God’s Divine Favor for Equipping, Evangelism, and Emphasis on Prayer
I’m sifting through some of the overwhelming and heartwarming comments we have received in response to my recent letters and emails to you. Here are a few stirring examples:
In your letter, you wrote for me to take the form you had prepared, to write down my most urgent needs, to wrap a seed-gift with my faith, and send it back for you to pray and anoint my prayer list with oil. Before I even got the anointed form back from you, one by one the needs on my family’s list have literally been answered. I can hardly imagine what is coming next! (Mary M., New Jersey)
Your email arrived at the perfect time. It was as if you had written it for my wife and me. You taught how the size of the seed determines the size of the harvest, so we planted one of the biggest seed-gifts we’ve ever sent. We’ve seen an amazing turnaround of God’s anointing for favor. (Curt D., California)
Do I believe in this anointing of God’s favor that you mentioned? Yes, it works! In the past two days, I’ve been offered a better job, and the bonus will put me in the free-and-clear for the first time in the past 10 years! (Matthew K., United Kingdom)
I know God has led me several times during recent months to share about the seven manifestations of the anointing: preaching, teaching, healing, deliverance from bondage, the prophetic, praise and worship, and—the one I emphasized—favor.
Spiritual Change Bringing Supernatural Favor
I’m hearing from people saying, “I want to be part of what God is doing through this anointing for favor!”
This anointing isn’t a new phenomenon. As we study the Bible, it is interesting to note how many times, even in the midst of famine, when things began changing in the spirit for God’s people—not for the world, but for God’s people—then something amazing happens!
Spiritual change brings supernatural favor!
That is why stepping out in faith works, even in famine and downsizing. Notice that when Abraham obeyed in faith, that act changed everything for him. The same happened for Isaac, Jacob, Israel, David, Solomon, and many others.
It is time to open our spiritual eyes to see why it is happening.
Isaac’s eyes were opened, he sowed in times of famine, and he was literally overwhelmed with God’s anointing for favor. As a result, he received a supernatural harvest that came and stayed for an entire year, even while the famine continued all around his property:
“Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him” (Genesis 26:12).
It was a massive, year-long harvest!
When God gives supernatural favor, it will make no sense to people around you. There will be nothing natural about it. It simply happens supernaturally!
Activating God’s anointing for favor through seed-faith giving and obedience worked in Bible times, and it works now! Many of God’s people today are beginning to step into a new dimension of abundance!
I believe we are about to experience a dimension of abundance like we have never seen. The righteous are always the people who prosper, even when the world is struggling. And we are just seeing the beginning of what God has in store for us in the coming days!
The Lord told Moses:
“I will put a division between my people and thy people” (Exodus 8:23). Today, as always, there continues to be a major difference and supernatural favor upon those who are obedient and faithful. You’ve got to begin seeing yourself as God sees you!
Blessings Overtaking You
We qualify for supernatural blessings today, too, because Scripture promises that these blessings are for all who obey and act on God’s Word:
It shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God. (Deuteronomy 28:1-2)
Overtake in this passage means “to attack.” In Hebrew, it gives the idea of two people running. The person behind is coming forward, overtaking the other with greater speed. As you run the blessings are running after you. You are literally attacked and overwhelmed by those blessings!
That is literally what happened to Isaac. He could not stop the blessings of God. The famine could not stop the blessings of God. The dead land could not stop the blessings of God. His neighbors could not stop the blessings of God. He was supernaturally overtaken with God’s anointing for favor! To everyone’s amazement, the land that was dead came back to life. God resurrected the land, just as He is about to resurrect your land!
If God says He will bless and anoint you, what can stop it? Nothing! All the devils of hell cannot stop it! Mounting debt cannot stop it. Famine cannot stop it. Bad economic news cannot stop it!
Ready for a Supernatural Harvest?
Remember, it was faith and obedience that transformed Isaac’s circumstances and brought God’s favor. It was faith and obedience that brought favor to those partners whose notes you just read at the beginning of this message.
Are you ready to see the windows of heaven opened?
Prove God, just as He Himself challenged us when He said:
“Prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it” (Malachi 3:10).
