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God Favored Me!

Hezekiah Walker – wrote a song God Favored Me

He said,

This is my testimony everybody, how God favored me in spite
Of my enemies, and if God did it for me he’ll do the same thing for you.

Don’t worry about your haters your haters can’t do nothing with you.

Listen to these words
Love is patient, caring.

Love is Kind.

Love is felt most when It’s genuine, but I’ve had my share of love abused, manipulated And it’s strength misused, and I can’t help but give you glory

When I think about my story, and I know you favored me

Because my enemies did try but couldn’t triumph over me
Yes they did try but couldn’t triumph over me.

I’m still here, I’m still alive, I’m still blessed, on my way to
My destiny
, because the favor of God is on my life. Let me
Tell you about love.

***This is Hezekiah Walker’s song that speaks to the heart but my life and testimony speaks truth and realness.

I was born into a sharecroppers family. I was born to a single mother. I was raised by grandparents.

We had many difficult days of cotton fields, no running water, outdoor bathrooms, and cold nights. We walked to school on cold days and worked in the fields on hot days.

We went without. I saw my friends placed in jail while others died too soon.

Yet God favored Me!

Exodus 3:21-22 (KJV)
21  And I will give this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty:
22  But every woman shall borrow of her neighbour, and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: and ye shall put them upon your sons, and upon your daughters; and ye shall spoil the Egyptians.

Favor is also a spiritual law and just as you can expect the law of gravity to work and the law of lift to work when you need it; when you are in a difficult situation is when you need the law of the favor of God to work for you and bring you out and it will work for you when you expect it.

Favor [N]

Finding favor means gaining approval, acceptance, or special benefits or blessings.

There is also a close association among favor, grace, and mercy, which are sometimes used to translate the same Hebrew and Greek words.  

Psalm 84:11 (KJV)
11  For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

Genesis 6:8
8  But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

Exodus 33:12-13 (KJV)
12  And Moses said unto the LORD, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight.
13  Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.

Luke 2:52 (KJV)
52  And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. (For Jesus this was at the age of 12)

1 Samuel 2:26 (KJV)
26  And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favour both with the LORD, and also with men.

God grants his favor at an early age for a purpose. The purpose is that we will grow up with a Favor-Mind-set.

Favor just doesn’t happen.

THERE ARE WAYS TO EXPERIENCE GOD FAVOR.

(Faith Change) 2 Peter 1:2 (KJV)
2  Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,

(Attitude Change) Philippians 2:5 (KJV)
5   Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

(Thought Change) 1 Peter 5:5b (KJV)
for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

When you live with a favor-mind-set you begin to understand.

  1. When certain things happen its God.
  2. You begin to expect God to get involved.
  3. You begin to see the hand of God in the details.

If you want to experience more of the favor of God, then embrace these (2) truths:

Truth #1: God’s Favor is God’s grace.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.” –Ephesians 2:8, NKJV

God’s favor, aka God’s grace, is the reason you are saved. You are saved by His favor.

Every part of your life is impacted by the grace and favor of God.

It means you are delivered, protected, preserved, healed and made whole by God’s Grace and favor.

Truth #2: God’s favor surrounds you continually.

 “For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield.” Psalm 5:12, NKJV

As a born-again child of God, you have been made righteous by Jesus and that righteousness came with the favor of God, which surrounds you constantly!

I know that many people seek riches and success not truly understanding that if you have God favor you have success and riches.

Proverbs 3:4 (KJV)
4  So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

THE QUESTION IS HOW DOES ONE GET FAVOR FROM GOD AND MAN?

Proverbs 8:35 (KJV)
35  For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.

Esther 2:15 (KJV)
15  Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was come to go in unto the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the king’s chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed. And Esther obtained favour in the sight of all them that looked upon her.

Genesis 39:4 (KJV)
4  And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand.

Daniel 1:9 (KJV)
9  Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs.

1.         When you Praising are God you move into His favor.

 Acts 2:47 which says:

“Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.”

2.         When you accept a difficult assignment you move in His favor.

Luke 1:30 (KJV)
30  And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.

4.         His Favor will flow through you to connect with others.

Genesis 39:21 says:

“But the Lord was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.”

5.         Never leave home without it.

Years ago, American Express had an ad campaign which suggested we “Never leave home without their credit card.”

Deuteronomy 28:2 (KJV)
2  And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.

6.         Favor is recognizable by others on you.

Genesis 30:27 says:

“And Laban said unto him, I pray thee, if I have found favour in thine eyes, tarry: for I have learned by experience that the Lord hath blessed me for thy sake.”

7.         It is the Lord that grants favor.

Exodus 12:36 (NLT2)
36  The LORD caused the Egyptians to look favorably on the Israelites, and they gave the Israelites whatever they asked for. So they stripped the Egyptians of their wealth!

The Lord Favored Me!

