Favourable Consideration, by Pastor Seyi Oladosu
Bible text: Psalm 102: 13 – “You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favour to her; the appointed time has come”.
Somebody’s’ set time has come. A set time is an appointed time that exhibits blessings for you against all odds. An example is a woman I know who was having issues with her stay in the UK. She had been using a lawyer but all to no avail. So she met with me, after a chat, I advised her to change her lawyer and go for a younger lawyer, a woman who looks up to her like a mother. She heeded my advice and after 3 months despite all the challenges there was good news. The case was to appeal a previous judgement against her visa extension, but when the good news came she was given an indefinite leave to remain.
Note that before your set time there you would need hope and be very patient. Any individual who wants to be favoured by God or has been favoured by God is hopeful and patient. An example is my own personal experience, several years ago I married my beautiful wife but she could not conceive for many years. It was like the ability to conceive was by-passing us to all other members of the church, we cried, we prayed, fasted, but nothing happened until an appointed day. It was during one of the Holy Ghost service in London. God spoke through the man of God; the Lord showed compassion to us within that year, my wife conceived, the Lord God Almighty favoured us.
So what does it mean to be favoured?
To be approved of God without qualifying for it. Sometimes we look up to people ahead for favour but only God gives favour. Human beings give based on judgements but only God approval gives the undeserving miracle.
An unfair partiality – When you are favoured, an unfair partiality is released upon you for blessings. E.g I had an experience of the Holy Ghost acquitting a man guilty of a crime. Apparently, the young man had embezzled so much money from a company and was looking at 15 years imprisonment but the Lord favoured him and he was sentenced to 6 months and released after 3 months .
Wherever you are; maybe you have a court case but I decree that God will favour you. Been favoured does not mean you would not go through challenges but note that anytime you are falsely accused when God has acquitted you, it implies your spiritual promotion is near; an example is the life of Joseph who went through different trials and temptation but was still favoured by God.
To be favoured is to have Divine ability – An example is the life of Daniel, He had the unique ability to tell dreams and interpret it. However, the favour of God does not give room for laziness and does not complement mediocrity. You have to be skilled wherever you are, position yourself for elevation and promotion and the favour of God will locate you. Prov. 22: 29 “Seest thou a man diligent in his works, he shall stand before kings and not mean men”. Another example is Mordecai who worked for King Ahasuerus. He worked at the king’s gates but there was a purpose in his heart which was brought into fruition at the appointed time. I implore you, it may be tough initially but you will win. Galatian 6: 9 “Let us not become weary in doing well, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up”.
Many Christians’ heart are fainting these days due to long waiting. If you want favour, hope must arise in your heart every time. There is no maybe with God, it’s either a Yes / No.
To be favoured is to have an unusual value on your life. I know a man, faithful and diligent – he had an unusual value on his life so much more that when he was employed miraculously, he got promoted more than 8 times in 3 years.
To be favoured is to be shown excessive consideration above others. To receive preferential treatment. God has endorsed you and there is divine seal upon your life, therefore do not feel awkward when you are shown favour, embrace it; it is sign you are a child of the kingdom.
In spite of the benefits and wonderful merits of favour, favour has principles.
Principle of diligence: dedication, commitment. Whatever you do, do it well if you are a cleaner, do not be an erratic one.
Be at the right place at the right time – Isaiah 30:21- “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” God wants to bring you to the right place at the right time
Principle of Obedience: The church has toiled with this particular principle for too long. Job 36:11. . Obedience is not a choice, it is also better than sacrifice. The Bible states in Isaiah 1:11 “The multitude of your sacrifices– what are they to me?” says the LORD. “I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals; I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats”.
When God says move you just have to get into action, no deliberation, negotiation or debate. Partial obedience is not obedience
Associate with the right people
You need to be God and kingdom minded to enjoy the favour of God.
“Whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are noble, whatever is noble and pure, if excellent and praiseworthy, think of these things Philippians 4:8.
Finally, the greatest commandment of all. Matthew 5:44 – “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”.
Be kind to people who do not even deserve it. Matthew 5:44. It’s hard to love your enemies, to bless those that curse you. Love those that hate you, pray for those that persecute, those who despitefully use you and you will experience the extra ordinarily grace of God.
In all these things I pray that you experience the favour of God mightily hence forth in Jesus name. Amen
The sermon, Favourable Consideration, by Pastor Seyi Oladosu, Senior Pastor, RCCG Promise Land, London, on November 27, 2016 at the Anointing Service.