“I Am Walking In The Favor Of God”
by Bishop Johnny Young
God provides tests as measures of progress and as a proving ground for us. When you have the favor of God, everything you go through is a situation for a revelation. We need to know that we will walk in the favor of God, in spite of circumstances and situations.
In Genesis 12, we see how God chose one family and made a covenant agreement with one of the members, Abraham. God spoke to Abraham and promised to bless him, and through him to bless the entire human race. Because of that covenant, “Abraham” became the father of the Hebrew nation and God’s favor passed to his sons and the nation of Israel.
It’s important to observe how God proposed His plan. He told Abraham that He would favor him, along with his cattle, land, family and name. God spoke to Abraham, heart to heart, revealing the blessings he would enjoy through the covenant. Abraham took God up on the deal. While he might have chosen to obey God simply because of who God is, the Lord made the effort to connect with Abraham first. God touched Abraham’s heart before asking for his hand.
In Jeremiah 29:11 God said, “I know the thoughts that I think toward you; thoughts of peace and not of evil” to give you a future and a hope.
God said He would give us favor. We will never want for anything!
This is the hour and season for an outpouring of God’s favor. The secret to abundant favor is to want what God wants. As we continue to want what He wants, our desires will be increasingly in line with His will.
In Genesis 24:35, we see where Abra-ham’s servant reports “the Lord has blessed my master greatly,” and goes on to enumerate the material blessings God has given to Abraham.
The Lord’s promise of His blessing to Abraham and Sarai included the benefits of a long and healthy life; plus wealth and importance. However, let us remember that favor is granted to those who are faithful.
There are additional benefits that God promises to the faithful. The first benefit is that you will be blessed with the fullness and completeness of a long abundant life.
In Galatians 3:13-14, God promises to give all believers the blessings of Abraham, telling us that Jesus redeemed us from the curse of the law so that we might receive the blessings of Abraham. This begins, of course, with our being born again, and becoming a new creature in Christ Jesus by receiving the precious gift of the Holy Ghost.
The Lord wants us to prosper spiritually, emotionally, physically, mentally and financially in order for us to bless others. The blessings are ours by His promises and we need not make apology for the fact that prosperity is included in the promises. Your borders, territory, influence and blessing expands when you bless others.
To walk in the favor of God in the fullest we must cultivate God’s community.
We can develop a healthy, robust community and enjoy its results only if we do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity, respect and honor. Another benefit is that you will be a blessing and leave a legacy to your next four generations.
The land of Canaan was a gift to the descendants of Abraham.
In Psalm 24:1, the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. God declared that this land would become the land of Israel.
Take note that God said to Abraham: “I will bless you so you shall be a blessing.” God’s covenant with Abraham was straight-forward. God was a blessing to Abraham, and Abraham was a blessing to others.
God did great things for the descendants of Abraham. God walked alongside them and delivered them from captivity. He gave them the promised land, Daniel in the lions’ den, David and Goliath and more.
You can’t lose when you have God’s favor! The way you treat others is the way you will be treated. Don’t let somebody else’s behavior toward you determine your behavior toward them. That’s their problem, not yours. Just wait on God’s timing.
Keep on loving! Keep smiling in spite of what is said and done to you. What is done is done! You are heaping up coals of fire on the enemies head.
The moment we decide to act like our enemy, we become like our enemy. It’s a choice! God said He would curse those who curse you.
Ask God’s hand to be with you and keep you from evil so that you can remain in the favor of God. For some of us this is when doubt creeps in and we say, “But, Pastor you just don’t know what they did to me.”
Guess what, it doesn’t matter. The issue is not what they did to you; it is what you are doing to yourself by harboring a bitterness, anger, strife and unforgiveness.
God is saying, I want to favor you to bless others but you have to live, walk and always take the high road. You have to mount up your wings as an eagle and soar over the pettiness and immaturity of others.
Let the favor of God rain on us! Let the favor of God Shine on us!