The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor…to preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave (Lk. 4:18-20 KJV)
The scripture above notes what Jesus did in His hometown of Nazareth. He went into the synagogue, found Isaiah 61 and read those words in the hearing of the people-the Father had anointed Him to preach the acceptable year of the LORD. The word “year” in this verse does not mean 12-calendar literal year,but aa season in God’s timing of the events on the earth. The term “acceptable” is not really about acceptance but “favor”. The NET bible translation aptly puts it as “to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
It will be important for you to know that the season in which we are living is the season of the Lord’s favor. It is the acceptable year of the Lord. We are living in days that man is under an open heaven. The days will come when God will judge the world. In Isaiah 61 that Jesus quoted, He did not continue to read the next part of that portion which reads “To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God” (Isa. 61:2 KJV). Jesus stopped at the year of favor. When He shall return, He will unveil the “day of vengeance of our God” when God will judge sin. God is not judging men today for their sins. He wants lost sinners to be saved from sin and to live unto Him. He also wants His saints to live above sin and not in it. Sin has consequences. That does not necessarily mean it is divine judgment. When God will judge sin, no one will even doubt it when they see it. The time is coming-it is not yet here but approaching quickly.The greatest evidence of the absence of grace is the life of continual sin. It is IMPOSSIBLE to know God’s grace and divine favor and live a life of perpetual sin because grace is not a doctrine but the very power of God that sets us above all bondages starting from sin.
It is your season to take advantage of the tremendous favor of God. No good thing will He withhold from us in His favor. His favor is there to bring you into His glory, His life of righteousness, power, wisdom, love, etc. Be conscious of His favor today in your finances. Until you have experienced it, you have not yet known it. Activate divine favor by revelation and faith today.
Think about the favor of God. It is for you today-here and now.
Thank God for the year of His favor in your life.
Favor is not a doctrine to believe but the experience of God’s goodness. You are not in favor until you begin to see and experience the goodness of God practically. Spiritual fullness, the power to live above sin, power for the miraculous, healing in your body, prosperity, protection, etc are all manifestations of favor. No good thing will God withhold from us in this year of the Lord’s favor( Ps 84:11). Activate divine favor today.
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