Favor of God
Surely, LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.
Psalm 5:12 (KJV)
How to Walk in the Favor of God
Pastor Carol Joy
God's Favor Always Produces Victories - Jerry Savelle
When you walk in favor, it will bring victories in your life that you cannot acquire in your own strength and in your own might.
We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what work thou didst in their days, in the times of old. How thou didst drive out the heathen with thy hand, and plantedst them; how thon didst afflict the people, and cast them out.
For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favor? unto them.
When they couldn't take the land by their own might, by their own strength, by their own intelligence or ability, God's favor came on them, and they were able to possess the land God had promised them.
You can either war in your own might, or you can rest in the favor of God. And when the favor of God goes before you, it will enable you to take possession of what is rightfully yours.
The favor of God will help you win battles that you could never win in your own strength.
Favor Produces Confidence - Jerry Savelle
When the favor of God is upon you and goes before you, then you can walk with your head up high. You can walk with a sense of confidence and security knowing full well that God is on your side.
Psalm 89:17 says, "For thou art the glory of their strength: and in thy favour our horn shall be exalted."
The Amplified says it this way, "For you are the glory of their strength [their proud adornment], and by, Your favor our horn is exalted and we walk with up lifted faces!"
The people of God shouldn't be walking around with their heads down in sorrow and defeat wondering, "My God, what are we ever going to do? How are we ever going to get out of this!" No, when God's favor is on you, you should be walking with an uplifted face.
You should walk with a countenance of joy on you! Even though all of hell's power has broken loose in your life, you are confident that your God will deliver you. Amen.
When you walk in the favor of God, you don't bow down to Satan's pressure any more. He is no longer your master.
It's time to stand up and tell him, "You're talking to someone who is highly favored of God. Are you trying to tell me this is impossible? Just watch. I love it when you say, 'impossible' because you don't know who you are talking to. I have favor with God. The favor of God surrounds me like a shield. It goes before me. It causes me to have a countenance of joy even in adversity. It enables me to laugh at my enemy because I know his day is coming."
The Body of Christ needs to learn to walk in God's favor. We need to expect to increase in it, and have a positive attitude that every adversity will be turned into victory because the favor of God is upon us and we cannot be defeated.
Favor In Your Time Of Trouble - Jerry Savelle
Have you ever been overwhelmed by anything? Have you ever had a problem that consumed your mind 24 hours a day and there seemed to be no solution to it?
In Psalm 102, we read about a man who is completely overwhelmed by his situation, he needs an answer from God, and he needs it immediately. See if you can relate.
Hear my prayer O Lord and let my cry come unto thee. Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily (vv. 1-2).
He's getting right to the point…. He's saying, "God, I need an answer and I need it real fast. He goes on to say in verses 3 to 13:
For my days are consumed like smoke and my bones are burned as a hearth. My heart is smitten, and withered like grass: so that I forget to eat my bread. By reason of the voice of my groaning my bones cleave to my skin.
I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl in the desert. I watch, and am a spar row alone upon the house top. Mine enemies reproach me all the day; and they that are mad against me are sworn against me.
For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping, Because of thine indignation and thy wrath: for thou hast lifted me up, and cast me down. My days are like a shadow that declineth: and I am withered like grass.
But thou, O Lord, shalt endure, for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations. Thou shall arise, and have, mercy upon Zion: for the time to favor her, yea, the set time, is come.
Notice that even though this man is overwhelmed by his adversity, he still recognizes that he is entitled to the favor of God. When many of us are faced with overwhelming situations, it's easy to become problem-minded rather than solution-minded. We tend to forget our covenant during a trial.
Sometimes the problem can be so overwhelming that it's all you can think about. But notice in the midst of all of this, the Psalmist remembers that he is entitled to God's favor. The reason he knows he is entitled to it is because he's a covenant man.
Notice he says: "Thou shall arise and have mercy upon Zion for the time to favor her, yea the set time is come."
God's Favor Can Be A Lifesaver
Once he begins to get his mind off the problem and starts thinking about the favor of God, he begins to speak more positively. He begins to talk about what God will do when He arises and what the favor of God will do when it comes on the scene.
You need to realize that no matter what you are going through and no matter how severe it is, you are entitled to the favor of God, but you need to learn to expect that favor.
The Amplified says it this way: "…the moment designated has come…."
There is a moment designated for the favor of God to come.
Every time you have been under pressure, and your situation looked impossible, the devil said, "There is no way," but God always seemed to find a way.
Isn't that right! Well, that was a manifestation of the favor of God. When you expect it to come, it will cause you to remain positive and change your perspective about your outcome.
Ten Benefits Of Walking In The Favor Of God - Jerry Savelle
God is saving the best for last. We are the ones who are going to experience the favor of God in its fullness. Get ready because there are going to be some changes around your house - favor is coming!
"Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come" (Ps. 102:13).
Notice the Psalmist said the set time is come. I believe that this is a key phrase. A "set time" would indicate that God's already programmed it in and no devil, or man, or government can change it. It is a set time. Notice what this "set time" is for: Favor to come upon Zion. Zion is always symbolic of the church. In other words, there is a set time for favor to come upon the church like it has never experienced before. Please understand that the Psalm is prophetic.
