Well, here is some good news for you — the favor of God is yours! God saved us because of His favor toward us … by His grace. Ephesians 2:8 tells us, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God” (New King James Version). Simply put, grace is favor. God’s favor is the power that changes things for us. First and foremost, we are saved by His favor, and I’m not just talking about going to heaven when we die. To be saved means to be delivered, protected, preserved, healed and made whole. God’s favor covers every area of our lives! By His favor He has taken care of everything we will ever need — spirit, soul and body. His supernatural grace is so vast, the Bible says it is going to take all the ages to come for Him to show us all the riches of His grace in the kindness He’s given us in Christ Jesus (see Ephesians 2:7). You may be thinking, Oh, I can’t wait until I get to heaven so I can experience the fullness of God’s favor! You don’t have to wait! God is pouring out His favor on us right here and now. Even before we were born again He was giving us His favor. While we were still rebelling against Him, “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
Now, if you are a believer, that’s not news to you. You know it was God’s grace at work in your life that enabled you to be born again. But did you also know that from the moment you stepped into that new life — the moment you made Jesus Lord — God’s favor began working non-stop on your behalf? Being born again was just the starting place for His favor to pour out. And He will pour out grace and more favor to you every moment of your life if you’ll receive it! Psalm 5:12 says, “For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield” (NKJV). That scripture is talking about the born-again child of God who serves Him. It is talking about you! You have been made righteous by Jesus. When Jesus shed His blood, He made righteousness available to all mankind, and with it came the favor of God! God’s favor surrounds you constantly! You have been born again into His righteousness. We should always see ourselves wrapped in God’s favor 24 hours a day. Every morning when you get up, throw off the covers and jump out of bed saying, “I am the righteous; Lord, Your favor surrounds me like a shield.” Now you may be saying, “But Gloria, I know a lot of believers who don’t enjoy the kind of favor you’re talking about. Their lives are full of tragedy and disappointment. Why doesn’t God surround them with favor?” God does surround them with favor. They just don’t know it, so they can’t take advantage of what He has given them. You see, according to 2 Peter 1:2, God’s grace is multiplied to us through knowledge. The first thing you have to do before you can receive the benefits of God’s favor is to know they are yours. Then, you have to receive them by faith. Remember Ephesians 2:8, “By grace you have been saved through faith ….” God’s favor provides every possible blessing and goodness He has to give … starting with being saved. Your part is faith — to believe and receive all He has given.
Our grandson Jeremy Pearsons puts it so simply. He says, “Grace is God saying, ‘Here is all the good stuff I have to give you.’ Faith is you saying, ‘Thank You, I’ll take it.’” So, where do we get the faith to receive? “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). We find out the truth about God’s favor, goodness and blessing as we hear His Word on these things. Faith comes, we believe and begin to receive what His Word says! I remember the first time Ken and I heard that healing belonged to us because it was part of our salvation — part of what Jesus bought and paid for on the cross. Our lives changed that night! We stepped into a new dimension of God’s favor. Until then, we had believed people could be healed, and we always prayed when we got sick. Sometimes we would receive and sometimes we wouldn’t. But when we realized God’s Word said that healing belonged to us by the blood of Jesus — that it was part of the favor provided by God’s salvation grace — faith came. We received it, and we began to live healed. That’s exactly how favor works. It’s always surrounding us. Healing was there for Ken and me all the time. It was always part of God’s favor. Once we heard about it, all we did was reach out and take it by faith.
Many times we are slow to receive God’s favor. We think we’re waiting on Him when He’s actually waiting on us to receive. You see, God has already done everything it takes for you and me to be fully cared for while we’re living here on earth. He has provided every blessing — health, prosperity, peace of mind, joy, deliverance from sin and everything that pertains to our good life (2 Peter 1:3). Then He tops it all off with life in heaven when we leave this earth! It’s all part of His favor. All we have to do is stay ready to receive. Actually, we can’t get away from God’s favor. Second Chronicles 16:9 tells us, “The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him ….” Perfect doesn’t refer to someone who never makes a mistake. It means someone who is loyal, devoted and faithful. This kind of heart is always ready to receive the good things His grace provides. God is always searching for someone to bless. That’s His nature. He is full of mercy and compassion. Because of His favor, He looks for someone who is ready to trust Him; someone who is ever ready to reach out in faith to receive His favor and blessing. I’m thankful that’s exactly how He started me out in my life with Him. I heard from His Word in Matthew 6 that He takes care of His people and provides what we need. Faith came for me that day, and I was born again. I fell in love with the Word of God and my faith grew. From the beginning until today, I am a person who says, “Look, Lord. Here I am. I’m ready. Just show it to me in the Word and I’ll take it. I’ll believe it and act on it and receive all You say!” You can do the same. If you would like to open the door to the favor and grace of God — and who wouldn’t? — begin to find out what He says in His Word.
