What an exciting time to be alive! There is something about the year 2020. In the same way that 20/20 vision indicates perfect eyesight, I believe the New Year will usher in God’s unstoppable favor over our lives. 2020 will be a decade of God’s favor!
It’s good to make New Year’s resolutions and set new goals for ourselves. However, success is not just about grand achievements but also how to live a life of excellence in obedience with God’s Word. When we step into His purpose for our lives, God’s favor surrounds us like a shield. (Psalm 30:5 NIV).
I’ve learned that it’s not so much about what we have that counts but do we have God’s favor in what we have that matters the most. When we have His favor, we have an advantage for success. God’s favor brings the right connections, opens the right doors, and brings us good breaks. The favor of God is the force that will take you where you cannot go on your own!
This is what happened to Joseph in the Bible. As a young boy, God gave him a vision that one day he would rule over a nation. He was his father’s favorite. He started with lots of love and support of his family. But as the dream got stronger, his brothers became jealous of him. They were not threatened by Joseph but by his dreams. One day, his own brothers threw him into a pit to die.
You may be going through some challenges right now. It’s because of the dream God placed in your heart. You are making progress, moving towards your destiny. The enemy opposes you the most when you are approaching the finishing line. It is not that people hate you, but oftentimes they don’t understand the vision that God has put in your heart. Like Joseph, you may be in a pit right now but the Lord’s favor will bring you out. God began a good work in you, and He will bring it to completion.
Joseph’s brothers eventually sold him into slavery to a man named Potiphar. Despite Joseph having done nothing wrong, his whole world was turned upside down. His dream seemed to be fleeting away from him. Instead of ruling over a nation, he was betrayed by his own family, a slave in a foreign land. Moreover, Potiphar, his master’s wife falsely accused him that landed him in prison for thirteen years. You’d think Joseph must have been discouraged, angry, bitter, and upset.
No, Joseph understood this principle. Joseph was surrounded with the force field of God’s favor. He kept doing the right thing even when the wrong thing was happening to him. God didn’t forget Joseph. One day Pharaoh had a dream that no one was able to interpret except for Joseph. Pharaoh was so impressed that he put Joseph in charge of the entire nation.
In the same way, God put something on you that will override people being against you. What is that? It’s the favor of God. It will override bad breaks and injustice. You have been in the pit and in prison; now get ready for your palace where you can influence a whole nation. Don’t worry about who has done you wrong. Just keep being your best working unto God and not unto men. Life may push you down but God will pull you back up. Situations may look impossible, but God can do the impossible. Your obstacle may be big, but our God is bigger.
God’s favor will make your crooked places straight. It will win over the hearts of your enemies. Favor will land you the job you are not qualified for. it will help you to meet the right person. When you face challenges, do not feel discouraged, speak favor instead! Look at your bank account and say, “God will supply all my needs!” Speak favor over your health and say, “By the stripes of Jesus, I’m healed!” Do not simply pray but declare God’s favor over every area in your life.
Let me make a declaration of favor over you today: I declare health, energy, and wholeness. The chains that have held you back are coming off. I declare freedom from sickness, chronic pain, depression, and addiction. I declare favor over your family, marriage, and children. I declare favor at work, with your boss, with your co-workers, and with your clients. I declare favor over your finances. Favor is opening new doors of opportunity, promotion, increase, influence, and abundance. Favor is attracting the right people to you. I declare that the favor of God will catapult you to a new level of victory. You are going to take on new ground, set new standards, and reach new heights. You are a history maker. 2020 will be your best year and decade yet–in Jesus’ Name!
“For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield” (Psalm 5:12 NKJV).
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