For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O Lord, You surround him with favor as with a shield. Psalm 5:12
Fullness. God is offering us His fullness instead of depletion (Ephesians 3:19). When we look back at Joseph’s life in Genesis, we can see that in the context of repeated challenges, God was faithful. He gave Joseph favor that eliminated barriers, changed impossible situations, and brought him into a place of effectiveness—that’s what God has for you!
Advantage. Because of God’s favor, you have an advantage in life. Step over the invisible barrier of fear and expect that God’s blessings will come upon you and overtake you (Deuteronomy 28:2).
Value. When you know you are valued, you can thrive in whatever situation you face. Instead of feeling insecure, know that you are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).
Outstandingly Optimal. God knows how to make the most out of whatever challenge you face. Joseph told his brothers: “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive” (Genesis 50:20).
Reach. “Joseph is a fruitful bough, a fruitful bough by a spring; its branches run over a wall” (Genesis 49:22). God used Joseph to not only bring security and abundance to his family, but to save the Egyptians too. The impact of favor is not just for you alone. God has designed you to reach over the walls to your family, your city, and the whole world with the message of Jesus.
God’s favor is at work in my life. I listen and obey. When God tells me to do something, I do it. I see tomorrow with the eye of faith. And I trust You, God, to bring Your purposes to pass in the Name of Jesus, Amen.
God bless you,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®
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