September 19, 2021

When God Favors Man

When God Favors Man
Title: When God Favors Man
Text: Ps. 102:13
[Psa 102:13]  Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.
  • Favor is the tangible evidence that a man has the approval of the Lord
  • Favor is being preferred above others in all things
  • One minute of favor can wipe away 40 years of struggle
  • Favor will open doors that did not exist (USC story)
  • Where others have failed, a favored man will succeed
  • Where others are being rejected, a favored man is being accepted
  • A favored man is a blessed man
  • Favor is the difference between open heavens and closed heavens
  • Favor is not partiality.  God is not partial, but God can provide favor 
  • We can position ourselves to be recipients of the favor of God
    • Abraham was favored
    • Isaac was favored
    • Jacob was definitely favored
    • Joseph was favored
    • David was favored
    • Solomon was favored
    • Esther was favored
    • Mordecai was favored
    • Job was favored, and many many more
    • Tolu Makinde is favored
Main Topic
When God favors a man:
  • Everything in the man’s life falls into place – Job
    • [Job 42:10]  And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.
    • [Job 42:11]  Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.
    • [Job 42:12]  So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.
  • Years of struggle is wiped away –
    • Job
    • Woman healed from the issue of blood
    • Man by the pool of Bethesda
  • All things work together for the man’s good – Rom 8:28
    • [Rom 8:28]  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
  • Whatever the man touches is blessed 
    • [Gen 26:12]  Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him.
  • Captivity is turned around
    • [Psa 126:1]  When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.
    • Job 42:10
    • Mark 5:1-20
  • All of the man’s enemies are subdued
    • [Deu 28:7]  The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.
    • Mordecai and Haman
    • [Est 7:10]  So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king’s wrath pacified.
  • All of the man’s needs are met
    • [Php 4:19]  But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
    • [Isa 58:11]  And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
    • Manna from heaven
    • Elijah was fed supernaturally
    • The widow of Zarephath
  • The heavens over the man remains perpetually opened
    • Obededom – in just 3 months, he received a lifetime of blessing
  • Other men are used to bless the man
    • Modecai 
    • [Est 9:4]  For Mordecai was great in the king’s house, and his fame went out throughout all the provinces: for this man Mordecai waxed greater and greater.
    • Mephiboseth – was raised from the dunghill to the palace
    • Joseph – went from prison to prime minister at the word of Pharaoh
How to obtain the favor of God
  1. Love God and demonstrate it – David
  2. Love people and demonstrate it – Paul the Apostle
  3. Hate what God hates – Joseph
  4. Give gifts and offerings – Abel
  5. Be faithful – Joseph
  6. Be righteous and blameless – Joseph
    1. [Psa 5:12]  For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.
  7. Be submissive – Esther
  8. Be humble – Moses
  9. Be wise – get wisdom
A few Scriptures on favor
  • [Pro 8:35]  For whoso findeth me [wisdom] findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.
  • [Pro 18:22]  Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.
  • [Psa 30:5]  For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
  • [Psa 84:11]  For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
  • [Psa 106:4]  Remember me, O LORD, with the favour that thou bearest unto thy people: O visit me with thy salvation;

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