The Message-Favor Nov. 2016

 God wants your praise, and worship. He wants you dependent on Him, not yourself or others. He wants you to come to Him with your cares, issues, concerns, before you call a friend, ask a co-worker, or family member. Give Him a chance to help you. Trust Him enough to come to Him first. God created us, He gave us the breath we breathe.

 If you will let the Lord, He will get you through the storms of life, remove you away from the gates of hell, and into His loving care. But you have to invite Him in. You have to ask Jesus to be your Lord, and Savior, and to forgive you of your sins.

 He wants to take care of you. He wants you to place Him first in your life, before your job, your wife, your child, your relationship, your music, your gaming, your sports, and everything else. He is a jealous God and wants you to realize He is the Provider, the Healer, and the Comforter. He gives out love, grace, and mercy like it was rain falling.

 Deuteronomy 8:18 Remember the Lord they God, for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he swore unto thy fathers, as it is this day.

 The Lord is the One who gave us the power to be intelligent, creative, to learn and understand. He gives us the power to get wealth. He doesn’t give us this power to get wealth, for our own selfish desires. He won’t give it to us to keep up with the Jones’s, or to buy more stuff we don’t use or need. This power is tied to His plan, His will, not ours. He wants us to quit being selfish, and to help others. Ask Him to bless you, so you can bless others. That is how the power to get wealth is used. It is God’s will for us to feed the hungry, help the poor.

 The Lord will show you favor when you understand it isn’t always about you, but others. He can place us where we need to be to obtain that next promotion, to start that business, to get into that college, or go on a missionary trip overseas. He can open doors no man can shut. He can make people like you be chosen, and cause others to give you opportunities they don’t even understand why they are doing it. Influence is favor. With God’s favor, you could go to the front of the line.

 Don’t pretend you got your wealth all by yourself. That you alone were able to buy that new house, new vehicle, those PS4’s with Sony headphones, the 65 inch 4K TV, that trip to Israel. You didn’t get here all by yourself. He gave you the very breath you are breathing, your intellect, motivation, desires, and creativity. When your enemies tried to stop you, the Lord was there to block them, because they were too strong for you. He opened the doors that you went through where the new job was, promotion was, where the new house was, where that degree was. He gave you favor because you were being a blessing to others. You finally realized it isn’t all about you. You finally give God credit for all your blessings. Anything good that comes in your life, God had a hand in it.

 God is here to help you. He will lead you on the right path, through all the storms of life. He will never leave you nor forsake you.

 When you get rid of your selfishness, when you understand it isn’t about you, then God knows He can trust you with favor. He controls favor, and can give it at His pleasure. When you have His will in your heart, He will give you favor. His Kingdom come His will be done.

 God Bless. Heal the broken-hearted, bind up all their wounds.