Surrounded by the FOG

Surrounded by the FOG

You are surrounded by the FOG!  “What’s that,” you ask?  It stands for Favor of God.

For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield.  (Ps 5:12)

And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and it shall be, when you go, that you shall not go empty-handed.  (Ex 3:21) 

And the Lord had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they granted them what they requested. Thus they plundered the Egyptians.  (Ex 12:36)

For You are the glory of their strength, and in Your favor our horn is exalted.  (Ps 89:17)

For whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the Lord . . .   (Pro 8:35 – Mercy is speaking to us in this verse.)

The verses I’ve shared with you (above) all talk about God’s favor upon His people, and upon the righteous.  We have been justified and made righteous in Jesus, so these blessings apply to believers.

In the book of Exodus, God so blessed (favored) the Israelites when they were preparing to leave Egypt that chapter 12, verse 36, says that the Israelites PLUNDERED the Egyptians! 

Do you know what a strong statement that is?  To plunder means to destroy; damage; loot; or overexploit someone or something. The Egyptians gave the Israelites whatever the Israelites asked of them—whether it was food, jewelry, clothing, tools, or livestock!

This is the very same kind of favor with which God has surrounded each and every Christian!  If you can meditate upon this, it will help you to understand how much God wants to bless us and to give us “the wealth of the sinner” (Pro 13:22).

You’ll notice in Psalms 89:17 (above) that it says “in Your favor our horn is exalted.”  What does that mean?

The horn denotes beauty, plenty, and power; these those have who are made accepted in the beloved. What greater preferment are men capable of in this world than to be God’s favorites? (Source:  Matthew Henry Commentary on Psalms 89)

When you’re applying for a job, making an offer on purchasing a home, or a thousand other things, remember that God’s favor is upon your undertaking.  So trust God’s Word and confidently await the outcome that has been influenced by God.  Hallelujah!

Accepted In the Beloved

Accepted In the Beloved

. . . to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.  (Eph 1:6, emphasis added)

And whoever offers a sacrifice of a peace offering to the Lord, to fulfill his vow, or a freewill offering from the cattle or the sheep, it must be perfect to be accepted; there shall be no defect in it.  (Lev 22:21, emphasis added)

Accepted means:  received; recognized; admitted; acknowledged; welcomed; understood; or allowed. 

In Christ, we are accepted by Almighty God as perfected.  How wonderful and awesome a gift we have been given!

As the verse from Leviticus above demonstrates, an offering (in the OT) had to be perfect in order to be acceptable to the Lord.   Jesus was the perfect sacrifice, slain in our place for our sins and iniquities.

Now, we are accepted into the household of faith, the kingdom of God, and the family of God!  No matter what our past may look like, what our personality is, or what our appearance is—we are welcomed by the loving arms of Jesus!  Hallelujah!

Jesus invites us to come to Him in every circumstance of life and in the face of every challenge, need, or failing.  He is the very embodiment of perfect, unconditional, and unfailing LOVE.  There is mercy (forgiveness, kindness, humanity, generosity) in Christ’s embrace. 

Know, trust, and believe that you’re accepted in Jesus and rejoice!