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Favor: Pillars of Wisdom

The people of God are going to experience unprecedented favor, opportunities, advancements and promotions in both the natural and spiritual realm.  This month, in preparation for what God is going to do, we are examining the Word of God and bringing ourselves into alignment with what the Word of God says brings God's favor.  When we bring ourselves and our lives into agreement with God's Word, we are positioned to receive His blessing!  Remember - "He who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of him that diligently seeks Him."  We are studying the fourth pillar of wisdom - diligence!  If we are "diligent" in seeking God, He will reward us if we truly believe that He exists and that He is our Rewarder! He is our rewarder!
"And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.  And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man." …

Power To Forgive

"Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?" Matthew 18:21 For years I went through a "confession" routine of forgiveness. Repeatedly, I said that I had forgiven the people who had violated me, victimized me, and so deeply hurt me. Years passed, and yet I was still struggling with the thoughts of those who offended me. Even though I had not seen many of them for years, my pain still did not disappear.
You have heard the proverbial saying, "out of sight, out of mind."  It is not necessarily so with those who have badly hurt you.  Some of them had passed away, and yet they were still alive in my memories.
How could the people who had injured me be so free and so happy? Yet I was still imprisoned by hurt and bitterness? Out of frustration, I begged the Lord to remove the hurt that was eating at me like cancer. In the midst of deep prayer, a soft voice spoke to my heart, "Allow Me…

Promises and Problems

"Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world." 1 John 4:4 You have probably heard the saying, "Anything worth having is worth fighting for."  More often than not, a battle precedes a blessing.  This was the case with the Israelites when they visited the Promised Land for the very first time after four hundred years in Egypt's bondage.  They saw the prosperity and the provision, but as with anything in life, they also saw the problems standing in the way of the promise.  Now, as then, we cannot get the promises without dealing with the problems.

For Israel, the problem was a group of men known as "the sons of Anak."  They were giants!  Ten foot tall giants!  They were known for being great militant warriors arrayed in brass, bearing shields of gold and silver, swords of mass destruction, and zeal like a lion.  The children of Israel, on the other hand, were nomads, absent fr…

Wait On The Lord

"That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises." Hebrews 6:12 If God has promised you something, you can be sure you will have it. But you say, "Paula, I have waited, and waited, and it has not come yet." God is faithful to fulfill every promise He gives to us. Listen to this,
"God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?" (Numbers 23:19). Do you remember when God told Samuel to go to Jesse's house and anoint one of his sons as king (1 Samuel 16:1)? After God refused to allow Samuel to anoint any of Jesse's sons, confused, he asked him, "Are these all your sons?" There was one left. A young shepherd boy was anointed and appointed to become the next king, and he would be the greatest king Israel would ever know, until Jesus.

But David did not become the…

You Can Make It

"My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness." 2 Corinthians 12:9 God does His most powerful work when we are weak, empty and helpless. That is the state we do not like to be in, but it is the condition out of which God builds masterpieces. We like full. God likes empty. In fact, emptiness is a necessary first step to being filled with His presence.

Being weak is sometimes depicted as something painful or unpleasant. But pain can become a conduit for power. I eventually discovered that what was meant to destroy us can actually be what makes us strong and whole. What was supposed to be a stumbling block in our life can actually become a stepping stone.

You may be saying, "Paula, what good can possibly come out of my situation? How can God take my mess and get any glory?" It is interesting to me that transforming messes into blessings is God's specialty.
God does not communicate with us, bless us, and use us because we a…

Don't Be Disappointed

"And Peter went out, and wept bitterly." Luke 22:62 When I was seven years old, my grandfather took me to a five-and-dime store. Like a typical child, I ran to the toy section. There on the shelf sat the most beautiful doll I had ever seen. He saw the excitement on my face and observed the obvious anticipation of ownership. But he did not say what I expected, for he replied, "One of these days, Paula, I'll buy her for you."

Christmas came, my birthday came, but my three-foot, pink-laced, blonde ribbon-haired doll did not. Many years passed, and despite my desire, my doll never showed up. That doll was just one of many broken promises and disappointments I experienced in my young life.

Peter and the disciples had anticipated the majestic parade of a coming King that would deliver them from the political oppression by the Romans and the obsessive manipulation by the Pharisees. The scribes had taught the people a version of this long awaited Messiah. The pe…

God's Substitute

"And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew." - Genesis 4:25

Eve was the first woman to ever wrestle with real pain, real depression, and real brokenness. She had lent her ear to the enemy, and with Adam's consent, it led to the worst possible destruction - the fall of humankind. Adam and Eve were originally created in the image of God, but after the fall their nature was changed. And from then until now, every child that is conceived is born into sin, the likeness and the image of Adam and Eve.

As a result of their sin, Eve's son Cain killed her son Abel. I cannot imagine the pain she must have felt. she did not just lose one son. Abel was dead, and Cain might as well have been dead. he was there, but he was not there. He became a fugitive. I have often wondered what emotional pain Eve must have gone through.

Eve no doubt beat herself up for the person…