Isa 61: 1The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, 2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
Today, let’s talk about a special kind of shield that God has provided for us: His favor.
First of all, I want you to know that from today on, YOU are blessed with His favor. He has granted us this favor by His grace. He has given us beauty for ashes…..the oil of joy instead of mourning…..and the garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. If you are broken hearted today, let me proclaim to you in Jesus’ name that your joy is coming today. Your situation is turning around in the spirit as we speak. Those of you who feel like a captive, you are being set free right now.
God has promised to surround us with His favor as a shield:
Psalm 5:11But let all those rejoice who put their trust in you; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You. 12 For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield.
When God puts His favor on you, Nothing can touch you. Every attack will be driven back by the fortress of His favor.
Psalm 89:17 For thou art the glory of their strength: and in thy favor our horn shall be exalted. 18 For the LORD is our defense; and the Holy One of Israel is our king.
Fall back into His favor today and watch the enemy be repelled from your life. You will be proclaiming victory to everyone around you as God’s favor defends you.
Isaiah 59:19 – So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.
Starting today, it would be very healthy for you to say, “I am favored of God.” You need to say this 30 to 40 times every day. Memorize the scriptures that we have talked about and study on your own about His favor. As we get the word into our heart, His favor will spring up on every side of us – just like a shield.