Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

April 26, 2014

Embrace God's favor today

By Michael Carson
Local columnist

---- — Living in God’s favor is first and foremost because of God’s desire to deem it so.

The Psalmist tells us “that God has crowned us with glory and honor.” (Psalm 8:5)

David wrote: " Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psalm 23:6) Despite whatever the situation was, David knew that he walked in the honor/favor of God so David was always expecting God’s goodness and mercy all of the time. True trouble sometimes came but God’s favor carried him through.

If it be in rough times or times of many blessings, God’s favor is with you. It has been stated that: “Favor is having God's undeserving and unmerited blessings surround you like a force field because you are His child, a child of the most high God, the creator of the entire universe, the master of everything.”

God’s favor positions us towards embracing the right opportunities that we can take advantage of. Because of God’s favor we find ourselves in the right place at the right time. Because of God’s favor, everything just seems to just work out. God’s favor will give you the courage you need to press on in life.

When you know that the favor of God is upon you, you walk in confidence. Walking in God’s favor should cause you to thank God for the peace that God extends to you. Thank God in advance for financial blessings coming your way. Thank God for the blessings in your family to come. Thank God for God’s favor in your life!

The Bible assures us to have: "Hope to the end for the divine favor that is coming to you." (1 Peter 1:13)

God’s favor blessing you is not dependent upon your being perfect! David was by no means perfect. But David knew how to ask for God’s forgiveness. David knew how to repent. When we ask God for forgiveness, God will forgive us. In fact, this is also a part of God’s favor towards us.

Because David knew how to repent and seek God’s forgiveness, God proclaimed about David: "I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart.” (Acts 13:22)

While you cannot earn God’s favor still strive to live worthy of God’s favor. This will show God that you are appreciative of God’s favor in your life. Read your Bible, actively strive to live out the Word of God, attend worship, embrace prayer and praise, and always be ready to share God with others.

Peace with Justice, Be Blessed Real Good, Attend Worship, and Families Matter.