Hello highly favored of God!👋🏻
I love THE FAVOR OF GOD ~ there is nothing like it! Every morning, before I leave my house, I claim THE FAVOR OF GOD and expect it everywhere I go! I could tell you story after story about how GOD’S FAVOR has surrounded us like a shield.
We have come to depend on GOD’S FAVOR. I believe that THE FAVOR OF GOD is the answer that will cause you to rise above the trouble in this world and not to be affected by the problems that affect other people.
The more you see THE FAVOR OF GOD in the Word, the stronger your faith and expectancy for it to manifest in your life will be.
I love Psalm 5:12. It says,
For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with FAVOR you will surround him as with a shield.
The shield David is referring to is an important part of the armor that he and his men depended on. In David’s day, a shield was not just a small piece of armor that you held up in front of you. This shield was as tall as a man. It was large and broad. It protected your whole body.
So, in David’s mind, when he thought of THE FAVOR OF GOD, he thought of it like that shield – one that surrounded him, protected him, and could not be penetrated. That is how THE FAVOR OF GOD is on our lives ~ it surrounds us like that shield.
Another word to describe this shield in the Old Testament is the word “wall or hedge”. Do you remember how God had placed a hedge of protection around Job? Job had a wall around his life, his house, his family, and his possessions and satan could not penetrate it. Satan says of Job in Job 1:10,
“Why, no one ever had it so good! You…make sure nothing bad happens to him or his family or his possessions. You bless everything he does. He can’t lose.”
Satan was fully aware that Job had a hedge or wall of protection around him and that he could not penetrate it. He tried on several occasions to bring it down and knew he could not so he tried talking God into bringing down the wall. Satan says to God in verse 11,
“If you would just bring the wall down and let me in, then you will find out the only reason he serves you is because of all these things you’ve done for him. He will turn his back on you when that wall comes down.”
Why would satan try to talk God into pulling down that wall? Because Satan knew he could not, then discovered God would not!
Satan does not have the ability to pull down the wall because if he did, he would not have asked God to do it. This means, the only one that could bring down the wall was Job himself, and he did. God did not bring it down; satan could not take it down. Job brought it down by opening the door to fear and when that hedge came down, he became like the rest of the world. Job said in chapter 3, verse 25,
For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, and what I dreaded has happened to me.
Fear is not the result of just one negative thought. It comes just the same way faith comes, by hearing and hearing. If you expose yourself to negative opinions and thoughts all the time, you are going to grow in fear. Satan’s purpose in exposing you to negative information is to distract you from the promises of God. If you listen long enough, it will produce in you the same thing it produced in Job, great fear. It will eventually cause you to fear that what you are hearing is going to happen to you, until you bring down the wall.
I exhort you not to subject your spirit to negative voices coming down from the media, friends, or relatives. If you allow fear to be developed on the inside of you, then you are no longer looking to THE FAVOR OF GOD to protect you. You are just consumed with all those bad things. That is why Proverbs 4:23 (AMP) says,
Guard your heart with all vigilance.
It is imperative that we keep a firm grip on the promises of God that keep us going (Hebrews 10:23). God has put a wall of FAVOR around our lives, but it is up to us to keep the wall up.
My challenge to you is to do whatever it takes so that this wall stays in place. Be strong in faith, expecting GOD’S FAVOR to manifest in your life every day.
Walking in the favor of God,
Gordon Ministries and Jesus City Church✨