Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022
Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX
The lady with the dream of a check for $88
In the :Back to the Future” film trilogy, 88 is the speed (in miles per hour) the DeLorean automobile must attain to travel in time.
Maybe it’s a love note from heaven because 88 in amateur radio and in Morse Code means “love and kisses.”
There are 88 keys open a paino.
The son of Solomon, King Rehoboam, had 88 kids according to 2 Chronicles 11:21.
Psalms 88: Living a Life of Faith in Terrible and Difficult Times.
There are 88 recognized constellations in the heavens .
Revelation 3:14-22 – “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: 15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— 18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. 21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. 22 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”
Revelation 3:18 – I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.
Revelation 2:18 (PTV) – My advice to you is to the pay the price for what is valuable to Me: Pure currency that will make you truly rich…
Proverbs 8:34-35 (KVJ) – Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. 35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favor of the LORD.
OBTAIN: to gain by planned action or effort
What is favor ?
The best definition of the word favor is
“Demonstrated Delight by Divine Advantage”
The favor of God can be described as “tangible evidence that a person has the approval of the Lord.”
God’s favor is the power that changes things for us.
You earn it. You qualify for it. You pay the price for it.
Luke 2:52 – “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.”
Favor is for grown-up people willing to grow up and do big boy things in selfless service of the King/
When God’s priorities become your selfless priorities, what God does with you, and through you, becomes priority.
FAVOR IS HEAVEN’S AUTHORITY ON EARTH.
FAVOR IS GOODWILL
Favor is God’s kindness and benevolence given to those who love Him.
Favor will release great blessings including prosperity, health, opportunity and advancement.
The Bible records numerous examples of God’s favor upon His people causing them to experience many breakthroughs.
Favor is God’s lovingkindness.
FAVOR IS WHEN GOD’S GOODNESS CAUSES YOU TO BE SUCCESSFUL
Psalms 90:17 (ASV) – And let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us; And establish thou the work of our hands upon us; Yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.
“Make my enterprise successful
Let the sum of His gracious acts, in their harmony, be illustrated in us, and favor our enterprise.
The word favor is found 70 times
The Bible is filled with promises of favor for the believer:
Psalms 5:12 – “For Thou, oh Lord, will bless the righteous: with favor you will compass him as a shield.”
Your shield is faith. His shield for you is Favor.
Proverbs 8:34 – “Whosoever findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favor of the Lord.”
finding life in Christ brings favor
Proverbs 13:15 – “Good understanding giveth favor, but the way of the transgressor is hard.”
Wisdom and favor go hand in hand
Solomon chose wisdom and with it came great, great favor and riches.
Proverbs 22:1 – “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver or gold.”
Proverbs 14:9 – “Fools make a mock of sin, but among the righteous there is favor.”
With new heights in faith and belief comes favor.
Encouragement to believe.
You are responsible for your wake. The bigger and the faster the boat, the bigger the wake. If you continue to say that the sin you carry on with is no big deal, you will lose your Favor a your wake will be disastrous;
Psalm 85:8 (AMP) – I will listen [with expectancy] to what God the Lord will say, for He will speak peace to His people, to His saints (those who are in right standing with Him)–but let them not turn again to [self-confident] folly.
HOPE in God’s Character
Matthew 7:11 – How much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
Developing expectancy is a daily choice and an attitude to cultivate. Having a mindset of expectancy means that we have developed a particular way of thinking: “I’m a child of God; of course he’s going to speak to me, and he’s going to use me to be a channel of blessing for others. I can seek his heart for everyone I meet today.”
Mark 11:24 – “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
Lose your lens of loss today and increase your expectancy and favor today.
Lose the lens of self-pity.