For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning. When I was prosperous, I said, “Nothing can stop me now!” Your favor, O Lord, made me secure as a mountain. Then you turned away from me, and I was shattered (Psalm 30:5-7 NLT).
Having the favor of God does not mean we won’t have any more problems in life. It is a false pretense if we won’t have any more challenges. Of course we still do. The good news is we don’t succumbed to failure, but we always rise and continue moving. When difficult situation arises, or impossible circumstance comes, and it appears that there’s no way out, then the favor of God will make a way for our victory and triumph.
We are not cry babies, who always looking for sympathy and a shoulder to cry on in every little problem in the world. When Jesus was being tortured, beaten up, whipped, spat on, slapped on face, and nailed on the cross, He did not cry for help or sympathy to anyone. Jesus rose from the dead and came out victorious. That’s who we are. We are not a bunch of wimp, but overcomers in Christ!
The Psalm of David reveals how the favor of God made him one of “The Untouchables.” Yes, there were still weeping, but they didn’t last long, because joy came in and crushed every feeling of defeat and every feeling of self-pity. As long as David remained in the favor of God, nothing had ever stopped him. He was prospered in everything he did. And how do we stay in the presence of the favor of God?
• Remain in clean conscience.
“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear” (Psalm 66:18 NKJ).
Your conscience will tell what’s in your heart. It is very important to be honest when you find yourself in a mess. Usually, a stiff neck individual does not know how to discern signals of error in his heart. Instead, he goes the other way and justifies his mistake.
And when he falls, he accuses God of giving him tests and trials, or worst, he claims that the great Teacher is teaching him of something. I don’t think so, because God is not in the business of failing His children. Any parent who is in a right mind, does not want to see his child failing in a class or being expelled in a school. We fail, because we chose to do so.
Honesty is allowing the Word of God to reveal and expose the true intents of your heart. His Word will check your motives and purpose behind every action you’ll make. Your must give an honest answer to the Holy Spirit, the reasons of your actions and decisions. It’s easy to fall into the cracks of a compromised integrity. But let your life be made out of a sound integrity. In integrity, you will never be moved.
“How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word” (Psalm 119:9).
It is only by the word of God your heart will change. You can read as many help books the world has to offer, nothing will replace the Word of God. The Word is a spirit and they are life. The word is Jesus. As you meditate on the Word, you are fellowshipping with the Lord.
• Fear of the Lord.
“The fear of the Lord leads to life, and he who has it will abide in satisfaction; he will not be visited with evil” (Proverbs 19:23 NKJ).
The Biblical definition of ‘fear of the Lord’ is recorded in Proverbs 8:13, “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate.”
To hate evil means to have zero tolerance of evil, and to despise anything that has the appearance of evil. Fear of the Lord is giving reverential worship, exalting Him as the Almighty God.
Pride, arrogance, and perverse mouth made Satan the enemy of God. The devil thinks he was better than His Creator. And he believes that he doesn’t need God at all. Ultimately, he became perverted in every aspects of his life.
Evil is anything that is illegal, immoral, unethical, and that is against the moral character of God. There is no such thing as a gray area when it comes to honesty and integrity. Your choice is either black or white, left or right, and right or wrong. To hate evil is to remain clean without compromise.
God can always provide fresh anointing to His children to do great and awesome works in His kingdom. However, God cannot give His child integrity or character. They come from a renewed heart, a heart that seeks the inner sanctum of God’s Holy of Holies, the very secret place of the Most High. Just like Dr. Dobson’s closing statement, “Always remember, that character counts!”
• Put your trust in God, not in man.
It’s so easy to fall into temptation of putting our hope in man, especially when we needed help in the area of finances. We tend to let loose our brains out to mentally solicit for potential people who would lend us money. Worst case scenario is to find someone to borrow with. The work of the ministry is not exempt in this scenario, as a matter of fact, it happens all the time. But this is not the ways of God. People of God have to learn the Biblical way of handling monies.
It takes the wisdom of God to build the temple of God during King Solomon’s reign. Wealth and riches were added without limit to build the temple. And all of these blessings came, not because of the wealth of men, but by the wisdom of God. The same thing is true. It takes the wisdom of God to build for the Lord.
Anyone who trusted in man’s ability has placed himself in a very limited resource. He can only receive a man’s worth, nothing more and nothing less. But if any man puts his trust in the Lord, he has tapped into the unlimited supply of blessings. It’s beyond you can think and imagine.
“The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Psalm 118:6).
“It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man” (Psalm 118:8).
“It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes” (Psalm 118:9).
“Do not put your trust in princess, nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help” (Psalm 146:3).
“He does not delight in the strength of the horse; He takes no pleasure in the legs of a man” (Psalm 147:10).
“My help comes from the Lord, who made heavens and earth” (Psalm 121:2).