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Summary: You are frustrated with your faith because you don't recognize the power of the resurrected Jesus in your life. You limit yourself based on what you think you can do or accomplish.

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This Scripture teaches us about what God's Favor is all about.

"God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus." Ephesians 2:4-7

God shows His favor through mercy

"God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead."

Who is the richest person you know? You know what's sad? We define the word rich with money. In other words, what you just read is not "who is the richest person you know?" But you read "Who do I know who has the most money?" When we think of the word 'rich' we think of money.

Followers of Jesus should know better. (Matthew 5:3-10) We consider Spiritual currency to be more important, more vital to our existence than money. Jesus said those who are poor and humble are rich, although the word he used was 'blessed'. Jesus said those who pursue justice, those who are merciful, those who are pure, those who work for peace or who are persecuted all are blessed. Jesus defined these characteristics as the Spiritual currency we want to work hard for.

In the same sermon, Jesus said it this way, "Seek first the Kingdom of God." (Matthew 6:33) The Kingdom of God uses Spiritual currency and the most common denomination is mercy. God is rich in mercy. Bloomberg news claims that Bill Gates is the richest man in the world with 73 billion dollars. If we stacked a billion one dollar bills the height of that stack would reach about 68 miles from the earth's surface, more than 60 miles higher that commercial jets fly. If we stack a 100 billion one dollar bills the height of that stack would measure almost 6,800 miles from the earth's surface. Now consider that The International Space Station is about 220 miles away. And you get an idea of how much money 73 billion dollars is. As much money as that is, God is much wealthier than that.

Paul says in Ephesians that His mercy is immeasurable. We can't fathom the height of that stack.

God shows His favor through power

"For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus."

Do you have any idea how powerful God is? What God can do? I'm convinced a lot of folks, even those who claim to be Christians have no clue. God showed His favor by sending Jesus to us. Jesus raised Himself from the dead. That same Spirit lives in those who are followers of Jesus. (Romans 8:11) And this is why I believe that most of us have no clue about this power that lives in us, because a lot of us live in absolute boredom with our faith. How can we exist with the power that raised Jesus from the dead and be bored? If you're bored with faith there's only one reason.


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