Can You Earn God's Favor In Your Life?

can you earn god's favor

Have you ever wondered how you could earn God’s favor? Or maybe you have heard a message that teaches you how to earn God’s favor in your life.

Traditional teaching often tells us that if we read our Bible enough, pray enough, show kindness to others, or never, ever sin…. we will be in good standing with God. We will be in His favor.

As a pastor’s daughter, this is what I remember hearing as a young girl. And woe unto me if I messed up. I felt the wrath of both my earthly and Heavenly Father. 

My husband, who was also raised by a pastor during the same era, received a different message. His father understood and preached the gospel of grace and forgiveness which is ours when we accept Christ into our lives.

After we were married, it took years before I could fully understand and grasp that truth. Consequently, I now understand how difficult it is for many Christians to come out from that guilt-ridden teaching that they will never do enough. They must always strive to do more. 

Earn God's Favor

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A few years before my father went to his heavenly home, he told me how his eyes were opened to the truth of the message of grace. How that thrilled me because it confirmed what my husband was teaching me in those early years of our marriage.

Our desire, as Christians, is to feel close to God by reading the Word, praying, and helping others. But it is not what God requires of us to receive His favor.

Trying to establish favor with God by law-abiding, or right conduct is a lie the enemy wants you to believe. He does not want you to know, grasp, or understand that you ARE in God’s favor. The devil wants you to try to earn it. He wants you to struggle and strive and bring doubt into your mind so that you question your salvation.

Satan does not want you to believe the truth of the Word, which says “For You, oh Lord, will bless the righteous with favor. You will surround him with a shield” Psalms 5:12.

God’s favor surrounds you like a shield and His righteousness is not right doing but a gift from God

God imputes righteousness, not to those who STRIVE to obey the law, but to anyone who believes in His Son, Jesus” Galatians 2:16.

Read that again. Then read Romans 8:1 and get that message of grace deep into your spirit. You have no right to live in guilt. “There is, therefore, now, NO condemnation who are in Christ Jesus.”

Message of Grace

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Could the Word be any clearer than that? I don't think so. That is your key. If anyone tries to say that you aren't righteous enough, or good enough, or read your Bible enough, or pray enough, or do enough for other people – point them to the message of grace.

When we accept Jesus Christ into our hearts, the Bible says that our sins are as far as the east is from the west. In other words, He does not see them, and He will remember them no more. 

Print this out and keep it in your sight until the message is in your heart:

I am not righteous because of what I have done or not done. I am righteous ONLY because of the blood of Jesus, the finished work on the cross, and what HE DID FOR ME.

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God has imputed that righteousness to us because of what His Son did for us. So, we learn to expect God's favor and adopt that attitude in our Christian walk. Then we will see the changes we hoped for. 

And of His fullness, we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” John 1:16.

The Law Was Given But Grace Came

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Did you see that? The law was GIVEN but grace CAME. The words grace and favor are interchangeable from the original text. We have favor because of Jesus and God’s grace. We can’t earn it. Christ GAVE it to us. It is ours because of what He did for us.

When we find ourselves in situations where we need the favor of man and understand that we are in God’s favor, we will realize that the world sees that as well. People are drawn to us. We can have favor in our marriage, our job, school, and other aspects of life. 

To illustrate let’s look at three examples in the Old Testament.

And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man, and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian” Genesis 39:2. 

Later in the same chapter, “But the Lord was with Joseph, and showed him mercy, and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison” Genesis 39:21.

Remember how Joseph got to prison? It was not for something he did. He was there because of the hatred of his brothers. His brothers knew that their father’s favor was on their younger brother, and they were jealous. 

But when he was in prison, Potiphar, Joseph’s boss saw God’s favor on him. You may wonder why God allowed Joseph to be in that state. 

God Will Bless Us Beyond Anything


Sometimes we want to blame God for something we are going through but when we remember that our lives are orchestrated by God and that no matter what happens, He is with us. He will bless us beyond anything we could hope for when we put our trust in Him

Many times, we may not understand why some things happen, but we know that all things work together for our good according to God’s promises. 

During 13 years in prison. Joseph may have had his moments. He was human. But his focus was on God. He chose to trust God, not question him. 

Joseph saved his family and his nation. 

Through many of the traumas I endured in 40 years of struggle and loss, I maintained a prayer of thanksgiving and praise that God knew the end of my story and that He was my source and my strength. I was always a victor and never a victim – it was my choice to believe that. My prayer was one of thanksgiving. I learned how to pray the answer and NOT the problem.

Esther was a captive in Babylon who entered a beauty contest and won. She won FAVOR from all who saw her. “And Esther obtained favor in the sight of all them that looked upon her: Esther 2:15.

Remember Daniel? “Now God had brought Daniel into favor with the prince of the eunuchs” Daniel 1:9. When God shines His spotlight on you, others see it. 

When you realize God’s favor is on you and you begin to thank Him for it, you will see situations change in your life.

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