“God’s favor is a big deal—it’s right up there with faith, grace, and the mercy of God.” Steven Furtick
Psalm 30:5 NKJV
“For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.”
A few days ago, I began to research scripture about “God’s favor”. I found over 70 places in scripture where God’s favor is mentioned. This is what I am reminded of:
• God’s favor is priceless.
• God’s favor is immeasurable.
• God’s favor gives us security.
• God’s favor is for every season of our life.
• God’s favor is found among the righteous.
Bible characters, like Noah, David, Mary, and Paul all experienced God’s favor. These, among others, experienced God’s favor in unique ways.
I too desire to experience God’s favor. Some of the ways to experience God’s favor are to love God, love people, hate sin, live a holy life, and be faithful to God.
I have heard several prophecies at the beginning of 2019, that this is a year of harvest. I say yes and amen! I’m praying for you to experience God’s favor, and see His harvest. “May God be merciful and bless us. May his face smile with favor on us.” (Psalm 67:1 NLT)
As Jesus reminded us in Luke 4:19 (NLT) “…the time of the Lord’s favor has come”. May you be empowered with the Holy Spirit to influence the lives of others, heal the brokenhearted, to see the sick healed, and see those that are in bondage, set free. When you experience God’s favor, you will be empowered to influence!
This is your season!
“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17).
The song by William Murphy that says, “this is my season for grace and mercy” keeps coming to mind. I believe that this is our season, and we will reap from the seed we have sown. I am expecting an abundance of God’s blessings for you and your family.
Recently in “Sparking Gems” by Rick Renner I am reminded of the power of the sword of the Spirit, mentioned in Ephesians 6:17. In this devotion, Renner speaks of three different types of swords used by the Roman soldiers. The one used for practice was large, heavy, and took two hands to handle. Another was long, but often only wounded the enemy.
The kind of sword that was used mostly for battle, is the one mentioned in Ephesians 6:17, and comes from a Greek word ‘machira’. Renner describes it as “an exceptionally brutal weapon”.
It was one that was shaped like a dagger-type sword, razor sharp on both sides of the blade, and the tip of the sword often turned upward to do more bodily harm. I think you get the picture! This had to be a powerful weapon the Roman soldiers used against the enemy.
In Hebrews 4:12, the word of God is referenced as “sharper than any two-edged sword.” Today we have one of the most powerful weapons in our hand- God’s Word! It is not only good to fight battles with, but it also equips us to do His good work. It will bring correction in our lives, as well as give us guidance when needed.
Coming off of a three-week Sabbatical, I’m more convinced than ever of the power of God’s Word. I encourage you to make it a part of your daily time, reading and listening to what the Spirit of the Lord has to say. It will empower you to influence those you serve!
“You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word” (Psalm 119:114).
Now that we are a few days into 2019, most New Year Resolutions will be forgotten, but I’d like to give a few suggestions for how we can accomplish our goals this year. Goal-setting, if done correctly, can provide great opportunities for spiritual growth, and empower you for influence.
The Bible is full of examples of men and women that set goals. Noah’s goal, as instructed by God, was to build the ark. Jacob’s goal was to have Rachel as his bride. He gave 14 years of his life to reach this goal. Nehemiah’s goal was to rebuild Jerusalem’s wall, and he did so in 56 days.
In Nehemiah 2:17, we read, “Then I said to them, ‘You see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire. Come and let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer be a reproached.’”
We not only read of Nehemiah’s goal, but we are also given the reason behind his goal. Nehemiah stated, “that we may no longer be a disgrace.” Knowing the why is often the motivation for the what!
Setting goals may not be for everyone, but if you would like to be on this goal-setting journey with me, let’s get started. Here are five ideas in goal-setting:
1. Aim. Be specific in setting goals. If your goal is to read more books in 2019, decide how many and purchase the first three on your list.
2. Block out time. Often, we leave it up to finding time to work on certain goals. The reality is that time is never found. All of us have 24 hours a day to achieve our daily goals if we are intentional to block out the time.
3. Prioritizing goals. Not all goals require specific times of our day, but they do require our attention. Prioritize what is most important. Some days we will not have time to accomplish all of our goals, and that is okay.
4. Guard your goals. Warning! Don’t share your goals with everyone. Some people wouldn’t understand the reason for your goals. Determine who the key people are that will help you accomplish your goals. Ask them to hold you accountable.
5. Keep score. Focus on the gain and not the gap. Measure success and not defeat. There are many ways to keep score, such as using planners, apps, or journals. Find what works best for you, but be sure to keep score and celebrate the wins.
May your new year be filled with God’s wonderful blessings, as you work to accomplish His will for your life. Blessings!
Bishop Tim Lamb combines over 34 years of pastoral and church planting experience to lead LifePoint Ministries. Bishop Tim's unique prophetic insight, forward-thinking leadership, and compassion for people combine to make him an effective leader for our pastors and churches.