Module 9 – Study Material

Precis:

Present the conditions required for walking in Divine favor; the blessings of God’s favor and the loss when favor is lacking.

Text: Deuteronomy 11:13-26

And it shall come to pass, if ye harken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and all your soul, That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil. And I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, that thou mayest eat and be full. Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them; And then the LORD’S wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the LORD giveth you. (v:13-17)

Introduction:

No Christian can ever doubt that a life in Christ far exceeds the best that the world can offer. The Bible is replete with examples of victory for the faithful. Jesus himself declared, I am come that ye might have life, and that ye might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10) In one brief sentence Jesus made two significant statements. He first declared that he came to give eternal life. This is unconditional and guaranteed. I have come that ye might have life! He purchased everything we need for life and godliness on Calvary. No one can earn salvation. We need do nothing but acknowledge Him as Lord and Savior. All we have to do is receive what has already been earned for us. What a price he paid for our redemption!

Jesus then declared that a life of peace, joy and success was ours for the taking. I am come that ye might have life, and that ye might have it more abundantly! This is life here and now that is abundant, copious, abounding, plenteous, fruitful and flowing. What a life he provided for us! Eternal life comes by faith and only faith. Abundant living however, does not come by faith. We enter abundant living through the door of obedience. 

It is every Christian’s rightful heritage to enjoy life to its fullest measure. Who is it that can overcome unexpected difficulties and setbacks? It is he against whom the gates of Hell shall not prevail. Who are they who can make accurate choices in uncertain circumstances? They are they who have the mind of Christ! Who is it that can lay his head on the pillow of rest and sleep with the serenity of a baby but he who has the peace of God that passes all understanding. All this and much more is ours. The price has been paid. 

Whom the Son sets free, he is free indeed!  John 8:36

A faithful man will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished. 

          – Proverbs 28:20
The blessing of the LORD, it makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it   – Proverbs 10:2

LESSON:

9.1 WHAT IS DIVINE FAVOR – The blessing of the Lord – Deuteronomy 11

1.   Overcoming Strength  (That ye may be strong – v:8)  Falter but never retreating

2.   Genuine Confidence (Go and possess the land – v:8) – Hesitant but never fearful

3.   Maintaining Control (Prolong your days in the land – v:9) – Adjusting  never losing

4.   Perpetual Possession (Give unto you and your seed – v:9) – Inquiring never doubting

5.   Always Verdant (I will give you rain – v:14) – Dry but never arid

6.   Bountiful Harvest (Gather in thy corn and wine – v:14) – Short but never needy

7.   Well Supplied (I will send the grass for thy cattle – v:15) – Sparse but never barren

8.   Richly Satisfied (Eat and be full – v:15) – Hungry but never famished

9.   Health And Longevity (Your days may be multiplied – v:21) – Tired but never sickly

10. Bequeath Blessing (And the days of your children – v:21) – Needing but not lacking

11. Overcoming Victory (Lord will drive out the nations – v:23) – Resisting never beaten

12. Exercise Authority (Possess greater & mightier nations – v:23) – Small never weak

13. Expanding Growth (Every place…shall be yours – v:24) – Slow but never curtailing  

14. Always Successful (No man able to stand before you – v:25) – Opposed never beaten 

15. Maintaining Respect (Fear…dread upon all – v:25) – Denigrated but never disdained 

16. Divine Favor (I set before you this day a BLESSING – v:26) – Blessings and cursing

9.2 EXAMPLES OF DIVINE FAVOR

1.   Abraham Believed – Father, Exalted Father – Genesis 18:17-19

2.   Job Endured –Lived 140 years In Prosperity Following His Trial – Job 42:12

3.   Noah Obeyed – Saved Himself And His Family – Genesis 7:1-7

4.   Joshua Determined – As For Me And My House – Joshua 24:15

5.   Esther Forsook – Saved An Entire Nation – Esther 

9.3 THINGS THAT HINDER DIVINE FAVOR

1.   Self Will  (I seek not my own will – John 5:30) – Seek God’s Will

2.   Self Seeking (I seek not my own glory – John 8:50) – Seek the glory of God

3.   Self Assertion (I am meek and lowly in heart – Matthew 11:29) –  Be meek not weak 

4.   Self Indulgence (I am come not to do my own will – John 8:29)  – Do the Father’s will

5.   Self Pity (Weep not for me – Luke 23:28) – Be proactive not reactive

6.   Self Consciousness (Be not afraid of their faces – Jeremiah 1:8) – Focus on Jesus

7.   Self Depreciation (Say not they are more than I – Deut. 7:17) – Who be against you

8.   Self Love (Adonijah exalted himself – 1 Kings 1:5-9) – Promotion comes from God

9.   Self Exhalation (He humbled himself – Philippians 2:7-9) – Acceptance not conceit

10. Self Gratification (Sensual nature resists the Spirit – Galatians 5:17) – Walk in Spirit

9.4 IN THE SHADOW OF SELF

1.   Michaelangelo wore a headlamp lest his shadow marred the sculpture

2.   How frequently the shadow of self falls on our holiest services

3.   All disciplines of study are flattering, except the study of self. It is most humbling

4.   Paul’s testimony (In me, that is in my flesh, dwelleth no good thing – Romans 7:18)
There is not a more difficult lesson in the Christian life than to attain a true knowledge of what self is. It’s terrible power, its universal rule and the blinding influence it exerts in keeping us from the knowledge of what it is! – Andrew Murray