“Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” Luke 2:52
Definition of Favor: “An act of kindness beyond what is due or usual.” Favor is the secret to uncommon success.
Three Ways To Increase In Wisdom And Favor With God And Men:
1. Live your life in such a way that you will find favor with God and the right people.
Psalm 5:12 “For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous: With favor You will surround him as with a shield.”
Prov 16:7 “When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him”
Matt 6:33 “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (His right way of doing things), and all these things shall be added to you.” When you put God first you miss out on nothing and inherit everything!
2. Perseverance during the pain of correction is vital if you want long term favor.
Psalm 30:5 “His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life;” Long term favor after short term pain.
James 5:11 “We count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord - that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.” God always intends to do you good!
Job said: “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.” Keeping the right heart attitude will keep you moving in the right direction!
Heb 12:11 “No chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterwards it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it." Don’t give up! Joy comes in the morning!
3. Sowing favor towards others can cause you to reap favor with others.
Psalm 112:5 “A good man shows favor.” Do something good for someone today!
Prov 11:27 “He who earnestly seeks good finds favor”
Ruth 2:2 “Please let me go to the field, and glean heads of grain after him in whose sight I may find favor.” Ruth sowed love and kindness towards her mother in law Naomi. Boaz, heard of Ruth’s kindness and began to show favor towards her. God always has someone watching you who has the ability to bring you into your next season of blessing. Whenever possible, sow grace and love into the lives of others.
Psalm 102:13 “For the time to favor her. Yes, the set time, has come.” The set time is when the fruit of your labor and the time of Gods favor come together at the same time. That’s called manifestation time! Learn to recognize God’s favor when it comes your way and be sure to give all the praise and glory to God. (Ps 119:164)
Yours for increased favor and extraordinary success!
Dr George Hill
Apostolic Founder and President of Victory Churches International