IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: HIS GRACE AND FAVOUR MY PORTION.
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men (Titus 2:11).
“For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield” (NKJV).
Many Christians believe they have to somehow earn the favor of God, but the truth is, we already have His favor. God saved us because of His favor toward us.
Ephesians 2:8 tells us, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God” (NKJV).
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.
We should always see ourselves wrapped in God’s favor 24 hours a day. Every morning when you get up, throw off the covers and jump out of bed saying, “I am the righteous; Lord, Your favor surrounds me like a shield.”
Now God had brought Daniel into favor and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs.
Favor is the mother of destiny.
The Mother of destiny is FAVOUR.
You can not be great without FAVOUR.
1 Corinthians 15:10
But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain;
-THE WORD GRACE HERE MEANS FAVOUR
(1)WE ARE great because of the favour of God.
And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
THE BIBLE SAYS THAT JESUS HAD FAVOUR WITH GOD AND HAD FAVOUR WITH MEN,
MEANING: God is the source of every favour
IF GOD DOESN’T Favour you, no man no woman can FAVOUR you.
In fact, you are favoured by men because God has favoured you.
Favour is an anointing that God releases on people to enable them to do exploit.
THE POWER TO DO WHAT YOU CANNOT DO By YOURSELF IS IN THE FAVOUR OF GOD.
WHEN GOD WANT TO SHOW YOU FAVOUR HE Will CAUSE MEN TO FAVOUR YOU.
.WHAT POWER CANNOT DO FOR YOU, Favour will do it for you
FAVOUR WILL DO WHAT WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE CANNOT DO.
B)THE TIME OF FAVOR
Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.
When YOU OPERATE IN THE REALM OF FAVOUR, God WILL TAKE EVERY STRUGGLE AWAY FROM YOU.
WHAT You ARE SUPPOSE TO BE STRUGGLING FOR, you stop struggling for it
When doors are closed for others, doors will be opened for you
C) THE OIL OF FAVOUR
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:(thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.)
I want you to understand today under the sound of my voice
You have battled enough.
You fought all kinds of fights.
You have fasted and prayed all manner of prayers.
You have fought against principalities and powers,
You have bound countless demons, and the kingdom of darkness knows you by name.
You can memorize and quote every promise of God in the Bible.
But I am led to tell you by the power in the name of Jesus that in this season you need THE FAVOUR OF GOD.
EVERYTHING THAT You DESIRE IS MAGNETISED TO YOU THROUGH FAVOUR
WHEN YOU ARE WALKING IN THE FAVOUR Of GOD,YOU MAY NOT HAVE THE CREDENTIALS, YOU MAY NOT BE QUALIFIED,
YOU MAY NOT HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO LEAD YOU THERE, BUT THE FAVOUR WILL QUALIFY YOU, FAVOUR WILL OPEN THAT DOOR FOR YOU, THE OIL OF FAVOUR WILL SPEAK FOR YOU.
YOU MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO DEFEND YOURSELF, THE FAVOR OF GOD WILL DEFEND YOU.
EVERYTHING YOU HAVE RECEIVED SO FAR IS THROUGH FASTING AND PRAYER, THROUGH BINDING AND LOOSENING,
THROUGH SPIRITUAL WARFARE. BUT TODAY YOU WILL RECEIVE IT THROUGH THE PLATFORM OF FAVOUR.
E)The oil OF FAVOUR is the oil of speed.
-You can do in one week what you could not do in one year
FAVOUR WILL BRING YOU BEFORE KINGS
FAVOUR WILL CONNECT YOU TO GREAT AND MIGHTY PEOPLE
THE BIBLE TELLS US THAT NOW GOD HAD BROUGHT DANIEL INTO FAVOUR, THE BIBLE FURTHER TELLS US THAT THOUGH HE WAS A PROPHET HE WAS NOT INTO THE FAVOUR – HE WAS OUT OF FAVOUR.
YOU CAN SEE FAVOUR.
YOU CAN SMELL FAVOUR.
YOU CAN BE IN THE ATMOSPHERE OF FAVOUR WITHOUT BEING INTO THE FAVOR.
YOU CAN SMELL IT, YOU CAN SEE IT, YOU CAN FELL IT, WITHOUT EXPERIENCING IT.
IT’S ONE THING TO SEE IT, AND IT’S ANOTHER IS TO EXPERIENCE IT.
WHEN YOU COME INTO FAVOUR YOU WILL ATTRACT ENEMIES.
MY PRAYER FOR YOU
WHAT YOU COULD NOT DO IN ONE WEEK MAY GOD DO IT FOR YOU IN ONE DAY.
WHAT YOU COULD NOT DO IN ONE MONTH MAY YOU DO IT IN ONE WEEK.
WHAT YOU COULD NOT DO IN ONE YEAR MAY YOU DO IT IN ONE MONTH.
The principle of grace is as fundamental to Christianity as that of justice is to Law, or love is to marriage. Christianity cannot be understood apart from an adequate grasp of grace. The doctrine of grace distinguishes the Christian faith from every other religion in the world, as well as from the cults.36 Rightly understood and applied, the doctrine of grace can revolutionize one’s Christian life.
