Sunday, 18 February 2018

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Consider This: 'Let's let favor be seen in 2018'

By Dan Woodworth

2018 is a New Year! I had been seeking the Lord in the last month of 2017 and I have heard His Living Word for 2018: Let’s Let Favor Be Seen in 2018!

Do you believe that the supernatural favor of our Living Lord is available to us today? Let’s see His answer to that question revealed in His Living Word in Proverbs 3:1­4 in the original Hebrew:

My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep My commandments, for length of days and long life and peace will they add to you. Do not let mercy (lovingkindness) and truth forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Sowill you find favor and good sense and understanding with God and man.

Did you notice that there is not one place where our Living Lord asks us to ask for favor? He simply tells us how to obtain favor.

Now let’s look at the combination of the old and new testaments. Notice the new law in Romans 8:2 in the original Greek compared to the old law in Proverbs 3:1:

For the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death.

The new testament is the fulfillment of the old testament. The old testament is the shadow and the new testament is the substance. In other words, if we fail in one point of the law in the old testament, we fail in the whole law of the old testament, resulting in sinand death. Jesus came to this earth, and through His crucifixion and resurrection, He fulfilled the old testament law and graciously gave us His new testament law which human ability was unable to do.

Listen to His words of Spirit and Life in John 13:34­-35 in the original Greek:

A new commandment I give to you: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another. By this all people will know that you are My disciples if you have love for one another.

Now let’s put them together in Proverbs 3:1, Romans 8:2 and John 13:34­-35:

Don’t forget that the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death, but let your heart keep My new commandment by loving one another just as I have loved you. By this all people will know that you are My disciples if you have love for one another.

When we believe and receive His Living Word, the Word becomes flesh.

I know that what I just wrote is true because it works for me, My Most Beautiful Beloved Bride, Irene, and our Spectacular Sensational Son, Chris, and you, our Faithful Friends and Future Friends.

We speak these words of Spirit and Life at least twice a day every day. These words are real in our lives and they will become real in your life if you say them out loud every day.

If we speak and do Proverbs 3:1 (Your law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus and Your commandment of Love), then our Living Lord promises us that we will experience length of days and long life and peace in Proverbs 3:2.

Next, He commands us in Proverbs 3:3:

Don’t let mercy (lovingkindness) and truth forsake you. Bind them around your neck. Write them on the tablet of your heart.

In other words, meditate on His mercy and truth. Live in mercy and truth.

How?

This is what I speak and do, and it always works for me:

Thank You, Lord, for filling me with Your mercy and truth. I will live in Your mercy! I will live in Your truth! Work for me, in me and through me with Your love, mercy and truth!

His final outcome and promise is radically revealed in Proverb 3:4:

So you will find favor and good sense and understanding with God and man.

Let’s do a quick review.

If we:

1. Allow the law of Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus to set us free from the law of sin and death by walking in the Spirit and

2. If we love one another as Jesus has loved us and

3. If we live in His mercy and truth then

4. We experience and enjoy Overflowing, Supernatural Favor and good sense and understanding with God and man.

What I speak and do every day is:

Thank You, Lord, that the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death. As I live in Your Love, Mercy and Truth, I experience and enjoy Overflowing, Supernatural Favor with You and with people all day today!

Notice that I don’t ask or beg or plead for favor.

You don’t need to either.

I experience and enjoy Overflowing, Supernatural Favor.

Why?

Because I speak His promise in Proverbs 3:1­4 out loud many times a day.

Let me give you some examples of His Overflowing, Supernatural Favor:

My Most Beautiful Beloved Bride, Irene, and I have faithful, fantastic, fun, gracious, giving friends. We believed and received Overflowing, Supernatural Favor.

We bought our house and moved into our house with no down payment or closing costs. We believed and received Overflowing, Supernatural Favor.

We were blessed with our two cars as gifts from people. We believed and received Overflowing, Supernatural Favor.

We were chosen as Volunteers of the Year in 2001 by a prison ministry. We believed and received Overflowing, Supernatural Favor.

We were chosen as Volunteers of the Year in 2009 by the Women’s and Children’s Alliance. We believed and received Overflowing, Supernatural Favor.

We won a trip to Israel from February 22 through March 3, 2016, with all expenses paid ($8,000) and we did not need to pay any taxes on it. We believed and received Overflowing, Supernatural Favor.

I bought a $1,500 black wool suit for $6. We believed and received Overflowing, Supernatural Favor.

We have received many other examples of Overflowing, Supernatural Favor that would take up many pages in this article.

Why?

Because we speak and do Proverbs 3:1­4. We believed and received Overflowing, Supernatural Favor.

I am not sharing these examples of Overflowing, Supernatural Favor to brag or boast. In our own human ability we could have never received any of these examples of His Overflowing, Supernatural Favor.

We are not unique. Many people that we know who are just like us and you have received Overflowing, Supernatural Favor.

Do you believe that you are worthy to receive His Overflowing, Supernatural Favor?

I do! Do you know why? Because God is not a respecter of persons (Acts 10:34). If Hedid and does it for us, He will do it for you.

Believe and receive and do Proverbs 3:1­4.

Instead of a trying to do a New Year’s resolution as a wish, I challenge you to:

Believe that you have Received His Overflowing, Supernatural Favor all day every day!

Let’s Let Favor Be Seen in 2018!

Dr. Dan Woodworth earned his Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree from the King's University in Los Angeles in 2009. His passion is to encourage and empower people withthe transforming power of hope and healing to become all they are created to be. He andhis beautiful bride, Irene, have planted three churches. They are in the process of creating a cross/cultural, cross/generational healing community solving pressing problems in Boise and beyond. He may be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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