Hope: Part 2
The Hope of God’s Favor

Hope = A strong and confident expectation

Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom God’s favor rests.”

NLT “Glory to God in highest heaven and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”

Favor is God doing for me what I could never do for myself.

Romans 8:31-32 “…If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?”

2 questions about the favor of God.

1. What are the results of God’s favor?

  1. Supernatural Peace

Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Hebrews 13:6 (NLT) “So we can say with confidence, The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear.”

b. Supernatural Protection

John 16:33 “in this world you will have troubles but take heart (be confident, have hope) for I have overcome the world.”

Even in unfavorable circumstances God can still work in my favor.

c. Supernatural Promotion

Proverbs 19:12 NLT “A king’s rage is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.”

d. Supernatural provision

Exodus 33:14 and 17
“The Lord replied, “I will personally go with you, Moses, and I will give you rest—everything will be fine for you.”verse 17 “I will indeed do what you have asked, for I look favorably on you, and I know you by name.”

2. How do I receive Gods favor?

You cannot achieve God’s favor, but you can receive it. 

Ephesians 2:8-9 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

  1. Be open to God’s whatever.

Luke 1:28 ““Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

verse 38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.”

2 Chronicles 16:9
“For the eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him

b. Be obedient to God’s ways.

Genesis 4:4-7 “ And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, 5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. 6 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”

Proverbs 8:33-35
“Listen to my instruction and be wise. Don’t ignore it. 34 Joyful are those who listen to me, watching for me daily at my gates, waiting for me outside my home 35 For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the Lord.”