My wife, Carolyn, and I have faced so many impossible situations in our lives. Times that we stepped out in faith and everything seemed as if it wasn’t going to work out. But no matter how seemingly impossible it was, God’s favor has always caused us to be victorious.
The Body of Christ is under a lot of pressure, particularly financially. As I travel around the world ministering, I see how people are hurting everywhere. But God is not going to allow them to be destroyed.
What seems impossible in your life today? Are you standing against attacks in your finances, your marriage, or your health?
The Lord gave me this prophetic word for you:
GET READY FOR AN UNPRECEDENTED OUTPOURING OF GOD’S FAVOR!
As I have studied Scripture, I have discovered a pattern for when God’s favor is poured out. I want to share this timely revelation with you today!
In Romans 5:20, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the Apostle Paul writes, “where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” In this context, Paul is talking about the condition of mankind after Adam and Eve’s fall — sin abounded.
One of the meanings of the word abound is overrun. Mankind was overrun by sin and nothing but an outpouring of God’s grace could change that. And that grace came in the form of Jesus Christ. We can read in 2 Corinthians 5:21, For [God] hath made [Jesus] to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
Even though it appeared that man was doomed for eternity due to sin, God would not allow Satan to fulfill that mission. Jesus gave of Himself so that we could be set free.
But let’s look at this verse again and I want you to see it in a little different way. I want to show you a powerful principle here. We’ll discover the principle by which God operates that reveals a pattern of when favor is manifested.
Look again at Romans 5:20 where Paul said, “where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.”
Sin could be called “the work of Satan.” After all, he’s the author of it. He’s the originator of it. It represents him, his nature, and his plan. It was not God who brought sin into the earth, it was engineered by Satan.
So, we could say that whenever something that is authored by, originated by, or engineered by Satan attempts to abound, God’s grace does much more.
God’s grace always abounds more! God will never allow Satan to have the upper hand. Satan may think he has you just where he wants you, but God always steps in.
One definition the dictionary lists for sin is “wickedness.” And one of the synonyms for the wordwickedness is “darkness.” And we know that Satan’s kingdom is referred to as “the kingdom of darkness” and he himself is referred to as the “prince of darkness” and everything he does is considered the “work of darkness.”
So, where the works of darkness abound, grace, the unmerited favor of God, abounds much more!
I want you to see the established model or pattern whereby God operates. He is showing us in this verse:
EVERY TIME THE WORKS OF SATAN SEEM TO ABOUND, GET READY FOR AN OUTPOURING OF GOD’S FAVOR TO ABOUND MUCH MORE!
God will never allow your adversary to have the final word!
Just like the children of Israel, Satan thought he had them where he wanted them and so did Pharaoh. But during their time of affliction and sorrow (Exodus 3:7-8) God said, “Now shalt thou see what I will do (Exodus 6:1). And in Exodus 11:3 it says, “The Lord gave the people favor.”
An outpouring of His favor upon His people became His way of overcoming all their oppression and bondage. And today God’s people are crying out for deliverance and for breakthroughs and I believe we are going to see an unprecedented out-pouring of God’s favor just like it was for the children of Israel!
Another example of this pattern of favor can be seen in Psalm 102:1-13. It is a prayer of David when he was afflicted and feeling overwhelmed. The pressure of everything he is going through is beginning to look as though it’s impossible to bear. But then in verse 13 David speaks by faith and says, “Thou shalt arise and have mercy on Zion, for the time to favor her, yea, the set time is come.”
There it is again! When Satan thinks he’s got you right where he wants you then God causes an outpouring of His favor to occur. God is not going to allow the devil to have the final word!
Whatever Satan attempts to do to destroy us, God will come back with a victory in our lives that will be even far greater than the destruction Satan wanted to cause.
WHERE THE WORKS OF SATAN AND THE WORKS OF DARKNESS ABOUND, THE FAVOR OF GOD WILL MUCH MORE ABOUND!
Paul said that in the ages to come that God would “clearly demonstrate the immeasurable, limitless, surpassing riches of His free grace, His unmerited favor in His kindness of heart toward us in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:7, AMP).
That says to me that we’re headed for an outpouring of His favor in an unprecedented way! This is not the time to give up. It’s time to start watching for and expecting God’s favor to show up on your behalf like never before! Satan will not have the final word. God will arise and His favor will be poured out in your life!
P.S. Continue to stand firm on the prophetic word for 2012…a year of fulfillment. It is not too late for your expectations to be fulfilled.