Ridiculous Favor-Get ready for a fantastic miracle!
Intro: God is planning a coming season in your life: a season of divine favor. Psalm 102:13: says, “You will arise and have mercy on Zion; For the time to favor her, Yes, the set time, has come.” When the scriptures use the word “Zion” it can be referring to one of four things: Jerusalem, Israel, the church, or the heavenly city. If you are a member of the church of Jesus Christ and a future citizen of the heavenly city, you have a legal right to climb promises for “Zion”. From this psalm we see that there is a “time to favor” us. It is “the set time”. Many of us have been really going through difficult times lately. Some have wondered, “Where is the hand of God?” “Why is God not blessing us like He used to?” Some have found themselves in the worst financial, marital or health situation of their entire life! To all reading this, you have a glorious promise to contend for: a set time of favor. It’s planned for your future. The angels are likely even now working on it. You need only stand patiently in faith. In fact, you are likely to very soon experience “ridiculous favor”.
1) I learned about “ridiculous favor” from a woman who had experienced great sorrow. She had been praying for my ministry and supporting it. She lost her husband to a tragic accident. He was climbing a ladder to cut off some branches and fell to the concrete to his death. I was consoling her over the phone when she related to me a dream that a friend of hers had shared with her. In the dream, her friend was in a lunch room at a steel factory (I can relate to this because many years ago, I was out of the ministry for awhile, working for a steel factory!). The room was immaculate and ornate. A well dressed maitre d’ was standing ready to serve and asked, “Is anybody here small?” She alone rose up her hand. The maitre d’ then gave her a gallon of potato salad (This meant something to her because when she would attend some social function, she would often bring her potato salad for their enjoyment). Later in the dream, God began speaking to her in a strong voice, but it was the intercessor to which she was relating the dream that was doing the speaking, like a prophetic word. This is what she said: “God is giving you ridiculous favor!” The dream ended.
Since that dream, she explained to me over the phone, she had been praying for “ridiculous favor” over me and others she was praying for. I had never heard the phrase “ridiculous favor” before. I truly believe it was a phrase coined by God Himself. Through this obviously prophetic dream, the phrase had become her “word”. And, as she told me about the dream, “ridiculous favor” became my word too! Kathy and I began confessing and believing and expecting “ridiculous favor” in our lives! Can you claim it for yourself too?
What is “ridiculous favor”? To better understand what it means, let’s define the two terms. According to Webster . . .
“Ridiculous” means: “arousing or deserving ridicule, absurd, preposterous, laughable”.
“Favor” means: “friendly regard shown toward another especially by a superior: approving consideration or attention; partiality; leniency; gracious kindness; aid; assistance; effort in one’s behalf or interest; a token of love; a badge; to the benefit of; in support of; to the order of; to one’s advantage; a small gift or decorative item given out at a party”.
Wow! What a list of goodies! I want em’ all! Don’t you? Thus, combining the above dictionary definitions, let’s define “Ridiculous Favor”:
a) “friendly regard shown toward another especially by a superior (Hallelujah! God is our superior!) that arouses ridicule from those who don’t have it”.
b) “absurd partiality, leniency or gracious kindness”
c) “preposterous aid, assistance or effort in one’s behalf or interest”
d) “a laughable token of love to the benefit of, in support of, to the order of, or to one’s advantage”
e) “a badge which shows approving consideration or attention”
f) “a laughable gift that you wear on your chest proudly giving you cause to celebrate like you’re at a party”
Now do you see why I’m so excited about this? I truly believe that “ridiculous favor” is a rhema (that is a “Word of the Lord”) for me, for you, and for the church of Jesus Christ in these-the last days. We should be looking for it, expecting it, and believing for it. And, it’s not like this is just some far-fetched wish-upon-a-star word that one would glibly hope and pray for. It has great scriptural precedent and is even prophesied in the Word. Let’s study it together over the next few days and build a solid foundation of faith to experience the “ridiculous favor” God wants to bestow upon His children.
So, comfort yourself in the promise that there is a “set time” for your favor to come. Don’t give up hope! Don’t stop declaring His promise and His power over your situation!
2). Ridiculous Favor” is amazing, tremendous, bountiful blessing granted to God’s children. We should expect a real time of favor: even to the point of being ridiculous in its scope, miraculousness and undeservedness. Let’s build our faith by taking a quick look at some people in the Bible that experienced “ridiculous favor.”
