Monday, January 28, 2013

Walking in Favor………… Part II

“If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land;

 But if you refuse and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken it.”    Isa. 1:19-20  AMP


Gal. 1:10 presents us with a worthy question.   Only you can answer that question for yourself but it requires total honesty from you.  However, if you really want the raw truth ask someone else to answer the question in relation to how they see you.  Please, don’t get angry with them if you don’t like the answer, just work on changing:   Do you think I am trying to get the favor of men, or of God?...........”  (NLV)

Favor comes as you fall in love with God and His word!

Psalm 1:1-6 tells us: “Happy [blessed] is the man who does not walk in the way sinful men tell him to, or stand in the path of sinners, or sit with those who laugh at the truth.   But he finds joy in the Law of the Lord and thinks about His Law day and night.   This man is like a tree planted by rivers of water, which gives its fruit at the right time and its leaf never dries up. Whatever he does will work out well for him.

 Sinful men are not like this. They are like straw blown away by the wind.   So the sinful will not stand. They will be told they are guilty and have to suffer for it. Sinners will not stand with those who are right with God.   For the Lord knows the way of those who are right with Him. But the way of the sinful will be lost from God forever.”  (NLV)

Favor will come as you begin to pray for others!  James tells us the importance of prayer, confession and how it can affect those around us: “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” (5: 16, NLT)

Favor will also come as you learn to bridle your tongue!   Again, James gives us additional insight to the conditions of receiving favor: “Understand [this], my beloved brethren. Let every man be quick to hear [a ready listener], slow to speak, slow to take offense and to get angry.” (1:19 AMP)

We must remember God sees our attitudes, motives, thoughts and heart.  He knows when we are manipulating, controlling and/or lying.   He sees the truth behind our words and actions.  Therefore, we must be aware that these areas—negative or positive will determine favor with God and man. 

Our confidence in Jesus, our daily witness and genuine concern for others will bring God’s favor into our lives!


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