Genesis 18:3 (KJV)
3  And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant:

Ruth 2:13 (KJV)
13  Then she said, Let me find favour in thy sight, my lord; for that thou hast comforted me, and for that thou hast spoken friendly unto thine handmaid, though I be not like unto one of thine handmaidens.

GOD TOLD MOSES TO TELL THE PEOPLE THEY WOULD HAVE FAVOR IN THEIR DEPARTURE.

If it was not for favor where would I be?

  1. Homeless
  2. In Prison
  3. In the Grave
  4. Damaged beyond Repair

People said I didn’t have the Education to make it – But Favor

People said I didn’t have the Physical appearance to make it – But Favor

People said I didn’t have the right family backing – But favor

People said my family was dysfunctional – But Favor

GOD FAVORED ME!

The Clark Sisters had a song…

He brought me through hard trials
He brought me through tribulations
Never let a day go by and not realize
Had not been for the Lord who was on my side
Back was against the wall
He looked out for me
He heard my cry and rescued me
Never let a day go by and not realize we are blessed

Don’t take it for granted that we are here today
Just know that we’re blessed and highly favored

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What the Devil don’t want you to Know.

Exodus 3:5-10;18-19 (KJV)
5  And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.
6  Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.
7  And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;
8  And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
9  Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them.
10  Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.
Exodus 3:18-19 (KJV)
18  And they shall hearken to thy voice: and thou shalt come, thou and the elders of Israel, unto the king of Egypt, and ye shall say unto him, The LORD God of the Hebrews hath met with us: and now let us go, we beseech thee, three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God.
19  And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand.

Exodus 3:20 (KJV)
20  And I will stretch out my hand, and smite Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in the midst thereof: and after that he will let you go.

John 10:10 (KJV)
I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

It is Satan’s job to hold us down so that we will not have a full life.

The one thing Satan wants is for God’s people to live in bondage. When we live in bondage for a long period of time we become hopeless, dreamless, and visionless.

Bondage will suck the life out of you. Whether it is:

  1. Financially
  2. Relationally
  3. Sickness
  4. Fear
  5. Crisis’s

Satan doesn’t want you to know that if you are to overcome anything in this world there are 2 things that are a must:

  1. Getting Motivated
  2. Staying Motivated

Just being a good starter is not the same as being a good finisher.

Ecclesiastes 9:11 (KJV)
11  I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.

The challenge is not to get stuck in any giving situation regardless how real or hurtful it might be.

Dreamers don’t focus on what is

Dreamers focus on what could be

Romans 4:17 (KJV)
17  (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

When people lose their freedom it will place you in a life rute.

  1. Give up
  2. Lose energy
  3. Lose excitement for life

God has given us freedom.

John 8:36 (KJV)
36  If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Listen beloved. Matthew 28:19 (KJV)
19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Mission is Go ye

Freedom is come up with your own methods.

The mission has been defined, but the method you need to design.

Faith is not in the where we go, but faith is in the how we are goin to get there.

430 years Israel had been in Egypt.

430 years earlier Israel had a vision of having their own land and occupying it.

From the time God called Abraham to leave Ur that had been wandering. Now they were God’s people but they were in bondage.

The situation seems without hope!

They were crying unto the Lord for help!

They had lost the ability to dream or have visions.

God sent Moses to tell Pharaoh to let them go 3 days into the wilderness to worship.

To go and re-kindle the passion, to re-gain the vision, to dream again, and get a hope.

Pharaoh said no!

If the people Re-kindled the dream they could pass it on to their children and their children children.

Pharaoh replied no!

See this was before Jeremiah had prophesied.

Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV)
11  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

God told Moses Pharaoh would in time let the people Go!

There was a reason Satan or Pharaoh didn’t want to let the people go. If they went they would gain hope, vision, and a dream.

What Satan don’t want you to Know

  1. God is always with you. Hebrews 13:5 (KJV)
    5  Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
  2. God loves you. Romans 8:15-16 (KJV)
    15  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
    16  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
  3. God uses trials to produce. Philippians 2:15 (KJV)
    15  That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
  4. God’s power is available Philippians 4:13 (KJV)
    13  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
  5. God uses trials to produce. James 1:2-4 (KJV)
    2  My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
    3  Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
    4  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
  6. God will supply your needs. Philippians 4:19 (KJV)
    19  But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
  7. God will exceed your highest expectation. Ephesians 3:20 (KJV)
    20  Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
  8. God’s grace is sufficient. 2 Corinthians 12:9 (KJV)
    9  And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
  9. All things work for your good. Romans 8:28 (KJV)
    28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

No Satan don’t want to let you Go!

Satan is using that situation to choke the seed of Increase out of you.

Satan wants you to be:

  1. Disappointed
  2. Discouraged
  3. Angry
  4. Feeling empty
  5. Feeling alone
  6. Feeling like a failure

God has a better Place for you!

I hear God telling Satan to Let you go but I hear Satan saying No!

Psalm 30:5 (KJV)
5  For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.