Expect God's Favor!
For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield (Psalm 5:12).
As the people of God, we have obtained His favor. When we made Jesus the Lord of our lives, we joined heaven’s team. Before that, we were under the control of the prince of the power of the air, that is, the demonic forces who work with Satan to hinder human life, and to thwart the purposes of God.
Now, we’ve been delivered from the control and dominion of darkness, and have been transferred into the kingdom of God (Colossians 1:13). Now, as God’s ambassadors on earth, we live according to His kingdom laws and principles. The law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has freed us from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2). We are heirs to right standing with God at all times; peace even in harsh environments; and joy when the life pressures rage (Romans 14:17).
An ambassador from one country living in another has diplomatic immunity from many of the laws that govern the country where he resides. Our redemption in Christ is our diplomatic immunity in the spirit realm! According to Ephesians 2:6, we are spiritually seated with Jesus at the right hand of God. We have His same authority over demonic forces that seek to attack us and hinder God’s will from coming to pass in our lives.
We face life today with Heaven’s backing, living under God’s kingdom rule. We’re the people of God, destined for blessing and victory. What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself...No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us (Romans 8:31-33,37 -NLT).
The blessing of Abraham belongs to us as kingdom folk. But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When He was hung on the cross, He took upon Himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” Through Christ Jesus, God has blessed the Gentiles with the same blessing He promised to Abraham, so that we who are believers might receive the promised Holy Spirit through faith (Galatians 3:13-14). We’re blessed in our coming and going, we’re the head and not the tail, we’re above and not beneath. That just means that we’re successful in every endeavor. We operate in the wisdom of God.
Face life today knowing that you have heaven’s smile. God is for you! Heaven’s rule is with you! And as the above verse mentions, you are surrounded by the favor of God. Stand firmly today on the promises of God, and don’t be moved by the delay and resistance that comes. The favor of God will make a way through every difficulty and will open up God’s purposes for you. Expect God’s best!
The Blessings of Abraham, shown clearly in Deuteronomy 28:1-14, are your today. Take them as your own today by faith!
Deuteronomy 28:1-14 -NLT
If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully keep all his commands that I am giving you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the world. (2) You will experience all these blessings if you obey the Lord your God: (3) Your towns and your fields will be blessed. (4) Your children and your crops will be blessed. The offspring of your herds and flocks will be blessed. (5) Your fruit baskets and breadboards will be blessed. (6) Wherever you go and whatever you do, you will be blessed. (7) “The Lord will conquer your enemies when they attack you. They will attack you from one direction, but they will scatter from you in seven! (8) “The Lord will guarantee a blessing on everything you do and will fill your storehouses with grain. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you. (9) “If you obey the commands of the Lord your God and walk in his ways, the Lord will establish you as his holy people as he swore he would do. 10 Then all the nations of the world will see that you are a people claimed by the Lord, and they will stand in awe of you. (11) “The Lord will give you prosperity in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you, blessing you with many children, numerous livestock, and abundant crops. (12) The Lord will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them. (13) If you listen to these commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today, and if you carefully obey them, the Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you will always be on top and never at the bottom. (14) You must not turn away from any of the commands I am giving you today, nor follow after other gods and worship them.