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Favored for Life

October 15, 2018

Recently a student asked how I was feeling, and replied in a similar manner as my sister and others I know reply when asked the same question: “I am blessed and highly favored and forever grateful.” The student went on to ask, “How do you know that?” I responded “That’s what the Word of God says, and I believe that.” Most providentially, “favor” was the subject of the message at Christian Provision Ministries in Sanford, NC this past Sunday, as Bishop Charles Mellette taught regarding “Favored for Life.” The objective of the teaching was to help believers live the life they were favored to live.” As members of the Body of Christ, the Church Triumphant, we express our gratitude to God for all He has made us to be, as 2 Corinthians 2:14 in the New King James Version tells us:

14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.

As we examine the word “favor” more closely, we note the word has also been translated “grace.” God extends His grace, His undeserved favor toward His people. A previous blog post on the Quote of the Day had this to say:

“God doesn’t believe in favoritism, yet He shows favor.”

Another Quote of the Day proclaimed:

“The Favor of God is upon you; you will have victory.”

Psalm 5:12 (NLT) declares:

For You, O Lord, bless the righteous man [the one who is in right standing with You]; You surround him with favor as with a shield.

Although the Scriptures reveal that God is no respecter of persons, we find that God also states, “I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”(Exodus 33:19)

Indeed, we note that the word “favor” has also been translated “grace.” God extends His grace, His undeserved favor toward His people. In thinking about God’s grace and favor Ephesians 2:8-9 (AMP) come to mind:

8 For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God;

One of the Points of Power emphasized by Bishop Mellette reminded us that the favor of God is always attached to the presence of God. His comments inspired this response:

Where Favor Forever Will Dwell

He who diligently seeks good seeks favor
and grace, but he who seeks evil,
evil will come to him.

Proverbs 11:27

Faith comes by hearing, hearing by the Word of God.
As the most ardent suitors will pursue their love,
We follow after to acquire the love of God,
For favor comes to the faithful who rise above.
As moths flying in darkness are drawn to the light,
So favor follows those who walk in righteousness:
His beloved always find favor in God’s sight.
Those who worship in the beauty of holiness
Are destined to know endless blessing and favor
As fullness of joy overflows in His presence,
Being transformed into a sweet smelling savor:
The favored life in the spirit of excellence.
We walk upright by faith while striving to excel
In His presence where favor forever will dwell.

In reflecting on God’s favor, we recall last year’s theme at Christian Provision Ministries: “unlimited goodness and unlimited favor.” In light of that, this year and every year should be a demonstration of that reality. The concluding remarks from Sunday’s message “The Favored Life” reinforced the message: as we observe what the Lord is doing daily in abounding His grace and kindness toward us, and as we look to see what lies ahead, we should be forever grateful for “the favored life” we are privileged to live.

We conclude with True Worshippers offering “Favor”:

Favor of God

July 16, 2017

As the days of 2017 continue to unfold in rapid succession, we have moved past the halfway point, as we recall the theme discussed in one of the blog entries posted in January:

“2017 will be a year of unlimited goodness and unlimited favor.”

In reflecting further upon these two concepts in light of what has transpired and what lies ahead, we discover that the goodness of God, our Father, still abounds, and the subsequent favor of God continues to flow steadfastly from His goodness. Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives, so says the Psalmist, and we recall that the goodness of God leads us to repentance.

In the original blog entry, we noted that the word “favor” has also been translated “grace.” God extends His grace, His undeserved favor toward His people. The lyrics to the following song describe God’s super-abounding favor:

Favor upon Favor

Favor, favor, favor upon favor,
Favor, favor, favor upon favor
Unprecedented favor, unparalleled favor,
Flowing from the fullness of the Father,
Is falling without measure upon the Body of Christ.

Where we work there is favor
Where we live there is favor
Where we meet there is favor
Up and down each street there is favor
Where we pray there is favor
Where we play there is favor
Every day there is favor
In every way there is favor
Where we learn there is favor
Everywhere we turn, there is favor
Here and there and everywhere
There is the overflowing favor
Never-ceasing, ever-increasing favor.

There is favor, favor, favor upon favor,
Favor, favor, favor upon favor.
Let us savor each golden moment of the favor of God.

Favor, favor, favor upon favor,
Favor, favor, favor upon favor
Unprecedented favor, unparalleled favor,
Flowing from the fullness of the Father,
Is falling without measure upon the Body of Christ.

