Walking in Favor by Alan Smith

Ps 44:3

They did not conquer by their own strength and skill, but by your mighty power and because you smiled upon them and favored them. (TLB)

Can we really have the favor of God upon our lives? Can we walk in divine favor from heaven? I believe we can. King David was just a man, a man like you and me. Some days he seemed to be a saint and other days a sinner. Have you ever felt like this? David had times of despair and times of victory. As David walked in the path of God his strength increased. For it is on this path that a true and healthy life can be experienced. When David chose not to walk in God’s path but his own, his life would be full of pain and destruction. How can we walk in a continual state of the “favor of God”? Life is full of challenges and crisis. Some days we are convinced that we are in a war zone of the mind. How can we conquer these challenges of each day? How can we be victorious and not beaten down by these circumstances and thoughts? First of all we must remember that we have been given the road map and battle plan for our lives. The road map is the Bible and it contains all we need for our daily battles. It will direct our path. Let us consider the following verses.

Ps 25:4-5 Show me the path where I should go, O Lord; point out the right road for me to walk. Lead me; teach me; for you are the God who gives me salvation. I have no hope except in you.

David knows where to go when he feels lost and defeated. He asks the Lord to show him the path that he should walk. He is confident that the Lord will point out the right road. First of all we must be aware of the danger that surrounds us when we leave the path of God. We discover that the favor of God shines upon His path. We enjoy this favor so much we often forget it is a gift and benefit from God. When we walk the pathway created by God we receive a divine strength. The strength comes from the rays of son shine which shines upon the path we are walking and warms our souls. This warmth we now feel within us reminds us of the verse that says, Col 1:27 Christ in you, the hope of glory. When this warmth of peace and contentment leaves us we discover we have left the pathway of God from where the Son always shines. Also we see in Ps. 25:4-5 that the Lord will teach us as we walk upon His path. He teaches us about the landscape of this path of life we are walking through. How this path of life is so beautiful and refreshing to the soul. He shows us the beauty of this life that can only be seen through the eyes of one that is on this pathway of heaven. He teaches us about the truth of peace and joy, the truth of life. When we stray from this heavenly path we encounter destruction and even a feeling of death. Let us read once again the verse for today.

Ps 44:3

They did not conquer by their own strength and skill, but by your mighty power and because you smiled upon them and favored them. (TLB)

We now understand we can conquer our challenges and fears through the strength and skill given to us by God. It is Christ in us that give us this strength and skill to overcome. The skills to slay these dragons of life are taught to us through the Word and by the still small voice of the Spirit. Let me remind you of this strength that is within you when you accepted Christ into your heart and life. God smiled upon you and has now given you favor because he loves you and wants you to be victorious and have peace and contentment in life. The rays of His son are the smile upon your heart from our heavenly father. I encourage you to stay on the pathway of heaven so the rays of His son shine may warm your heart and soul.

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