This Sunday, April 30th, 2017, our guest speaker, Pastor Jay Pike from The Gate Church in OKC, unpacked an amazing message continuing our series Scandalous Grace here at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas.
“But Noah found favor with the Lord,” (Genesis 6:8, NLT)
Jesus had favor with God and favor with man. Favor with man brings the praise of men. If the praise of man leads to pride in you, it will cost you the favor of God. Favor with God brings persecution of man. If you can’t handle persecution from man, you shorten your time of favor.
If you focus on favor with man, you forfeit favor with God. If you focus on favor with God, you will always have favor with whatever man you need to fulfill God’s purpose.
Favor has to be found. You can grow in favor, and you can grow in grace, which can help you in your time of need. There is a grace for every season in your life. Your challenge is to find the grace for the season that you are in. There is grace for every assignment in your life. Your assignment is to find the grace for your present assignment.
You learn to follow presence more than you follow principles.
Here are three questions to consider:
- Where is God’s grace resting in this situation?
- Where is God’s grace operating in this conversation?
- Where is God’s grace moving in this person’s life?
Noah found favor with the Lord.
- Favor requires you to build in one season what you will need in a future season. Finding favor can make you look silly in the present, but look smart in the future.
- Favor reveals the timing for transition. In order to stay in favor from season to season, you have to pay attention to the dove. If you get your information from the dove, you will always know when it’s time to step into the next season.
- Favor releases the rain.
“In the light of a king’s face there is life, and his favor is like clouds that bring the spring rain.” (Proverbs 16:15)
- Rain moved Noah from stagnation to advancement.
- Rain is a resource. Favor is always better than resources.
- Rain transforms the territory.
Watch the full message here:
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