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7 Necessary Things For Walking in Favor of God

Acts 4:33 tells us that great favor was upon the apostles. Why was it so? We find seven things about them that helped them walk in the favor of God.

1. They were men and women of prayer. (Acts 4:24)
2. They prayed for boldness.
3. They continuously spoke God’s Word.
4. They sought God for the supernatural.
5. They completely sold out for the Lord.
6. They were in unity.
7. They exalted the Lord. They testified to His resurrection.

The favor of God is a gift that God gives to us to complete our assignment. A day of favor is worth more than a life-time of labor. The favor of God can make a poor woman rich in one day (e.g. Ruth, Joseph).

Favor is the secret hidden desire of every heart. Psalm 5:12 tells us the the righteous are blessed with favor and are surrounded with a shield.

We must learn how to receive God’s favor. True humility is the ability to receive. If you don’t know how to receive, you can hinder the flow of grace. Always maintain an attitude of gratitude. Thanksgiving is a sign of humility. We’re not receiving many times because we cut off the flow of favor in our life. Let’s learn to walk in the abundance of God’s favor.

One can’t study about favor without eventually getting into a study about authority; because, the same favor that allows one to be under authority will also place one in authority. So, let’s study this subject of favor and authority through a consideration of the life of a great prophet in the Old Testament, Daniel.

Daniel knew how to be in authority because he knew how to be under authority. The favor of God was what placed him in a place of authority and he was promoted by four different pagan kings. But, before God put Daniel in a place of authority, He put him in situations where he had to learn his lessons by being under authority.

3 Principles of Attracting Divine Favor
We’ll look at three principles from the life of Daniel that attracted the favor of God in his life.

1. Daniel discovered and maintained his godly identity
In Daniel 1, we see that the pagan king tried to erase Daniel’s identity by imposing on him a false identity. Daniel’s name (which meant “God is Judge”) was changed to Belteshazzar (which meant “Bel protects”). So were the names of his friends also changed. But, Daniel and his friends did not allow the world to define their identity. They discovered their true identity and maintained it despite the strong influences of the world.

What is your identity in Christ? Remember the demons in the story of the sons of Sceva, knew the name of Jesus. But, they also knew the name of Paul. Hell knew who Jesus was and hell also knew who Paul was. When you know who you are in Jesus, demons will fear.

2. Daniel developed an excellent spirit
Daniel 6:3 talks about Daniel having an excellent spirit. The word for excellent in the Aramaic used there means “way beyond the normal”. The Bible calls us to guard our spirit (Proverbs 4:23). Daniel knew the meaning of both submission and obedience. Both of them are different from each other. Submission is a quality of the spirit. Obedience is an action. God places us under authority so that He may find out if we recognize authority and respect authority. God won’t place someone who doesn’t recognize and respect authority in a position of authority. Anyone who loses the excellency of his/her spirit begins to lose God’s favor. But, developing an excellent spirit attracts favor.

3. Daniel depended on Revelation
His whole life was a life of prayer and dependency on God’s revelation. He didn’t rely on circumstances. He didn’t allow things around him to shape him. He waited upon the Lord, had an open ear to God, and God showed him His plans for the future. The Bible calls us to pray that the eyes of our understanding will be open, so that we may discern and know the acceptable will of God.

Daniel was greatly favored because he knew who he was and maintained his identity, he developed an excellent spirit, and he depended upon God’s revelation in all he did. He recognized the importance of authority, without compromising his identity; and, God exalted him.

1. Integrity
Integrity is the foundation upon your life’s work is built.
2. Diversity
You will not be rewarded for you similarities to others, but for your diversity from others.
3. Associations
Your prosperity is dependent upon the people with whom you associate. People of yesterday will drag you into the past; people of tomorrow are those who are undeniably tied to helping you enter the future.
4. Friendships
For any relationship to be productive, it must qualifications. My friends must be committed to long-lasting relationships. My friends must have empires in their brains. You won’t need God if you make plans according to your budget and your pocket. Make plans bigger than your pocket. My friends must be sowers. My friends must qualify to receive my seed; they must learn to receive from me. My friends must prize integrity above relationship. My friends must be willing to confront my enemies.
5. Problem Solving
Problems are the birthplace of all successful leaders. I have never seen any Christian immune to problems and challenges. How you solve a problem will make you or break you.
6. Finishing Well
Promotions are awarded only to those who possess the spirit of a finisher.

