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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sunday Words of Encouragement October 5, 2014

We had a good Sunday School class talking about how God is blessing our “brother” E who has named his ministry work in Haiti as 'Band of Brothers Ministry in Haiti'. We are continuing to send support and discussing expanded ministries in our own community too.

Pastor’s Sermon was entitled “God's Favor”. He defined favor as "approval, kindness, goodwill". God’s blessings are “tangible evidence of God's approval”. We give Him favor by spending time with Him. He gives us blessings as a sign of His great love and favor to us. However, we must keep in mind that the condition of our lives doesn't signify favor or lack thereof. Those who accept God know that He is with them in all things and at all times - even during troubles and difficulties. We have the favor of God because we rest in Him and know that His presence is with us. We receive favor not because we are deserving but because we seek Him for who He is and not for what He gives. His greatest favor is shown in His unending love for us and the mercy and grace He gives us.

We need to give thanks for His divine favor in our lives and we should pray that He gives us favor with others and use us in service to reveal His Glory.

There is good news that God has already provided His favor to all who believe. The bad news is that not everyone knows about it. When God is outpouring, then the enemy will attack and try to take it away. Believers need to learn, in wisdom, to recognize God’s favor, accept it and declare it...each day!

I selected this song video that fits the message today:
God Gave Me Favor!
This has wonderful scriptures and a strong testimony to share with the song.
Verse for Today:
Psalm 5:12 NIV
Surely, LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.

Lord, I thank you for Your favor and blessings poured out on me. Not just material blessings but more importantly, physical blessings of healing and health and spiritual blessings of peace and joy. I seek your guidance and direction in my service and giving to missions to help advance Your Kingdom.


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