IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: CULTIVATING GOD’S FAVOUR AND SUPERNATURAL POWER.
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God”
CULTIVATING GOD’S FAVOUR
Simply put, grace is favor.
God’s favor is the power that changes things for us. First and foremost, you and I are saved by His favor, and I’m not just talking about going to heaven when we die. To be saved means to be delivered, protected, preserved, healed and made whole.
God’s favor covers every area of our lives! By His favor, He has taken care of everything we will ever need—spirit, soul and body. His supernatural grace is so vast, the Bible says it is going to take all the ages to come for Him to show us all the riches of His grace in the kindness He’s given us in Christ Jesus (see Ephesians 2:7).
You may be thinking, Oh, I can’t wait until I get to heaven, so I can experience the fullness of God’s favor!
You don’t have to wait! God is pouring out His favor on us right here and now. Even before we were born again, He was giving us His favor. While we were still rebelling against Him, “God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:8).
It was God’s grace at work in your life that enabled you to be born again. From the moment you stepped into that new life—the moment you made Jesus Lord—God’s favor began working nonstop on your behalf. Being born again was just the starting place for His favor to pour out. And He will pour out grace and more favor to you every moment of your life if you’ll receive it!
Have you made Jesus the Lord of your life? You can do it right now! Simply pray this prayer.
Psalm 5:12 says, “For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield” (NKJV). That scripture is talking about the born-again child of God who serves Him. It is talking about you! Jesus made you righteous. When Jesus shed His blood, He made righteousness available to all mankind, and with it came the favor of God! God’s favor surrounds you constantly! You have been born again into His righteousness.
Praising God will give you favor.
If you want to know how to move in God’s supernatural favor. . .you’ll find an amazing answer in 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.”
CULTIVATING GOD’S SUPERNATURAL POWER
Cultivate God’s presence in your life.
- The more you can cultivate an environment that’s conducive to the Holy Spirit, the more of God’s presence you will carry. The more of His presence you carry, the more power you will have.
- You cultivate this environment by spending time doing whatever it takes to have the person presence of the Holy Spirit hanging out with you.
Cultivate God’s faith in your heart.
- True supernatural faith flows out of the spirit and affects the mind—not the other way around.
- Faith defies logic and natural reality for a higher spiritual reality. It causes natural things to line up with what God has already accomplished spiritually.
During the last 20 years, God has taught me many things about living a life full of spiritual power. The most important thing is that walking intimately with Him and having a deep grounding in His Word are essential for Him to release tremendous power through us. I’ve been blessed to witness the demonstration of His power through me thousands of times in the lives of countless people.
Another thing I’ve learned about God’s power and gifts is that although they flow out of His grace and are activated by faith, personal preparation in the areas of character, integrity and holiness enable us to sustain a constant flow of His power through our lives.
We must live in the Word and constantly renew our minds. Faith is born from revelation in the heart. When truth is revealed to your mind and heart by the Holy Spirit through the Word, faith comes alive on the inside of you. John 8:32 says, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (NKJV).
Practice prayer and fasting. Matthew 17:14-21 gives an account of the healing of an epileptic boy. The disciples couldn’t cure him, but Jesus did. When Jesus was asked why the disciples had no success, He said it was because of their unbelief.
Prayer and fasting help to release God’s faith within us. It’s the faith that produces the miracle, not the fasting. Fasting and prayer in this instance serve as the passageway into the fullness of faith that exists in God’s heart. Again, it isn’t by our works, but by His faith and grace extended toward us.
Be motivated by love. Love must be the foundation for everything you do. Without it, power can lead to pride and self-inflation.
Love is the greatest manifestation of God’s power. It was because of love that Jesus walked in total obedience. It was because of love that the power of sin and Satan were defeated.
Love is what motivates our faith (see Gal. 5:6). Love is what causes us to live in the Spirit. Love is the greatest virtue of all.
Without faith you can’t please God. But without love you can’t know Him at all. Love filled with truth is the ultimate spiritual weapon against sin, temptation, offense, disunity, sickness, oppression and spiritual corruption, and death. Love conquers all.
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