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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Living in God's Favor"

Date published: 04/25/2019

Psalm 33:18 “But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love.”

 

   Think about the verse you just read.  No, don’t just think about it…bask in it!  Though God’s eyes are on all things, this verse creates a distinction for those who fear Him.  You can relate to the implications of “the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear Him,” if you have ever had a spouse, child, friend, or family member for whom you hold special affection.  It is not that others are not special or important, but that this person has caught your attention and affection by who he/she is and the way he/she lives.  Now think how special you are that God, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, holds you in such affection!

 

   This does not take God’s love away from anyone else, but merely shows the spiritual principle that when you are in God’s runnels of life, you position yourself to more fully experience Him.  Psalm 34:9-10 tells the benefits of being in this position: “Fear the LORD, you His saints, for those who fear Him lack nothing.  The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.”  God’s promise for a life lived like this is powerful – “lacking nothing” and “lacking no good thing.”  You cannot get much better than that!

 

   How does it come about?  It begins by fearing God in love, respect, and awe.  Out of this reverence you show how you are willing to live all of life with your hope in Him, instead of people, money, things, and activities.  Your belief in God is so strong that He is your “go to” for all of life.  God’s natural response to a life lived this way is favor, purpose, direction, love, and an enthralling desire to not just be in your life, but to live out of it.  Jesus said in Mark 8:35, “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me and for the gospel will save it.”  Living like this allows God full access for not only experiencing Him, but also being a vessel for Him to live through you.  I could go on about this endlessly, but you would be more blessed by Googling God’s promises to see the full opportunity.  Live your life in a way that adds to God’s dominion in your life instead of allowing the world to dominate your life.

 

2 Peter 1:5-9 “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.  For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

 

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