In Joel 2:25-26 God says I will restore to the years that the swarming locusts have eaten, the hopper the great destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you. “You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame.
One thing I know for sure God cannot break a promise.
I have suffered many years of pain and anguish. Since I’ve been serving God He has dealt abundantly with me. He has restored every thing that Satan has taken away.
I have not been plagued with viruses since I’ve been His. He has restored my marriage, my friendships, my finances, my health.
God works through me in miraculous ways. Everyone are me feels blessed. I am 54 years old and I helped unload a semi full of food to help my community. That is God right there.
I’m realizing now that I could have died earlier this week. I was very sick. But I didn’t let it upset me. I serve a supernatural God who can do great things.
The promises of God have set me free. I have comfort and peace knowing God is in control.
Everyone is subject to the blessings of God. But some are more blessed that others. Have you ever thought how did they get so lucky.
I believe that favor has something to do with that. What was it that attracted God to Mary? “The angel went to her and said ‘greetings with God you are highly favored. The Lord is with you” (Luke1:28.” That’s the type of favor I want to tell you about.
Throughout the Bible the word ‘favor’ is used in various ways. It can mean grace and acceptance. The word favor means in the dictionary approval, support, goodwill, above and beyond, kindness, preference. All this is available to the believer as we can see from the lives of many Bible characters. As you read further, you will find examples of people who had the favor of God on their lives and you will discover how to attract God’s favor in your life.
However, it’s important to note that when I refer to favor, it’s not favoritism. We know that God does not show partially, but He does favor. Favor is not Love. God loves everyone the same. It’s not Grace, we are saved through Grace by faith. It’s also not about blessing although God’s favor leads to blessing. Favor is something more and it will change your life,
Here are some keys to God’s Favor:
Love God. Love God with all your heart. Without loving Him, we cannot expect to gain His favor.
Proverbs 3:1-4 states “My son and daughter, do not forget My teachings, but keep my commandments in your heart, for they will prolong your life for many years and bring you peace and prosperity. Let Love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.
Love People. What are you doing for the kingdom of heaven! What are you doing for others? If you want God’s favor then start caring for people. Ruth found favor with Boaz because of things she did and Jamessays “faith without works is dead.”
When God likes you He puts something on you the causes your will to have favor with Him and man.Lance Wallnau
The king will reply, “ Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brother or sister of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25: 34-40)
“ Boaz replied‘I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband- how you left your father and mother and came to live with a people you did not know before. May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.” (Ruth 2:11-12)
Ruth was noticed for what she had done, she received more that she asked for, special treatment, protection, more than enough.
Hate What God Hates. As you make a stand for God and His causes His favor is released upon you.
But you have this in your favor, you hates the practices that God hates in the Bible. (Revelation 2:6)
Give Gifts And Offerings. Abels offering found favor with God but Cain’s did not. Make sure your offering find favor with God. Giving gifts leads us to find favor both God and mans as we see from the example of Jacob who found favor with Esau following his substantial gift.
Be Faithful. Noah found favor with God due to his faithfulness. He walked faithfully with God and that led to favor.
In Genesis 6:7-9 God says, “So the Lord Said, “ I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created-and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground-for I regret that I have made them.’ But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.
Be Righteous And Blameless. As we can also see in the example of Noah, being righteous and blameless is a key to finding favor. You can find this call to righteousness in the New Testament.
Seek first the kingdom of God and His rights and all these things will be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33)
Be Submitted. The story of Esther shows us how submission brings favor. She didn’t take matters into her own hands. This is an ingredient to receiving favor. She exemplified submission, humility and Confidence in God and won favor of everyone who saw her.
“When the turn came for Esther to go to the king, she asked for nothing other than what Hegai the kings eunuch who was in charge of the harem, suggested. ( Esther 2:15)
Be Humble And Have Humility. Through get humility Esther received immediate care and attention, provision, the best place, helpers assistants and attendants. Furthermore, her favor created favor for a,k around her. Through our humility, let’s create an atmosphere of favor in our lives that can overflow to others.
“God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (1 Peter 5:5)
Be Honest. Honesty is a key to favor. Joseph found favor with Potiphar because he could be trusted.
“The Lord detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favor with Him.” (Proverbs 11:1)
Get Wisdom. Wisdom is a key to favor. As Solomon makes clear in the Book of Proverbs.
“For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord.” (Proverbs 8:35)
After you do all these things above. Ask. In Matthew 7:7-8 at says “Ask, and it be given to you, seek, and shall find, knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For everyone that a sketch received, and he that seek.”
As you use these keys I believe you will see the favor of God on your life. And, remember favor comes in seasons. You do not necessarily receive maximum favor all at once. “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” (Luke 2:52) If Jesus had to grow in favor than so do we.
God’s favor is lasting. “For His anger lasts only a moment, but His favor lasts a lifetime. (Psalm 30:5)
Weeping may stay for the night but, rejoicing comes in the morning. Once you have God’s favor it lasts a lifetime.
