Luke 1: 28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art HIGHLY FAVOURED, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found FAVOUR with God.

When we received Jesus we were placed into a POSITION of favor with God. In Christ we have favored child status. We are seated in heavenly places in Christ at the right hand of God, often called the side of favor. The EXPERIENCE of that favor from God is always given in the pursuit of His purpose for our lives. Noah (Genesis 6:8), Joseph (Genesis 39:4, 21), and the children of Israel (Exodus 12:35, 36) were given favor to advance the purpose of God in the Earth. The path of purpose (to our promised land of destiny) is the path to finding God’s favor in manifestation in our lives. In Luke 1:26-38 is another example of experiencing favor being connected to our willing obedience to God’s purpose. The Bible says Mary found favor with God because she got connected with God’s purpose and said , “…, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word … Luke 1:38.” She wouldn’t have experienced it without her willing obedience to God’s purpose for her life. We cannot claim God’s favor while we willfully reject His purpose (plan/assignment) for our lives.

Favor in this context meant that she was the object of kind regard, good will, or the recipient of a benevolent act of kindness. Favor is not just for Mary but for all the righteous in Christ Psalm 5:12. When we are recipients of favor, just like Mary (read Luke 1:26-38):

1. We are picked out v. 30.
2. We will conceive (get pregnant with a dream/destiny) v. 31.
3. We will bring forth fruit v. 31.
4. We will have greatness come out of us v. 32.
5. Others around you will be blessed v. 36
6. We will see that nothing is impossible to us v. 37.

Pursue His purpose and you will experience favor!

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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