Extracted from Todd Bentley:"THE DAY OF MANIFESTATION--IMPARTATION OF FAVOR"
May 24, 2007
We live in the most exciting age of all time. Friends, this is the hour of God's favor. The former rain and latter rain is resting on the seeds--seeds that have been on your heart, the seeds of destiny that have fallen upon dry ground.
Many have walked faithfully in the Spirit but haven't come into the day of increase, favor, and authority. But this day is coming, as it did for Jesus and many great Biblical saints. God's favor increased over King David.
The Spirit of God came upon David when he was appointed king over Israel, but it took years before his kingship manifested --where he actually ruled and reigned over all of Israel. David received more measures of favor and authority when he reigned as king and even more as he grew as king. Every stage of his faithful, intimate walk with the Lord manifested more favor.
The Spirit of the Lord says that God is placing a crown of manifestation on the heads of His faithful, diligent, chosen saints--a crown of great favor and authority with God and men. God rewards those who diligently seek Him. To those He calls His friends are greater measures of authority and favor.
Favor is God's "pleasure." When God takes pleasure or delights in people, He distinguishes and delights in them, showering down His spiritual blessing, goodwill, and grace. He will favor the faithful with His riches. They will be the head and not the tail. Experience won't be necessary because they'll have His favor, which empowers and therefore qualifies them to accomplish great feats.
God's favor was upon me, because I sought Him with all of my heart--I pursued Him and prepared myself to be chosen. So too, the Lord is choosing, giving authority, power, and favor with men. But the Lord says, that you must have the grace to receive His favor.
God wants to favor you. Consider Esther. He gave her everything she needed to receive the favor He desired for her. Esther prepared and positioned herself to be pleasing before the king. So pleased was he, that he held out a golden scepter to her, signifying his favor, and an invitation into the palace. The king asked her, "What do you wish?" This is the day that God selects those pleasing to Him and asks, "What do you wish?"
Favor depends on friendship. Through intimacy, the Lord calls us His "friend". In friendship with Him, we are no longer servants. When we abide in Him we can ask anything we desire, and it shall be granted to us (see John 15:7).
Favor depends on preparing ourselves and positioning ourselves to be pleasing before the King. It's time in the tabernacle, in the tent of meeting, meeting with God, worshiping, and spending intimate time with Him. It moves God when we prepare and delights Him to respond to our desires.
THE TENT OF WITNESS
God said, "I want to show whom I have chosen." God is going to witness the call on your life. Those in the tent of meeting will move into the tent of witness. In the tent of witness, God releases authority, influence, and favor. When Moses placed the twelve rods of the Father's houses in the tent of witness, Aaron's rod sprouted, put forth buds, blossomed, and yielded ripe almonds, while the rods of the rest of the princes remained dry and void of fruit.
This is where the Church is headed, to that place of giving witness--a demonstration, manifestation, proof, evidence and testimony of personal experience and of victory. God is going to prove and back up your calling. He's going to place the rod in your hand. You will now have influence, a platform, and doors will open you never dreamed possible. The rod represented influence, authority, and Divine backup; witness from God that He sent you, a witness that no man can deny.
Choose to prepare your life to receive the increase of favor. Prepare yourself to go before the King. Wait for the favor of God on your calling, on your dreams, and on your visions. Anticipate the golden scepter, the invitation to advance.
Many are called but few are chosen. There is a calling. God is choosing. He's going to bestow an impartation of authority and favor. You'll have the "right" to use dunamis power. Things will accelerate. Doors will open. The blessings of the Lord will multiply. Your destiny, visions, and dreams will birth. The latter rain and former rain will converge for harvest. I call forth the seed and the promise that are already there. Let the dew of Heaven fall upon you.
Favor is coming. With the impartation of authority, chains and shackles will fall off. You'll break free of tethers. The anointing will break the yoke. You shall make decrees that set the captives free, to proclaim liberty for those who are oppressed. God will give you what you desire. You will plunder the Egyptians and experience spiritual breakthrough. You will have the spirit of an overcomer --a victorious, triumphant spirit. The tide will change and release the spirit of the overcomer.
Will you wear the crown of manifestation? Will you advance into the tent of witness? Position yourself for the dew of the Lord--the anointing of favor. Pursue intimate friendship with the Lord. Let yours be the rod that blooms, and then expect an open Heaven over your life as His glory comes down and manifests His supernatural, astonishing blessings on your life. Let the almonds come forth!
- May 30 Wed 2007 02:04