Another recent blog post pointed out that in the midst of our times that have been described as perilous or difficult to deal with, we find a noticeable emptiness in the lives of people across globe. Without question, there is “a famine in the land,” not just in the United States but around the world. According to the United Nations World Food Programs, About 842 million people in the world do not eat enough to be healthy. That mean that one in every eight people on Earth goes to bed hungry each night. Indeed, hunger continues to be a worldwide crisis, both in the natural and in the Spirit as well.

Eight years ago the theme for the New Year at the church I attended was “Favor in the midst of famine.” Certainly that statement has application to our current year’s theme. Note what the following poem has to say:

Favor in the Midst of Famine

Favor in the midst of famine: all eyes can see
That bountiful goodness defies each enemy.
God blesses each step we take and anoints our head,
As we look back to see where paths of life have led,
And continue, knowing the truth has made us free.

We abide in His presence, serving faithfully,
Endeavoring to do, not less, but more instead,
Knowing that those who hunger shall surely be fed:
Favor in the midst of famine.

We press toward the mark, to reach the highest degree
With the fullest measure of each plurality,
Steadfast and unmovable, as the Word has said.
Though seasons change, this remains our reality:
Favor in the midst of famine.

As we look back upon what God has done over the past seven months; as we observe what the Lord is doing daily in abounding His grace and kindness toward us, and as we look to see what lies ahead, we continue to be overwhelmed by God’s “unlimited goodness and unlimited favor.”

True Worshippers offer “Favor” to conclude today’s blog post.

2017: Unlimited goodness, unlimited favor

January 2, 2017

Isaiah 43--19

As the New Year unfolds beginning with Sunday, January 1, we examine a Quote of the Day related to prospects for 2017, a statement from Pastor Marcus Gill:

“2017 will be a year of unlimited goodness and unlimited favor.”

As we reflect upon these two concepts in light of the coming year, lyrics from two original songs come to mind: one proclaims the goodness of God and asks a question; the other speaks of the subsequent favor of God flowing from His goodness:

The Goodness of the Father

Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance,

and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God

leads you to repentance?

Romans 4:2 (NKJV)

Don’t you know the goodness of God leads us to repentance?

He has cancelled the curse and commuted our sentence.

By His gift of love and grace, Christ has taken our place

And redeemed us from the hand of the enemy.

Open your eyes and you will see

His goodness and forbearance and longsuffering.

Yes, the goodness of the Father leads us to repentance.

Don’t you know the goodness of the Father leads us to repentance?

 

O how good, He’s so good, beyond compare,

Exquisite and rare; He’s so good.

O how good, He’s so good,

Come join with me: O, taste and see that the Lord is good.

Yes, the goodness of the Father leads us to repentance.

Don’t you know the goodness of the Father leads us to repentance?

 

From his goodness flows his favor,

O, taste and see that the Lord is good.

He has promised goodness to his servants;

He has clothed us with salvation.

Let us rejoice in goodness, and declare that only the Lord, our God, is good.

Yes, the goodness of the Father leads us to repentance.

Don’t you know the goodness of the Father leads us to repentance?

Out of God our Father’s limitless goodness flows boundless favor. In a previous entry, we noted that the word “favor” has also been translated “grace.” God extends His grace, His undeserved favor toward His people. The lyrics to the following song describe God’s super-abounding favor:

Favor upon Favor

Favor, favor, favor upon favor,

Favor, favor, favor upon favor

Unprecedented favor, unparalleled favor,

Flowing from the fullness of the Father,

Is falling without measure upon the Body of Christ.

 

Where we work there is favor

Where we live there is favor

Where we meet there is favor

Up and down each street there is favor

Where we pray there is favor

Where we play there is favor

Every day there is favor

In every way there is favor

Where we learn there is favor

Everywhere we turn, there is favor

Here and there and everywhere

There is the overflowing favor

Never-ceasing, ever-increasing favor.

There is favor, favor, favor upon favor,

Favor, favor, favor upon favor.

Let us savor each golden moment of the favor of God.

 

Favor, favor, favor upon favor,

Favor, favor, favor upon favor

Unprecedented favor, unparalleled favor,

Flowing from the fullness of the Father,

Is falling without measure upon the Body of Christ.

