Psalm 89:17… “For You are the glory of their strength [their proud adornment], and by Your 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, KJV). 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: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: 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, and truth. Jesus “increased in wisdom and 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 Spirit (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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