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Lord, open our hearts and minds to receive what You have for us today! In Jesus’ name, amen.
In our last gathering we discussed God’s order illustrated in Mark 6 and the feeding of the 5000. (Check it out here)
Putting our lives in order requires us to be in a position of surrender. It also positions us for God’s favor.
The word favor is mentioned >100 times in the Bible; mostly where people are humbling themselves to ask, “O Lord, if I have found favor in Your sight…”
Turn to Malachi 1:6-9. Malachi is warning the people that their offerings are not suitable and they’re giving God junk, instead of their best. Sadly, Malachi is talking to the religious people and much like the church today, we have not honored God the way we should.
He counsels them: “Entreat the Lord for His favor so He will be gracious to us” (v.9).
Malachi is saying, “look, God sees what you’re doing but there’s a way out of your sin! All you need to do is ask God for His graciousness, kindness and generosity with the right heart.
I certainly don’t walk to walk around without God’s graciousness being extended to me! Do you?
Are we giving God our best? Are we honoring Him? Are we giving Him our leftover time, money, service or are we living our lives in obedience to HIM?
We need His favor y’all!
Who had God’s favor?
Let’s look at some examples so we can get a clearer picture of why we should ask for God’s favor. Abraham (Genesis 19:21) and Joseph (Genesis 39:21) were both blessed by God’s favor, especially in the tough times. The Israelites had so much favor the Egyptians brought them gold and silver! (Exodus 3:21).
Gideon pleaded for favor in Judges 6, Samuel had favor with God and man (1 Sam 2:26), Job and Daniel all had favor.
King Hezekiah though messed up. He missed out on God’s favor due to pride (2 Chronicles 32:25).
But look at Mary – she had so much favor she was chosen to be the mother of Christ! (Luke 1:30). Jesus, like Samuel, had favor with God and man (Luke 2:42)
Check our Acts 2:46-47 … they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added daily to the church those who were being saved.
Think about it!
What does favor bring?
Answered prayers (Gen. 19:21), fruit, multiplication and confirmation of His covenant (Lev. 26:9), protection (Psalm 5:12), life (Psalm 30:5), strength and the ability to stand strong (Psalm30:7) and possession of land (Psalm 44:3) aka our inheritance! What a basket of goodies!
How do we get favor?
Sign me up Lord!
God takes pleasure in our prosperity (Psalm35:27). HE wants us to succeed and live in the abundant life He has promised us.
Having His favor is like receiving the cloud of the latter rain (Proverbs 16:15) and dew on the grass (Proverbs 19:12). Both of these phrases are symbolic terms for blessing – the latter rain was necessary for the harvest and the dew on the grass represents the manna that comes from God every morning, His mercies truly are new every day!
Not having God’s favor can wall us in and limit our view. It can lead to bondage and backsliding.
What in our life is hindering God’s favor?
Let’s humble ourselves, ask for His favor because we need His grace!
PS – This article is a teaching / study time done at the Grove (our Bible gatherings at the farm) so the format is different than my usual blog. I would encourage you to look up the scriptures listed above and sit before the Lord in a spirit of surrender and allow Him to minister to you.
We would love to hear what He has done in your life!
Welcome to the Grove!
Lord, Open our hearts to receive what You have for us in this teaching. Transform us God, by the renewing of our mind, in Jesus’ name, Amen!
Ecclesiastes 3:1-3 says there is a time and season for everything. We see God’s order in the changing of the seasons, the dawn of each day and Read More
GlenHaven Farm – brought to you by the letter G! G for GlenHaven, G for God, G for green pastures and great animals. Gee it’s gosh darn hot outside so pass the sweet tea and take few minutes to chat! Just when you think you can’t take another day of heat and humidity, (I liken it to roasting a wet sponge), God sends the rain! Hallelujah – it happened this morning and today, G is for glorious!
We’ve got two very pregnant cows scheduled to deliver any day now. My plan was for them to be pregnant at separate times of the year, not at the same time – somehow they didn’t get that memo so we’ve had no fresh milk since May! Aaagh – difficult for us raw milk addicts around here! So, for them G is for get on with it, already!
G is also for goats, more specifically, Nigerian Dwarf goats! Their chief job around here is to prove no fence can stand against their escape tactics and then to climb on your lap so you can’t be mad at them! They’re very affectionate and nothing brings comfort like a 10 goat cuddle as the day wanes into night!
But the best part of the letter G is the great workers we have around here – running a farm like this is definitely a group effort, each person doing their part and we appreciate all they do!
I could GO on and on (see what I did there?) but I will go ahead and save some G words for another post.
An evening walk the day after Christmas to check on our pregnant Ophelia netted a big surprise! While we were eating dinner she birthed 11 little piglets!
Although obviously pregnant we had not realized how imminent the delivery so it was a lovely surprise! As I watched mom and her babies God began Read More
GlenHaven is alive and well even if we have only been sporadic on the blog scene. It was 2 years ago this month we bought our farm and time has flown at warp speed! We’ve come a long way and when I stop to look around realizing what God has done I. am. in. awe.
Last night as I was petting Violet our beautiful Jersey she turned her head towards me as if to say, “pretty cool, huh?”
I concur Violet – it is very cool to pet your own cow (insert chicken, pig, goat or donkey) whenever you like along with a beautiful view and no traffic noise. Sometimes these critters drive ya nuts with their escapades but all in all their personalities provide hours of entertainment!
Chickens are like a gateway drug – you start out with 2 or 3 then you end up hooked with a whole farm full of critters! We’ve hatched out over 30 birds this year – even managing to sell some hens and eggs for pocket cash.
Right now, our bovine population is 3 cows, a Ferdinand type bull and 2 calves. Cows are actually very curious animals, they always want to know what’s going on and have a stealthy way of sneaking up on you. How 1000 pounds can be stealthy I still don’t know.
Our goats multiplied into 13 total with 10 currently here. They are cuddly, stubborn and master escape artists. Fortunately, the only place they run is to the feed room or unfortunately to my garden.
In the equine department (or as my sister asks, equine or assinine?) we have 2 sweet donkeys who help out with guard duty. They love scritches between their ears and nibbling carrots out of your hands. They are most often seen in BFF pose – huddled up as telling secrets & about to take a selfie.
Duckwise we have 2 roving gangs of 6 each who often get into turf wars as they cruise the property in between forays to the pond.
They are great egg layers, we are just not as good at finding the eggs as the dogs are.
Speaking of dogs, Warrior and Tali man the perimeter on night shift (hence the serious nap) while our inside pair, Bailey and Ruwa do personal guard duty from the foot of the bed. Warrior responds to every coyote howl with a message of his own, Tali is his back up . . . this farm really is a dog’s paradise!
Hamlet and Ophelia are low on drama but their little piglets push the envelope at times. Ophelia has birthed 14 piglets (more pocket change) and they’ve done a fine job clearing out some ground in the hardwoods.
Our foray into meat chickens has been successful. Friends and family report a consistent state of culinary pleasure to the taste buds. We’ve raised 3 turkeys for our personal consumption – those dudes are big!
So, that’s our two year wrap up in the critter countdown. I am in awe once again at God’s faithfulness. Not everything has gone perfectly and I’ve definitely made some mistakes but He has never failed us! The foundation is laid – now let’s see what God has in store for us next!