Eve Center New Year 2017

As I have prayed over Eve Center, the upcoming year and our mission to promote safe, no-cost, Biblically based healing and growth through our services, the LORD has brought one word forward:

FAVOR

“But let all who take refuge in You be glad; let them ever sing for Joy.  Spread Your protection over them so that those who love Your Name may rejoice in You.  For surely, O LORD, You bless the righteous, You surround them with Your FAVOR as with a shield.”  Psalm 5:11-12

Though there is favor from the LORD that is unearned—Redemption, the rising and setting of the sun, the beauty of a sunset, the delicious provision of food and the receptors to enjoy it—there seems to be a favor the LORD gives to those who act according to His will.

In the verse above, the LORD will surround us with His favor when we take refuge in HIM, when we rejoice in HIM, and when we live righteously.

Here are some other ways by which we obtain the favor of the Lord:

 

And here are some of the many benefits of being in the favor of the Lord.

 

As we faithfully live for the Lord, we grow in His favor.

However, this should not be seen as some sort of secret formula for getting what we want.  God sometimes takes those He loves through special trials for purposes of His own.  Job is the primary example. Receiving the LORD’s favor does not promise the absence of hardships, trials, and suffering.

As we enter 2017, I ask you to join me in praying for, and seeking the LORD’s favor.  Let’s resolve to live in such a way that we invite the favor of the LORD to surround Eve Center.

“But let all who take refuge in You be glad; let them ever sing for Joy.  Spread Your protection over them so that those who love Your Name may rejoice in You.  For surely, O LORD, You bless the righteous, You surround them with Your FAVOR as with a shield.”  Psalm 5:11-12