I had this vision of the Lord Jesus on Monday 10th August, 2015. He was very disturbed and told me that He wants the gay pride flag removed from the US Embassy in Israel. The Lord told me during the conversation that Israel is the world leader.

Jesus is very, very disturbed about this issue and I pray that the US would obey and turn from sin to the Lord.

 

Update – In another vision a few weeks ago, I saw Archangel Gabriel throwing up, a reminder of Revelation 3: 19, “So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue (vomit) thee out of my mouth”

1. God called us to salvation because of His Favour or Grace

For the grace (charis/G5485) of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men  (Titus 2: 11).

Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace (charis/G5485)  that should come unto you (1 Peter 1: 10).

Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God

Who hath saved us, and called [us] with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace (charis/G5485), which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began  (2 Timothy 1: 8 & 9).

 

2. We are justified by Favour or Grace

That being justified  by his grace  (charis/G5485), we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life (Titus 3: 7).

But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace   (charis/G5485)  of God should taste death for every man (Hebrews 2: 9).

 

3. Favour or Grace is an integral element of  God’s character

But the God of all grace  (charis/G5485), who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you (1 Peter 5: 10).

 

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Blessings, peace and angelic prosperity.

1. Introduction to we are saved by the favour or grace of God.

In the previous post, we studied More On The Usage And Meaning Of Favour In The New TestamentToday I would like us to read a bit on the truth that we are saved by the favour or grace of God.

2. The riches of  God’s grace or favour redeemed and forgave us from our sins

We discovered in the Holy Scriptures that through Christ:

we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace/charis/G5485. (Ephesians 1: 7).

That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace (charis/G5485)  in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2: 7).

Ploutos (G4149) is the Greek word used in Ephesians 1: 7 and Ephesians 2: 7 to describe the riches of the grace or favour of God in saving us. We know in the natural sense that riches means having wealth and abundance of possessions.

The New Testament scriptures also used descriptive terms when speaking about riches or Ploutos. These terms help to illustrate the greatness of the salvation which we have received through our Lord Jesus Christ:

  • the riches of their liberality (haplotēs/G572) – 2 Corinthians 8: 2. 
  • the exceeding riches of the grace of God – Ephesians 2: 7.
  • the unsearchable riches of Christ – Ephesians 3: 8.

3. The richness of  the liberality of God in saving us from sins – 2 Corinthians 8: 2. 

Liberality (haplotēs/G572) is used in reference to “bountifulness” and “liberal distribution” of one’s personal possessions in order to help those in dire need  (2 Corinthians 9: 11 & 13).

I am so thankful that God showed His great generosity in liberally and bountifully giving us salvation by grace or favour to us.

4. The exceeding riches of the grace or favour of God in saving us – Ephesians 2: 7.

Apostle Paul exclaimed at the “exceeding riches” of God’s grace.  The Greek word used in the scriptures for “exceeding” is hyperballō/G5250.  Exceeding in the scriptures is used interchangeably with “excelleth”, a reference to excellence, which in the English usage means to outstrip, surpass, to be superior in quality (dictionary.reference.com, 2013).

Through these scriptures, we therefore understand that God showed us unsurpassed and incomparable favour when He saved us from sins:

Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, by grace (charis/G5485)  ye are saved (Ephesians 2: 5).

That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding  (hyperballō/G5250)  riches of his grace (charis/G5485)  in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2: 7).

For by grace  (charis/G5485) are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God (Ephesians 2: 8).

5. The grace or favour of God “was exceeding abundant”

Apostle Paul also exclaimed at the exceeding abundance of the grace or favour of God in saving him and calling him to His work even though he had been one of the chief haters of our Lord and Saviour Jesus.

Hyperpleonazō/G5250, the Greek word for  “was exceeding abundant”  is found once in the King James Version of the New Testament.  One of the root words hyper (G5228), is somewhat amusing because sometimes we describe someone as being hyper when we mean that they are “over the top.”

Hyper (G5228) means above (Matt 10: 24), more than (Matt 10: 37), Jesus dying on our behalf  (John 10: 11 & 15 among other texts); above human capacity (1 Cor 10: 13):

And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry

Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did [it] ignorantly in unbelief.

And the grace  (charis/G5485) of our Lord was exceeding abundant (hyperpleonazō/G5250) with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus

This [is] a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief (1 Timothy 1: 12 – 15).

6. The unsearchable riches of Christ – Ephesians 3: 8.

The word “unsearchable” (G421) in scripture also means “past finding out” (Romans 11: 33). In other words, we cannot begin to comprehend or even explain how or why God could be so gracious and show us favour in saving us from sins in the way that He did it.

 

7. Conclusion

The references in today’s writings have helped us to understand a little better that God’s grace in saving us is unsurpassed and beyond comprehension. All we can say is “Amazing Grace.”  God went over the top to demonstrate His love and kindness towards us.