Adam and Eve . . . Gen. 1:31: “God saw everything that He had made, and, behold, it was very good.” Man did nothing to merit being placed in a world filled with so much good: good food to eat, good beautiful things to see, love, marriage, children, and good health. They simply enjoyed their “ridiculous favor”. How much more, then, does God delight in showering such favor on those of us who have served Him faithfully so long, prayed a price, and obediently resisted the devil’s lies that Adam and Eve so quickly accepted and thus sinned?
Israel . . . Ex. 3:21: “And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty: But every woman shall borrow of her neighbor, and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment; and ye shall put them upon your sons, and upon your daughters and ye shall spoil the Egyptians”. If carnal, disobedient, rebellious Israelites received such ridiculous favor (even “spoiling” others), how much more is the church about to “spoil” spoiled Americans? “The wealth of the sinner is laid up for the righteous.” Prov. 13:22. Cars, planes, books, T-V, the internet are just a few of the things sinners have made available to the church and we are going to exploit this “wealth” of inventions in these last days as we use them as tools to reap the final harvest! We won’t go out of Egypt in the rapture empty!
Job . . . had ridiculous favor and so reported, “Thou hast granted me life and favor.” (Job 10:12). Satan ridiculed the favor of Job in 1:9,10: “Doth Job fear God for naught? Hast not thou made a hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands and his substance is increased in the land”. Job had walked in great divine favor all his life. The Devil temporarily robbed him of all this favor God had bestowed upon him: killing all his children; stealing all his fortune; and putting sickness on his body. But, God restored the fortunes of Job and gave him back double what the devil had stolen (42:10).
Prov. 6:31 says if a thief is found, “He shall restore what he took seven-fold.” Notice the thief has to be found first! Some of you are blaming God, your mate, your parents or even yourself for your losses. You need Holy Spirit revelation to discern that the devil is the thief behind your horrible losses (John 10:10). As you realize that the Lord is the one who, “crowneth thee with loving kindness and tender mercies” (Ps. 103:4) and it is the devil who is trying to steal that from you, then with authority you can command him to restore 7-fold what He has taken from you.
We had resigned our church and were launching into the full time evangelistic field. We had already ordered our custom-made 35 ft. travel trailer to pull all over America. Kathy would home-school the kids from the trailer. I would hold evangelistic crusades. The trailer would be completed and ready for us to pick up in 6 weeks. I ordered the biggest, heaviest trailer without thinking through what I would pull it with. The RV lot informed me that only a suburban or a 1 Ton Van with a 454 engine could adequately pull it. So, I started searching far and wide for a vehicle. Oh, was I shocked to discover how expensive they were! A well equipped new Suburban could cost upwards of $40,000 (in 1995 dollars at that!). I figured I would look for a cheaper but good used truck. I looked a little bit for an adequate van, but couldn’t find one. So, I just told the Lord, “Lord, if you want me to buy a van, you’ll just have to lead me to one.”
Apparently I had announced to the church that I was looking for a GMC suburban, because on a Monday, a gentleman who had visited our church the day before called me at my office to announce: “You are doing a good Job for the Lord. So, I’m going to buy you a new Suburban!” This was like something you hear on TBN Christian television! I leaped into the parsonage to announce to Kathy our miracle.
We trotted off that same day to the GMC dealership, where we began to list with the salesman all the add-ons we needed. Finally, the salesman asked how I was going to pay for it and I told him of my new friend’s promise. I called him to ask him how he would arrange to pay for the truck. His wife answered the phone, so I explained who I was; that I was at the GMC dealership; and that her husband had said he was going to buy me a new suburban. I told her that I just wanted to know how he intended to pay for it. There was a dead silence on the other end of the line. My heart sank. She said, “He isn’t here now!” and hung up. Embarrassed and confused, I left the sales office explaining that I would have to get back to them when I heard from my friend.
A day or two went by without us hearing a thing. Finally, my wife received a call from him, and he reported: “They have me here at the mental hospital. Tell pastor Dea to come get me out!” She replied, “He’ll be right there!” and hung up the phone (ha, ha!). It was so embarrassing and depressing. It was obviously the devil-the “thief”- who was so mad at the blessing that I and the people I would minister to were about to receive. So, he had sent me an Ishmael-a man walking after the flesh-to ridicule me. But, actually, all it did was increase my resolve. I told Kathy, “Just for that, I’ll show the devil. We’re going to go buy a well-equipped really good suburban!” I expected a special blessing from the Lord!
