Favour! God's Channel For Prosperity
What Is Favour?
What is favour? favour which can also be translated as grace is the unmerited favor of God. It is God's ability to do for one what they cannot do for themselves. Even our salvation came through favor (grace) for Ephesians 2:8-9 declares that for by grace (favour) are ye saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God not of works lest any man should boast.
God did for mankind what they could not do. Through his Son Jesus he redeemed (bought us back) us from the curse of the law which is poverty, sickness and spiritual death (Galatians 3:13-14). Practically speaking favour is like being in the grocery store and being at the end of a long line when all of a sudden another teller comes and says I can take you over here.
Many people are in the long line of waiting for something to happen in there finances, family, career and so on. They may have done everything that they know to do only to remain in the line of nothing happening, but God is ready to freely give his favour and move those to the head of the line who love him.
In the book of Exodus 12:35-36 we find Israel God's people in a back up line for some 430 years as they were slaves generation after generation.They were not being paid for all their labor but God gave them favour with the Egyptians and they turned over all of their silver, gold and apparel in one day after 430 years.
People today are being unfairly treated and may find themselves in the long line of waiting for a deserving promotion on the job, financial increase, family restoration and so on. But like the teller who says may I help the next person over here? Favour will position the first to be last and the last to be first (Matthew 19:30).
Practically speaking a person does not need everybody liking them, but only the right person liking them who is in the position to make a difference. In our analogy the only person who could help the person in the long grocery line was the teller who had the right to use his or her authority to move one from one line to the other because they were employed there. God can use favour to direct a person to show favour to another.
Proverbs 3:4 declares that as a person does not let mercy and truth forsake them (word of God) but binds them about their neck and hides them upon the tables of their heart, they will find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Because Jesus was obedient to the Father the bible says in Luke 2:52 that he increased in wisdom and stature and in favour with God and man.
Notice that in this verse he first increased in wisdom (word of God) and the wisdom affected his stature and help him to grow up and he then experienced the favour of God and man. Favour does not happen for those who refuse to grow up and partake of the meat of the word and get off of the milk bottle (smile).
7 Facts concerning Favour
Even though one is positioned for favour, the choices one makes can stop it
Refusing to respond to the invitation of the teller (earlier analogy) and refusing to move will cause someone else to move ahead. Decisions are vital during the opportunities God brings through favour.
Favour stops when motives are not pure
James 4:3 says you have not because you ask amiss (wrong motives)
Favour flows in the area of purpose
Where God guides he provides so find purpose which is the will of God for a persons life and watch the favour of God flourish.
Favour only flows when one is in right relationship with others
In Job 42 God turned the captivity of Job only when he prayed for his friends.
God resists the proud but gives grace (favour) to the humble
Pride only keeps a person down because it goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall, but as a person humbles themselves under the mighty hand of God he will exalt them in due time (1Peter 5:6).
Favour flows where there is order
The key to coming out of anything is knowing where you are because it's the first step to order. God asked Adam where are you? not taking the time to know where you are spiritually, financially, relationally, etc will only keep one confused and God is not the author of confusion.
Favour flows where there is balance
Proverbs 11:1 declares that a false balance is abomination to the Lord but a just weight is his delight. God does not want a person to unjustly tip the scales in their favor through cheating and lies.