Daily Devotional -12/19/12 “I’m favored because … !”

I just had to continue this on from yesterday because somebody is still wavering in their favor. Yea, while you’re trying to figure out why you’re being blessed; look around because it might not be you but the company you’re keeping. While you’re trying to figure out how you’re surviving, it may not be you but grandma whose favor is strong. While you’re still asking why me, you need to look around because it just may be the favor of that coworker (you keep putting your mouth on) that’s saving your job. See, when Mary was chosen she had a husband already decided which means he was also favored. Sounds crazy but go with me. Don’t you think that if God knew who He was going to choose to be the mother of His only Son, He also knew who the father would be? He did because in those times the young women were promised to young men to be married before children were even conceived. So, it was all in God’s plan because Ephesians 1:11 says, “Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.” I know you’re asking why Joseph was favored, well because he was in Mary’s company. This means you need to surround yourself with favored folk so that their favor overflows onto you. Yea, God knows us because He made us and because He made us, He also chooses us and in His choosing He places favor around us. God put that person right there beside you that day because He knew she would make a difference in your life and now you’ve been friends for 15 years. God knew you needed a brother so He put him at the barber shop at the exact same time you were going to be there and now you’ve been best friends ever since. Baby, you need to know that it’s not your favor that keeps you going but it’s the favor of those around us so be mindful of your surroundings. You wondering why your house is favored when Proverbs 18:22 says, “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.” You’re wondering if your righteous living is worth it, when Psalm 84:11 says, “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.” You’re wondering why you keep being saved from danger when Psalm 5:12 says, “For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.” You need to surround yourself with favored folks who are willing to share their favor but in doing so make sure it’s the right favor because some could be filled with worldly favor and it won’t last. Yea, God has a purpose for you which is why He chose you so stop asking why me and start accepting God’s favor. Stop asking why me and start believing God’s favor. Stop asking why me and start sharing God’s favor.

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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