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Walking in the Favor of the Lord
By Pastor Jerry C. Vargo - Part One

I. Introduction.

A. There is a word in the Bible that is most often overlooked: FAVOR.

B. We use this term in modern day vernacular: Hey, would you do me a FAVOR. That is, "would you do something for me that I don’t really deserve? I’m still asking—even though I know it is a FAVOR AND because I know we are in relationship."

C. Note: In God’s eyes, there are no FAVORITES! His Love is across the board.

D. Inconsistent with the book of James: Partiality.

James 2:1
2:1 My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism.

E. Listen: It is possible to love someone, but not like him. God does not like what every man does; But He loves all because He wills the best for every man.

Psalm 7:11
"God judges the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day."

F. This word—FAVOR—can change your life.

G. The word has multiplied meanings.

G. Old Testament: Grace, charm, acceptance, goodwill, or desire. I love this definition: To bend (condescend) or stoop in kindness to an inferior. Lastly—To be shown consideration.

H. New Testament: You are more familiar than you think. It is from the Greek word: "Charis." This is where we get our word for "Grace." It is where we get our word for "Gifts of the Holy Spirit." Charismata Gifts. Listen, even the gifts of the Holy Spirit are a sign of God’s FAVOR on us.

I. Other NT meanings: The divine influence upon the heart and its reflection in the life. That which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, and loveliness. Grace of speech. What is due to grace. The spiritual condition of one governed by the power of divine grace.

J. So, let me just say it like this: FAVOR is different from Grace, although it comes from the same root word. Grace is undeserved—The Bible is full of instruction about how we can obtain FAVOR (We will look at these in this series): FAVOR COMES UPON THOSE WHO…

Keeping His Commands
Walking in Kindness and Truth
Good Understanding produces FAVOR
Finding a Good Wife is God’s FAVOR

K. All of these things produce FAVOR! Remember when I said that there were three things needed to walk in your dreams? Those three things apply to finding FAVOR with God:

1. Total Unconditional Surrender
2. Absolute Purity
3. Kingdom Thinking: Having the Mind of Christ.

L. Actually, DREAMS and FAVOR are brothers! Throughout the Bible, you will not find ANYONE who had a mission from God who did not also have God’s FAVOR.

M. What does this mean? It means that God likes you—He loves you—and He
T & J Henderson
June 23, 2016
,Thank you Pastor for this teaching, most helpful, thanks for sharing !
Larry Orundami
June 7, 2014
Thank you pastor. By the leading of the Holy Spirit, the theme for the month of June at our church is "favored by grace". Yours is a good materials to strengthen the brethren at our local assembly. God bless. Pastor Lanre Orundami.
Russ Conway
February 1, 2014
Thank you, Pastor. I was doing a study on the favour of the Lord and walking in that favour and this message helped me so much. I am planning to use parts of it at an Installation Service this weekend. Thank you.
Rob Stover
December 28, 2013
Thank you Pastor. I am doing a personal study on Luke 2:52 to model my life after in the coming year and found your sermon very helpful!
Deb Baker
March 29, 2011
I think this is the teaching my church needs,Thank you for allowing the Holy Soirit to led you to share this teaching