Thank you Father!

We began to explore the meaning and usage of  “favour or grace in the New Testament scriptures through the root word charis (H5463):

The angel came in unto her and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured  (Charitoō/G5487), the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women – Luke 1: 26.

To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made (Charitoō/G5487) us accepted (Charitoō/G5487) in the  beloved   (agapaō/G25) – Eph 1: 6.

This is what I discovered today:

1. We need the favour of God to do the work of the ministry 

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me – 1 Corinthians 15: 10.

and when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace (charis/H5463) that had been given to me, they gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised – Gal 2: 9.

2. When we demonstrate acts of liberality to others, we are expressing  favour

When I come, I will write letters of recommendation for the messengers you choose to deliver your gift (charis/H5463) to Jerusalem – 1 Cor 16: 3.

3. It is because of the favour of God that we triumph over satan

But thanks (charis/H5463) be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ – 1  Cor 15: 57.

Now thanks (charis/H5463) be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place –   2 Cor 2: 14.

4. Jesus showed us favour when He came into the world to save us.

For you know the grace  (charis/H5463)  of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich – 2 Cor 8: 9.

5. God causes favour to be shown to His saints

And God [is] able to make all grace  (charis/H5463) abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all [things], may abound to every good work – 2 Cor 9: 8.

6. The favour of God gives the believer strength and power to endure afflictions

And He said to me, “My grace (charis/H5463)  is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me – 2 Cor 12: 9.

7. It is by the favour of God that we are justified by faith and not works of the law

  For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace (charis/H5463) – Gal 5: 4.

8. God reveals His favour by accepting those who believe as His beloved children

to the praise of the glory of His grace (charis/H5463), by which He made us accepted in the Beloved – Eph 1: 6.

Amazing grace by Soweto Gospel Choir.  More to come. Peace, blessings and angelic prosperity. 

Let us return to Archangel Gabriel telling Mary that she was “highly favored”

These writings on favor began with when we tried to discover why Mary was chosen to be the Mother of Lord Jesus.  We asked the question, “Why Was Mary Highly Favored And Beloved By God?”    I went back to the Old Testament to  glean a clear understanding of the meaning of  “favor” from God’s perspectives and made some important discoveries.

Now let us return to Archangel Gabriel and Mary and try to add new truth about favor. I discovered that the Greek word for “favoured” only occurs twice in the King James  Version of the scriptures.  It was also translated as “he hath made…accepted”:

The angel came in unto her and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured  (Charitoō/G5487), the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women – Luke 1: 26.

To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made (Charitoō/G5487) us accepted (Charitoō/G5487) in the  beloved   (agapaō/G25) – Eph 1: 6.

 

Understanding the meaning of favored through  the root word “CHARIS”

Charis (G5485),  is the root word used for favored in the text of Luke 1: 26. It means:

A. to be full of the spirit of  grace or favor The Old Testament describes this individual as a  pleasant, precious and ‘goodly” person who spirit draws others. Examples include:

  • Jesus as He grew – Lk 2: 40.
  • the members of  the early church who were  full of “great grace” – Acts 4: 333.

 

B. to be in favour with God and other people means that kindness and mercy will be bestowed to you. The following are examples:

  • Mary and Jesus -Lk 1: 30,  Luke 2: 52
  • the early church which found favour with all the people – Acts 2: 47.
  • Joseph who was delivered out of his afflictions and given favour in the sight of Pharaoh – Acts 7: 33.
  • David who found favour with God – Acts 7: 45b & 46a.
  • the favour of God was shown to the early church in the salvation of unbelievers – Acts 11: 20 – 23.

 

C. salvation is a result of the favour of God:

  •  Acts 18: 27
  • Acts 20: 24
  • Romans 1: 5
  • Romans 3: 24

 

D. Showing forgiveness is an act of favor

  • shall we continue in sin that grace/favour may abound? In other words, don’t test God’s favour by continually sinning – Romans 6: 1.

 

E. God gives spiritual gifts as an act of favour 

  • we have gifts that differ according to the grace/favour given to us – Romans 12: 6

 

F.  Favour means to speak gracious  words, like Jesus whose speech astonished the people – Luke 4: 22.

 

G. Favour means to receive praise or recognition from others. Archangel Gabriel praised Mary when he said “blessed art thou among women” – Lk 6: 32 – 34.

 

H. I encourage leaders in the Body of Christ to repeatedly bless the saints with the Grace or Favour of God after the example set by Apostle Paul:

  • the grace/favour of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you –  Romans 6: 24.
  • Grace/favour be unto you – 1 Corinthians 1: 13.

 

I. We must thank God always for His Grace/favour 

  • I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace/favour of God that was given you in Christ Jesus – 1 Corinthians 1: 4.

