Greetings around the world, my friend. It’s a cold 1st of December today and it’s a good day to be alive! My name is Edward John Hughes, and I have the privilege of being the Nordic Regional Director for GOD TV. And GOD TV family, you are absolutely awesome. I believe we’ve seen nothing yet of what God is about to do in our lives. I have a word for you today just to encourage you.
There’s no reason for you to be afraid. You have nothing to fear, because God is with you. Listen to this story from Luke chapter 1, and you know it so well. The angel Gabriel came to Mary and greeted her, when he was about to tell her that she would be pregnant with the Lord Jesus Christ. And this is what it says in verses 29-31. It reads, “The angel went to her and said, ‘Greetings, you who are highly favored, the Lord is with you.’ Mary was greatly astonished at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary. You have found favor with God.'”
Now, what is favor? Why is it that you don’t have to fear anything? Well, listen very carefully. Because the Lord is with you, you are favored. Did you know that? Just because the Lord is with me, I am favored and you are favored. And here’s the beautiful thing: you may not have thought about this, but you can grow in favor just like the little child was about to grow inside of Mary’s womb. You know, Jesus being conceived by the Spirit and given birth to by God as His Father, through the virgin Mary, the baby grew in the womb. And it says that Jesus, when He was born, grew in stature and in favor with God. You and I can grow in favor. The more you walk with the Lord, the more favored you’d be. The more you focus on Him and His love for you, the more the favor will begin to grow within you.
So friend, let me just encourage you today and let you know that you are highly favored. Why are you afraid? What are you afraid of? The Lord is with you. And He says, “I’ll never leave you nor forsake you. I’m with you always, even to the ends of the age.” So friend, listen, as we approach Christmas and the pressures might come on, you might have a lot of things you need to do, many people to greet, many gifts to buy. And fear can easily grip you if you start thinking about all that needs to be done. But let me just say to you today, God is with you, therefore you are highly favored.
And you know what it says, in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Now, listen, Proverbs chapter 3 says, “Take my words, bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. And you will win favor in the sight of God and man.”
If you take your faith in Jesus Christ and believe with all your heart that He is with you, you will walk in extreme favor. And I must say, as I’ve been walking through my life, the one thing I even told my mom the other day, I said, “Mom, the only thing I can say for certain is this: I’ve been very highly favored after I met Jesus Christ as my Lord.” Friend, don’t be afraid. You are highly favored. I’ll talk to you soon again. But until next time, be blessed and walk in His favor.
Friend, there’s a heart, there’s a life, there’s a person, there’s a real person that needs to hear the good news of Jesus Christ at this very moment. Today, I appeal to you to join with us and become a media missionary. Sow financially into GOD TV, and let’s take this good news of Jesus to the ends of the earth. Through your giving, through your prayer, through your support, this world is going to be changed, and the good news of Jesus Christ is going to be heard around the world. God bless you.
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