POSITION YOURSELVES TO RECEIVE FAVOR… Note these examples: In Genesis 18:3, Abraham was visited by the Lord and two angels. The place was Mamre (“causing fatness”). Abraham said, “My Lord, if now I have found favour in Thy sight, pass not away, I pray Thee” (KJV). Abraham addressed the Lord by His Hebrew name Adonay (which means “one who blesses”). Abraham refreshed the Lord and the angels. Before they left, they told Sarah that she would have a son, and they told Abraham of the rescue of the righteous and about the destruction of Sodom. By ministering to the Lord, Abraham positioned himself to receive favor from the Lord. The first use of the word “favor” in the Bible is the key to its meaning and its purpose. When we, as a people, minister unto the Lord by giving praise and worship, we position ourselves to receive God’s favor.
Nehemiah 5:19… Nehemiah had done a great work in Judah. He led a large group of people out of captivity… rebuilt the walls and protected the temple… established good government… re-established true worship… Then he said, “Remember me with favor, O my God for all I have done for these people” (NIV). “O God, please keep in mind all that I’ve done for these people and bless me for it” (The Living Bible). “Oh my God, remember to my credit all I have done for this people” (Moffatt). The New Testament says, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (Galatians 6:9, KJV). The Lord is saying to us… Involve yourself in well-doing and you will find yourselves in a position to receive the favor of the Lord. Nehemiah was not selfish when he asked God for favor… and neither are you…
Job 10:12… Job was experiencing some great suffering… He says, “Thou hast granted me life and favour and thy visitation has preserved my spirit” (KJV). Job’s story shows us that while he was going through his test, he did not sin with his lips nor charge God foolishly (Job 1:22). Later he says, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain my ways before him” (Job 13:15). In other words, Job said, “If God wants to slay me… and put me under… I will still keep my lifestyle pure before Him.” When God’s favor came, it was a double blessing. In his sufferings, he put all his trust in God and he refused to listen to the negatives that were all around him. By doing this, he positioned himself to receive God’s favor. So it is with us. We are living in an age of sorrows and sufferings… By putting our trust in God when we are hurting, we position ourselves to receive favor.
Psalm 119:58… “I intreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to Thy word” (KJV). The word “entreated” refers to praying fervently even to the point of exhaustion or praying with undivided attention. Paul refers to it as… “Lay hold on eternal life” (1 Timothy 6:12). The word “eternal” refers to the life that existed from the beginning… the quality of life that God has… Included in this meaning are the words “breathe” and “flow,” which refer to the Holy Spirit being involved in the life that God planned for us from the beginning. The phrase “lay hold” means “to seize help for injury or for whatever other purpose you need”… Life eternal… or… the life that existed from the beginning… hold to it. That hope will act as a reservoir of power in your time of need. Entreat… lay hold… and you position yourself to receive God’s favor.
Psalm 5:12… “For thou, Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor wilt thou compass him as with a shield” (KJV). The key here is faithfulness. Verse 9 says, “There is no faithfulness in [the wicked's] mouth.” In verse 8 David says, “As for me, I will come into thine house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear [awe] I will worship toward thy holy temple.” What comes out of our mouth determines God’s favor. David exhorts us in this Psalm to “rejoice… to shout for joy.” When we do this in the fear of the Lord (awe, reverence, respect), we position ourselves to receive His favor.
Psalm 89:17… “For thou the glory of their strength, and in Thy favor our horn is exalted and we walk with uplifted faces” (Amplified). The idea is, if we make Jesus the glory of our strength, He will exalt us because His Spirit will be upon us. Jesus is to be our everything… “Unto him shall the gathering of the people be” (Genesis 49:10). This Psalm goes on to talk about seeing God’s faithfulness, and seeing His power over all the negatives that come against us. When we testify that Jesus is the strength of our lives, we position ourselves to receive favor from the Lord.
Proverbs 8:33,35… “Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not, for whoso findeth me [instruction] findeth life, and shall obtain favor of the Lord” (KJV). The key here is hearing the word… Find the right Scripture for your needs… don’t refuse it… Sometimes when we hear a word for our personal needs, we spurn it because it doesn’t come the way we think it should come. When you determine to hear the word, listen to its message, and obey it, you position yourself to receive favor from the Lord.
Proverbs 3:3-4… “Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: so shalt thou find favour in the sight of God and man” (KJV). This is what the outside world looks for from us… mercy… integrity… truth… Jesus “increased in wisdom, and in stature, and in favour with God and man.” The nation was blessed because of Him (Luke 2:52). Earlier, it says that Jesus was about His Father’s business. He had been sitting at the feet of those who teach the Word. If we hold on to the spirit of mercy and are merciful, and when we hold on to the truth and see our purpose in life, we position ourselves to receive favor from God.
Proverbs 11:27… “He that diligently seeketh good procureth favor” (KJV). Diligently seek good… The word “good” often in the New Testament refers to the works of the Holy Spirit. The Bible exhorts us to “seek to excel” (1 Corinthians 12:31, Weymouth). When we diligently seek to excel, we position ourselves to receive favor from the Lord. Are we diligently seeking the works of the Holy Spirit?
Proverbs 13:13-15… “Good understanding giveth favor” (verse 15, KJV). The Bible says of Barnabas that he was a man full of faith and full of the Holy Ghost (Acts 11:24). In other words, Barnabas had a strong grip on the gospel truths, was full of and controlled by, the Spirit. He had a good understanding of the gospel truths. Get a good grip on the gospel truth and pursue understanding, and you will position ourselves to receive favor from the Lord.
God has spoken… “Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come” (Psalm 102:13, KJV). Are you in position to receive that favor? You have prayed… Are you expecting His answers? Remember some of the meanings of “favor” are “special acts of grace, special generosity, giving approval”… In the New Testament, “approval” meant that the Lord was working through signs and wonders.
Pastor George Belobaba
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