“Go from us; for thou art much mightier than we” (Genesis 26:16).How about Jacob, whom God favored instead of his brother Esau:
“Yet I loved Jacob, and I hated Esau” (Malachi 1:2-3).Why would God set his heart on one brother and not another? Favor. In fact, amazing favor rested upon Jacob repeatedly throughout his life. He escaped the wrath of his own brother and the trickery and mistreatment of his uncle Laban. Jacob left Isaac’s house empty and came back one of the richest men of his day. Favor also rested on Joseph, Jacob’s son, in such a supernatural way that he was promoted in Egypt when Pharaoh had never seen him before. He was unknown to the ruler of the most powerful nation in the region, yet Joseph was given such favor that Pharaoh handed him control over the land! Favor rested on Moses to such an extent that he was favored by Pharaoh’s daughter, who prepared the infant as he grew up for his life’s historic mission. Favor rested on Israel when they left Egypt to such a degree that they literally took all the riches of Egypt (Exodus 12:36). The Bible says they “spoiled,” or took all the wealth, not just part of it. God’s supernatural and divine favor rested on David as he defeated Goliath and later was given the kingdom while being protected repeatedly against his enemies. God even called David “a man after his own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14). Divine favor rested on Solomon and God restored him in the end. So much favor rested on the life of Job that God restored twice what was taken from him. God’s favor rested on the prophets so amazingly that when Nebuchadnezzar seized Jerusalem in 586 B.C., he ordered that Jeremiah be freed from prison and treated well. The list of examples of divine favor is endless! Even our precious Lord Jesus, who escaped harm time after time, experienced His Father’s divine favor. The apostles were favored by the people and the authorities could not touch them or stop them from preaching the Gospel. Paul the apostle was given favor by the Romans themselves and protected from death when the Jews tried to kill him. He was rescued more than once, with God preserving his life repeatedly. God did not favor just those living in Bible days. His tender, loving favor belongs to you just as it did to Daniel:
“Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs” (Daniel 1:9). That same tender favor is what God has promised us, His children.
Claim God’s favor during 2014, in Jesus’ name!
“The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil” (1 Peter 3:12).God favors the obedient, the righteous. There is no favor on the sinner. Favor belongs only to the just. Therefore, as God’s child, you’re lawfully in line to be favored and promoted this year. Never forget this—when the devil attacks you, God will always promote you. Your hour of promotion has come! Your time for favor has come. Just release your faith, and divine favor will invade your finances. Guaranteed! All you’ve lost will be restored. Guaranteed! All the enemy has taken from you is coming back double. Guaranteed! Total restoration and recovery are coming your way. Guaranteed! You’ve had losses, trials, and pain, but you’ve been in the valley too long. You’ll get back on top. Guaranteed! All you have to do is release your faith. As you serve Him and give to His work, you ensure the Lord’s favor on your life. The Word of God promises that only the giver is favored with His blessing:
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. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts. And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts. (Malachi 3:10-12)This blessing on givers is repeated over and over again in God’s Word. Jesus Himself said:
“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).