Psalm 44:3: For they did not inherit the land with their own sword; yea, their own arm did not save them. But it was Your right hand and Your arm and the light of Your face, because You favored them. (LITV)
God chose to favour you. Because you are the elect of God, being a Christian, part of the body of Christ, because he sacrificed his only begotten son, you are as important as God’s son is since his son had to shed his blood to purchase you when you were lost.
When we were dead in sins and trespasses Jesus died for us (Ephesians 2:5). The cost of something is based on what people are willing to give for it. That God was willing to give himself for you, shows that you are as valuable as him. He has equated his value with yours.
Imagine how that makes the devil feel, and how far he will go to make you feel worthless, to not see how valuable you are to God.
He attempted to make Eve feel she was not worth much to God, and succeeded (Genesis 3). By getting her to believe a lie about God, the devil caused her to reject the love of God.
When man rejected God, he rejected the full experience of his love, but that did not stop God from loving him, because God is love (1John 4:16); that is the essence of his person. God did not change, but man changed and lost the capacity to experience the love of God, and so cannot really love God (favour with God) or others as he should (favour with man).
We now have the favour of God extended to all men through Jesus, because in him, we get to pass from death to life, from being under the wrath of God to being under his favour. He gives us his capacity to love God and others, by the Holy Spirit.
God has not, however, changed his posture to sin. It is still distasteful to him and he sends forth his wrath on sin, which is contrary to his holiness.
When Isaiah saw God, he felt condemned, by the intensity of his holiness (Isaiah 6:1-7). To sinful man, the holiness of God is scary. He runs from it.
When man sinned his primary reaction to the presence of God was to flee. He fled from his source and began to dry up, he fled divine wisdom and became foolish, he left his strength and became weak, and he left his divinity and was condemned to dissolve in the dust, in death. He departed from God and he is messed up by the devil. We become deluded about who the enemy truly is; we called lie truth and truth lie and therefore become confused and the bible says that God is not the author of confusion (1Corinthians 14:33).
Repentance therefore is the first step is regaining the favour of God. That was the message Peter gave to some people in Jerusalem. He told them: repent so that times of refreshing can come from the presence of God; times of refreshing is time of divine favour (Acts 3:19).
Jesus was all about preaching repentance. He said: repent for the kingdom of God is at hand (Mark 1:15). The kingdom is about the dominion of God, which brings peace, blessing and prosperity, which is positive changes, glory unspeakable and the manifestation of the favour of God.
Favour is directed by others at you, it is not something you determine, but it determines you. The bible says that Jesus grew in favour with God and man (Luke 2:52). That means as we grow in years we also should grow in favour. In biblespeak, that means growing in grace (favour with God) and knowledge (favour with God).
In grace we have favour with man, which is reflective of the level of impact we have on their lives; and our knowledge determines our favour with God. Grace (helping others) determines the favour of man we can experience, while knowledge (of God) determines how much of the favour of God we will experience.
We do not have favour beyond the level of our impact on the life of others. When we are in the posture of giving, and not of begging to receive, we will always receive favour from men, not by trying to get it, but by giving to them first.
Jesus says that we should give and it will be given unto us, good measure, pressed down will men pour into our bosom (Luke 6:38).
You would not have much favour without giving. What you give can be the expression of your gifts and talents. The possibility that you open for others will multiply back to you. If you sow (give) sparingly, you will reap sparingly (Grace favour) and that is not just about material things (2Corinthians 9:6).
Your disposition, your hard work is important, because it increases your ability to release grace to others. We read that the one who is diligent in his work will stand before kings and not before mean men (Proverbs 22:29).
Knowing God is based on the time you spend him. And God will reward (favour with God) those who seek him diligently (Hebrews 11:6). God said: if anyone will boast (claim an advantage) it should be that he knows me (Jeremiah 9:24).
Jesus enjoined us to be rich towards God, while saying that the life of a man does not consist in the abundance of what he possesses (Grace favour).
The spiritual life is based on the word of God in us. We grow when we take in the word as milk (1Peter 2:2); we are changed when we take in the engrafted word (James 1:21); we mature when we take in and digest the meat of the word (Hebrews 5:112-14).
When we remain spiritual babes we are limited in the responsibility that God can saddle us (knowledge favour) with because he does not want to destroy us. Saul did not know much about God, he made a mess of the throne, but David, who came after him, was different, he was described as a man after God’s heart (1Samuel 13:14). He sought the knowledge of God, as was preferred.
Jesus said that he has come so that we may know the truth and the truth can set us free. Paul said that truth will give us inheritances, the truth you know will determine the land you possess.
Your relationship with men will be enhanced when you have favour with them while your relationship with God is based on your knowledge of Him. Jesus came to restore the knowledge of God to humanity.
He was full of grace and truth (knowledge favour). He was the epitome of favour. Jesus is the manifestation of the Godhead bodily. If you see him, you have seen the father. That was what he told Philip (John 14:4-11).
For Philip, knowing the father was the ultimate, and that is through Jesus who is the way to the truth (knowledge favour) and the life (grace favour).
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