Basking in favor is the normal Christian life!
There we were on a fishing boat up in Alaska, about to dip our lines in the water, when an orca leaped out of the ocean and danced in front of our boat. The orca was followed by humpbacks surfacing right next to us to say hello. And then, when they had moved on their way, we proceeded to set a record for our salmon limit. The weathered experts who had done this for years said that our experiences were unusual. Incredible. Unheard of.
What was happening? Why were our experiences so wonderfully abnormal?
Father was smiling on us.
I started putting in my order for weather many months ago, and I started the process of receiving the goodness of God for our trip long before we set foot on an airplane. But Father went way beyond what I ever could have hoped for!
Ephesians 3:20-21 – Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
I know that Father’s not only able: He is willing!
How about you? Are you preparing for the favored life?
We, as the Church, are still digging out of years of condemnation and law-oriented preaching, wherein we don’t measure up and should not expect much from Father.
From a devolving of truth that began to increase shortly after the apostles passed away, religion has developed in such a way as to keep the common believer from true sonship and the grace that comes with sonship which is offered in Jesus (the Messiah). Now, this has not been the whole church and it hasn’t overwhelmed the whole of religion, but enough of this has come through that it’s affected us all, harming our hope in the power of the gospel.
Our religious systems have made something that was meant to be very easy into something that is very hard. What should be easy, you ask? Simple: receiving the grace of God.
Our process might look like this.
If you desire something from Father, you first must remember that you are an unworthy worm.
Then you beg Father to provide this desire, unsure if you will receive it. Often this is what we call supplication, petition or intercession.
As a special additive, you might need to offer mountains of worship or masses of sacrifice like Solomon did. This might help, but you can’t be sure. But you are hoping to talk Father into what you desire.
In our denomination or sectarian traditions we each have created ways to be heard, that we might get our needs met. For some it’s fasting, others it’s praying all night, others it’s worship, for some the Rosary, others beads, some offerings or alms.
Now I’m not mocking, nor am I saying that some of our traditions aren’t important. Nor am I saying some of this is not valid or in scripture. But I’m pointing out that we tend to wallow in a culture of unworthiness and thus unbelief with regard to grace and favor from God.
But here’s the thing: favor is more of a past tense issue of the Kingdom life.
The truth is that favor was released into your personal account when you accepted what Jesus did for you. It is a past-tense reality that is available in your present-tense world.
Ephesians 1:3-6 – Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
John 1:15-16 – John testified about Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.'” For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.
Notice in the preceding verses the emphasis on “has” blessed us, and “we have all received.” See how this has already been given to us? It has been given to us because grace and favor have been given to Him. He already has the victory, and we are hidden in Him. We abide in Him!
Please continue to read as I take more time to unfold how we can walk in the favor of God each day. And if this blessed you, be sure to share it!