THE CONDITIONS OF FAVOR

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Psalm 5:11-12 says, “But let all those that put their trust in you rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because you defend them: let them also that love your name be joyful in you. For you, LORD, will bless the righteous; with favor will you surround him with a shield.” Let’s hone in on the word “FAVOR.” Favor is defined in the Bible dictionary as “approval, acceptance, or special benefits or blessings,” We all would love to have the favor of God on our lives.  But that favor will not just fall on you because you are a child of God. If you want God’s favor, you must meet certain conditions.

God wants to extend his favor in our lives, but what are the conditions that we must meet?

  1. Trust in Him. Psalm 5:11 says, “Let all them who put their trust in you rejoice…because you defend them.” Trust, unlike faith, has an object. Trust means we rely on God and expect He will come through for us and do what He says He will do. Trust says that God is going to be the main ingredient in bringing to pass what we want. Daddy says if we trust in Him, He’ll defend us. Therefore, trust is a means of defense because it puts us in a position to be shielded with His favor (Psalm 5:12). Therefore, we must have the expectation that He will be good to us if we want to be favor recipients.
  2. Love His name. In Psalm 5:12 we read, “Let all those who love your name….”  In John 14:15 Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” In Matthew 22:37-39, when Jesus was asked about the greatest commandment, He responded, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” So in order to receive God’s favor, we must show that we love Him by being obedient and making sure we walk in love towards the people God puts in our path on a daily basis.
  3. Realize your righteousness. Psalm 5:12 also relays that God surrounds the righteous with favor. Therefore, in order for us to receive the favor of God, we must first be in right standing with God through Jesus Christ. Furthermore, it’s important to know who you are in Christ. You must KNOW that you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” It’s not enough to have head knowledge of this truth. You have to believe it when the devil comes knocking at your door with condemnation. Jesus said in Matthew 9:29, “According to your faith be it unto you.” If you don’t believe you are righteous, you won’t believe that you have a right to expect anything from God, let alone favor. Therefore, realizing your righteousness is imperative.

When we meet the necessary conditions for receiving God’s favor, we will also get the by-product of that favor: joy.  In Psalm 5:11-12, joy is mentioned 3 times. We are joyful when we feel secure and blessed because God’s favor shields us and empowers us to succeed and prosper. Therefore, if you want to receive the favor of God, simply meet the necessary conditions and enjoy the benefits of being in your Father’s good graces.

How have you seen God’s favor show up in your life recently? Please leave a comment below.

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