The favor of God

God’s favor doesn’t just happen. You are not just going to walk into the favor. The Scripture talks about Jesus that walked and grew before God in wisdom and favor (Luke 2). Favour is something that you walk into, and you grow into that. 

There is one key factor that we sometimes miss, and that was the words, “The Lord was with Joseph.” It wasn’t that Jesus did something spectacular or that Joseph did something spectacular. 

All that the word says, “THE LORD WAS WITH JOSEPH“, the Lord was with Enoch” or “the Lord was with Abraham.”

We pray for wisdom and favor. But what we need to pray and trust the Holy Spirit for, is “Lord, just be with us.”  Emmanuel, God with us.

This is the first thing that the people see, that the Lord is with you. Because everything that you do is successful and prosperous.  

The Lord draw you near, you do not draw near to God. It is just a heart’s desire to ask the Lord to be with you, to walk with you, to be close with you. This is a prayer that the Lord will answer. 

Joseph

Genesis 39 (NIV)

Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there.

2 The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. 3 When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, 

Twice it says, “The Lord was with Joseph.” 

Everyone around you will see that the Lord is with you. Because the Lord gave Joseph success and He prospered in everything.

4 Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. 

First the Lord gave Joseph favor. Potiphar realized there was something going on with this young man. He is not a normal man, because everything that he touch turns into a success and prospers. 

How do I know that Jesus is with me? If people around you see that you are prosperous and that you are successful in that what you are doing. 

Potiphar did not know the Lord, but he knew the Lord was with Joseph. Because he saw the fruit of that. Then he got the favor of Potiphar.

What did Potiphar do to Joseph? Everything that he owns he entrusted to Joseph.

Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. 5 From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. 

Who doesn’t want to be a Joseph or who doesn’t want a Joseph in your household? 

The Lord was with Joseph. Everything that he touched prospered and succeeded without him doing anything. On the contrary, he was just the favorite boy of his dad, he had this beautiful mantel on him, his brothers were jealous of him, put him in a pit, was sold to the Ishmaelites. The Ishmaelites gave him to Pharaoh. Where is the favor in all of this?

The favor in all of this: there was never ever rebellion in his heart. He couldn’t understand what was happening with him. Even though he was a victim of the jealousy of his brothers. He was taken away from his home and family. He was put in a pit, sold for a ridiculous price. Ended up in this rich man’s house. Because his heart was so pure, he didn’t cry every day and say, “I want to go back to my dad” or crying about what he lost. But immediately he knew God was with him. He couldn’t care where he was in the world, al that he knew was that God was with him. Because God was with him, he was successful, he was prosperous. That whole anointing of the favor of God, he brought into the household of Potiphar who was a worldly rich man. 

Potiphar saw God is with this man. He doesn’t know what God it is, but there is something happening with this guy. Because suddenly Potiphar was blessed in every area of his life.

The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field. 6 So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate.

Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, 7 and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!”

8 But he refused. “With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. 9 No one is greater in this house than I am. 

He knew exactly the greatness that was entrusted to him, because of the favor and wisdom of God that was upon him, because the Lord took care of him. 

My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. 

There is a responsibility. Everyone ask for favor, success, to be prosperous, for others to see that God is with us. But there is a responsibility. What are you doing with that favor that God has put upon you? What are you doing with the success that flows out of that favor? The prosperity that flows over you? 

In that moment, when the enemy stands in front of you and he try to seduce you, either with money, either with a position, either to be unfaithful. What are you doing with what God has put upon you? Are you submitting the knees for a moment of “there is somebody that acknowledge me” or are you running, like Joseph? 

And even though he ran, he ended up in prison, being lied about. And still the favor was on him because he was so pure in his heart. There was no rebellion whatsoever, but just teachability.

You have a choice to take responsibility of the favor that you have grown into before God and people and took it as if it is the only pearl in the Kingdom of God or you can go and take control in a sense of abusement and manipulation to hold on to something that God has in any way given to you. Then you will lose everything.

Prayer

Psalm 54 (NIV)

Save me, O God, by your name;

    vindicate me by your might.

2 Hear my prayer, O God;

    listen to the words of my mouth.

3 Arrogant foes are attacking me;

    ruthless people are trying to kill me—

    people without regard for God.

4 Surely God is my help;

    the Lord is the one who sustains me.

5 Let evil recoil on those who slander me;

    in your faithfulness destroy them.

6 I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you;

    I will praise your name, Lord, for it is good.

7 You have delivered me from all my troubles,

    and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes.

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