1. Integrity
Integrity is a way of life. It is your lifestyle. It is 24×7.
Prov 20:6 Many a man proclaims his own loyalty, but a faithful man who can find?
Prov 20:7 A righteous man who walks in his integrity — blessed are his sons after him!

Prov 19:1 Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a man who is perverse in speech, and is a fool.

The word INTEGRITY comes from the Latin word integritas which means to be whole, sound, complete or unimpaired. A person of INTEGRITY is not a person who lives a double life. He lives one life. He is not divided or pretends to be what he is not. His life is like an open book, he has nothing to hide. He is transparent. You must allow people to read your life day in and day out.

The best testimony that you can have is when your spouse and children can say that you are a godly person.

Integrity of life is a life that is committed to TRUTHFULNESS and FAITHFULNESS. Integrity touches and affects all that one is and does. It is expressed in every ROLE, RELATIONSHIP or RESPONSIBILITY in which one is involved.

Job 27:3 as long as my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;
Job 27:4 my lips will not speak falsehood, and my tongue will not utter deceit.
Job 27:5 Far be it from me to say that you are right; till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.

You can lose your home, you can lose your job; but don’t lose integrity.

Eph 4:1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called.

Integrity is Character. The people that I have seen shine are people who have character. Character is the sum total of INTEGRITY and MORALS.

CONDUCT is what we do.
CHARACTER is what we are.

Integrity is being authentic, real to the inside, genuine pure and solid gold. Your white clothes won’t make me holy. What you are is what you are inside of you. You must be guileless. There are people who are twisted inside but are trying to walk straight outside. You can’t hide. Your face is the index of your heart.

Ps 26:1 Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the LORD without wavering.

It is not enough just to know the truth, the truth has to set you free and being set free is an experience. We need to experience truth. The purpose of truth is to lead us into experience. Truth always comes first; but, it must lead us to experience. We need to not just know about favor, but experience favor in our life every day.

Luke 4 quotes Isaiah 61 that the Spirit of the Lord was upon Jesus to announce the Year of God’s Favor. He was referring to the Year of Jubilee. But, now the Year of Jubilee was no longer every 49 years. Jubilee is every day when we are in Christ. Jubilee began on the Day of Atonement, and the Bible tells us that Jesus is our Atonement. Every day is a day as part of the Year of God’s Favor.

God fulfills His purposes by means of His favor. God’s purposes will be fulfilled. His counsel stands forever (Isaiah 25:1; 46:10; Jeremiah 4:28; Daniel 4:35). The question is will we be a part of God’s purposes.

Esther 4:14 “For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for [such] a time as this?”

God’s purpose will be fulfilled, but the question is will it be fulfilled through us or through someone else. Favor fulfills that purpose.

3 Principles of Favor from the Story of Esther

I. Favor Positions You.
It’s about divine connections. Favor means to be in the right place, at the right time, with the right people. Mordecai says to Esther, God has brought you here for such a time as this. God has positioned you for this time. There were tragedies in Esther’s family. She was orphaned. But, God uses tragedies to position us. Sometimes when we feel we are at the wrong place at the wrong time, the case might be the very opposite.

See Mordecai himself. He wasn’t rewarded for saving the King’s life at the time. But, when the time was right, God moved, and Mordecai was honored. God uses disappointments to position us. God rewards those who diligently seek Him. God is a rewarder of faith, of obedience, of submission. God’s rewards are like a harvest and every harvest has its time and season. Often times we get bitter and discouraged because we feel we’re not being rewarded. But, God’s rewards have their season (Galatians 6:9: “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”). The essence of all discouragement is to expect the harvest in a season that is not due the harvest.

