Favor of God
Grant van Boeschoten
June 21, 2009
Luke 4:18-19 (NLT) 18 "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has appointed me to preach Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see,
that the downtrodden will be freed from their oppressors, 19 and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come. "
Every person is created by God with a destiny on their life, but not everyone lives up to the potential and the plans that God has for them. This morning, I am declaring that you can achieve the destiny that God has created you for.
Every day that you live is a gift from God and each season has a destiny on it, but are you living up to the calling that God has for you. This morning I am declaring that you can live this season of your life and fulfill your God given purpose in it.
Every family has a destiny and a purpose, but not every family flourishes inside of the plans of God. This morning I am declaring that your family can achieve the purposes that God has brought you together for.
We’re talking about the Favor of God, and when you have the favor of God in your life you are fully empowered to fulfill you destiny.
There was a reason why God created Noah, like you, he was born with a destiny on his life. But he was living in the middle of a corrupt, perverse and immoral generation. In fact, the Bible says that God looked at the state of mankind and he was sorry that he had ever made them.
But Noah found favor with the LORD. Gen 6:8 (NLT)
Destiny – build an ark, provide a fresh start for the human race.
The rains came down and the floods came up, and Noah and his family alone were saved.
Noah and his family achieved their God given destiny on the earth, because Noah had the Favor of God in his life.
When you live with the Favor of God on your life, you are fully empowered to fulfill you destiny.
Born with a destiny on his life – lead Egypt through the famine and provide safety and prosperity for his family
• was the favorite son
• sold as a slave to Potipher, became the favorite slave, rose to the top
• thrown in jailer, gained favor with the jailors, rose to the top
• brought before Pharaoh, God gave him the answer, promoted from prisoner to Prime Minister in a day
And the Bible says that God granted Joseph Favor.
But the LORD was with Joseph there, too, and he granted Joseph favor with the chief jailer. Gen 39:21 (NLT)
No matter what the circumstance was, Joseph rose to the top of his environment, he was the favorite slave, prisoner and Prime Minister and the Lord was with him.
Joseph achieved his destiny with his life, with every season of his life and for his family as well.
When you live with the Favor of God on your life, you are fully empowered to fulfill your destiny in every season.
Destiny – Savior of the World
Even as he was growing up, Jesus had the favor of God on his life.
52 And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature , and in favor with God and men. Luke 2:52 (NASB)
• taught with authority, wisdom and understanding