Sunday, January 27, 2013

Walking in Favor………… Part I

If you will only obey me,
you will have plenty to eat.

 But if you turn away and refuse to listen,
you will be devoured by the sword of your enemies.
I, the Lord, have spoken!”   Isaiah 1:19-20  NLT

We need to remember that with every good seed sown-eventually favor will come!

Paul said it this way, whatever a men sows that he will also reap.  Favor is like a current; it’s either moving toward you or away from you.

Before we go any further talking about favor--- you may ask; “what is favor?”  Favor is a deliberate design by God to reward you for acts of obedience visible or invisible to others.

Favor is when God causes someone to desire to come along side of you to help solve a problem in your life.  Favor is an attitude of goodness toward you.  Favor is the willingness, desire and participation of someone to help you advance or obtain a deeper relationship with Jesus.

The divine purpose of favor is to enable you to achieve your assignment! Your willingness and obedience toward God in everything will bring favor, but your disobedience will make favor leave you!

In Luke 2:52 this is an interesting verse in regards to favor.  It reveals that Jesus had to grow in favor as well: “Jesus grew strong in mind and body. He grew in favor with God and men.” (NLV)

This verse also seems to indicate that although Jesus was God, there’s not any indication that He had all knowledge and wisdom from birth. It seems that even Jesus had to decide to walk in the Father’s wisdom and knowledge to obtain favor!

Isa. 1: 19 tells us we have a condition to meet before we are blessed with favor: “IF you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land.”

The first way to obtain favor is, to always obey God! 

Man usually gives favor that is designed to manipulate, but God gives favor through obedience!


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