Tonight Kevin Singleton of Elevate NY taught at Exchange about the favor of God. It was a timely word for many. Hope it helps you.
SPEAKER: Kevin Singleton
TITLE: Favor of God
Ephesians 4:11-13 NIV
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
2 Peter 1:2 MSG
Grace and peace to you many times over as you deepen in your experience with God and Jesus, our Master.
2 Peter 1:2 NKJV
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of Jesus our Lord…
The Grace of God is synonymous with the Favor of God.
-“charis” is a Greek word that is used in the New Testament to mean both grace and favor.
Favor Composite Definition:
“The irresistible charisma of Christ that comes upon a person that accepts their calling in their life so that others are inclined to like you, work with you, and help you, even if they’re not instinctively drawn to you.” - Dr. Lance Wallnau
-Oftentimes, people walk in their calling and God’s favor follows them without them even being saved. How much more so for believers?
-Favor is also known as God’s affection towards you and his power through you.
Direction of Favor:
Luke 2:52 NIV
And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
-The cross is both vertical and horizontal: dealing with sin toward God but also sin toward others.
-Favor is directional because it’s favor with God and favor with man.
Delay of Favor:
-When we became Christian, each of us got a measure of grace and favor. But why don’t we see more of it at work right now in our lives?
-Gap principle: There’s a gap between having a dream and it becoming a reality.
Luke 1:28-30 NIV
The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God.
—Mary had a 9-month delay of favor. Imagine her embarrassment and trying to explain her situation.
—It’s possible that the wise men validated the fact that she had favor. How did they get an audience with Herod if they were just 3 wise guys passing through? Maybe they had so much treasure with them to present to Jesus that it caught Herod’s attention.
Acts 7:9-10 NKJV
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.
—You can read Joseph’s story in Genesis 37.
—Joseph went from the promise to the pit to Potipher’s house to problems in Potipher’s house to prison to interpreting a prophecy to becoming Prime Minister of a Nation — from age 18 to 30.
-You have to go through the process.
Discovery of Favor:
Esther 2:9 NIV
She pleased him and won his favor. Immediately he provided her with her beauty treatments and special food. He assigned to her seven female attendants selected from the king’s palace and moved her and her attendants into the best place in the harem.
Daniel 1:9 NIV
Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel…
Acts 7:10 NKJV
…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.
1 Samuel 16:22 NKJV
Then Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Please let David stand before me, for he has found favor in my sight.
-Grace gives us power.
Titus 2:11-14 NKJV
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
-Common Grace: The sun shines on everyone, whether good or bad, saved or not.
-Prevenient Grace: Prevention of accidents that would have been fatal.
-Salvific Grace: Salvation.
Psalm 119:58 NKJV
I entreated Your favor with my whole heart; Be merciful to me according to Your word.
—Ask for favor.
Proverbs 3:1-4 NIV
My son, do not forget my teaching,
but keep my commands in your heart,
for they will prolong your life many years
and bring you peace and prosperity.
Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
Then you will win favor and a good name
in the sight of God and man.
—The formula for favor
-Corporate Favor: The favor of God on our entire house (Hillsong NYC)
—We’re in the midst of a reformation. We’re reforming what church life is like in NYC. People are starting to look at their lives and decide to become intentional.
Acts 2:46-47 NKJV
So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.
—Sounds like our church.
—“Homothumadon”: reciprocal passion or intense affection that people shared with one another in the 1st Century Church that nonbelievers said, “I don’t understand it but I want to be around it.”
—“The secret to corporate accord is the quality of relationship people had and it brings the favor of God.” - Dr. Lance Wallnau
—“Your quality of life is a direct reflection of the expectation of your peer group.” What do the people you hang around expect? Because that’s what you will be like.
-Individual Favor: Favor on your own life.
Addendum by Pastor Carl:
-The best thing to do during the delay of favor is to dispense favor.
—Like they’re dealing crack in Brooklyn, deal favor.
-The favor you receive is not for you but for someone else to see the goodness of God through you.