My Month of Uncommon Favour
By Pastor Amos Dada PhD; P. Eng, Chem Eng
For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a life time;Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5
I welcome you in the name of the Lord to your month (July) of uncommon favour. I pray that your years of toiling and disfavour will evaporate like vapour this month in Jesus name. I pray that favour will give you divine acceleration, that instead of crawling to achieve you will gain eagle speed. You did not hear me, I said where you have been struggling, this month God will as an act of favour carry you on Eagles wing.
Hear the word of thy Lord:
“Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob and tell the sons of Israel: 4You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings, and brought you to Myself. 5’Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine. Ex 19:3-4. Before I begin to share the ingredients, purpose and mechanism of favour I have an unction to declare some prophetic words that will cause you to experience levels of spiritual, material, and financial metamorphosis. I perceive in my spirit that some of you listening to me or reading this have been under some generational manipulations and curses that have limited your horizon, frustrated your vision, held your destiny down and confused your life movement as the generation of Israel experienced in Egypt that provoked God’s favour to carry them from slavery to freedom, poverty to riches (they spoilt the Egyptians) and gave them identity and security.” And the LORD had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they let them have their request. Thus they plundered the Egyptians.” Ex 12:36. Favour this day, this month, will enable you to plunder your tormentors and oppressors in the name of Jesus. This month favour will locate and relocate you to your land that shall flow with milk and honey. You will metamophosize this month from that unwanted state of lamentation you have found yourself to the glorious state of rejoicing you have always desired, by the power of God’s uncommon favour upon you.
What is favour?
Favour is a mystery word and complex to define, we see the outcome of favour and from there postulate that this and this could not have happened except the person has experienced favour.
Favour is manifestation without the hand of flesh. When God chose Saul to be king of Israel it was favour. When God chose David Jesse above Eliab, Shammah and Abinadab and other four senior brothers of his to become king over Israel it was favour. When God spoke to Rachel with two unborn children loaded in her tiny womb and said the elder shall serve the younger it was favour upon the younger one. Favour enabled Jesus Christ to choose to borrow Peter’s boat and turn his destiny around in a moment out of all the fishermen at the shore on that faithful day. Luke 5:1-4.That favour will single you out, pull you up from under the carpet and put you where God has intended you to be in Jesus name.
Favour is when everything is working for you. Whatever you touch turns to gold. You start a company and before you know it, it begins to expand, gain momentum, and becomes profitable; it is favour.I hear your protest ‘what of my hard work?” I celebrate hard work but I am not naïve to say it is favour because many people even work harder on a similar project and did not achieve corresponding favour or experienced disfavor.
” For who makes you so superior? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not” 1 Cor 4:7
Favour is when those who hate you turn around to love you.(Matt 5:44)
Favour is getting what you did not ask for and not missing the one you requested. (Rom 9:16, Eccl 9:11, 10:7)
Favour is that you do your shopping and heaven pays the bill.(Phi 4:19)
Favour is what commands attention to you. (gen 6:8,Gen 12:1-3
Favour makes you to be a source of wonder .(Gen 41)
Favour is when everything you touch prospers (Psalm 1:1-3)
Favour is when you forget your past failure because the blessings have overtaken you. (Job 42:10)
Apart from the definition above, I want to consider two aspects of favour
We all desire favour just as we all desire food. Food is made. A man of God came to our church recently and pointed our attention to a phrase of the scriptures: “prayer was made for Peter” Acts 12 :5 KJV. He said that many are still in bondage today because they ‘pray’, ‘say prayer’
But that ‘making prayer’ entails combining all sorts of prayer. When they were desperate not to lose Peter as they lost James, they made prayers, meaning they combined all sorts of prayers, prayer of decree, prophetic prayer, anointed prayer, fasting prayer, prayer of consecration and supplication when they combined these, God immediately sent an angel. I can say also that there are ingredients that you need to ‘cook’ or ‘make’ favour come your way. Whereas as mentioned above you cannot throw away components of God sovereignty, in the issue of favour but you can cook favour.
1. You come to God for favour.
“And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage.24 And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob 25 And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them.” Ex 2:23-25. Yes it was in the agenda of God to save Israel from bondage but they have to come. They have to “cry by the reason of their bondage” God wants to favour you irrespective of your religion, race, gender or transgender, sinful level, past history, affiliations, bondages, lack, captivity, poverty, limitations and frustrations. But a major ingredient in getting the favour of God is your disposition to God. Your willingness to yield and surrender to God. Isaiah 1:18
2. Stay with God.
It is not sufficient to come to God, you must stay with God. Many are professing to be Christians today just because they bear Christian names, Amos, Trinity, Favour, Faithfulness, Confidence, Holiness, Humility, Grace, Righteousness etc, but are far from him.”Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.” John 15:4. To abide means, to dwell in his presence, stay focused on what he has told you; remain steadfast, unshakable, unmovable in the things he has entrusted into your hands. Are you?
3. Operate in faith.
You cook favour. Another ingredient after coming and staying is adding faith.
