Highly Favored

Do you want to be highly favored? What is favor, anyway? It is unmerited good fortune, unearned blessing. In fact, some might consider you to be “lucky” when in fact you're simply favored by God.

What it means to be favored by God is quite simple. Things will go your way. You'll get the new client. You'll receive the promotion. If you're a parent your children will respect you and be well-behaved. If you are a taxi driver you will get the choice fares and the big tips. If you are a physician you will get patients who take your advice and follow your instructions.

Some will accuse me of preaching a “prosperity gospel”. Nothing could be further from the truth. I don't believe there is such a thing as a “prosperity gospel', there is only the gospel as given to us by the Lord Jesus Christ. And that gospel tells me that he paid the ultimate price so that we would not have to. And that we became heirs to his kingdom. To me that sounds like being highly favored.

It makes sense, too. Think about it, how can we be a blessing to others (which God promises that we will be) if we are constantly in poverty, constantly sick, and always depressed? We can't. That's one reason God has set up a plan for you to be highly favored. Will you receive it?

Ray Edwards is a world-renowned copywriter and communications strategist, writing for some of the most powerful voices in leadership and business including New York Times bestselling authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) and Tony Robbins. Ray is a sought-after speaker and author, hosts a popular weekly podcast, and blogs at RayEdwards.com.

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  • Alan Steacy

    You are right Ray, it really is our duty to aspire to prosperity and in doing so we lift others also. Excellent godly advice. Here’s to being ‘highly favored’!

    • Thanks for taking time to check in, Alan!

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  • James Rider

    Just a point of discussion. Being Highly Favored does not mean everything will always go your way. But, we know that “All things work together for the good of those…” So, even when things are not going great, I know that all things will work together for my good. Thus, eventually, I will reap a tremendous benefit by following his lead and not running after what I may want.

    • That’s a very legitimate insight Jim – thanks!

  • Sarah

    I’m with Jim, in that we will want to keep the bigger picture in context. I’ve worked with too many godly leaders of the Church in the developing world to believe that being favored means everything is easy-peasy. Certainly Paul suffered quite a bit in his ministry and gives a whole litany of those sufferings. And God disciplines His children whom He loves, and that discipline is not pleasant at the time.

    Having said that, it is also true that God is glorified by people who are fully alive, whole, and happy in Him (and sometimes most clearly when they are in adverse circumstances), and pour forth from the abundance He gives to bless others. Living defeated by the enemy does not glorify Him.

    Somehow these are both true.