Week 51-52: God’s Favor
- Deuteronomy 29:9- 31:30
- Isaiah 61:1-63:9, Hosea 14:2-9, Joel 2:15-27, Micah 7:18-20
- Matthew 28:16-20, Hebrews 13:5-8
When God’s favor is present, the impossible is possible and people have the opportunity live as they were created. The perspective that is required to carry out our destiny is clearly focused. When Yeshua came to earth, the words of the prophet Isaiah (Chapter 61) were fulfilled in Him. That great effectual door had finally opened after all those years.
Today we are living examples of the continuation of God’s favor over all the earth. His favor did not stop after Yeshua rose from the grave and was seated at the right hand of the Father. That favor continues down through the generations into the hearts and lives of people today who will choose to serve Him. The release of God’s favor in our lives is solely dependent upon our obedience to His Word.
“Therefore, obey the terms of this covenant so that you will prosper in everything you do. All of you—tribal leaders, elders, officers, all the men of Israel—are standing today in the presence of the Lord your God. Your little ones and your wives are with you, as well as the foreigners living among you who chop your wood and carry your water. You are standing here today to enter into the covenant of the Lord your God. The Lord is making this covenant, including the curses. By entering into the covenant today, He will establish you as His people and confirm that He is your God, just as He promised you and as He swore to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” - Deuteronomy 29:9-13
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.
They shall build up the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations. Strangers shall stand and tend your flocks; foreigners shall be your plowmen and vinedressers; but you shall be called the priests of the Lord; they shall speak of you as the ministers of our God; you shall eat the wealth of the nations, and in their glory you shall boast. Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion; instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot; therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion; they shall have everlasting joy.” - Isaiah 61:1-7
“Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him—but some of them doubted! Jesus came and told His disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” - Matthew 28:16-20
“Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me? Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” - Hebrews 13:5-8
Questions for Reflection:
▪ Am I doubting what God has told me in His word?
▪ Do I believe that Yeshua Ha Meshiack is the same yesterday, today, and forever?
▪ Am I willing to obey the terms of God’s covenant with me?
▪ Do I recognize God’s favor in my life?
▪ Do I believe I have all authority in heaven and on earth to go and make disciples?
▪ Am I willing to obey the commands that God has given me?
▪ Do I believe God is with me in the person of the Holy Spirit?
▪ Am I satisfied and content with what God has given me in plenty or in want?
▪ Do I believe God will never fail me and that I have no need to fear?