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Live in the Favor of God

Sunday, 22nd February 2015

Pastor Kathy Poon

It says in 1 Samuel 10:7 that “Once these signs are fulfilled, do whatever your hand finds to do, for God is with you.” Of course we all want God to be on our side, but what are the ‘signs’ that needed in order for God to be with us? Today Pastor Kathy shared with us the journey, which Saul walked through in 1 Samuel 10:1-7.

1st Sign: Anointed (1 Samuel 10:1)

As Christians, God has already anointed us with the Holy Spirit and enabled us to share the inheritance of God. We have been given authority to be kings and priests. Furthermore, it says in 1 Samuel 10:2-6 that Saul was directed by Samuel to go to three places: Zelzah, Tabor and Gibeah. Pastor Kathy shared with us that Zelzah means ‘noon’, which represents an appointed time; Tabor means ‘purity’, which represents freedom from pollution of distraction; and Gibeah means ‘hill’, which represents a geographic place. At these three places, three events took place.

2nd Sign: Cast away your earthly worries and desires (1 Samuel 10:2)

In verse 2, we see that at Zelzah, near Rachel’s tomb, Saul met two men. This is very significant location as Rachel was the beloved wife of Jacob. If you know the Bible well, you may know that Jacob has 4 wives and Rachel was his favorite. Burying Rachel represents burying what we treasure most. Therefore we must put to death our cherished and desired plans, surrender all our agenda and goals to the Lord, in order for Him to come and work in our lives.

Saul was out looking for his father’s donkeys, and he was out there working for his father. But God, our Heavenly Father, wanted to say that “don’t worry about the donkeys. I am more concerned about you than your mission”. Pastor Kathy reminded us that Donkey can represent our business, our mission, our work, our ministries, or anything we chase after on this earth. Yet our Abba Father is calling out to us and asking us to cast all burdens to Him, and stop chasing the donkey!

3rd Sign: Be clean and purified (1 Samuel 10:3)

Then Saul came to the great tree of Tabor, which means purity. It says in Ephesians 5:3 that, “But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.” Darkness and light cannot co-exist at the same time. If we want the favor of God, we must stay away from all the impurities of this world.

4th Sign: Do 30-minute QT everyday (1 Samuel 10:4)

Saul was told that he will meet three men, who will greet him and give him two loaves of bread. Bread also represents the Word of God, on the other hand, the Bible. As Christians we must ‘eat’ both loaves – the Old and New Testaments. Moreover, we need to input the Word of God into our spirits and minds. Just like how our bodies need food, our spirits also need food to grow. It is vital for us to prosper spiritually, as it says in Colossians 3:16, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord”.

5th Sign: Walk through Spiritual Warfare

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

6th Sign: Praise and Worship, filled by the Holy Spirit

—About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.” Acts 16:25-26

7th Sign: Become a Different Person

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come : The old has gone, the new is here!” – 2Cor 5:17