See how the parents of Moses cooked favour.
2 And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi.2 And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.3 And when she could no longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink4 And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.5 And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river’s side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it 6 And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children Ex 2:1-6
While others were killing their children, these parents were ‘cooking’ faith for favour. Favour brought Pharaoh’s daughter and not the “kill and go squad” of Pharaoh to locate little Moses. Are you cooking faith? What are you doing with your children? Are you positioning your children for favour or just killing your children because of the laws of the land. When angel Gabriel announced unusual conception for Mary, she declared there will be a performance.
4. Other ingredients
Peter helped us to get other ingredients for favour when he wrote by the Holy Spirit:
“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.“1 Peter 1:5-8 Peter is saying if you put all these ingredients into your life you surely will attract uncommon favour. What are you waiting for?
The Purpose of Favour
I am of the school of thought that favour is usually for a purpose. In my book ” Understanding principles, purpose, power and people of vision “, I postulated that if the purpose of a thing is unknown abuse is inevitable. Everyone is crying, praying, going to the mountains for favour and I pray God will grant your prayers, but listen to me, favour is for a purpose. No Employer will pay you salary without work.
Let me give you three scriptures to buttress my point without unnecessary embellishment and exposition:
“And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.” Lk 1:28
God favoured Mary among women to enable her bring Jesus to this world so that the project (purpose) of God to save humanity could be achieved. Let me help you to amplify and apply that to your life. There is a purpose for that pregnancy you are carrying. There is a purpose for that child you have or you are yet to have. The mother of Thomas Edison may not have had a dramatic angelic visitation like Mary, the mother of The Wesley Brothers(who started the Methodist church), the mother of the Wright brother (who invented aircraft), the mother of Steve Jobs (who invented the iPad I am using to write this, on which you are probably reading this article) and my mother, your mother were all favoured to bring us to the universe to accomplish a purpose. Go ahead and accomplish that purpose. My thesis is that you are on earth and favoured for a purpose.”Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai who had taken her as his daughter, came to go in to the king, she did not request anything except what Hegai, the king’s eunuch who was in charge of the women, advised. And Esther found favor in the eyes of all who saw her. Esther 2:15. The bible says Esther was chosen by favour. This orphan, slave, immigrant girl was chosen, why? External beauty, internal beauty, maybe a combination or none of them, but I know God favoured her and made her queen to save a generation. God usually has a purpose for favouring a person in a dispensation. Mordecai brought this to bear when the juicy wine and legality of the palace was about to becloud the reasoning of Esther, he said- ‘maybe you are in that palace (favoured to be in the palace) for a time like this and if you fail to act, God will look for someone else.
Friend, Reader, Sister, Pastor, Elder, Deaconess, Bishop, Mr. President, Mr. Prime Minister, Mr. Millionaire, Mr. Billionaire. Mr. Talented, Senator, Congressman, Premier, Governor, Commissioner, Minister, General Overseer, you are favoured like Esther to occupy that position; you have a purpose, don’t abuse that purpose. Don’t use that purpose against God’s agenda. Yesterday, I heard over the news in Ontario that the Health Card for citizens will no more show whether the bearer is male or female. The driver licences will now show ‘X’ for transgender. During the week I went to use the toilet at Humber College and found out the toilets are labeled ‘ Gender neutral’. All these are happening in addition to the new Sex Curricula introduced to the Province. My stake is that the whole Province is being driven with speed in a particular transgender direction because the Premier is Lesbian. Whoever you are you are favoured to occupy your position to serve God’s purpose. If you choose to misuse your office like the likes of Pharaoh, Harman, Herod and the like, you also get the rewards of ending in the Red Sea, being killed on your gallows or waiting for a dirty slap from an invisible angel.
Let me cite one more scripture, the controversial scripture:
“(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.” Rom 9:11-13. I am not God, but I am a child of God, I believe in God I enjoy practicing Jesus Engineering over Chemical Engineering because I believe I am fulfilling purpose. I asked God the meaning of this scripture and he made me to understand what I am sharing with you. That Jacob was favoured to fulfill the purpose of bringing forth the birth of Israel. A generation that will be a prototype for the coming church, the body of Christ. For this purpose Jacob was chosen and preferred above his brother Esau.Time will fail me to elucidate on more biblical men and women of God that were favoured in the bible but all without exemption was for a purpose, people like Ruth, Rahab, Deborah, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Joshua, Joseph, John the Baptist, Peter and Paul.
In conclusion, this month as you crave, pray, desire and trust the generous God to lavish on you uncommon favour, bear in mind that you need to put in place ingredients of favour and receive favour to fulfill a specific project and purpose for which thou art highly favoured.
Pastor Amos Dada is the Senior Pastor and District Superintendent of Christ Apostolic Church Bethel Toronto. He is also The Convener of the International Gathering of Eagles conference globally. The conference is scheduled for Sept 15-18, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. It will also be held by the grace of God in the following nations in Asia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, South Korea, China; Africa : Angola , Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Ghana and Nigeria in 2016