I urge you to read the Book of Proverbs if you haven’t already. If you have read it again. There are so many lessons for life in there you will be blessed.
I want to talk about a situation that happened to me this week.
Monday morning I woke up and after spending time with God. I didn’t feel so great, I started getting another migraine but this one was different. I felt dizzy and started vomiting immediately. And was getting horrible muscle spasms.
I was not running a fever so I knew it wasn’t a virus.
I immediately called my physician thinking he could prescribe something over the phone. But that wasn’t the case. When I spoke to the nurse she said I was having unusual symptoms and that I needed to come in right away.
My physician office is 70 miles away. My thought was there was no way I could drive that alone, unfortunately all the people I called were unable to help me. So I prayed for God to watch over me and got ready to make the trip alone.
When I got to the doctors office I seen him immediately and he sent me immediately to the emergency room. When I got there they took me straight back. I knew something serious had to be going on, they had thought I had a stroke or something.
Within the first half hour I had a IV put in and was taken to get a ct-scan of my brain.
Under normal circumstances I would have been scared to death, but when you know God has your back it’s a whole different story.
After tons of blood work and the brain scan they found the problem, but little did I know how hard it would be to fix.
My sodium lever was in the low 100’s normal is 150. The dr said that I should not be sitting there talking to him right now, most people would be confused and slurring the speech. And he didn’t even know how I was able to drive myself over 60 miles and be here, most would need an ambulance.
I told him, that would be because God has my back.
After being admitted they did more blood work and a MRI of my brain. They found lesions on my brain and they didn’t know if it was the start of Multiple sclerosis. That startled me, I have had one very good friend pass away from MS and a few more that have it.
They said they would have a Neurologist look at my scans and go from there. I simply prayed that the almighty father would not have me go through that struggle.
They neurologist came in the talked to me and said the lesions were caused my chronic migraines and that we need to get these migraines under better control.
Oh wait it gets worse. They also found a growth in the artery in my neck. that needed attention. A Pediatric Ear Nose and Throat dr was the one on call this week. Ok so, I was like really? They referred me to a ENT to get surgery scheduled.
The problem end up being that they could not get my sodium level up, it kept dropping. It would rise with the sodium in my IV but as soon as the IV bag was empty my sodium level would start dropping again.
It took them 2 days to get my sodium level up enough so I would feel human again. For some reason my body was dumping salt as fast they put it in.
They ended up giving pure salt tablets to get my salt levels to stay level. Not in normal range but to stay set.
It ended up being a reaction to the blood pressure pills I was on. for some reason they were sending my brain the messages to dump the salt.
They changed my blood pressure medicine and my migraine medication again. And things started looking better.
You just never know what’s going to happen and when. I’m just Glad God had my back through all of this.
The modern world is full of distractions that can seem overwhelming. So many things require our attention that we end up overlooking our relationship with God. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Not everything I that distracts us is bad. Our jobs, families, hobbies, and friends are okay. But they can be sources of distraction at some point.
It is possible to take time of our busy schedules and put away things that need our attention? What does it really mean to put God first? How can someone give God priority in their life? And what are the benefits of letting God take control of our lives?
What does it mean to put Good first in your life. Matthew 6:33 talks about seeking God’s kingdom first and of benefits that follow this instruction. God cannot ask us to do something that is beyond our capacity. So if He told us to do it, that means we can.
All the things that other people are chasing after are added to us if we put God first. What an amazing reality this is. To put God first means giving Him top priority in our lives and letting Him take charge. It means having a personal relationship and fellowship with the creator of the Universe.
The first commandment states; you shall have no other God’s before me. Yet, the truth is so many things take the place of God in our lives. Most people, including believers are to busy chasing after money, attention, and influence instead of God.
Why is that?
It is because most of us believe “other gods” are only graven images. But that is not the case. As long as you put anything before God, than that thing or person is a god. So, it is safe to say that any kind of distraction can be a god.
How to put God first in your life
For you to put God first in your life, you need to be intentional about it. It’s not something that you will only do once in a while. It needs to be a daily habit.
By putting God first in the right place, we will be able to live life more abundantly.
So, what are some that we can do habitually to ensure we put God first?
We need to check out our hearts frequently
Anything that we focus on excessively can be a distraction. Even our own feelings and wisdom. When we allow our emotions to take control instead of God we worshiping our feelings.
It’s good to check your heart frequently. This will help us know whether we are bowing to our feelings or God.
But how to do it? By asking the Holy Spirit to bring any feelings or distraction that is taking place of God to your attention. Ask Him to help you deal with it and then choose the to focus on God.
Dedicating our lives to serve Him
Get involved with church activities. This will help you to focus more on the things of God. Look at the different departments in your church and then settle for one that suits you spiritually. You don’t have to engage in all the church activities. Just ask God for direction.
