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'Noah found favour in the eyes of the Lord.' Genesis 6:8 NIV

You ask, 'What is the favour of God?' It's God doing for you what you cannot do for yourself. It opens doors of opportunity. It turns opposition into support. It can help you land a promotion, make the list, or seal the deal.

The Bible says, 'Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and men' (Luke 2:52 NIV). Note, just as you can grow in wisdom and stature, you can also grow in favour with God and men. So instead of being content with the level of favour you enjoy, ask God for an increase. You ask, 'How do I find favour?' Obedience! It begins by surrendering your life to Christ. 'No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly' (Psalm 84:11 NAS). And God's favour is not limited to the spiritual realm; it extends to the material realm as well. In Noah's life, it translated into ingenious inventions. He didn't just build the first boat and pioneer the shipbuilding industry, he also made many technical discoveries. According to Jewish tradition, Noah invented the plough, the scythe, the hoe and a number of other implements used for cultivating the ground. The favour of God translated into good ideas.

It doesn't matter what you do, God wants to help you do it. He wants to favour your business plan, your manuscript, your lesson plan, your legal brief, your sales pitch, etc. But you've got to position yourself for that favour by acting in obedience and walking uprightly. If you are willing to give God the glory, he will bless you beyond your ability and beyond your resources.

Soulfood: Est 1-4, John 19:18-42, Ps 105:23-36, Ecc 7:5-8


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'Noah walked with God.' Genesis 6:9 NKJV

What went through Noah's mind when God told him to build a boat in the middle of dry land? Nobody had ever done it before. Yet the Bible says, 'Noah did everything just as God commanded him' (Genesis 6:22 NIV). How did he do it? Answer: 'Noah walked with God' (Genesis 6:9 NKJV).

Walking takes place step by step. The trouble is, we want God to reveal the second step before we take the first step of faith. But until we take the first step, he won't reveal the next step. We've got to be obedient to the measure of revelation he has given us, if we want more of it. That's why we get stuck spiritually. We only want to follow Christ to the point of precedence - the place where we have been before - but no farther. We're afraid of doing what we've never done before because it's unfamiliar territory. So we leave unclaimed the new gifts, new anointings and new dreams God wants to give us.

You've got to push past the fear of the unknown. You've got to do something different. The African impala can jump three metres high and ten metres long, yet it can be contained in a small enclosure with 1.2 metre high walls. Why? Because it will not jump if it cannot see where it's going to land. We have the same problem, don't we? We want a money-back guarantee before we take a leap of faith, but that eliminates faith from the equation. We are called to 'walk by faith, not by sight' (2 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV). So the word for you today is: do what God has told you.

Soulfood: Gen 50, Hag 1-2, John 19:1-17, Ps 18:1-29, Prov 26:24-27


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'By faith Noah... built an ark.' Hebrews 11:7 NIV

Noah built the ark because God commanded it. It's what he was called to do in life. Sawing planks and hammering nails for him was an act of obedience. And when everything was said and done, it was the longest act of obedience recorded in Scripture. From start to finish, Noah's one act of obedience took tens of thousands of days! And with each daily act of obedience, he glorified God.

No matter what tool you use in your trade - a hammer, a keyboard, a mop, a football, a spreadsheet, a microphone, an espresso machine - using it is an act of obedience. It's the mechanism whereby you worship God. It's the way you do what you're supposed to do. The Bible says, 'Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him' (Colossians 3:17 NIV). Stop putting yourself down and thinking what you do is not important. Remember the old proverb, 'For want of a nail'? It goes like this: 'For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the rider was lost. For want of a rider the message was lost. For want of a message the battle was lost. For want of a battle the kingdom was lost. And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.'

In God's eyes, small acts of obedience are big things. When you joyfully do little things like they are big things, then God will do big things like they are little things. That's how his Kingdom advances. So the word for you today is: do what God has told you.

Soulfood: Gen 47-49, John 18:25-40, Ps 105:8-22, Ecc 7:1-4

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