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 (Lk. 1:28 KJV)
The English words “highly favoured” in the verse above are a translation of the Greek word “charitoo”. This word occurs only twice in the New Testament: Ephesians 1:6 and in our verse above. The KJV translation does not fully bring out the mysteries and glories of Christ for us hidden in this word. Charitoo is a verb, which in essence means to “bestow favor.” It indicates an action that God performed on those who have found favor in His sight.
Think of a man having a bucket full of water in his hands, and then pours out that water on the head of someone else. Charitoo is similarly pouring out favor, freely, and abundantly upon someone. In grace, God has “charitoed” us in Christ. He has lavished favor, without restrictions and without any payment from us. It was freely given through the work of His Son.
Your place in Christ is that of favor. And divine favor is not a doctrine for you to believe and feel better about yourself or get some inspiration to survive until tomorrow. Divine favor upon us is an experience of God’s goodness. It is more tangible than many Christians realize. Our salvation is the core example of the experience of divine kindness. Today, it could be a deliverance, healing, financial open doors, etc. The same favor that God charitoed you with when you got saved is still at work in every area of your life. Grace requires your faith to receive and enjoy, so believe!
How did God favor Mary in the scripture above? Declare that “I am highly favored in Christ and a child of grace.”
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You must understand the platform of grace upon which Christ has made you stand on. Our God is a good God, and you truly have to believe that. Grace is voided by unbelief and activated by faith. If you don’t believe it, well, you will not experience it. Let this revelation take a hold of your spirit and see that God’s grace is not empty theological theory but practically relevant in every aspect of our lives.
Thank the Lord for the blessing of grace in your life.