Most of you have heard me say at one time or another that my favorite subject in the Bible is the favor of God.
I not only enjoy studying it, but I especially enjoy living in it. My life is a constant testimony of living in the favor of God.
Recently, as I was spending time in the Word, I came across a phrase that just seemed to jump out at me. It’s found in Psalm 5:11-12 from the Passion Translation:
“But let them all be glad, those who turn aside to hide themselves in You. May they keep shouting for joy forever! Overshadow them in Your presence as they sing and rejoice. Then every lover of Your name will burst forth with endless joy. Lord, how wonderfully You bless the righteous. Your favor wraps around each one and covers them under Your canopy, of kindness and joy.”
When I read that, the Holy Spirit spoke in my spirit the phrase, “I CAN LIVE UNDER THE CANOPY OF GOD’S FAVOR!”
We all know that from time to time, we will face what appears to be impossible-looking situations. Satan is constantly “trying our faith” as Peter described in 1 Peter 1:7. Jesus tells us in John 10:10 that our adversary the devil is constantly endeavoring to “steal, kill and destroy.”
Even while storms and chaos rage around you, you can rest in the fact that God has provided a way for you to live in His protection and provision.
A few years ago, I was riding my motorcycle with one of my grandchildren on the back. We were miles from the nearest town when the sky turned dark and a massive storm formed. Within just a few minutes it began to hail. At just the right time there was an overpass that I was able to stop under. Praise God, we were safe. Shortly, the storm passed and we continued on our way.
Having God’s favor on your life doesn’t mean you will never face a storm. Life is full of storms and troubles and hardships, but God’s favor is like a canopy that protects you from the negative and devastating effects of the storm.
YOU CAN LIVE UNDER THE CANOPY OF HIS FAVOR!
A canopy is a covering that serves as a shelter. This is the image you see in Psalm 91:1 TPT where the psalmist wrote, “When you abide under the shadow of Shaddai (The Almighty) you are hidden in the strength of God Most High.”
Obviously, you must intentionally remain under His shelter if you’re to enjoy its benefits. And one of those benefits is constantly experiencing His favor.
When you’re living under the canopy of God’s favor, there will be visible evidence of it. Things will begin to happen in your life that don’t happen for everybody else. Some people may well mistake it for “luck.” But it’s not luck at all – it’s the favor of God!
One definition of God’s favor that I recently read says, “It’s God stepping into our situation to make a worthwhile difference.”
We see the evidence of God’s favor between Potiphar and Joseph in Genesis 39:4 which says, “And Joseph found grace [favor] in [Potiphar’s] sight and served him, and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand.”
In verses 2-6, one translation says that Potiphar, “…recognized that God was with him and saw that God was working for good in everything he did, and he became very fond of Joseph…”
Potiphar could see the evidence of God’s favor, and it resulted in preferential treatment. You could also refer to it as “exceptional kindness and privilege.” This is what I’m experiencing from God all the time and it’s not because I’m so good; it’s because He’s so good!
You can actually live under the canopy of God’s favor every day of your life. Maybe you’re asking, “But how?”
First, it starts with you believing that you have a right to live under the canopy of God’s favor. If you diminish the finished work of Christ by thinking you’re unworthy, it’s unlikely you’ll ever exercise your faith for it.
So, let me ask you this, “Do you believe that you have a right to live under the canopy of God’s favor?” Let me encourage you to start seeing yourself the way God sees you. See yourself forgiven. See yourself free. See yourself as a child of God.
Second, you need to begin declaring it. Say this out loud right now, “I have a right to live under the canopy of God’s favor.” The power of your decree is seen in Job 22:28 which states, “Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee…”
What does it mean to “decree a thing?” The Dictionary says to pronounce or to order with authority. It’s also defined as a legally binding command.
If you keep reading the Amplified Bible’s rendering of Job 22:28, it says that after you make the decision to decree, “The light of God’s favor shall shine upon your ways.”
So, what’s keeping you from decreeing every day that you live under the canopy of God’s favor?
In my recent message, Living Under the Canopy of God’s Favor, I go into greater detail about your authority to decree God’s favor and the effects of it in your life. Many Christians are suffering in the storm when God desires to cover them with His canopy of Favor.
As you give this month, my team will send you this powerful and revealing message as my thank you for your support. In it, I’ll teach you what the canopy of God’s favor is and how you can operate under it during the storms of life.
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Your faithful prayers and generosity not only position you for a harvest of blessing, it also enables this ministry to reach and teach more people. It’s truly because of you that pastors in Africa are being trained through our Bible School, the lost are hearing the good news of Jesus, and people of every walk are being encouraged with the hope only found in Jesus.
Thank you for believing in this ministry and being part of all that God is doing through Jerry Savelle Ministries.
I’m praying for you and hope to hear from you soon.
P.S Are you prepared for the storm? Scripture says that Satan comes “as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). I’m here to teach and equip you so that you can face the storms of life and come out victorious. Reply to this letter and begin strengthening your faith to live under the canopy of God’s favor.