Do Right-ers Experience Favor

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Isaiah 61:8-9 NIRV; The Lord says, “I love those who do what is right. I hate it when people steal and do other sinful things. So I will be faithful to my people. And I will bless them. I will make a covenant with them that will last forever.  Their children after them will be famous among the nations. Their families will be praised by people everywhere. All those who see them will agree that I have blessed them.”

“I will be faithful to my people.” Isn’t that a wonderful way to start your day? Just thinking about the faithfulness of God. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to commit to do right things today. To make a conscious decision to allow the mercy and grace that God has given me, flow freely onto the lives of those around me. To learn to be like my Father who is love. That people will look at us and say, ‘Wow! The favor of God sure are on the Gregory’s! Look, even their children are blessed!’ God has made a covenant with us. Not just the Gregory’s, but you as well.

I hear some argue that God was talking about Israel and His people. That is true, but because of what Jesus did, we’ve been adopted and are now His own. I Peter 2:9 says, “But God chose you to be his people. You are royal priests. You are a holy nation. You are God’s special treasure. You are all these things so that you can give him praise. God brought you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” Famous! Special treasure! Not so that we can be all that and a bag of chips, but so that we can give Him praise.

Oh Father, the fruit of my lips give you praise today. I want others to see you in me. To know who they are and what is theirs. Oh Lord, how I love you. I make a joyful noise to you, a sweet song of worship that will turn your head and cause you to lean in and listen. Here I am, Lord. Remember me, the one you love. May I bless you today in all I do. I place all that I have into your capable hands and know that you will keep what I’ve committed to you. It’s in Jesus Name I pray. Amen

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