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The Working of Favor

“Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” (Lk. 2:52)

I have come to understand that God’s love is poured out toward all men equally, yet His favor is a resource which becomes hinged to other things like obedience, intimacy and character. Favor is a resource that we must see increasing in our lives. Notice Jesus’ example to us was increase! Jesus was obedient to His Father. The key to unlocking God’s favor is this kind of obedience. In any situation where you and I have the choice to trust God or take the shortcut that the enemy offers, there is the potential for favor to be accessed and increase.

If we do not choose the favor of God, we are exchanging God’s potential destiny – for our best efforts.

    • The Psalms tell us that the favor of God was the difference between life and death (Ps. 30:5-7)(Ps. 119:58)(Ps. 106:4).

    • The book of Proverbs tells us one way to find favor with God is to find a wife (Prov. 18:22)… for me that was a big one. Obviously that was not the method used by Jesus; but it is one way.
        • One of the things Solomon emphasized in the book of Proverbs is favor’s connection to finding wisdom (Prov. 8:35-36).

        Favor simply means that we are able to access kindness and are treated with a generosity and goodwill far beyond what would normally be expected.

        What does it Mean to Increase in Favor with God?

          Of course, every believer is favored by God to some degree; but we can increase as Jesus demonstrated. We must understand God’s favor comes to us in degrees. The more we please God, the more we will be favored by Him. Becoming “special” to God is not a love issue, its an alignment issue. When we live in agreement with the will and purposes of God, He orders our steps (Prov. 3:5-6) and illuminates our path (Prov. 4:18). It is important not to think of favor in material or worldly terms only. God’s favor is given in spiritual, as well as natural blessings (Eph. 1:3). The goal then, is to continue increasing; because His favor offers us supernatural resources… it even serves as my shield of protection on all levels of life. My shield is His favor.

          “For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous; You surround them with Your favor as with a shield.” (Ps. 5:12)

          This shield of favor will not just protect you from all sides, it will bear you up. It is a shield that surrounds you, much like a cloak of invincibility. Even when you don’t know what battles are headed toward you, this divine favor will serve to insulate you from danger. Knowing the dynamics of the favor of God will encourage you in spiritual warfare and give confidence to never give up, back down or let go. If God be for us – who can stand against us? (Rom. 8:31)

          Favor – Your Platform for Boldness!

          You need to know where boldness comes from, so that you can access it when you need it! Have you considered your favor quotient? Are you mindful of favor when you make a decision? Its God who is able, God who is strong and mighty. You are called to the impossible, but its favor that offers you success and victory in every assignment!

          You and I can rely upon God’s “Fathering heart” – He is watching and looking in over our shoulders, to display His increased favor in our lives.

          Increasing in Favor

          “Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” (Lk. 2:52)

          I have come to understand that God’s love is poured out toward all men equally, yet His favor is a resource which becomes hinged to other things like obedience, intimacy and character. Favor is a resource that we must see increasing in our lives. Notice Jesus’ example to us was increase! Jesus was obedient to His Father. The key to unlocking God’s favor is this kind of obedience. In any situation where you and I have the choice to trust God or take the shortcut that the enemy offers, there is the potential for favor to be accessed and increase.

          If we do not choose faith in God, we are exchanging God’s potential destiny – for our best efforts.

          The Psalms tell us that the favor of God was the difference between life and death (Ps. 30:5-7)(Ps. 119:58)(Ps. 106:4). The book of Proverbs tells us one way to find favor with God is to find a wife (Prov. 18:22)… for me that was a big one. Obviously that was not the method used by Jesus; but it is one way.

          One of the things Solomon emphasized in the book of Proverbs is favor’s connection to finding wisdom (Prov. 8:35-36). Favor simply means that we are able to access kindness and are treated with a generosity and goodwill far beyond what would normally be expected.

          What does it Mean to Increase in Favor with God?

          Of course, every believer is favored by God to some degree; but we can increase as Jesus demonstrated. We must understand God’s favor comes to us in degrees. The more we please God, the more we will be favored by Him. Becoming “special” to God is not a love issue, its an alignment issue. When we live in agreement with the will and purposes of God, He orders our steps (Prov. 3:5-6) and illuminates our path (Prov. 4:18). It is important not to think of favor in material or worldly terms only. God’s favor is given in spiritual, as well as natural blessings (Eph. 1:3). The goal then, is to continue increasing; because His favor offers us supernatural resources… it even serves as my shield of protection on all levels of life. My shield is His favor.

          “For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous; You surround them with Your favor as with a shield.” (Ps. 5:12)

          This shield of favor will not just protect you from all sides, it will bear you up. It is a shield that surrounds you, much like a cloak of invincibility. Even when you don’t know what battles are headed toward you, this divine favor will serve to insulate you from danger. Knowing the dynamics of the favor of God will encourage you in spiritual warfare and give confidence to never give up, back down or let go. If God be for us – who can stand against us? (Rom. 8:31)

          Favor – Your Platform for Boldness!

          You need to know where boldness comes from, so that you can access it when you need it! Have you considered your favor quotient? Are you mindful of favor when you make a decision? Its God who is able, God who is strong and mighty. You are called to the impossible, but its favor that offers you success and victory in every assignment!

          You and I can rely upon God’s “Fathering heart” to be watching and looking in over our shoulders, to display His increased favor in our lives.

          Tap into the Wells

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          Living Water

          In our experience with the love of God we shift and move according to a spiritual current felt deeply in our inner man. The Bible speaks about this in a variety of ways.

          Paul said “in Him we live and move and have our very being” (Acts 17:28); also he said God would give us His glory “…to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man” (Eph 3:16).

          Peter said “though now you do not see Him, yet believing you rejoice with joy inexpressable and full of glory” (1 Pe 1:8) and finally Jesus proclaimed that “he who believes in Me as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (Jn 7:38).

          It’s this “under-current” that stablizes a flow of God’s presence in our lives and offers a resource of “living water” that quenches our spiritual thirst. I have often imagined this flow of spiritual vitality as the wells of salvation that Isaiah speaks about:

          “Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation” (Isa 12:3).

          I have found that these wells are available to every believer and can be discovered and tapped into by a nurtured lifestyle of prayer and worship. Some folks ignore this wonderful experience and find their “christian” life more of a drudgery than a release of joy and fruitfulness. I would like to suggest that this is truly where the life of God is found.

          David said, “You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Ps 16:11).

          David was a worshiper who dug deeply into these wells to release the under-current of life giving water that could offer peace and joy and strength in the midst of battles, storms or seasons of weariness. We are to be filled with the joy of the Lord and reflect a life that is abundant and spiritually fruitful… even in the midst of trials. So tap into the wells that reside within your inner man and mine those supernatural resources God has made available to you. I can almost hear a gushing spring coming forth from your inner man. Remind yourself that your Heavenly Father wants to release to you the Kingdom… “on Earth as it is in Heaven”.

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