God used the tragedy in the life of Esther to position her. God puts us in the position of favor so that we can be part of His purposes in our life. We must not become bitter but must be looking for God’s favor.

Examples of People Whom God Positioned
Joseph: God made him the savior of the world in his day. How did he get positioned for that? He was thrown into a pit and sold to be slave. Potiphar bought him, and later he was thrown into prison again. But, God was positioning him all through those times. He interpreted the butler’s and baker’s dreams but he was not rewarded them. But, favor has its timing. Just because your day didn’t come when you thought it was due doesn’t mean that it would not come. Joseph later on said to his brothers, “It was not you who sent me here, but it was God who made me a father to even Pharaoh’s house.” He was abused and mistreated, but through all that God was positioning him. And, God is positioning you for greatness. You need to do one thing. You need to keep your spirit clean of all bitterness.
Moses: Exodus 2:1-10 shows us how he was positioned by God’s favor. He was placed in a basket and left in the waters; but, he was raised in Pharaoh’s palace.

Remember the girl in Naaman’s story; it was a tragedy in her life to be captured so, but God had positioned her for a great thing.
There was a time when people wanted to kill Paul (Acts 23), but his nephew was in the right place, at the right time, with the right people. He overheard the conspiracy and informed Paul. It is through our disappointments, tragedies, and distresses that God positions us to fulfill His purposes. When we trust in the Lord, God will always bring us into a large place. (2 Samuel 22:20; Psalm 31:8, 15). God is positioning you for promotion.

II. Favor Promotes You
Of all the women in Persia, why was Esther chosen? She was chosen because she had the favor of God. Why does one person have a ministry that is far reaching? Is it because they are better than most people? No, it is because of God’s favor upon them. This is our only security. Because if I gain the position by my ability, there will always be someone who has more ability, who would be cleverer than; but, if you have a position because of God’s favor, you need not be worried about being removed from that position; because, if it is God who has put you there, it is God who will keep you there. The promotion of man will not stand. Our confidence is in the God who promotes us. God promoted Mordecai, and at the end of the story, Mordecai is great in the kingdom. He is given the King’s signet ring and makes the laws; but, Mordecai never bowed down to Haman; he never compromised his convictions. He knew that if he was to be promoted, he could only be promoted by the favor of God. Joseph also knew that disobeying Potiphar’s wife could bring trouble. But, he knew that God had positioned him there and it was God alone who could remove him. Daniel was a great man in the kingdom. He too was positioned by God’s favor and he never compromised. You will never be secure if you compromise. You will never be secure if you play political games, if you manipulate or tear someone down and usurp authority. There is only way to be secure; to know that promotion comes from the Lord. God is the Judge; He puts down one and exalts the other. Promotion is from the Lord. You never need to compromise if you know that.

Psalm 89:17: in Your favor our horn is exalted.

The horn of oil represents the anointing. It is the favor of God that will position you and also promote you.

Principles For finding Favor for Promotion
1. Honor God (Psalm 112:9)
2. Honesty. Be honest with others. (Proverbs 3:3,4; Proverbs 12:19; 11:1)
3. Do what you do as unto the Lord and not unto men (Colossians 3:23)
4. Be faithful to God (Proverbs 22:29)
5. Serve other people (Philippians 2:5-11)

III. Favor Protects You

Esther 4:16 “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which [is] against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”

Psalm 5:12. God’s favor surrounds the righteous like a shield.

Esther 5:2 So it was, when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, [that] she found favor in his sight, and the king held out to Esther the golden scepter that [was] in his hand. Then Esther went near and touched the top of the scepter.

God’s favor protected Esther.

Will you allow God to favor your life?

