I know people (and I’m sure you do too) that have a problem with Christians being rich. The sad truth is that many people don’t understand God’s design for wealth and prosperity, and as a result, never experience it in their lives the way God intends.
When God approached a man named Abram in Genesis 12:2 He said, “I will bless you with an abundant increase of favors” (Amplified Bible).
Recently, the Lord has shown me that you can’t separate the blessing of God from the favor of God. If you study the Bible closely you’ll notice you can’t have one without the other. When the blessing comes, so does the favor. If you have the blessing of God on your life, then you also have the favor of God on your life.
The blessing of God is an empowerment to prosper, to succeed, to multiply, to increase, to excel, and to rise above what attempts to hold you back or keep you down.
After God conferred His blessing on Abraham, the Bible says in Genesis 13:2, “And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.” Immediately after God said “I will bless you (with an abundant increase of favors),” one chapter later, Abraham was very rich! It is evident that it was the blessing of God that brought this about. The Amplified Bibleis even more descriptive and says “extremely rich.” The blessing made him rich in every area of his life.
This empowerment, this blessing, has the ability to make a person wealthy and rich in every way.
A lot of Christians can’t wrap their mind around that. They base what is possible on their circumstances, previous experiences, culture, family, and all the other things that Satan will use to prevent that from becoming a reality in their life.
When Carolyn and I got married, all I knew to do was work, but still after all the long hours of working, I was just getting by. The kind of life I enjoy today was totally foreign to me. I didn’t know anything about the blessing of God. I didn’t know the was the empowerment from heaven to enable God’s people to succeed, prosper, excel, multiply and increase.
I have challenges and adversity, but I’ve learned to depend upon the blessing. The blessing and the favor of God has gotten me through each and every time and it will continue to do so.
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between the blessing of God and the favor of God? If the blessing is the empowerment to prosper, then what is favor designed to do?
When the blessing of God comes, the favor of God comes with it. The blessing is the empowerment to prosper. The favor produces the opportunity to prosper. You can have the ability to do something, but if you never have the opportunity, it’s not likely the ability will benefit you.
Every person who has accepted Jesus has the blessing of God on their life. It makes no difference the color of your skin, your background, if you were rich or poor before you came to Him, whether you were educated or not, whether you were the biggest failure in your family or not; that’s all erased the moment the blessing comes upon you.
You have this empowerment on you. You are not lacking in the ability to prosper, but what you need to start believing God for is opportunities. That’s what the favor of God does, it opens opportunities.
Favor produces opportunities!
Start decreeing the blessing of God empowers me to prosper, and the favor of God provides me the opportunities to make it happen!
Genesis 12:2 says in the Amplified Bible, “…I will bless you with abundant increase of favors.” That’s favors plural, not singular. If you were given only one opportunity, what if you missed it? God is saying, “I’m going to open the door for you to have opportunities to prosper and to succeed throughout the rest of your life.”
I have discovered that many Christians miss God’s favor because they do not recognize it when it comes into their lives.
Thomas Edison said, “The reason so many people miss opportunities, is because they come dressed in work clothes.” Some people pray for opportunity and just plan to sit there until it happens.
This reminds me of my son in law, Rodney, who years ago saw an ad in a newspaper for a broken video arcade game, like PAC-MAN. Well, he bought it, repaired it, and sold it for a profit. He realized there was a demand for these old arcade games and he began buying more and selling them. It became a business for him.
He eventually became the number one arcade game distributor in the region, and it all started with an opportunity. Rodney could have said, “I don’t want to have to work on it, God just give it to me. I don’t want to have to move and fix these heavy arcade games.” That’s why so many people don’t prosper. It’s because when God sends an opportunity, it doesn’t come in the form they want it.
I challenge you to start relying on the blessing of God and on the favor of God like never before. Let’s not forget the prophetic word the Lord has given us for this time – UNPRECEDENTED FAVOR.
I declare over you today that you will experience unprecedented favor and unprecedented opportunities like you never have before. That the favor of God will position you to be in the right place, at the right time. That the favor of God gives you the advantage and new opportunities to prosper and live in victory.
Malachi 3:10 says, concerning tithing, that God promises He will open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing, and that there won’t be room enough to contain it. We know that when it comes to the blessing of God and favor of God, you can’t have one without the other.
When you’re a tither, God pours out a blessing. And when you activate your faith and draw on God’s favor, you will see unprecedented opportunities to prosper. I strongly admonish you, receive the knowledge of this, believe it, speak it, and expect results.
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