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FROM THE PIT TO THE PALACE

SUMMARY
To understand the true nature of grace, we must know that grace is not simply a prayer
we say over our food before we eat, but is actually Jesus Christ. Gods unmerited,
unearned favor, Who was sent to us in human form, changes our lives for the better in
dramatic fashion. For those changes to occur, we must depend on Gods favor every
day. Favor can be defined as preferential treatment, or the selection of someone to
receive something good regardless of others superior qualifications. Just like with
Joseph, who went from being in jail to being a ruler over all Egypt, leaning into Gods
grace and accepting it for ourselves takes us from the pit and places us in the palace.
A. We see Gods grace under both the old and the new covenants.
1. John bore witness of Jesus. He acknowledged that Jesus came after him, but
ranked higher in priority because He existed before John. Moses gave the Law, but
undeserved favor, spiritual blessing, and truth came through Jesus (John 1:15-
17, AMP).
a. God does not force grace on us. He made it available, but it is our
responsibility to receive it.
b. God gifted us with grace through Jesus life, death, and resurrection.
Therefore, receiving Jesus into our lives means receiving favor.
2. When Jesus birth was announced, the angel told Mary she was highly favored,
and God had chosen her over other women to bless her. She was endowed with
grace, and the Lord was with her. The angel told her not to fear, because she had
found absolute favor (Luke 1:27-32, AMP).
a. Gods favor is spontaneous, and causes us to be preferred over others.
3. When Esther went before the king, she required nothing more than what was
given to her, yet she received grace and favor with everyone. The king loved her
before all other women (Esther 2:15-17).

a. Like Esther, when we have Gods favor, we stand out and receive
preferential treatment. God is in love with us.
4. When Samuel came to Jesse to find the person God chose to be the next king,
Samuel sent for young David. When David entered the room, God told Samuel to
anoint the boy (1 Samuel 16:11-13).

a. Despite the appearance of his older, more experienced brothers, God


preferred David. He chose him over all the others, regardless of training, skill, or
any other factors.
B. We all need Gods favor. Fortunately, it proactively pursues us.
1. We are not sufficient by ourselves. Our sufficiency and ability come from God (2
Corinthians 3:5, 6, AMP).
a. He is the One Who calls us out of our situations and circumstances,
regardless of our plans or calculations.
2. When Jesus came to the pool of Bethesda, He encountered a man who had
suffered with a disorder for 38 years. When Jesus told him to get up and walk, the
man was healed instantly (John 5:2-9, AMP).
a. Jesus made Himself available for someone who was least deserving of
favor.
3. Fools mock at sin, but favor is among the righteous (Proverbs 14:9).

a. Jesus makes us righteous, and Gods favor actively seeks out and finds His
righteous people.
b. We do not have to work to reach a particular point before we receive favor.
Like a focused laser beam, His favor finds us where we are.
4. Gods favor is pre-arranged. We must use every opportunity to release our faith
for His favor over our lives, and the lives of others.

a. God knew us before we were even born. He approved us as His chosen


instrument, set us aside, and consecrated us (Jeremiah 1:5, AMP).
b. Whoever finds a wife finds good, and obtains favor from God (Proverbs
18:22).
c. A virtuous woman is priceless. Her husband trusts her, knowing he will
have no need for dishonest gain. He is known in the gates, where he sits with the
elders (Proverbs 31:10, 11, 23).
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