Summary: The Favor of God is a neglected topic that robs every believer of the blessings of God.
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Walking in the Favor of the Lord
By Pastor Jerry C. Vargo - Part Two
A. This morning, we are looking at a very important subject. We are discussing what it means to have the FAVOR of the Lord—or to walk in the FAVOR of the Lord.
B. I started this series last week and because of the often neglect of this subject, I think I will recap that message for the sake of those who did not hear it and as a refresher for those who did.
C. We use this word FAVOR in a very narrow sense in our culture. "Would you do me a FAVOR?" That is, "would you do something for me even though I don’t necessarily deserve it AND because I know we are in relationship?"
D. We did a fairly exhaustive word study, that I can’t take the time to review, but in a nutshell when the Bible speaks of FAVOR, it means:
To bend (condescend) or stoop in kindness to
The divine influence on the heart and its
reflection in the life.
It comes from the Greek word, "Charis" where we get our word for Grace (Grace is undeserved-Favor can be obtained).
E. At least three things apply to finding FAVOR with God:
1. Total Unconditional Surrender
2. Absolute Purity
3. Kingdom Thinking: Having the Mind of Christ.
F. We said DREAMS and FAVOR are brothers—when God gives you a mission, He also gives you FAVOR to accomplish the task!
G. I cited Lance Wallnau as a Pastor who really has given the best definition of FAVOR. Let me give those to you, and then we will launch into the heart of today’s message…
Literal meaning: Technical Greek Definition…
"To have the peculiar signature of God’s FAVOR or honor or cherishing value placed on you so that when he sees you there is a special value he has for 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."
A. OK…with all that said, let’s move on to examine more principles of FAVOR.
B. Last week we examined Noah and Joseph as examples of those with FAVOR, today, let’s look at others who had this same FAVOR:
(1) Children of Israel
A. Turn to Exodus 3:20-22. Note the following:
1. God grants FAVOR in the presence of your enemies – vs. 21
2. How the Egyptians cooperate – vs. 22
3. Remember also that their deliverance was God’s FAVOR. Why? Because they had a mission/dream to fulfill.
B. Now look at Exodus 4:1-9. Miracles are often present with FAVOR.
A. Turn to Exodus 33:12-17. There are some great principles of FAVOR in these verses:
1. It is possible to be known by God and NOT have FAVOR – vs. 12
2. Moses prays IF (denoting that it’s possible NOT to know) I have found FAVOR—let me know 2 things…vs. 13