6 weeks had passed, and the trailer was ready and the factory announced that we now had to pick it up. It was virtually our last day to find a vehicle and I told Kathy that we had to buy something that very day. We were literally moments away from leaving the house to go look at a used Suburban I had seen advertised in the paper, when the phone rang. It was a salesman from the closest GMC dealership! I had talked to him weeks previously. He said, “Are you still looking for a Suburban?” I explained we were. He said, “I think I have one you’ll like.” So, we drove a few miles to the car lot (I had driven many, many miles all over S. California trying to find one). The truck he had called us about wasn’t the one, but there on the lot was a 1 Ton GMC van with a 454 engine. It had the tow package, all the goodies, and even a T-V VCR (The Abeka home-schooling curriculum my wife used included videos of actual teaching sessions so this was a necessity for traveling on school days!). It was all that we needed, and even more comfortable and suitable than a Suburban, and we bought it for thousands less! Over 14 years and 153,000 miles later, it still looks good and runs well. It’s been a tremendous blessing, too. It’s taken us all over America for crusades: pulling our trailer and even to the airport to fly out to our evangelistic meetings in Utah this past weekend. This is but one story of three cars that God truly gave us “ridiculous favor” in providing them.
I am sure that every tithing, God-fearing person hear tonight could share stories of how the Lord showed you ridiculous favor in the past. Take a moment to relive that blessed experience. Remember, Jesus is “the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Heb. 13:6).
He showed biblical people “ridiculous favor”. He has in the past shown us all “ridiculous favor”. And, He is about to do it again!
3). Job learned by experience that sometimes the Lord not only gives “ridiculous favor”, but He also sometimes takes it away (Job 1:21). He may at times temporarily remove the “hedge” of blessing and protection (as with Job) to see what we’re made of (Not so He can gloat or criticize, but so that He might best work with our weaknesses until we are made strong). But all of this is so that He might ultimately pour His “ridiculous favor” upon us.
Ps. 30:5, 6 says it well: “His anger endureth but a moment; in his favor is life: Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Joy cometh: it’s a prophecy of favor. Then, David adds, “And, in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved.” David believed for and confessed “ridiculous favor”, even in the midst of one of the most trial-ridden lives of all time! David truly experienced what it was like to “live in His favor” saying, “in His favor is life”. And, how quickly and unexpectedly God can dole out such favor.
Nearly a decade ago, Bob Jones prophesied that a “burning bush was going to come out of Texas to lead America.” The prophets discussed this prophecy among themselves, thinking maybe it was Ross Perot? But, God had his hand on a man who not only was “burning” with conviction and passion for conservative and Christian causes, but was indeed a “Bush”! I believe that George W. Bush was the man God hand-picked to lead America in one of its most difficult periods: Post 9/11. And, pundits may debate Bush’s wisdom in invading Iraq; but there is one thing that is not debatable: there has not been one American killed on American soil by a terrorist ever since President Bush invaded Iraq! Left-slanting comedians and the media have ridiculed Bush. If ever there was a president that was made-fun of, it was him! And, in some ways he stumbled and fumbled in His words. But, God has chosen the “foolish things of this world to confound the wise.” (1 Cor. 1:27). And, perhaps, God allowed this “Bush” to be so ridiculed to humble him. This is one of the costs of receiving His “ridiculous favor”. (Are you being humbled now, so that you will be ready to receive your “ridiculous favor”?)
Joseph had “ridiculous favor”: (See Genesis 37-50). God gave him a dream wherein his brothers were bowing down to him. They ridiculed him too! But, eventually he was elevated to 2nd in command to Pharaoh, and his brothers all bowed down before him as promised. “Ridiculous favor” is elevation to honor, riches, and authority; even though we might be thought ridiculous by others.
Daniel received “ridiculous favor”. They were going to kill all the wise men of the land because none could interpret the king’s dream. But Daniel received the interpretation, and was elevated to 2nd in command to the King.
In Esther 2:21-23 and 6:1-11, Mordecai was given “ridiculous favor”. God let him overhear of a plot to kill the king. He told the king’s court about the plot and the saboteurs were arrested and executed. Meanwhile, the wicked Haman had succeeded in getting the king to pass a decree that all Jews would be killed on a certain day. One evening the king couldn’t sleep. To pass the time, he had written records of the kingdom affairs read to him.
When they recounted to him how Mordecai had saved his life, he asked what honor had been done to Mordecai for this good deed. They said “nothing”. Haman was walking by at that very moment and the King called him into his court and asked him, “What shall be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honor?” Full of pride and thinking to himself, “Who could the king be talking about but me?”, he answered, “Let the royal apparel be brought which the king useth to wear, and the horse that the king rideth upon and the crown royal which is set upon his head: and let his apparel and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king’s most noble princes, that they may array the man whom the king delighteth to honor, and bring him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaim before him, ‘thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delighteth to honor’. What “ridiculous favor”, that the very man who had temporarily succeeded in gaining a death sentence for Mordecai whom he hated, now had to parade Mordecai before the world: honoring him, and declaring his praiseworthiness! Truly the “thief” had to restore sevenfold here!