As I approach this study of the grace of God I am fully aware of the fact that most Christians suppose they know all they need to on the subject. A major factor in this misconception is that quick and easy definitions have been given for grace. Grace, we all know, is God’s unmerited favor. In acrostic fashion we have been taught to define grace as God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense … GRACE. These are simply inadequate, and thus we must devote this entire message to a more precise definition of grace. We will attempt to accomplish this by a series of statements or propositions which will be explained in some detail.
(1) Grace is a part of the character of God. Grace is most frequently spoken of as a commodity, that is distributed, and such it is. But first and foremost, grace is a description of the character of God, which is displayed by His gifts to men. God is a God of grace, and He desires to make this known not only to men, but also to the angelic hosts.
He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, which He lavished upon us. In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fulness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things upon the earth. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ should be to the praise of His glory (Ephesians 1:5-12).
And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus, in order that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:1-10).
This attribute of grace has always been a part of God’s character since God is immutable or changeless (cf. James 1:17). Some have supposed that the God of the Old Testament is someone other than the God of the New. But we know that the grace of God is frequently evidenced in the Old Testament Scriptures. Men of God knew Him as a God of grace.
But He, being compassionate, forgave their iniquity, and did not destroy them; And often He restrained His anger, And did not arouse all His wrath (Psalm 78:38).
“And they refused to listen, And did not remember Thy wondrous deeds which Thou hadst performed among them; So they became stubborn and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt. But Thou art a God of forgiveness, Gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness; And Thou didst not forsake them” (Nehemiah 9:17).
The grace of God was that attribute which most displeased Jonah, the “pouting prophet,” as some have called him. God called him to preach to the Ninevites, knowing that the Assyrians would later serve as His chastening rod on disobedient Israel. Jonah foolishly fled to Tarshish, attempting to thwart the will of God. By means of a storm, some sailors, and a large fish God arranged a change in his plans. Eventually Jonah did preach to the Ninevites, but his response to their repentance was disgraceful:
But it greatly displeased Jonah, and he became angry. And he prayed to the Lord and said, “Please Lord, was not this what I said while I was still in my own country? Therefore, in order to forestall this I fled to Tarshish, for I knew that Thou art a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, and one who relents concerning calamity” (Jonah 4:1-2).
It was the grace of God that angered Jonah because this time grace was granted to the enemies of Israel. To Jonah, patriotism was more important than preaching or piety. Ironically, it was grace which kept God from dealing with Jonah as severely as his sin would require. How gently God asked Jonah, “Do you have good reason to be angry?” (4:4).
David sinned by numbering the Israelites, contrary to the advice of Joab (1 Chronicles 21:1ff.). God rebuked David through the prophet Gad, giving him a choice of one of three calamities: three years of famine; three months of defeat by the hand of their enemies; or three days at the hand of the Lord (verses 11-12). David’s response reveals his grasp of the grace of God:
“I am in great distress; please let me fall into the hand of the Lord, for His mercies are very great. But do not let me fall into the hand of man” (verse 13).
The gracious character of God was fully manifested in the person of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the revealer of the Father (John 1:18), the exact representation of the Father (Hebrews 1:3):
And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. … For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ (John 1:14, 17).
Paul can therefore write to Titus:
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men (Titus 2:11).
In both His words (Luke 4:22) and His works (Matthew 9:36; 14:14; Mark 6:31, etc.) Jesus demonstrated grace. He did not come to judge or to condemn, but to forgive and to save (John 3:16-17; 8:10-11).
We can do nothing else but conclude that God is, was, and will ever be a God of grace. That is His character, and it is therefore the ultimate cause of His graciousness toward men.
(2) Grace is epitomized on the cross of Calvary. While the grace of God is described in the Old Testament, it is not defined until the New Testament. I believe that we cannot grasp the grace of God except in the light of Calvary.
Grace is not merely a part of the plan of redemption, but it is the silver cord that runs through every facet of the work of redemption. Election, the sovereign choice made in eternity past of those who would be saved (cf. Ephesians 1:4), is called a “choice of grace” (Romans 11:5, NASV margin).38 The entire work of Christ in coming to earth, dying for sinners, and being crowned with glory, is said by the writer to the Hebrews to be “by the grace of God” (Hebrews 2:9).
The gospel is the “gospel of grace” (Acts 20:24); the Scriptures are the “word of His grace” (Acts 14:3; 20:32).
(3) While grace has always existed as a part of the character of God and was epitomized on the cross of Christ, it is expressed in a wide variety of forms. Grace takes many forms in the Bible, and it is well to define it so that the diversity of these forms is taken into account. Since we will discuss some of these later in greater detail, let me briefly enumerate some of the forms which grace takes.
Common grace is that benevolence which is poured out upon all men, regardless of their spiritual condition:
“But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you; in order that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (Matthew 5:44-45).
“And in the generations gone by He permitted all the nations to go their own ways; and yet He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with good and gladness” (Acts 14:16-17).
God is gracious in making provision for the salvation of all men and in commanding its universal proclamation. He is also gracious in delaying judgment, thereby giving men ample time to repent (2 Peter 3:9).
Grace. We as Christians love that word. It is our life and our breath, literally and spiritually. We know it and hold it close, because it is by God’s grace in Jesus we are rescued from our sin.
What we don’t always think about, however, is that grace – Christ’s generous mercy toward us – is the daily, soul-sustaining power that God imparts to every believer.
It is not only at the moment of belief that we experience grace, but in our everyday walk. Wherever we are, whatever season we’re in, God’s grace sustains us.
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