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John Belt: The Flood of God's Favor

by John Belt
Jan 27, 2013

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How would you like to be flooded with God's favor? This is a really good word about God's favor through His love being poured out onto us. As you read through this word, let His favor flood you even this day.

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Psalm 30:7 By Your favor, O Lord, You made my mountain stand strong...

God loves to flood us with His favor. It's not because of our good works or all the things that we have done, but what Jesus has done. Before Christ came, I can see the Father looking at mankind just waiting to display the fullness of His goodness. In His heart He conceived the plan to send His Son in order that He might open the way for us to enter into the very best place of experiencing His kindness.

When He sent His Son Jesus, it was with the motive of extending His family. In this, He also reveals His true identity – what He is really like. We see the fullness of the Father in His Son, Jesus. We see His love, compassion, care, grace and truth. Because He gave His only Son, that greatest sacrifice that could be made, He reveals the overwhelming extent of His love. When God demonstrated His love, He gained more family – you and me.

1 John 4:8-10 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent His only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Having sons myself, I can see more clearly how the Father feels. If even I myself would do the very best for my kids, God would do far greater than that. God is not some hard, performance-driven master. God is love. That means that His entire motive for doing what He does is motivated by His love for us. He gives us unmerited favor – favor we could not earn. Although He does not give us everything we want, He does give us everything we need and far above all we can ask or think. As He sees our pursuit of Him, He surrounds us with His favor. As we set our love upon Him, He sets us in high places with Him.

God loves to be with His family. It is so important that the people of God embrace a life of devotion and spending time with God. Without this, His people are robbed of knowing God in a way that is living and real. One of the most different and notable attributes of Jesus that the Pharisees and religious leaders could not understand was how He called God His Father.

John 15:23-24 Whoever hates Me hates My Father also. If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both Me and My Father.

Technically, they could not receive it because it made Jesus equal with God. They also could not understand it because all they knew was the letter of the law and their own legalisms they had created. Holding to the letter of the Book was their perception of what was important to God. It is the natural drift of mankind to fall into control and power play games, exalting legalities. Since Jesus interfered with their lives, revealing what God really looked like, they had to find an excuse to kill Him.

When we replace a life of intimacy with God with a list of our good deeds, a contrary spirit emerges when the real thing shows up on the scene. When Jesus shows up in our lives, He tells us "come and follow Me." When we choose to follow Him, we choose a life of favor with God. God clothes His family with His favor. His favor is for a lifetime and His love endures forever.

God's Blessings,

John & Brandi Belt
Overflow Global Ministries

Overflow Global Ministries is the ministry of John & Brandi Belt. The heart of their message is that God's greatest desire is to indwell His people with His Presence. They believe that man was created to be inhabited by God through His Spirit. With a sincere devotion to God through the Holy Spirit, people can live in a place of overflow in His Presence. This overflow translates into touching the lives of others through living encounters with God. When John and Brandi minister, the intimate Presence of God is manifest – being accompanied with demonstrations of God's power to heal, revive and restore.

John Belt's Itinerary:

Note: Events are subject to change at the ministry's discretion. We suggest you always check first with the event contact listed here and/or directly visit their website for latest updates on each event.

February 9, 2013 (7pm)
Overflow OKC Nights!
Worship & Ministry with John & Brandi Belt
The Old Trinity of Paseo
3000 North Lee, Oklahoma City, OK 73103

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