Remember we're reading the words of a prophet, not just a king, nor just a psalmist. He's seeing into the future. Verse 15 says, So the heathen shall fear the name of the Lord and all the kings of the earth thy glory.
The "ages to come" that Paul spoke about in Ephesians 2:7 have come. Therefore, we should expect the favor of God on us like never before.
Favor Produces Wealth
"Lift up shine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.
"Then thou shall see, and flow together, and shine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee" (Isa. 60:4-5).
In the Hebrew, the word "forces" is translated "wealth." Wealth is associated or connected to favor. If you study your Bible, you'll see that many who walked in the favor of God experienced financial blessings as well. Favor produces wealth.
We know that God has prophesied that a financial inversion will take place in the earth before the appearing of the Lord Jesus, and that the wealth of the sinner has been laid up for the just. So, if this "set time" of favor has come, then the church can anticipate greater wealth and finances. It will be experienced by those who are faithful and living righteously according to the Word of God. If you are one of those, then you are a candidate for greater finances than you've ever experienced before in your life.
Of course this only applies to tithers. If you aren't a tither, then He's certainly not going to cause this financial inversion to come on you. But on the other hand, if you are a tither, then get ready because He's going to pile it on those He can trust!
I want you to see a pattern for this in 2 Chronicles 1:12 when Solomon was given the assignment to build the temple:
"Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, (or favor) such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like"
God is saying, "I'm about to put favor on you like no one before you has ever walked in."
"And the king made silver and gold at Jerusalem as plenteous as stones..." (2 Chron. 1:15)
Can you imagine having as much gold and silver as you have gravel in your driveway?
Later in 2 Chronicles we see that the Lord appears in His glory:
"It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord: and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord; So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God" (2 Chron. 5:13,14).
"... the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.... When the Lord shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory" (Ps. 102:13,16).
Notice what precedes the appearing of the Lord: a "set time of favor." We just read about a pattern for that when Solomon built the temple. Notice God granted him honor and favor and with it came riches, wealth and honor. Not only that, but with it came the right people, all that he needed, abundance, plenty, expertise, quality, talent, and anointing. I submit to you that we are in that set time and that's what we can expect.
Can you imagine how exciting this is going to be as we lay hold of it and begin to walk in it? God is saving the best for last. Now, I want to give you 10 major benefits that I've discovered from the Word of God to those who walk in God's divine favor. These are benefits you can expect when the favor of God is on your life.
Study each of these carefully and begin to confess them everyday. God confirms His Word when we are bold to declare it.
10 Benefits of the Favor of God
1. Favor produces supernatural increase and promotion.
"But the Lord was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison" (Gen. 39:21).
2. Favor produces restoration of everything that the enemy has stolen from you.
"And I will give this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty" (Ex. 3:21).
3. Favor produces honor in the midst of your adversaries.
"And the lord gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight Pharaoh's servants, and in the sight of the people" (Ex 11:3).
4. Favor produces increased assets, especially in the area of real estate.
"And of Naphtali he said, O Naphtali, satisfied with favour, and full with the blessing of the Lord, possess thou the west and the south" (Deut. 33:23).
5. Favor produces great victories in the midst of great impossibilities.
"For it was of the Lord to harden their hearts, that they should come against Israel in battle, that he might destroy them utterly, and that they might have no favour, but that he might destroy them, as the Lord commanded Moses" (Josh. 11:20).
6. Favor produces recognition, even when you seem the least likely to receive it.
"And, Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found favour in my sight" (1 Sam. 16:22).
7. Favor produces prominence and preferential treatment.
"And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti" (Est. 2:17).
8. Favor produces petitions granted even by ungodly civil authorities.
"If I have found favour in the sight of the king, and if it please the king to grant my petition, and to perform my request, let the king and Haman come to the banquet that I shall prepare for them, and I will do tomorrow as the king hath said" (Est. 5:8).
9. Favor causes policies, rules, regulations and laws, to be changed and reversed to your advantage.
"And said, If it please the king, and if I have found favour in his sight, and the thing seem right before the king, and I be pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to reverse the letters devised by Haman the son, of Hammedatha the Agagite, which he wrote to destroy the Jews which are in all the king's provinces" (Est. 8:5).
10. Favor produces battles won which you won't even fight because God will fight them for you.
"For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them" (Ps. 44:3).
So, these are 10 major benefits that I've seen in my study of the Favor of God! The Psalmist says that we are compassed about by the favor of God. One translation says, "It surrounds us." When you get up every morning, anticipate the favor of God going before you. Anticipate the favor of God surrounding you. Expect favor to open doors every day. Expect these benefits to manifest in your life.
Remember you will get exactly what you expect. If you expect God's favor to surround you, then you will see it. If you don't, then it won't. Your expectations are more powerful than any negative thing that Satan can put before you. They will override the negative no matter how often they may manifest in your life. So expect God's favor in your life and watch what it will do. The set time has come so tap into it!
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