Staying And Increasing in Divine Favour

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It is very important to stay in Favour with God.

The Bible tells us of people who unfortunately fell out of favour with God. An example is Saul the King who stared very well, but fell out of Favour with God. Another example is Samson. Everything was awesome until he fell out of favour.

Apart from staying in favour, it is also important to grow in favour with God.

Luke 2:52 KJV

[52] And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

Like Jesus we too can increase in favour with God and man. Various things that make this possible are:

1. OBEDIENCE

Abraham obeyed God to sacrifice his son and thus received another level of favour from God because of his obedience.

Genesis 22:1-3, 10-18 KJV

And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.

Skip to verse 10.

And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.  And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,  And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord , for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son :That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

1 Samuel 15:22 KJV

And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord ? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

There are general commands given to us in the scriptures, but there are also specific commands to individuals from the Lord. Obedience is so very essential.

2. BY YOUR PRAYER

There is a type of prayer that provokes divine favour. This is the prayer that avails much. The Amplified Bible describes it as:

…..The earnest (heart felt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available (dynamic in its working) James 5: 16

Hezekiah was sick unto death and God sent prophet Isaiah to inform him that he would surely die. Hezekiah’s prayer in Isaiah 38 provoked God’s favour and God added 15 years to his life.

3. TRUSTING GOD

“Jesus said unto him, if thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth” Mark 9: 23

We can provoke the favour of God by our faith and trust in Him. In Luke 8: 43-48, the woman with the issue of blood experienced the favour of God because of her level of faith.

4. THE POWER OF PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING

 Praise is a powerful tool in provoking God’s divine favour. “But thou art holy, thou that inhabitatest the praises of Israel” Psalm 22: 3

A person of praise will steer clear of murmuring. When you murmur, you limit God and favour will be far from you.

“And when the people complained, it displeased the Lord and the Lord heard it and his anger was kindled, and the fire of the Lord burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp”. Numbers 11: 1

Paul and Silas experienced the favour of God in prison in the process of praising God. Acts 16: 25–26.

In Mark  6: 21–23, Herod’s daughter had danced before Herod. He was so pleased with her dance that he told her to ask him for anything she desired, even to the half of his kingdom. Favour was released as a result of her dance.

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving and into his counts with praise; be thankful unto him and bless his name’ Psalm 100: 4

5. SHOWING FAVOUR

“Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy” Mathew 5: 7. Brethren, the level of favour you enjoy depends on the level to which you favour others. The law of seedtime and harvest controls the issue of favour. Do you want to walk in favour? Then be a person of favour.

In the book, Esther (2: 21 – 22) Mordecai got wind of a plan to kill king Ashasuerus and leaked it, thereby sparing the king’s life. A time came when Mordecai was also to be killed, but because of his earlier seed of favour, his life was spared. See Esther 6: 1 – 3.

6. YOUR CONFESSION

Your mouth is a weapon of authority ordained by God to keep you in perfect dominion. If you say positive things based on the word of God in your heart, you will get positive results. Favour moves in the direction of those that say favourable things.

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof” Proverbs 18: 21

Confess favour daily.

7. YOUR GIFTS

“A man’s gift maketh room for him and bringeth him before great men” Proverb 18: 16

There are three areas your gift can provoke the favour of God.

(a)An offering to a prophet

The widow of Zarephath and the Shunamite woman enjoyed divine favour by reason of what they gave to the prophet. (1Kings: 17: 10 – 24 and 2 Kings 4: 1 – 37).

(b) Giving to the poor

When you give to the needy, you can provoke the favour of God. “He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again” Proverbs 19: 17.

(c) Giving To Your Parents

“Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise) that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.” Eph. 6: 2–3

Your gift to your parents irrespective of their wealth or wickedness will provoke the favour of God.

