but for all eternity, just like it was back in the Garden of Eden.  No sickness, disease, loss of limbs, blindness, sadness, regret, famine, drought or lack of anything ever again - FOREVER!  We can be restored to Divine favor in every way that could possibly exist!

Salvation is the means or the "only key" that unlocks the blessing of favor (now and for eternity).  Should we be angry that no one told us about it when we were converted?  Possibly, or maybe it’s our own fault for not learning more about “this Jesus” when we first answered the call to repent of our sin.

You Choose or Reject Favor

All people were created by God, but not all are His children.  Those who choose to believe by faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, become accepted into God’s family.

As His children, “Charis” or “Chen” (Hebrew/Greek for favor) is automatically given.  It’s something everyone should want to explore more, until they finally grasp the concept of just how deeply God loves us and wants to be in our lives. (Read more on Charis favor here.) 

God is a Father that desires for good things to happen in our lives. He longs to have fellowship with His kids, but they’re not responding to His calls.  When we finally let Him in (by accepting Jesus into our hearts by faith believing He is God’s Son), something changes.

Basically, it means that God smiles and takes pleasure in accepting us as His very own, because bottom line, we believed what He said about Jesus! … and who doesn’t want to be believed when we say something, right?

“…. A voice came from Heaven saying, this is My Beloved Son,
in whom I am well pleased.  Hear Him!” 
(from Matthew 17:5 emphasis mine)

To “hear Jesus” means more than listening to what’s being said.  Believing God and acting on what He says is what’s it’s all about, and when we do, we gain approval that rewards with benefits or blessings (aka – favor!).

When it comes down to it, we actually choose whether or not favor from God is part of our lives from receiving or rejecting Jesus as His Only Begotten Son.

It’s really not God’s fault, but our own if we never take full advantage of the salvation benefit package.  After all, haven’t we seen it in the book of Psalms?  You know, the “run to” section in the Bible for all our problems!

“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits…”
(Psalm 103:2 NKJV)

When a relationship between God and mankind becomes severed by sin, receiving His blessings are also cut off until a person repents and seeks forgiveness. 

This Week’s Challenge:
Getting All the Good Benefits

Friend, God will allow us to go down into the “valleys” of life so we can get a revelation that He is and always has been the source we desire, not just His favor.  

It’s in our DNA that we long to be connected to something greater than who we are or what we can get out of this world.

Having a relationship restored to our Creator is the best benefit that should never be forgotten, and our Heavenly Father wants that more than we could possibly understand.  God wants to fill your life with good things that only He can provide; He truly wants to bless your soul.

Our challenge is to deeply focus on the benefits (blessings, favor and goodness) that God gives to those who put their faith and trust in Jesus alone. 

Look at what you could be missing, and this is just a portion of the promises of God!

"Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:

He forgives all your iniquities,
He heals all your diseases,
He redeems your life from destruction,
He crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies.

He satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The Lord executes (gives) Righteousness
And justice for all who are oppressed."
(from Psalm 103:2-6 NKJV)

Today is the day of salvation – today you can be “genetically” favored by God if you want to be through receiving Jesus as your Savior or re-dedicating your life to the Lord.  Either way – the “benefits” are in your favor.

Read more about Charis – Chen Favor.

Psalm 103:1-6 Song "Bless the LORD, O My Soul" (Esther Mui)

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