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Favor--Walking in the Favor of the Lord - Part 1

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Sermon shared by Jerry Vargo

November 2003
Summary: The Favor of God is a neglected topic that robs every believer of the blessings of God.
Series: Favor
Denomination: Pentecostal
Audience: Believer adults
there is a special value he has for you…In other words…God really likes you!"

"When He likes you, there is such an influence that comes upon you that the charisma of God himself rubs off on you which makes other people like you or cooperate with you whether they like you or not!"

" FAVOR is the special affection of God toward you that releases an influence on you, so that others are inclined to like you, or to cooperate with you."

II. Body.

A. All of this is just an introduction so that we clearly understand the nature of God’s FAVOR.

B. With the little time we have left, I want to begin to build a case (just using two examples this morning) that undoubtedly shows that God’s FAVOR rests upon those who go after God and the Dreams that He places in their hearts.

C. Who Had Favor In The Bible?

Noah

A. Genesis 6:5-8 (Verses 9-21 – show that He was a Kingdom Thinker) + Verse 22 (Total Unconditional Surrender) + Verse 23 (Absolute Purity).

Joseph

B. Genesis 39:1-12. The whole story speaks of his commitment to find FAVOR: Total Unconditional Surrender, Absolute Purity, and Kingdom Thinking.

C. If we had time, we would read on and find that His FAVOR had an interesting turn. Remember what I said earlier? Joseph actually suffered in the midst of doing what was right. (What does it profit to suffer for doing right)?

D. He goes to prison: He finds FAVOR with the Chief Jailer.

E. He was promoted to the second in charge in Egypt: He found FAVOR with the King.

F. Now, listen…after the process of brokenness—which we all go through to walk in FAVOR —Joseph does the right thing and he extends FAVOR to his brothers!

WARNING: FAVOR is a dangerous thing! It can cause you to begin to embrace everything that comes your way—GOD OR NOT!

Thank Him for your brokenness and life lessons—they prepare you to be able to handle the FAVOR of the Lord!

G. Also Note: Those who have FAVOR, bless those around them. Genesis 39:3, 5.

" FAVOR is the special affection of God toward you that releases an influence on you, so that others are inclined to like you, or to cooperate with you."

III. Conclusion.

A. I want to encourage you today: WE NEED TO GO AFTER THE FAVOR OF THE LORD:

In Church
In the Marketplace
In the Educational System
In the Government

B. We go after it with three things in mind:

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

C. Listen to the following verses as I close:

Psalm 5:12
"For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your FAVOR as with a shield."
NIV

Psalm 30:5
"For His anger is but for a moment, His FAVOR is for a lifetime; Weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning."
NAS

Psalm 30:6-7
"Now in my prosperity I said, "I shall never be moved. "LORD, by Your FAVOR You have made my mountain stand strong;You hid Your face, and I was troubled."
NKJV
Comments and Shared Ideas
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

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