For example, At my church we have communion once a month. And on special activities. And I get the communion ready.
Spend time on prayer and His word everyday. Even if it’s only 15 minutes a day it is to our benefit. We can discipline ourselves to take some time to fellowship with Him.
This time of fellowship will grow and allow us to receive inspiration and the guidance we so need in our lives. It will also enable us to enjoy other benefits of having God in our lives.
For example, we will become content in life even if we have little compared to others.
Set aside time to get closer to God. This can be early in the morning when you wake up or during the night before you go to sleep.
God has a plan for our lives, and it’s a great plan. When we give God priority, He directs us on the right path that we should take. But, if we refuse to let Him take charge, we risk missing our paths and finding ourselves in unnecessary trouble. Accept God’s guidance and you will find yourself making the right moves in your family, your career and life in general.
Many people are people pleasers. But that. But, that can change by allowing God to take change. Ask Him to help you depend on Him alone.
Giving God first priority means consulting with Him before making big life decisions
Have you ever rushed to make a decision only to regret it later? Knowing something was not right as you hurried to get through it. Did you feel pressed in your heart to wait but, you went ahead with a decision you could change once it’s been made?
Putting God first is not just about prayer and reading the word. We need to involve God in every area of our life.
You’ll experience Joy because you know that no matter the situation, it will all turn out for your good.
Do you trust the process of life? If you want to reach your desired destination, you need to surrender to the process, no matter how difficult it is.
When we allow life to reveal itself to us, we live in the present moment, knowing that we are exactly where we’re supposed to be. Unfortunately, a lot of people jump to far forward I’m their desire to reach there final destination, they forget about the journey, but this is where the magic lies.
But life and comfort don’t co-exist into days world, nothing is permanent, ant at any moment life can throw you a curve ball that could change the game. When you trust the process, you accept and have faith in the unknown. You step outside your comfort zone and allow life to guide you along your journey.
Let go of fear and stop trying to control life. As your faith is strengthened you will find there is no longer the need to have a sense of control, that things will flow as they will, and that you will flow with them to your great delight and benefit. Are you ready to believe in yourself and trust the process?
Are you ready to get back up when life knocks you down?
What Is stopping you from trusting the process?
Fear can play a big role. A lot of people don’t like the process because they fear that it’s not going to lead them down the path that want. If they don’t seen results fast enough, they get discouraged and give up all together. People look too far froward and obsess about the end result. But, what about the small milestones that you need to take in order to reach your final destination?
There are four ways that you can learn to trust the process of life:
- Be Resilient. When faced with adversity it can be difficult to trust the process. Thoughts of “Why me” may surface, causing you to doubt your ability to move forward. This is the moment at which you need to thought stop. Why no you? Life happens to all of us, and it’s our responsibility to either rise above our circumstances or give up.
If you believe that everything is in your control drop that story now. Change is the only constant. Resilient people surrender to uncertainty. They understand that we have very little control what happens in life, and by adopting this mindset they have trust in the process.
I have learned over many years of trying to control my life. And being in constant worry over every little thing. Nothing was really ever control in my life. I was choosing to let it destroy me instead of trusting the process and worrying constantly for something I had no control of.
- Embrace The Unknown. Humans dislike ambiguity of any kind. Anything that doesn’t feel safe, stable, and comfortable feels dangerous. The fact of the matter is that we don’t know what life will throw at us, but if we embrace the unknown and get comfortable being uncomfortable, we will better prepared for anything.
There are no guarantees in life. Don’t predict the future. But, focus on what you can control which is the present moment. When you do you’ll be creating your life, moment by moment with zero attachments to what could be.
- Focus On Your Purpose. When in doubt focus on your purpose. Trusting the process is about accepting that hardships will happen along your journey to success, but having confidence that every lesson is bring you closer to fulfilling your purpose in life. Whether you want to believe it or not, failure is a good thing. It is proof that you were trying.
When you commit to being persistent and carrying on, despite the odds, the universe will reward you. I encourage you to adopt a positive mindset and find ways to appreciate every experience, both good and bad, that is bringing you one step closer to embodying your purpose. In order to love who you are, you cannot hate the experience that shaped you.
- Practice Gratitude. Our perspective on life dictates the thoughts that we feel and the decisions that we make. We all find ourselves dwelling on regrets that make us feel anxious but we need to focus on the good we are creating
We need to be able to snap out of ruminative thoughts of regret. And focus on the gratitude we have in life.
Once you trust process, your path in life becomes clearer.
Life is tough, but so are you. When you learn to trust the process and have gratitude for how far you’ve come, you will be abundantly rewarded. Why are you trying to go anywhere else, other that where you currently are?
Learn to fall in love with the here and now, knowing that life is going to give you exactly what you need if you are brave enough to ask for it.
Trust the process you will discover a lot about yourself through hardship.