One more important thing to consider in Esther’s story: the whole issue of prayer (Esther 4:16). There’s something about prayer that brings God’s favor. If you’re not a person of prayer, don’t expect God’s favor. Esther was a woman of prayer and fasting; it was this attitude of prayer and fasting that gave her that sensitivity to the purposes of God. When the king first gave her favor, when he extended the scepter, why didn’t she ask there itself to change the law? She gave a banquet. The king asked her, but she had something inside that didn’t allow her to tell it to him then. She gave another banquet. Prayer gives us sensitivity to the timing of God. And, favor has to with the right timing of God. What happened in between the two banquets? The king couldn’t sleep. So, he decided to read history (History always puts us to sleep!). And, he read about Mordecai. Was it a coincidence? No, it was God’s timing. Esther had fasted and prayed and she had sensitivity to the timing of God. The king realized that Mordecai wasn’t rewarded. By the mouth of Haman, Haman himself was commanded to honor Mordecai. Favor brings promotion. But, we need to be sensitive to God’s timing. We need to be people of prayer.

1Pet 4:10 As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Each of us has received at least one motivation. From time to time, all of us will find ourselves in one of these gifts because we are exhorted to do it. But, over a period of time, we’ll find out that there is one gift in which our flowing is special. But, just because we recognize our main gift doesn’t mean that we don’t operate in the other gifts when we have opportunity to be used in those areas. One can’t say, for instance, “Well, I have the gift of prophecy so I will not give at the time of the collection of offerings.”

3. Teaching
There is a difference between the motivation of teaching which loves to study, and the ministry of teaching which proclaims the word of God. The motivation of teaching is the motivation to dig out facts and share it with others.

4. Exhortation
A person with this gift helps to strengthen the faith of people. The gift helps to guide and counsel people in their problems. While the prophetic gift denounces sin and tells what’s wrong with the people, the motivation of exhortation encourages people to do better. It helps people grow and become mature.

5. Giving
This doesn’t mean that the person who is motivated to give has lot of money. It’s above mere offerings and tithing. That is something that every believer is expected to do. But, a person with the motivation of giving has the wisdom to raise funds, and take care of the finances to help the work.

6. Ruling (Administration)
These are people who can lead a group and get things done. The ruling people don’t do it themselves, but coordinate things to get a job done. They can motivate people to fit into the job so that everybody knows what they need to be doing. The word “ruling” means to stand up in front. They help to facilitate, to make things easy, and to help things work smoothly.

7. Mercy
These are people who are motivated to comfort those who are in distress. Such a person will naturally gravitate to person who is in distress and sorrow.

‘Who [are] you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel [you shall become] a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone With shouts of “Favor, favor to it!”‘ (Zechariah 4:7)

The great mountain in Zerubbabel’s life would be removed by two things:
1. By the anointing of the Lord (“Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit” (v.6). Zerubbabel and Joshua were the sons of God’s fresh oil (vv.2,3)
2. By speaking favor to the mountain.

Jesus said that faith can move mountains. Faith moves the mountain by throwing it into the sea. Favor moves mountains by transforming it into something else.

What was this mountain in the life of Zerubbabel? We’ll need to go back in history. The temple at Jerusalem was in ruins. By the decree of Cyrus, a group of Jews had come back to Jerusalem to build the temple. However, they had to remove the stones of the ruins and pile them all up in another place to make space to lay the foundation. So, they laid the foundation, but the enemies conspired against them and discouraged the work, to the effect that the construction was stopped for 14 years. Now, Zerubbabel literally sat in the shadow of the mountain of piled stones, the mountain of his failure. But, what he didn’t know was that God’s favor was with him.

The decree of Cyrus could not be revoked; so, there was no reason to stop the work. Favor was foreordained.

That pile of failure that looked like a mountain to Zerubbabel was but a little thing to God. The Hebrew word for favor here is hen. It means to stoop down to do acts of kindness. Zerubbabel looked up at the mountain of fear and failure. God looked down at it.

Zerubbabel needed to recognize the favor of God that was with him. He needed to speak favor to the mountain. And, the mountain was turned into a plain. How? The stones were moved into rebuilding the beautiful temple.

What is that mountain in your life? Speak favor to it. Not by might, nor by power, but by the Spirit of God and by speaking favor, this mountain shall be removed.