I’m beginning to get the picture of the vastness of  the grace or favour of  God. How about you. Blessings, peace and angelic prosperity.

More to come on charis – the grace or favour of God.

1. Can a human shout favor or grace to a  great mountain?

In the previous post we studied “Eleven Virtues That Will Bring You Into Favor With God And Humans.”   Last Saturday I reviewed the scriptures that contained the word “favor” or “grace” was cited by Zechariah 4: 7:

Who [art] thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel [thou shalt become] a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone [thereof with] shoutings, [crying], Grace (chen), grace  (chen)  unto it.

I heard the Father say to me that God instructed Prophet Zechariah told to tell Zerubbabel to shout “favor” to the mountain!

 

2. Prophet Zechariah was not referring to a literal mountain – the context.

It was 521 BC and seventeen years after the return from exile in Babylon when Prophet Zechariah wrote the words “shoutings, [crying], Grace (chen), grace  (chen)  unto it.” 

The people were hopeful and optimistic and started the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem one year after the repatriation. To their horror, their enemies began to vigorously oppose them, making accusations and writing letters to the King Cambyses. The King passed a law to stop the work of the Lord. Sounds familiar?

God revealed to Prophet Zechariah in a vision (Zechariah 3) that satan was the mastermind,  accuser and chief obstruction of the rebuilding of the temple.   Strengthened by the Lord’s defense of His people, Prophets Haggai and Zechariah told Zerubbabel to recommence the work which had lain dormant for all of those years.

In confirmation of the heavenly vision, King Darius was not favorable towards any further opposition and commanded the rebuilding to recommence.

In Zechariah 4, God revealed to Zechariah that the great mountain of opposition would become if they would shout “favor, favor” unto it:

And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep,

And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all [of] gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which [are] upon the top thereof:

And two olive trees by it, one upon the right [side] of the bowl, and the other upon the left [side] thereof.

And two olive trees by it, one upon the right [side] of the bowl, and the other upon the left [side] thereof.

Then the angel that talked with me answered and said unto me, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.

Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This [is] the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts

Who [art] thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel [thou shalt become] a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone [thereof with] shoutings, [crying], Grace, grace (favor,  favor) unto it.

 The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you (Zechariah 4: 2 – 7 & 9)

 

3. Why were they to shout “favor, favor”

As I write, I hear the Father say that the mountain represented satan and his antics in the invisible realm. I hear the Father say that satan instigated his willing subjects to vigorously withstand the rebuilding of the Temple. The Temple represented the place where the worship of God would prevail and bring his kingdom to zero.

Anytime the Jews faced opposition, they were to loudly shout “favor, favor” as a reminder to satan that he had no legal authority to obstruct the work. They were to loudly yell that the set time to favor Jerusalem had come and that they would NOT accept the plans of the enemy.

When they shouted they were declaring that the Prophetic Word of the Lord regarding the temple was true and that the enemy could do nothing to stop it.

When we shout “favor favor” the Lord comes forth to fight on our behalf in order to establish His Word.

This is really amusing and reminds me of the shouting at the wall of Jericho.  Shouting “favor favor” is secret weapon of spiritual mass destruction.

Why don’t you apply the principles revealed to Prophet Zechariah and the people of Israel?

 

4. My own experiences and results shouting “favor, favor”

I began shouting “favor favor” on Saturday and continued doing so all week. I have not stopped.  I shouted the Word of the Lord at satan, difficult people (not in their presence), difficult situations, resources that I need, resources that my nation needs. My list can go on…

Miracles took place when I shouted “favor, favor”

God miraculously provided free and valuable resources that I needed for a project that I am working on. I would not have been able to buy them all.

Resources kept coming to me in a snow ball manner.

Difficult people became easy to get along with.

Why not try this secret weapon today?

 

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In today’s post, I will cite scriptures related to the favor or grace (H2580/chen) of God in the Old Testament.  I pray that our spirits will be instructed as we meditate or speak, utter, ponder, talk about them.

These scriptures refer to eleven virtues that will bring an individual into favor with God and humans:

1. You are fairer than the sons of men; grace (H2580/chen) is poured upon Your lips; Therefore God has blessed You forever – Psalm 45: 2.

 

2. For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD will give grace (H2580/chen) and glory; No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly – Psalm 84: 11.

 

3. My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother …

for they [shall be] an ornament of grace (H2580/chen) unto thy head, and chains about thy neck – Proverbs 1: 8 & 9.

 

 
4. Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart …

then you will find favor (H2580/chen)  and high esteem In the sight of God and man – Proverbs 3: 3 & 4.

 

5. The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.

By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop    down the dew.

My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:

So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace (H2580/chen) to thy neck – Proverbs 3: 19 – 22

 

 

6. Good understanding giveth  favour (H2580/chen): but the way of transgressors [is] hard – Proverbs 13: 15.

Blessings, peace and angelic protection.