100daysoffavor

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This is a popular Psalm, especially at funerals. But, instead let’s look at it today, our last day of 100 Days of Favor, through the lens of God’s favor on us.

Psalm 23, New Living Translation (NLT)

 1 The Lord is my shepherd;

      I have all that I need.

 2 He lets me rest in green meadows;

      he leads me beside peaceful streams.

    3 He renews my strength.

   He guides me along right paths,

      bringing honor to his name.

 4 Even when I walk

      through the darkest valley,

   I will not be afraid,

      for you are close beside me.

   Your rod and your staff

      protect and comfort me.

 5 You prepare a feast for me

      in the presence of my enemies.

   You honor me by anointing my head with oil.

      My cup overflows with blessings.

 6 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me

      all the days of my life,

   and I will live in the house of the Lord

      forever.

A shepherd takes care of his sheep, he even puts his own life on the line for them. Sounds like Jesus to me.

We are showered with God’s favor and we recognize it better now that we’ve had 100 days of training.

Can you see it in the verses?

  • Provision
  • Rest
  • Places of beauty
  • Strengthening
  • Guidance
  • Bringing God glory
  • Fearlessness
  • Never alone
  • Protection
  • Comfort
  • Celebration
  • Victory
  • Anointing
  • Too many blessings to number
  • Goodness
  • Unfailing love
  • Eternity with the LORD

Jesus’ sacrifice has bought us so much. We really do have all that we need. His favor is sweet.

Thank you for coming on this journey of 100 Days of Favor. I have enjoyed traversing the scriptures with you.

I’m considering continuing the blog on a weekly basis. If you go to www.100daysoffavor.wordpress.com and click on the email subscription widget to the right, you will be notified of new postings.

I’m open to suggestions or guest bloggers so let me know your thoughts.

Thanks again.

The LORD bless you.

Shalom.

A little background for today’s verse, Moses had turned over leadership of the Israelites to Joshua.

This verse is just a part of the command that the LORD gave to Joshua when he took over. See Joshua 1:1-9 to read it all.

Joshua 1:8, Amplified Bible (AMP)

8This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success.

This is a tall order for Joshua. He was to always meditate on God’s word. He probably only had the first five books of the Bible.

We have so much more.

We have more of God’s Word, His love letter to us.

We have salvation through Jesus.

We have God’s favor over us and we have the Holy Spirit.

We have looked at Jeremiah 31:33 but let’s look at it again

Jeremiah 31:33, New International Version (NIV)

33 “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel
after that time,” declares the LORD.
“I will put my law in their minds
and write it on their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.”

The LORD is speaking of us. We are His people because Jesus fulfilled the Law for us.

Instead of requiring us to meditate on the Book of the Law day and night, He puts it directly on our hearts.

Of course, meditating on His Word is beneficial to us too. When we are thinking about His Word the LORD reveals His thoughts to us.

His Word brings peace and clarity.

I hope that this time we’ve shared blogging together has increased your hunger for more of His Word.

He loves you and wants to spend time telling you so.

 

 

Ephesians 2:4-7, New Living Translation (NLT)

 4 But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, 5 that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) 6 For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. 7 So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.

Okay, I’m just curious, does anyone else’s mind go off into space thinking about what these verses say about the seating in heaven?

Sometimes it feels like I can almost grasp being with Jesus in “heavenly realms.”

I am definitely not a genius, but I can sort of grab ahold of that God is beyond time and not limited by it.

So, if there is no time with God, we would already be with Him in heaven.

Yep, there goes my brain again. It’s just too wonderful to comprehend.

How about verse 7 above? Paul was prophesying over the Ephesians about how we would look at them as examples.

Paul was saying that they would be the pictures of the unending grace and kindness of God.

That amazes me and then I think of those who are looking at me to be an example of God’s grace and kindness. I tend to fall short, I admit, but that doesn’t limit those blessings towards me.

He loves us so much.

It does make me think twice before whining.

John 3:16, The Message (MSG)

 16-18“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.”

John 3:16 is such a familiar scripture to so many.

As I said on Day 65, it is the first scripture I memorized as a child (you can revisit Day 65 by clicking here).

Let’s dip in a little deeper and look at the next two verses.

God’s plan was and is to save the world through His Son Jesus Christ. He didn’t send Jesus to judge us but to bring us into a relationship with Him.

Because He loves us and wants us to be close to Him for our good.

Trusting in Jesus’ work on the cross gives us the key to access our Daddy-God. That key raises us to the same level as Jesus before Him.

After all this good news is the sobering thought that there are others that need that key.

For some people we are the only Jesus that they will ever see.

How does that affect you?

When I am confronted with an unpleasant person or irritating situation I try to remember that I am Jesus’ ambassador. I send up distress prayer and He is so faithful to help me.

Of course, I don’t always remember that I am His ambassador, unfortunately. I’m grateful for God’s grace and what do you know, some tests can be taken over.

Ephesians 1:3-6, The Message (MSG)

 3-6How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.

As we are nearing the end of the 100 Days of Favor, my hope is that you have a settled assurance in your heart of that favor.

Not that you have to earn it, it comes by God’s grace through His Son to you.

These verses speak of God’s plan to adopt us through Jesus to make us part of His family. I like how this version points out that it was God’s joy to do so.

And how do you like the “lavish gift-giving” that has been coming your way and will continue to do so?

We are the focus of God’s love. We are blessed, favored and loved.

Our part is to accept it and acknowledge where all these good things are coming from.

James 1:17, New American Standard Bible (NASB)

17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

John 21:20, Amplified Bible (AMP)

20But Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved, following–the one who also had leaned back on His breast at the supper and had said, Lord, who is it that is going to betray You?

I remember reading the book of John back when I was in high school.

I was taken aback by his constant references to “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” It seemed so arrogant, so presumptuous of John to say that over and over again about himself.

I read into it that John was saying he was the ONLY disciple Jesus loved, but that isn’t what John is saying. He is affirming Jesus love for him in a way that we can all copy.

Can you imagine going through your day saying to yourself (or out loud), “_____________ (your name), who Jesus loves, is going to ______________ (insert activity).”

It makes any activity you do take on a new meaning. Even mundane tasks become an opportunity to remind yourself of Jesus’ love for you.

It might just change a bad attitude into a good one or a good attitude into a great one. Who knows, you might end up singing praise songs.

Try it and let us know how it goes.

Angi, who Jesus loves, just finished the post for Day 95!

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  • AngelGlo: I am comforted with the "never alone" promise. Have really enjoyed and been uplifted with this blog. Thank you, Sweetie, for doing this. Love you
  • Marie Westerbur: This scripture reminds me of all those times I popped a pill to get high and also needing to fill that empty feeling....the after affect.. 'O' how Go
  • ambie: What an amazing way to end 100 days!! it has been the best 100 days for me!! not just physically but i know my walk with God is so much better now!! A

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