Definitions of “Favor”

In order to find the favor of God, we need to study someone who found favor of God and ask “Why did he or she find the favor of God?” The favor of God cannot be earned; but it can be attracted. Before we look into that let’s look at how the word “favor” is understood in the Bible. In the Bible there are five words that have been interpreted as “favor”; three of the words are Hebrew and two of them are Greek.

1. Saah – To gaze upon with interest
2. Hen or hanan – To stoop down to someone inferior in order to do an act of kindness
3. Ratsah – To be pleased with, to accept.
4. Epeidon – Similar to Saah, means to gaze upon with interest (Luke 1:25).
5. Charis – The more popular word. It means to freely give, endow, enrich, and give in overflowing abundance.

In Luke 1:28, we see that God sent His angel Gabriel to Mary who greeted her with the words “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” We see that Mary was astonished and greatly troubled because the phrase “The Lord is with you!” in the Hebrew world carried the notion that the one to who it was spoken had a divine assignment from the Lord. But, Mary was called “highly favored”. Let’s look at some reasons why Mary was “highly favored” before God. We can try to find that out by looking at Mary’s response to the angelic annunciation that she would give birth to the Child who would be called the Messiah.

In Luke 1:46-50, we can see Mary’s view about God. Her view of God brought favor in her life. To her
1. God was the Lord (verse 46). He was the ULTIMATE AUTHORITY in her life.
2. God was the Savior (verse 47). He was the ULTIMATE LOVE in her life.
3. God was the Mighty One (verse 49). He was the ULTIMATE POWER in her life.
4. God was Holy (verse 49). He was the ULTIMATE HOLINESS in her life.

What was her view of herself? She saw herself as a maidservant of the Lord (Luke 1:38) and she submitted to the will of God. She was willing to be and to do what the Lord willed. And, so she was highly favored; she got the highest favor of being assigned with the role of being the one through whom the Messiah was born.

Motivational Gifts (Romans 12:1-8)

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is– his good, pleasing and perfect will. For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.” (Romans 12:1-8)

We need to first find our place in God, then God will show us what is the perfect will of God. We are born with certain gifts, but when we are born again, we see God bringing into our lives some gifts. It’s first important to see who we are, and then be able to see what God can do with us.

God will probably use the type of a person one is to use him in the kind of work that such a type of person might fit into. God takes what we are and transforms it into a gift to do what we are to do. For instance, a worship leader might have been one who had some interest in music even before he sensed the calling to be a worship leader.

There is maximum tirelessness and maximum effectiveness when we approach the work of God with motivation. Find what God has equipped you with and perfect it.

The Motivational Gifts Listed
1. Prophecy: It is interesting that prophecy is mentioned in all the three categories of gifts (Romans 12; Ephesians 4; 1 Corinthians 12). Prophecy as a motivational gift is not an inspired utterance like the one in 1 Corinthians 12, but it is an attitude of the mind. One who has the motivation of prophecy has the motivation for speaking the truth. He is motivated to reveal righteousness. He declares truth, feels compelled to disclose unrighteous motives. He sees everything as black or white, as right or wrong. Such a person always speaks forward as he thinks ought to be. He takes a stand against wrong. This motivational gift to declare the truth is related to exposing the motives, whether a motive is right or wrong. A person who has this gift has a very strong conviction about what is right or wrong; such a person might not usually be a very diplomatic person. God will use this gift to help the Church take a stand for the truth.
2. Serving. These people delight in serving, delight in being used. They want to help people. This serving becomes the hands of the body. But, we need to have wisdom in how we recognize the gift. Many times we commit the mistake of placing a person gifted in serving in a place of authority and administration. But, that person doesn’t fit to head a department; he is gifted with serving.

Spiritual gifts are a very important part of the New Testament.
Paul says “I would not have you ignorant of spiritual gifts.” There is ignorance about spiritual gifts in many churches, so there needs to be teaching on this subject.