Discover the countless ways He desires to bless you. Believe Him. Begin to expect to receive. Every day declare what the Bible says in Psalm 5:12: “God encompasses me with favor like a shield. Everywhere I go, everything I do, I am favored of God!” That may not be easy for you to do if you’re covered up by challenging circumstances right now. You will have to stare those challenges in the face and declare to them you’re favored by God when they are telling you, “Hey, stupid, things are terrible. It’s all over. You don’t have any hope.” But, I’m telling you, you can do it! There are plenty of scriptures for you to stand on that affirm you are surrounded by God’s favor. Get them firmly established in your heart and don’t get off them — even when circumstances seem to contradict them. You may be in need of a job, the next step in your life toward God’s plan and purpose for you. Many people are in that place today. When you go in for that job interview, favor is what you should believe God for. Look up favor scriptures, speak them over that job and just go in there expecting the Lord to give you favor. Remember, He favors you! Someone else may look better on paper than you do, but when you go in there, the favor of God goes before you. That interviewer will think, Well, you know, that guy over there has done more — or been to school more or done something else more — but there’s just something about this guy here. I like this guy. What is it about him? I don’t know, but I like him. I’m going to give him a shot at this job. That’s favor and you’ve got it all over you! No circumstance or challenge is too big for God’s favor to overtake. And you can always be ready to receive it by faith.
If you want to enjoy God’s favor, start releasing your faith. That’s what Abraham, the father of our faith, did. When God made the promise to him that he would be the father of many nations, the circumstances looked hopeless. His age. Sarah’s lifelong barrenness. How could it be? They received God’s promise by faith and God’s favor. [For Abraham, human reason for] hope being gone, hoped in faith that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been promised, So [numberless] shall your descendants be. He did not weaken in faith when he considered the [utter] impotence of his own body, which was as good as dead because he was about a hundred years old, or [when he considered] the barrenness of Sarah’s [deadened] womb. No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God, fully satisfied and assured that God was able and mighty to keep His word and to do what He had promised …. [Righteousness, standing acceptable to God] will be granted and credited to us also who believe in (trust in, adhere to, and rely on) God, Who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead …. Through Him also we have [our] access (entrance, introduction) by faith into this grace (state of God’s favor) in which we [firmly and safely] stand…(Romans 4:18-21, 24, 5:2, The Amplified Bible). Look at Romans 5:2 again. We have access by faith into grace! God’s favor surrounds us — our faith releases it! Glory to God! So, we are just like Abraham. That’s how it is in life for all of us. Sometimes things look bad. But we have to learn when we walk in faith and face the natural facts, we believe God anyway. We grow to the point where we can hear bad news without wavering in our faith … and receive God’s favor no matter what the circumstances are.
Receiving God’s favor by faith is a simple act on our part. Get into God’s Word. Put the Word into your heart and speak it out your mouth. Believe it and act on it. Receive it! When you do that, you will be victorious in every area of your life. There is no situation, no circumstance — nothing — that is stronger than the grace of God … the favor that surrounds you. Whatever you may be facing today, stand up and get right in its face and say this: “I’m a born-again child of Almighty God. His supernatural favor surrounds me like a shield this very moment. His grace is more than enough to deliver me out of this trouble. My faith is in God’s Word, and I’m coming out of this triumphantly by the favor of God!” Then, begin to expect great things to happen. I can tell you from the Word of God and from my own experience, your life will never be the same when you act like the favor
of God is yours!
Gloria Copeland, Believers Voice of Victory Magazine October 2009