“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
-Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus increased in wisdom, stature and favor with God and men from a young age (Lk 2:52); perfect in humanity through every stage of life and complete in His Divine nature. After He was tempted, He went to the synagogue in Nazareth where He revealed His mission to the hearers; to proclaim good news to the poor, freedom to the prisoners, give sight to the blind, set free the down trodden and proclaim the year of the Lords favor. Through His mission we see an image of the year of Jubilee when all the slaves were set free, debts cancelled and many obtained favor. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection on the third day, He set us free from the bondage of sins and took the keys of death and hades so that we may forever rely on His salvation and be delivered from all our sins, bondage’s, fears and burdens. Receive sight through the light of the gospel, obtain the gift of salvation that yields everlasting life through faith in Him and receive undeserving favor before God and men as His children according to His will.
Favor in the Bible is closely related to grace. Often times these concepts have been mis-interpreted causing disillusionment among many Christians; some of whom abandon the faith. The word of God sometimes makes His hearers uncomfortable especially when His word confronts ones fleshly desires but when we submit to Him, His favor is revealed in our lives. According to the scriptural truths, favor essentially results from observing the will of the Father. We know that God is Sovereign and pours His blessings upon those He wills and shows mercy on whom He desires to show mercy (Rom 9:18). Ruth was a virtuous woman and she obtained favor, Noah was a just man and he obtained favor, Mary the mother of Jesus was pure and obtain favor before God, Jesus the Son of God is the author of righteousness and obtained favor before men and God, and continues to show us mercy and favor according to His will. It is not in vain that these scriptures have systematically outlined this theme of favor; though it is important to hear and do according to Gods’ will. Jesus tells us “Listen to me my children, for blessed are those who keep my ways. Hear instruction and be wise, and do not disdain it. Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the LORD; but he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; all those who hate me love death” Proverbs 8:32-36. In our relationship with God and men love is the key to unlock favor. Jesus teaches us that the fruit of love is the greatest and He grants us long life, honor, riches, blessings, enables us operate under an open heaven where all doors remain open as we obtain favor before God and man, and in the end of time; we will inherit eternal life through faith in Him.
We thank You Father for Your mercy and grace upon our lives, receive praises from our hearts. Thank You Jesus for the gift of salvation that You have given us through Your blood on the cross, have mercy on us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Grant us Your favor merciful Father and set us free from all our physical, financial, emotional, relational, social, economic and administrative burdens that we face in our lives, family units and nation. Fill us with Your gifts and fruit Holy Spirit that we may obtain a heart of wisdom. Hear all our prayers Jesus and fulfill our hearts desires according to Your merciful love. All these we pray believing and trusting in our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen
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