This past week the Lord gave me a dream where I was receiving favor every day. I knew this was a word for His people. This is a time on the Hebrew calendar for favor to flow in the earth. There is a portal in Heaven open, now until July 9 at sundown, which is the 17th day of Tammuz. God is pouring out His favor immeasurably upon His people for advancement of the Kingdom. This is not unusual; when God wants things done in the earth He will pour forth His favor. Why? Because the favor of God opens doors that no man can open himself. We know favor opened doors for many, including Esther, David, Moses, Joseph, Daniel, and even our Lord and Savior, Jesus.
As the people of God, we need favor active in our lives because favor divinely connects us to right relationships, in season, to accomplish God's purposes. Our God never sleeps and He is always working. We are called to join Him in His work. We, as the people of God, must let favor run its course.
So why favor in Tammuz? The Hebrew calendar month of Tammuz began Monday June 22 at sundown. This is the month in which the Israelites made the golden calf out of the wealth spoiled from the Egyptians. God had given them favor with the Egyptians and they took the spoils to travel with them as provision on their journey to the promised land. While Moses was on Mt. Sinai, receiving the Law, the impatient Israelites determined to make a golden calf out of the wealth given them. When Moses arrived, he saw the camp in chaos and sin destroying God's people.
God was angry with the way His people had now taken His blessing and began to worship it. The Word says in Exodus 32:7-10 (NIV), "Then the¬†Lord¬†said to Moses, 'Go down, because your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt,¬†have become corrupt.¬†They have been quick to turn away¬†from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf.¬†They have bowed down to it and sacrificed¬†to it and have said, "These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt." I have seen these people,' the¬†Lord¬†said to Moses, 'and they are a stiff-necked¬†people.¬†¬†Now leave Me alone¬†so that My anger may burn against them and that I may destroy¬†them. Then I will make you into a great nation.'"(Photo via Wikimedia Commons)
Take a look at how God feels in this passage. He is broken because He brought the people out of Egypt and now they are giving worship to wealth that was given to them by God. They have abandoned a heart for God and instead turned to a false image.
Then God tells Moses, "I will make you into a great nation." Moses has favor with the Lord. What does Moses do with this favor? He takes it to save a nation.
The Word says in Exodus 32:11-14 (NIV), "But Moses sought the favor¬†of the¬†Lord¬†his God. 'Lord,' he said, 'why should Your anger burn against Your people, whom You brought out of Egypt with great power and a mighty hand?¬†¬†Why should the Egyptians say, "It was with evil intent that He brought them out, to kill them in the mountains and to wipe them off the face of the earth"?¬†Turn from Your fierce anger; relent and do not bring disaster¬†on Your people.¬†Remember¬†Your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, to whom You swore by Your own self:¬†"I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars¬†in the sky and I will give your descendants all this land¬†I promised them, and it will be their inheritance forever."' Then the¬†Lord¬†relented¬†and did not bring on His people the disaster He had threatened."
This word "favor," in the NIV translation, is the word "besought" in the KJV translation, which is the Hebrew word "chalah," which means to entreat the favor of or to be grieved. Favor can be so intense on our lives that we struggle stepping out to activate it, even for God's purposes. This is why faith is needed to activate favor.
A Remnant for His Glory
Therefore, with the favor Moses had with God, he dialogued with God on this matter. Moses spoke back to God the very words that God Himself had spoken about His people, which of course were full of blessing and favor. The outcome was that God relented and did not bring disaster. There was still a consequence that day in that a remnant was called aside and a difficult decision was made to kill those who worshiped the idols. As difficult as this was, the remnant remained and sought to move forward (Exodus 32:27-29).
How can we know for sure we have this great favor on our lives? Because of what Jesus Christ did on the Cross. He took our sin—yes, even the sin of our worshiping false gods and other things—and nailed us to the Cross with Him, and then buried us, and resurrected us as new creatures in Him. We are a remnant for His glory.
In Romans 6:3-7 (NIV) the apostle Paul tells us, "Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized¬†into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?¬†We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death¬†in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead¬†through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we will certainly also be united with Him in a resurrection like His.¬†For we know that our old self¬†was crucified with Him¬†so that the body ruled by sin¬†might be done away with,¬†that we should no longer be slaves to sin—because anyone who has died has been set free from sin." (Photo via Unsplash)
So, because of Jesus you have been set free from sin and resurrected to a new life, and that life is one of carrying the favor of God. You received favor so that you would not die in your sin; now use that favor to show the love of God to others.
The favor on Moses' life was given to him by God Himself and was the catalyst to save the people of God. Favor on your life is a powerful tool to change the world. Some of you have favor with kings, presidents, governors, statesmen, politicians, teachers, business men and women, leaders of organizations, etc. Allow God to use the favor He has given you for divine purpose.
Overshadowed by Favor
This month, God will overshadow you with overwhelming favor so that you can accomplish His purpose on the earth. Don't shrink back, but take the favor given you and press forward in faith to bless the Lord and bring about peace and reconciliation to those who need it most. Use the favor on your life to crush injustice and evil and speak life into those who need it. This favor will open doors for you that will save nations just as it did for Queen Esther when she was used of God to save the Jews from annihilation. God wants to use you in a mighty way, and He needs you to believe in the favor on your life because of what Jesus did, and also the favor in this month of Tammuz to press forward.
I challenge you today to look to the heavens and step out in favor every day by faith, with the confidence that God has indeed given you this favor through your resurrection in Jesus. You may be chosen to save a nation, but you will never know, unless you apply faith to the favor you have in Him!
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Founder, Dream Mentors Transformational Life Coaching Institute
Dr. Candice Smithyman¬†is the founder of Dream Mentors International, a biblical life counseling and coaching educational organization that teaches and trains educators and coaches in the specialty of life coaching. She is also founder of the Glory Road Show, where she hosts weekly interviews which are seen on Faith USA, internet TV, Facebook, and her YouTube channel. Her ministry website is available at candicesmithyman.com and dreammentors.org, where people people can become credentialed biblical or transformational life coaches and receive biblical and transformational life coaching for every area of their life. She is co-author of the book¬†Soul Transformation: Your Personal Journey¬†and co-founder of Freedom Destiny Church in Orange Park, Florida.
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