8. BEING KINGDOM FOCUSED

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” Mathew 6 : 33

There are two ways:

(a) Soul winning: Matthew 28: 19 – 20

Your practical involvement with God in His purpose for reaping the over-ripe harvest of souls guarantees His divine favour.

(b) Sacrifices: Sacrificial giving

This can be towards God’s kingdom or business, which triggers His divine favour.

In second Chronicles Chapter 1 verses 6–7; Solomon offered a thousand burnt offering and God gave him a blank cheque which signifies unusual favour.

9. LIVE A LIFE OF THANKSGIVING

“Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving and make a joyful noise unto him with Psalms” Psalm 95: 2

“Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known unto God’ Philippians 4: 6

 Brethren, it takes thanksgiving to provoke favour of God and it also takes thanksgiving to enjoy continuous favour.

An adage says “When a child thanks an elder for yesterday’s blessing, he will definitely get another one.

Most Israelites died in the wilderness because they forgot the God that delivered them from Egypt and began to complain.

“And when the people complained, it displeased the Lord; and the Lord heard it and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the Lord burnt among them and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp. Numbers 11: 1

Brethren, continuous favour from God requires a life of daily thanksgiving. A person of thanksgiving will not have any cause to complain or grumble. Anyone that complains will never experience God’s blessings.

10. GENEROUS TO GOD AND FAITHFUL TO GOD WITH YOUR TITHE AND OFFERINGS

ONE-tenth of your earnings is not yours. It is God’s money for the work of the Kingdom, so give it to God faithfully. God promises to open the windows of heaven and bless you beyond your ability to contain it.

Your offerings to God is an extension of your worship and demonstrates how much you love God and how much you want to trust Him. He then promises to meet all your needs according to His riches in glory on Christ Jesus.

Be faithful to God with your riches and possessions and God heap on you a new level of a favour.

SUSTAINING GOD’S FAVOUR

Genesis 39: 2 – 6, 21

INTRODUCTION:

Provoking God’s favour is not the ultimate for a believer. The key thing is how do I, as a believer, sustain divine favour. What does it take to operate under perpetual divine favour?

Joseph is one biblical example of how to operate under the continuous favour of God. Even while he was in prison, he experienced the favour of God.

HOW DO I SUSTAIN DIVINE FAVOUR?

1. FAITHFULNESS: 1 Corinthians 4: 2, Proverb 28: 20

“Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful”. 1 Corinthians 4 : 2

“A faithful man shall abound with blessings; but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent” Proverbs 28: 20. Joseph’s faithfulness ensured God’s continuous favour. He said “How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God? Genesis 39: 9

A faithful man, is someone who after being blessed by God is still faithful in paying his tithes. He will not forget about his service in the house of God.

 2. REMAIN CONNECTED: Hosea 12 : 13

“And by a prophet the Lord brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved”. Hosea 12: 13

After God had blessed Joseph in a strange land, He did not forget his roots. A branch that is cut off from a tree will die a natural death. When God blesses you don’t forget your roots.

3. LIVE IN FORGIVENESS: Genesis 45 : 7

“And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance” Genesis 45: 7

Joseph despite all that his brethren did to him, even when he had opportunity for revenge, he did not take it.

 David had several opportunities to avenge the wickedness of Saul to him but he refused. No wonder David also enjoyed continuous favour from God.

4. LIVE IN OBEDIENCE: Genesis 2: 22

Abraham enjoyed constant favour from God because he lived a life of total obedience. Even after God has blessed him with a child, following many years of waiting, he obeyed God and offered the child for sacrifice.

Saul lost the throne despite God’s promise to his generation to sit on the throne forever due to disobedience.

5. BE JOYFUL Isaiah 12: 3

Joseph did not complain for one day, despite the experiences he went through. He was so charming even as a slave that the madam of the house wanted to sleep with him. Even in prison, because he was full of joy he was made the head of other prisoners.

One way to enjoy constant favour from God is to always display Joy irrespective of what you are passing through.

“Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation” Isaiah 12: 3