As we think about the New Year and what it holds in store for us, we are also reminded of who God is and what He alone can do. A passage of scripture associated with the New Year comes from the Prophet Isaiah:

Isaiah 43:16, 18-19:

16 This is what the Lord says,

He who makes a way through the sea and a path through the mighty waters,
“Do not remember the former things,
Or ponder the things of the past.
19 
“Listen carefully, I am about to do a new thing,
Now it will spring forth;
Will you not be aware of it?
I will even put a road in the wilderness,
Rivers in the desert.

The Message Bible put it this way:

“Forget about what’s happened;
don’t keep going over old history.
Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new.
It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?
There it is! I’m making a road through the desert,
rivers in the badlands.

Each New Year represents a new beginning, as God reminds us once again that He makes all things new.  In thinking about a new beginning or a fresh start, this poem comes to mind:

All Things New

Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth;

shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness,

and rivers in the desert.

 Isaiah 43:19

Behold, I am the Lord God who makes all things new.

Trust me and you will see. You will never be the same.

As you look to me, it is no secret what I can do.

 

I am God–I do not lie, I am faithful and true.

Almighty, God of the impossible is my name.

Behold, I am the Lord God who makes all things new.

 

Some thought it was over, but I am by no means through.

I cover and restore to remove all guilt and shame.

As you look to me, it is no secret what I can do.

 

Never forget what I have already brought you through.

You have a divine purpose; your life is not a game.

Behold, I am the Lord God who makes all things new.

 

In me you overcome—I am Lord of the breakthrough

Who offers boundless promises that you can now claim.

As you look to me, it is no secret what I can do.

 

Trust me, obey and see what I have in store for you.

With your life you will make known my goodness and proclaim:

Behold, I am the Lord God who makes all things new.

As you look to me, it is no secret what I can do.

As we embark further into the New Year, we will undoubtedly encounter challenges and difficult situations that seem impossible to resolve on our own. The Bible reminds us of God’s unlimited goodness and unlimited favor that reflect His power and strength to turn a seemingly impossible situation into a triumphant victory.

We conclude our comments with this song of encouragement from Israel Houghton. As the New Year unfolds, we are not looking back but moving ahead; indeed, we are “Moving Forward”:

Favor of God

October 11, 2016

favor-of-god

Recently I have been receiving a number of quotes along with scriptural references on a variety of topics. In an effort to introduce more variety into Dr. J’ Apothecary Shoppe beyond the typical Verse of the Day, I occasionally touch upon the Word of the Day. Today, I would like to add another category, the Quote of the Day. We begin with our first Quote of the Day for October 11, 2016:

 

“God doesn’t believe in favoritism, yet He shows favor.”

 

Accompanying the quote is a reference to Psalm 5:12 (NLT):

For You, O Lord, bless the righteous man [the one who is in right standing with You]; You surround him with favor as with a shield.

 

Although the Scriptures reveal that God is no respecter of persons, we find that God states, “I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”(Exodus 33:19)

 

Indeed, we note that the word “favor” has also been translated “grace.” God extends His grace, his undeserved favor toward His people. In thinking about God’s grace and favor Ephesians 2:8-9 (AMP) come to mind:

 

8 For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God;

 

9 Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.]

 

To receive grace is to receive a gift, something so valuable that it must be given away because no one is wealthy enough to purchase something of inestimable value and worth. A common acronym for grace is “God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense.”

Favor is God’s graciousness extended to us; grace is His undeserved favor that abounds toward those who accept His graciousness: “Where sin did abound, grace did much more abound.”

The lyrics to the following song describe God’s super-abounding favor:

 

Favor upon Favor

 

Favor, favor, favor upon favor,

Favor, favor, favor upon favor

Unprecedented favor, unparalleled favor,

Flowing from the fullness of the Father,

Is falling without measure upon the Body of Christ.

 

Where we work there is favor

Where we live there is favor

Where we meet there is favor

Up and down each street there is favor

Where we pray there is favor

Where we play there is favor

Every day there is favor

In every way there is favor

Where we learn there is favor

Everywhere we turn, there is favor

Here and there and everywhere

There is the overflowing favor

Never-ceasing, ever-increasing favor.

 

There is favor, favor, favor upon favor,

Favor, favor, favor upon favor.

Let us savor each golden moment of the favor of God.

 

Favor, favor, favor upon favor,

Favor, favor, favor upon favor

Unprecedented favor, unparalleled favor,

Flowing from the fullness of the Father,

Is falling without measure upon the Body of Christ.

 

Martha Munizzi proclaims the “Favor of God.”