Have you ever faced a hardship or challenge that seemed so overwhelming that you wondered if it was worth fighting to overcome? Where the circumstances seemed insurmountable? Where the stress weighed on you so greatly that you wanted to quit?
Well, you are not alone. There are many believers today that are facing their toughest trials ever.
But I have good news for you! I am writing to tell you that now is the time for God’s divine favor to break loose in your life and the lives of all of God’s people!
The psalmist writes in Psalm 102 about the seemingly impossible situation he faces. In verses 1-12 he is in despair and feels hopeless. But in verse 13, something changes. He begins to realize that God is about to move on his behalf. He prays to God saying, “You will arise and have mercy on Zion; For the time to favor her, yes, the set time, has come” (Psalm 102:13).
When the psalmist wrote this Psalm, he was experiencing a time of great affliction and adversity and had literally become overwhelmed by it all. But then suddenly his tone and his attitude changes, and he declares to God: “You will arise.” I believe the psalmist began to remember all the times in the past, when God’s people were overwhelmed, but He always came through for them.
To arise means to go into action and to exert great power! And notice how the psalmist connected God arising to pouring out His favor. Why do you suppose he made this connection? Because he recalled that it is a pattern with God.
The Pattern of Favor
Throughout all of Scripture, when we read about God’s people facing perilous times, we see God’s favor poured out with deliverance and victory!
When God’s people were held captive in Egypt, God’s favor brought them their freedom. God said to them, “And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and it shall be, when you go, that you shall not go empty-handed” (Exodus 3:21).
When God poured out His favor on His people, the Egyptians couldn’t overwhelm or afflict them any longer!
But this isn’t the first time this pattern appears, it’s also found in the story of Joseph. “And the patriarchs, becoming envious, sold Joseph into Egypt. But God was with him and delivered him out of all his troubles, and gave him favor and wisdom in the presence of Pharaoh, king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house” (Acts 7:9-10).
The same thing happened in Esther’s day. And again in Daniel’s day. Do you see the pattern?
When God’s people are facing their most trying times, God pours out His favor to deliver them and bring a great victory.
You and I are living in a time when we need God’s favor poured out on us like never before. The Apostle Paul saw it coming and wrote, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come…” (2 Timothy 3:1). The Amplified Bible says, “Times of great stress and trouble, hard to deal with and hard to bear.”
We’re in those times right now. That is why God is giving us this prophetic word – Now is the time for the great breaking loose of God’s divine favor in your life!
God is “arising” again and there is a great breaking loose of His favor, and it is headed for His people. Begin to expect His favor to change impossible circumstances in your life. Begin declaring God’s favor over your relationships, your finances, your health, and over your witness for Him.
Not only will God’s favor change your life, God intends for it to affect the lives of those around you. And one of the major things it will do is cause non-believers to be drawn to us. Isaiah 60:1-3 declares, “…and the Gentiles [non-believers] shall come to thy light…”
This “light” is God’s favor! Job 22:28 in the Amplified says, “You shall also decide and decree a thing and it shall be established for you, and the light of God’s favor shall shine upon your ways.”
God is going to use this outpouring of His favor on your lives as a great soul-winning tool. The favor of God will put resources in your hands that enables you to reach people for Jesus who otherwise would never hear the Gospel.
When you give and support this ministry, that is exactly what you are doing. You are taking the favor and blessing God has given you and using it to reach people with the good news of Jesus Christ!
When you give this month, I will send you my powerful new message titled, God is Arising and His Favor is Flowing. Don’t hesitate! I know this prophetic teaching will build your faith. You can give securely online at www.jsmiaustralia.org/offering.
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