Guilt and Grace (8 of 8) by Fred Lowery

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Guilt and Grace (8 of 8)
Series: The Favor of God
Dr. Fred Lowery
Genesis 42 – 50; Isaiah 30:18

The Favor of God, remember, is when God sets His gaze upon you or upon me; any one of us ordinary people. God, for reasons known only to Him, at certain times in your life for His purposes, He sets His gaze upon you, even the little details of your life and gives you favor. I'm telling you, many times it happens and you're not even aware of it. You fail to give God the credit for it. What happened was the favor of God. He's doing it for your benefit and for His glory. He gets into your space. He gets into your life. He gets into your zone and He does something that's kind and gracious and unexpected, something that adds to your life just because He loves you and because He has a bigger plan for you than you can ever know. Listen to me, God's favor is not because of you, it is for you. Do you understand that? You see, when God gives us favor, there's no reason to be proud about that and pumped up because it's not because of you, it's because of Him; His love and His grace. Remember, favor is unearned. It is undeserved. It is God's gift to us. I think one of the reasons this story is in the bible – there are many reasons – one of the reasons is that Joseph is no superhuman. Joseph didn't know miracles. Joseph didn't walk on water. Joseph was an ordinary man like you and me. God is saying to each one of us, I want to bring favor into your life, no excuses. You can't say, but He wouldn't do that for me. Joseph had no more of God than you have of God. All that God is, He is in you. God loves to take ordinary people and do extraordinary things through ordinary people. God likes to take the ordinary and bless it and add favor so it becomes extraordinary out of His love. If God could use Joseph, He can use you. If God can use me, He can use you. That's the bottom line. I want you to get that in your mind. God wants to use you. I hope you picked this up as we went along: one of the reasons God gives you and me favor is so we may pass that favor on to others. Even when God teaches us stuff, He wants us to pass that on. I don't think it's really yours until you pass it along. I don't think you can really enjoy the favor as God wants you to enjoy it until you have shared that, until you have passed on favor to somebody else. You see, God wants us to be channels, conduits. God wants to flow His love and His grace and His kindness through us to other people. God blesses you and me in order that we can be a blessing to other people. Every time you sense favor in your life, you ought to start looking for somebody you can try to speak favor into their life and you can be a blessing to them.

Joseph's suffering touches all of our hearts. When you think about this guy who was a good guy, but he was rejected by his family. He was hated by his brothers. They threatened to kill him. They threw him into a pit where they ...

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