Keys To Increasing Favor
As God's child, you have have His favor on your life and you should come to expect it everywhere you go. As your relationship with Him grows, you should feel like His favorite child because His love makes you feel that way. In His eyes, we are all His favorite!
35 For whoever finds me finds life, And obtains favor from the LORD;
Therefore the LORD LONGS to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have COMPASSION on you For the LORD is a God of JUSTICE; How blessed are all those who long for Him.
These scriptures are evidence that God longs to pour out His favor, compassion, justice and blessings on you. It is yours for the taking, a gift from Him. If you examine your life you will see where you have had it. But some of you may be looking around and see how evident it is on others and wonder why they seem to have more than you. Maybe it's time to examine yourself a little more and also dive into the scriptures more as to why.
HOW BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO LONG FOR HIM
The end of Isaiah 30:18 says, "How blessed are all those who long for Him"... Whoops!
Are you longing for God? Are you running after Him?
Let's look at the lives of those who did and see the EVER INCREASING FAVOR OF GOD on their lives:
4 Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the LORD respected Abel and his offering, So Able found favor in the sight of God.
Here we see the example of obedience to tithe and a pure heart toward God. Because of that, Able found favor in the Father, and was blessed.
8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
9 This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.
Joseph found favor everywhere he went. He was his father favorite son, he had favor with Potiphar, he found favor with the Jailer, and ultimately favor with Pharaoh to become the second most powerful man in all of Egypt.
38 And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?”
39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you.
40 You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you.”
41 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.”
1 SAMUEL 2:26Now the boy Samuel was growing in stature and in favor both with the LORD and with men.
LUKE 2:52And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
What's cool about both Samuel and Jesus is the scripture says they increased favor with both God and men. That same favor is available to us! We just need apply the Word to our lives and believe it!
Other examples in the bible of men and women who increased in favor with the Lord were: Enoch, Moses, Abraham, Isaac, Solomon, King David, and Mary to name a few. I encourage you to study each of these examples and ask the Lord what is was that made them so favorable in His eyes.
THE SECRET TO EVER INCREASING FAVOR
So, what's their secret? Why was the favor of God ever-increasing in their life? How do I obtain this and enter into it? The answer is in God's word. The common denominator all these people had is simple. They ran after God, and were obedient to HIS word. They delighted themselves in HIM, and HE poured out HIS blessings and FAVOR on them.
If you will read (MEDITATE and APPLY) Proverbs chapter 3 to your life, you will find the Keys to obtaining EVER-INCREASING FAVOR.
CHECK THIS OUT: I'm going to break it down for you. First you get instructions for life followed by favor and blessings. You see the word of God truly is your rule book for life, you get to choose life or death, blessing or cursing. You get to choose how much Of GODS ever-increasing favor is poured out on your life
12 KEYS THAT FAVOR FOLLOWS IN PROVERBS 3:1-35
1 My son, DO NOT FORGET my law, But let your heart keep my commands;
2 For length of days and long life And peace they will add to you.
3 Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart,
(4 And so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man.)
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil.
8 It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones.
KEY #5 TITHE
9 Honor the LORD with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase;
10 So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine.
11 My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, Nor detest His correction;
12 For whom the LORD loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights.
13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom, And the man who gains understanding;
14 For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, And her gain than fine gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies, And all the things you may desire cannot compare with her.
16 Length of days is in her right hand, In her left hand riches and honor.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, And all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who retain her.
19 The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; By understanding He established the heavens;
20 By His knowledge the depths were broken up, And clouds drop down the dew.
21 My son, let them not depart from your eyes— Keep sound wisdom and discretion;
22 So they will be life to your soul And grace to your neck.
23 Then you will walk safely in your way, And your foot will not stumble.
24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.
25 Do not be afraid of sudden terror, Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes;
26 For the LORD will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught.
27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in the power of your hand to do so.
28 Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come back, And tomorrow I will give it,” When you have it with you.
29 Do not devise evil against your neighbor, For he dwells by you for safety’s sake.
30 Do not strive with a man without cause, If he has done you no harm.
31 Do not envy the oppressor, And choose none of his ways;
32 For the perverse person is an abomination to the LORD,
(BUT His secret counsel is with the upright.)
33 The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked,
But He blesses the home of the just.
34 Surely He scorns the scornful,
But gives grace to the humble.
35 The wise shall inherit glory, But shame shall be the legacy of fools.
Father, Your words are wise and Your instructions are clear. May I be like King David when he said, "Your word I have hidden in my heart so that I will not sin against you." I choose to run after You with my whole heart and seek Your kingdom, like Your word says I should do. I can expect Your ever-increasing favor to be poured out in my life. I choose to obey Your word and watch You do wonders in my life. Thank you for your marvelous favor! I don't deserve it, but You long to give it to me! I receive it! I praise you for it! May it be so in Jesus name!