Grace and Favor: God’s Promises to You

Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times. ~ Martin Luther

Have you ever done a favor for someone? Some gift or task with no strings attached? How did you feel, knowing that you had the power and ability to be a blessing?

Now here’s a thought. How do you think God feels when you receive His grace and favor? Do you believe He only does things for you if you do something for Him? Can His grace ever be earned or repaid?

The answer, of course, is no. Nor does He expect it. Even your heartfelt gratitude is insufficient. You couldn’t repay Him if you tried your whole life! That’s why is called a ‘favor’.

The definition of ‘grace’ is unmerited divine assistance. It includes approval, favor, mercy, pardon and privilege. Grace is love exemplified. It was the impetus for God sending Jesus to earth. He gave His Son because He wanted you. The Gospel (which means ‘good news’) IS The Blessing, the eternal promise of God’s grace and favor.

God has granted you privileged status. You’re His adopted child. He named you an Ambassador of His Kingdom. In addition, you’ve been granted Jesus’ power of attorney to use His Name, the Name above all names. Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords; and you’re one of the kings and lords of which He is the head. You’re royalty!

Kingship has power, right and status. You’re ‘seated in heavenly places’. God told you to ‘have dominion’. All God’s power is available to you through His Word, His grace and His favor. To help you grasp the breadth and depth and length and height of God’s infinite Love and favor, here is a partial list of the benefits you receive through the gift of His grace.

Grace blesses. The Bible says the Lord blesses you continually. That blessing is grace, the divine favor of God. The Blessing was spoken over mankind in Genesis when God empowered man to ‘be fruitful, multiply and have dominion’. Now, that doesn’t mean that you are supposed to accomplish those things. There is no difference between “Light be” and “Be fruitful”. God spoke The Blessing into existence. Fruitful IS – and it is just as sure as light for any of His children who will tap into The Blessing by faith.

Jesus spoke the same message everywhere He preached. He said He came to give you ‘life more abundantly’ (John 10:10). Luke detailed Jesus’ announcement that He was anointed (or ‘sent’) to teach people about the gospel of deliverance, healing, recovery and liberty (Luke 4:18), in other words, God’s grace.

Grace gives. Psalm 68 says the Lord daily loads you with benefits! Psalm 103 lists some of those benefits: forgiveness, healing, lovingkindness, renewed youth and protection. All of them are gifts of God’s grace. You have already been given ‘every spiritual blessing’ and ‘all sufficiency in all things’! Psalm 37 says He wants to give you the desires of your heart. Every promise in the Bible comes from the heart of God, from His desire to see His children prosper and be in health – spirit, soul and body (3 John 1:2).

Grace forgives. Not only does God forgive every sin (because Jesus paid the price for anything you have ever done or ever will do), He also cleansed you from all unrighteousness. Why? So that He can enjoy His human family. God loves us and, as Divine Parent, wants to spend time with His family as much as we want to spend time with ours. Remember that the next time you think you’ve done something wrong. He forgave you more than 2000 years ago! Even the horrendous pain of crucifixion did not stop Jesus from speaking forgiveness toward His enemies and favor toward the criminals beside him.

Grace is merciful. Mercy is defined as lenient, compassionate treatment, an act of divine favor. The Bible describes God’s mercy as ‘plentiful’, ‘new every morning’ and ‘from everlasting to everlasting’.  Psalm 103 says that He removes your transgressions from you ‘as far as the east is from the west’ and that He remembers it no more. Mercy holds no grudges and abstains from punishment or censure. God treats you as if it never happened. It is God’s eternal grace.

Grace gives favor. Repeatedly, the Bible says that God ‘gave favour’ or ‘shewed favour’ to His people.  Ephesians says He ‘raised us up to sit in heavenly places’. Having a place in the throne room of God is pretty prestigious, don’t you think? He adopted us into His family and told us to call Him ‘Abba, Father’.

Perhaps you remember photos of young John Kennedy Jr. playing under the desk in the Oval Office while his dad, then President of the United States, worked. To John-John, this important man was just ‘daddy’. Well, God is your ‘Daddy’ and He wants to show you His favor. He told you to ‘come boldly’ and ask Him for whatever you need (Heb. 4:16) so you ‘obtain mercy and find grace to help’. God wants to show you favor! That’s grace – love in action.

Grace strengthens. God said, My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness. (2 Cor. 12:9) Whatever you may need to do, God’s grace is available to help. I remember the years when my mother was in a nursing home. It became increasingly more difficult emotionally to visit every day. As I was driving there each morning, I repeated continually, “Your grace is sufficient; Your grace is sufficient.” He strengthened my resolve to do what needed done. And He has done so in myriad situations throughout my life. By turning to God in times of weakness or need; we receive His grace, strength and favor.

Grace empowers. Not only are you adopted into the family of God, He declared that you are a king and priest. His divine power has given you ‘all things that pertain to life and godliness’ (2Peter 1:3). His Word (in your mouth) is quick and powerful (Heb. 4:12).

Timothy explained that God gave you power, love and a sound mind (1:7). In addition, He gave you His weapons (see Eph. 6) to defeat all your enemies. The Bible declares you victorious, more than a conqueror! How’s that for power?

Grace prospers. Did you know God ‘delights’ in your prosperity? That He gives you ‘power to get wealth’? The most famous Psalm in the Bible affirms that your ‘cup runneth over’ and that goodness and mercy follow you every day! Being abundantly supplied with no financial worries would be ‘good’, don’t you think? 2 Corinthians 9:8 says God makes ‘all grace abound toward you’ so that you can ‘abound to every good work’. You can’t give what you don’t have. God’s grace provides the means for ‘a faithful man to abound with blessings’ (Ps. 28:20). Psalm 112 says you will be blessed with ‘wealth and riches’ in your house. Prosperity is as much a part of God’s grace as favor, forgiveness, or mercy.

Grace protects. Psalm 91 details the many protections available to those who make God their source. It says ‘surely’ He will deliver you, be your refuge and fortress, and that nothing can in any way harm you. In addition, it promises long life and salvation from any evil.

Everything God has ever done is a result of His great love and grace. Everything you will ever need or want is abundantly available because of that grace and favor. As you spend time meditating on the grace and favor of God, you will learn to depend on Him in all situations. That’s all He wants – for you to trust Him enough to cast your care on Him … so that He can show Himself strong on your behalf. His Word explains that He wants to spend the ages showing you the exceeding great riches of His grace and kindness. He longs to bless you abundantly!

Use your faith and the power of your words to access His grace and favor. Refuse to talk the problem when God’s grace has already given you every answer in His Word. Refuse to let this world’s system dictate your life. Take your place – the place He created for you. Stand in your power. Choose what happens by your faith and the words you speak. Why would you choose to accept the world’s ways, when God’s grace is so much better?

Grace be unto you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. (I Cor. 1:3)

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