The Favor Principle
When I think of Jesus and the amazing way He reached multitudes of people, the speed at which He completed His assignment and the great ease with which He performed miracles all I can think of is FAVOR. Favor is God's advantage to advance us, and Jesus was immersed in it. The bible says that Jesus grew in favor with God and men, and as He is so are we. Here are a few principles to attract more favor in your life.
1. Expect it. Ps 5:12 (NKJV) states that favor surrounds us like a shield. This speaks of favor as a protective shield that surrounds and covers your entire body. And just as you expect your shield to protect you in battle you need to expect favor to protect you from bad outcomes. Whether you're about to request for a promotion, calling up a potential client or searching for the best school for your child, always expect favor to be the final response.
2. Seek to do good. Proverbs 11:27 (NKJV) says that those who earnestly seek good will find favor. Seeking good in your life and in the life of others can release a great overflow of favor. Behind every good act of kindness, whether it be serving others or making good choices to advance God's agenda on earth, there's a mark of favor that follows. Acts 10:38 says Jesus, "...who went about doing good, healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him." Use Jesus as your example and do something good for your co-worker, spouse and neighbor today and watch the favor of God stand with you.
3. Be Teachable. Having a teachable spirit not only increases your learning, but can also makes you a magnet for favor. In Ex 33:13 Moses make a requests, "If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you." (NIV) Moses knew that in order for him to continue in God's favor he must remain teachable in His ways. The same goes for us. The minute we think we have God all figured out and that He has nothing more to teach us either directly or indirectly is the moment we begin to turn off the faucet of favor in our lives. Jesus' disciples were quick to say "teach me" when it came to learning the powerful principles of prayer. Chances are, if you have an issue saying "teach me," you have limited favor flowing in your life. Remain teachable and watch the rivers of God's favor flow.