Let’s look at the practical side of how spiritual gifts operate in the Church. Spiritual gifts are not just an option. Every member of the Church finds his/her place in the Body.

Ephesians 4:14-16
“that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head — Christ — from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

Every member is involved by means of his/her gift. Gifts are not limited to just prophecy and healing. There is a broad aspect of the gifts; they include gifts like the gift of faith, the gift of helps, and the gift of hospitality as well. Paul mentions that he had the gift of celibacy. That is a different kind of gift, but that was what he was called to do. Paul also talked about the gift of martyrdom. Well, but that is a gift that one can operate only once (because once one is martyred, he is dead). Yet, it is a gift. Another unique gift is the gift of exorcism, of casting demons.

The gifts can be divided into three categories:
1. Motivational Gifts
2. Ministry Gifts
3. Manifestational Gifts

A person, when he is born, is born with gifts. The child possesses a personality of his own. He has traits and qualities engraved in him. In the same manner, a person who is “born again” is born with certain gifts.

“the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit” (1 Corinthians 12:7)
“But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased” (1 Corinthians 12:18)
“As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (1 Peter 4:10)

By these verses we know that every member of the Body has been given a measure of the grace of God, so that we could be what He has intended us to be.

1Corinthians 12
Verse 4. Varieties of Gifts (Gk. Charismatos)
Verse 5. Varieties of Service
Verse 6. Varieties of Operation

1. Motivational Gifts (Romans 12:1-8)
2. Ministerial Gifts (Ephesians 4:11-16)
3. Manifestational Gifts (1 Corinthians 12:8-11)

Before we can know what God wants us to do, we need to know what God wants us to be. The Motivational Gifts show us what God wants us to be.

Every believer has a motivation, motivated by the Spirit of God. Something inside that propels us to do what God wants us to do; we are inspired to do it, gifted to do it. You may look at certain people and say that they’re really gifted in something. But, the truth is that, within the Body of Christ, all are gifted. When we exercise our motivation by the Spirit, a ministry is brought forth in our life, and the Holy Spirit will determine what manifestation is to happen at what section of the ministry.

To be in God’s favor means to be in the right place, at the right time, with the right people, and to have the right connections. The favor of God brings us favor with people. God’s favor on Elijah brought him to Zarephath (right place), when the widow (right person) was picking sticks to prepare her last meal (right time), and the connection there was a connection of blessing. Similarly, when the Shunnamite woman in Elisha’s story lost everything and went to the king to get her property back, Gehazi was just then telling to the king the story of how Elisha had raised this Shunnamite’s son to life. When he saw her, he told to the king that this was that woman, and the king restored to her all that she had lost. She was in the right place, at the right time, with the right people, and had the right connection.

When Jesus went to Nazareth, he went to the Synagogue and opened the scroll to the place in the book of Isaiah where it read:

“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor.” (Isaiah 61:1,2; Luke 4:18, 19).

The year of the Lord’s favor referred to the Jubilee year in Leviticus 25. The Jubilee year came every 50th year. It was a Sabbath of seven seventh years. Every seventh year was a sabbath during which the land was given rest. After 49 years (7×7), the 50th year became the Sabbatical Year of Jubilee. It was the Year of the Lord’s Favor in which God moved in the lives of His people in three areas.

1. It was the Year of Rest.
The land had rest during this year.
2. It was the Year of Restoration.
Everything lost was restored in this year. It was a year of commanded blessing (Leviticus 25:21).
3. It was the Year of Release.
Slaves were released, debts were cancelled, and liberty was proclaimed through out the land in this Year.

The Jubilee Year was proclaimed on the Day of Atonement with the sound of trumpet. But, how could Jesus proclaim the Jubilee Year to the people on that day? Because He Himself was the Atonement, the Propitiation of God. He was the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world. Therefore, in Christ we have true rest (He has finished everything and we enter into the finished work of Christ), in Him we have full restoration and healing, and in Him we find perfect freedom and release from all bondage. We don’t need to strive. We just need to have our eyes open to see what God has done for us, to find the favor of God.