2015: Year of God's Favor
There are three notable things that I have shared in our church as it pertains to our remaining focused on and achieving the things God called us to.
For me, these are defining moments in our more recent history as the things that we are called to as a ministry are encapsulated within these very important Biblical principles.
They have become a prophetic Word for me and as I shared them with the church my hope was and remains that everyone would wrap their faith around the things that are needed to fully please God.
We must always be reminded that these things are not intended to replace simple faith in God, our need to be saved and our responsibility to remain constantly obedient to what the Scriptures reveal.
In stating these as with every other principle in the Word of God, I'm convinced that this is intended for those that have fought through, persevered when all else was against them and continued their walk with God having an unswerving trust.
As I consider our lives and many of the battles we have fought, overcame and are continuing to overcome, I'm just as convinced that we must be on guard to not accept a doctrine that does not require anything from us.
I've said many times that salvation is free, but the price that was paid is immeasurable. Therefore we are obligated to give God our all in everything we do so we can live our lives pleasing Him. It's only then that we find fulfillment right where we are in life.
First we are being augmented as God blessed Isaac in Genesis 26:12.
Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him. 13 The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous; 14 for he had possessions of flocks and possessions of herds and a great number of servants. So the Philistines envied him.
12 Isaac planted crops in that land and took in a huge harvest. God blessed him. 13 The man got richer and richer by the day until he was very wealthy.
This is a principle that I wrapped my heart around and 2014 has been a year in which we saw this happen within our city and God expanded our areas of outreach.
This would not have been possible if you did not step into this and say, "we're not going to wait until all the components of ministry are favorable before you do anything.
Augment: Increase: to add to something in order to make it larger or more substantial, or to grow in this way.
To supplement, enlarge, expand, increase and amplify are other words that identify augmentation.
What God has begun, He is going to continue to do until we accomplish His intended aim.
Second: we are seeing an acceleration of what God determined for us.
In order to fully embrace this, we must be certain that we continue to operate by faith and not by sight.
Defined, it is "the act or process of moving faster or something happening more quickly."
This is what has begun and things are happening faster and because of that we can be caught off guard and watch what God is doing pass us by without having any lasting results to show for all the work we are putting in.
18 "Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
Since we shared this, more things have happened while more doors of opportunity have opened for us.
Pastor Brenda is having a women's service at the C.S.C.C; I've been asked to serve on the mayors Equity Advisory Committee and I've been asked to represent the citizens of Albany as a delegate in Seattle, Washington. This will look at a new initiative that's working well within their law enforcement system and Albany is looking at doing the same thing.
We're going to continue moving forward as we anticipate more doors opening for us.
Lastly, the third thing is something that was shared more recently as we look at God releasing greater favor upon our lives.
23 Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God; For He has given you the former rain faithfully, and He will cause the rain to come down for you” the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.
24 The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil.
25 "So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust, and the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you.
26 You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; and My people shall never be put to shame.
It's the rain of God in our lives that is going to release this favor as Proverbs says:
In the light of the king's face is life, and his favor is like a cloud of the latter rain.
This latter rain is coming upon the Body of Christ in the form of greater favor [pleasure, delight, acceptance, desire, kindness, courtesy] that translates into fulfilled vision and walking in purpose.
Jesus said it this way in Luke 4 NIV
18 "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.
This favor is a time in which God has pleasure, and which He Himself has chosen. When spoken of people (Luke 4:24), it means to be well“liked or valued [appreciated, esteemed, treasured, prized and loved.
People will see you in a light that they have never seen you before and God will make your name great! Genesis 12:2
Syn.: Greek: euÃ¡restos (2101), well“pleasing, acceptable.