The Lord Jesus, too, says:
“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again” (Luke 6:38).
The size of your harvest will depend upon the size of your seed. It is because of your faithful giving that God will anoint you with His favor, open the windows of heaven, and pour out mighty blessings on your life.
I can tell you without any reservation that the timing has never been more crucial for the Lord Jesus to move mightily in our lives. The nations are crying out for real answers, and we must answer this urgent call!
We stand at a critical point in history. So many people have not yet been reached. They must hear the life-giving, miracle-working message of the Gospel!
There is so much to be done before the Lord Jesus returns to take His children home. Eternal souls are at stake! We much go now and proclaim the Gospel to the lost and hurting.
My passion for the world is stronger than ever, and I sense in my spirit that something huge is breaking open that you and I are a part of.
I can assure you with every fiber in my body that I’m not rowing toward the shore to just hang up my fishing nets. No! I’m moving into the deep ocean with every technological advantage that’s available and into even bigger spiritual nets.
Two millennia ago, Jesus told His disciples:
“Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19).
And nearly four decades ago, I responded to that same call. Each of you has heard His voice, as well, and together as we move into this next major season on God’s timeline, I want you to know that 2014 is already becoming a year of huge new breakthroughs, significant new ideas, and mammoth new opportunities!
It would shock you to see some of the things that God has shown me. I will share more in the future, but in the meantime let me break down what I believe will continue to happen during the remainder of 2014, specifically in the three areas that our ministry will be expanding exponentially:
- Equipping. There will be a heightened emphasis on encouraging all believers to go deeper into the Word and grow stronger in spirit. One of the major areas of emphasis is the World Healing Fellowship, a global, mighty band of pastors and church leaders who are equipped to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ from the street to the neighborhoods and from communities to the nations of the world, forming a global barrier of prayer and spiritual warfare. I’ll be sharing more about this in coming telecasts, emails, and mailings. Get ready!
- Evangelism. There are untold men, women, and children crying out for salvation through Jesus Christ. They want real answers. And we must answer this urgent call! Just as the people around the globe are calling out for answers, our Lord’s cry for the world is getting louder and more urgent. His heart is yearning for the lost to be saved now! Lost souls around the globe are like ripe fruit waiting for the harvest. If we do not share the Gospel with them now, they could fall off the trees and be lost forever. They must hear the message today! We are seeing open doors that could have never imagined previously. I know that the remainder of 2014 is my year to proclaim the Gospel in places I’ve never been before! This is the year for breakthroughs throughout the world. We must answer the call!
- Emphasis on Prayer. Since the moment nearly 40 years ago when I first stood in the pulpit to preach, this ministry has been bathed in prayer. Prayer is the key to every door that has been opened. I know that 2014 is going to continue to be a breakthrough year for new heights of intercession and prayer. We have opened a center in our World Media Center in California that is dedicated to prayer for our ministry, for our partners, and for the lost to be reached. Our World Ministry Center in Texas is gearing up for an even greater focus on prayer, as are our five additional international offices. We are putting an even greater emphasis on our worldwide Mighty Warriors Prayer Army, the many thousands of intercessors who spend time praying for people who call, send emails, and letters. Intercession is a powerful weapon that cancels the plans of the devil against the work of God and establishes God’s plan for the huge work we are called to do during the remainder of 2014.
Massive Work Ahead
Will you answer that call with me today to help equip, evangelize, and emphasize prayer? Will you give today and keep giving so we can reach the lost and hurting? Just as the people around the globe are calling out for answers, our Lord’s cry for the world is getting louder and more urgent. His heart is yearning for the lost to be saved now! Lost souls around the globe are like ripe fruit waiting for the harvest. If we do not share the Gospel with them now, they could fall off the trees and be lost forever. They must hear the message today! As you plant a seed-gift this month, remember the Word given to you by the Holy Spirit:
“Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness” (2 Corinthians 9:10).
God will multiply your seed-gift as you sow it toward the spread of the Gospel. So today, open your heart and plant your most generous seed-gift into the fertile soil of this worldwide ministry.
Jesus is coming soon!
Help me reach the lost while there is still time.
Help me answer the urgent call!
Proclaiming the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ,