For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield. (Psalm 5:12) (NIV) (emphasis mine)

 

When you try to fuse favor and fear together, you'll find that they are like oil and water - they don't play well together.  It pays to know who you are in Christ; it pays to know what the Word of God says about us as children of the King.  When we know who we are in Christ the enemy cannot play havoc with us.  Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44), but when we know who we are according to the Word of God, the lies and tricks of the enemy will not take root in our spirit because we have too much of the Word on the inside of us.  We have to know as saints that God has already given us favor; it is, however, up to us to operate in it.  Too often we allow fear to take root and, again, we have to know what the Word says about us.  The Word says that fear is not of God (2 Tim. 1:7).  We can surround ourselves with fear, but God surrounds us with His favor.  Jesus invested too much in us at the cross of Calvary for us to remain down, depressed, dejected, or afflicted in any area of our lives.  God's Word says we are surrounded  by His favor.  When you run a check on the word "favor" you will find such descriptive terms as "pleasure," "delight," "goodwill," and "acceptance."  Go ahead and apply for that job you don't think you're qualified for.  Go ahead and search for your first house.  Go ahead and start that business.  If you know your vision is from God, then move forward in it as you stand on the Word of God.  God has given us favor; He has not endowed us with fear.  I choose to believe all that God's Word says about me.  Will you believe it for your life? Will you stand in the face of fear or rejection and say, "I am surrounded by God's favor?"

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