Saturday 18 Nov 2017
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John 6:49 -50

Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die.

 

Favored by God

Romans 5:1-2 Being therefore justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ; through whom also we have had our access by faith into this grace wherein we stand; and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

It is not uncommon for believers to pray for the favor of God, as a matter of fact it remains one of the favorite prayer points of many. It must be stated however that the way many go about this quest, makes one to wonder if the favor being sought is something new of which they are yet to have access to. 

It is widely acknowledged as a sound doctrine that we were saved by grace, as a matter of fact anyone teaching otherwise would rightly be labeled a heretic. The scripture testifies to this truth:

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,

 

If this is true, then the question arises, what is the meaning of grace? One of the generally accepted definition of grace remains -' the unmerited favor of God'. Hold on a minute are you saying we are already under favor, having been saved by it? No I am not saying, I have no authority of my own to declare such, rather it is what the word of God declared, every believer is already under. the unmerited favor of God. If you are a believer, then you are already favored, there is no favor that is higher than coming into the privilege of being called the child of God in addition to the inheritance that comes along with it, this is the position where God's salvation in Christ delivered every believer into (John 1:12, 1 John 3:1). And just as Paul said, that by faith we have access into this grace, if it is agreed that grace is the unmerited favor of God, then as believers we are already under God's favor and we have access to it by faith. Paul went on to add that it is in this grace that we now stand, in other words we continue to abide under the favor of God, in our salvation.

 

As believers, what we. need to understand and pray for, is to know how the grace or favor of God operates towards us, our journey into God's favor begins with the gift of salvation the one which this favor delivered to us, and our journey continues under the umbrella of this grace., howbeit at another level Now instead of running to and fro looking for the favor of God that was never missing or denied us, what we need to pray for is the wisdom with which to access and administer this favor to our benefit, doing so on a consistent basis. There is no magic formula for this, those who believe that there are magic formulae for accessing this grace only set themselves up to be exploited.

 

God said to Paul, my grace is sufficient for you 2 Corinthians12:9 and Paul on his part testified that the grace of God in his life did not fail to bear fruits. The problem here is not that we do not have access to God's favor, the real problem here is that unlike Paul we may not know how to tap into the sufficiency which the unmerited favor of God promises. The scripture says we access this favor by faith- the questions remains in the light of what the scripture says about an effectual faith in 2 Peter 1:5-7, how does our faith compare?

2 Peter 1:5-7 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge,.......

 

Peter enjoined the church to give due diligence to their faith by equipping it with the attributes that would make it effective, and no wonder also why our faith will be tested in order to ensure it is the ideal. one. The truth is, as long as we are not ready to follow these simple instructions, we would as children of faith remain vulnerable in the hands of the doctrines of men and our growth in the matters pertaining to the things of faith would remain stunted.

I pray that we will be equipped with everything that our faith needs to deliver us into the very best that God has ordained for us in Christ Jesus.