3 decades ago, I was out of the ministry and receiving counsel for my great weaknesses that I was grappling with at the time. I was not in a spiritual high at all during that season. I was attending a big church and the pastor arranged for a staff deliverance-minister to counsel me and try to help me. She said I had a demon and she would cast it out. We never had that deliverance session, but soon thereafter, I was walking through the basement past a room where that deliverance minister and some other staff members were trying to cast a demon out of some tormented soul. When she saw me, I overheard her say to the staff members, “Don’t let Dea in here!” In other words, “Don’t let that demonized, messed up human being in here. These demons are likely to jump over into him!” I had pastored and was a Bible college graduate, yet she deemed me unworthy of even helping them to pray! Embarrassed, I sadly moved on and “out of their way”. However, many years later, I am now a deliverance evangelist! I have had the joy of flying all over America and casting demons out of many tormented souls. That once demonized young man (whom Satan delighted to ridicule among his peers), now wears garments of kingdom authority! And now, like in the story of Haman, my public ministry demonstrates to the “principalities and powers in the heavenly places the manifold wisdom of God” (Eph. 3:10). God’s wisdom gives “ridiculous favor” to His children, though they themselves may be criticized or viewed by others as ridiculous. Is the devil ridiculing your efforts to serve God effectively? Take heart, it is likely because Satan sees that your promotion to “ridiculous favor” is soon coming!
Take encouragement from Psalm 75:1, 6-8:
“1 Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare . . .
6 For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.
7 But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.
8 For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup . . .” Psalm 75:1, 6-8.
Notice three words from this Psalm: “wondrous works . . . promotion . . . a cup.”
The “Ridiculous favor” that is about to come to us is indeed a “wonderful work”. It is a “promotion” to bigger and better things. It is a “cup”, like David’s cup that “runneth over.” (Ps. 23:5). (75:6 is actually talking about the “cup” of judgment. But, since there is no “judgment” of guilt for a Christian (Romans 8:2), we can instead claim the 1 Corinthians 10:16: “cup of blessing” through Christ’s blood which covers our guilt!)
God gave us a “Bush” when we were under our worst ever attack from a foreign nation. God gave Israel a Joseph when they were at the brink of starvation. God gave Israel a Mordecai when they were about to be totally annihilated. God gave the wise men a Daniel when they were about to be killed. God is a “last minute” God, but when help is needed the most, He will not be too late.
America seems to be at the brink. Maybe your finances may be depleted. Any hope of deliverance may seem gone. But, on the basis of scriptural precedent, you can stand in faith for your promotion that is coming from the Lord: a promotion to “ridiculous favor”.
4). God used a different word for favor in the New Testament. In the Old Testament, the word “favor” is often used; but it is found only 6 times in the New Testament. The church was given a new word instead of favor- “Grace” (which means very much the same as favor: with the added thought of being “unmerited”.) Eph. 2:8-10 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast”. You don’t deserve to be saved. If you did, you would be saved by your works. You are saved solely by the unmerited favor of God (and through your faith). Acts 4:33 said of the church, “Great grace (sounds like ridiculous favor, doesn’t it?) was upon them all.” Most epistles have such preambles as, “grace be upon you” or postscripts like “grace be to you”. In fact, the last words of the Bible in Rev. 22:21 speak this blessing forever upon his people-“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.”
Often, His grace extends even to those with great sin: “Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” (Rom. 5:20). When I was a sophomore in Bible college and 18 years old, I backslid for a night. I decided I would go to a dance I had heard about in Riverside, 60 miles from the Bible college, (figuring I would be safe from being discovered so far away. In those days, most Christian denominations taught that Christians were expected to not attend dances). Wanting someone to share my night of sin, I had my best all time friend (since 4 years of age) Ken Johnstone (now deceased), pick me up so we could go together. Before long, I asked Ken for one of his cigarettes. We even got in a drag race before the night was over (Ken got a ticket for it!). At the dance I was soon cutting a rug with the girls, feeling my wild oats. Boy, was “sin” fun!
While standing talking to some kids we had met at the dance, a girl walked up to me with startled eyes and a shocked expression. Putting her hand to her mouth she said, “Are you Dea Warford?” (She had seen me at a Youth Camp that summer: praying, testifying and parading publically my Christianity. Now, she had discovered me in my “hypocrisy”!)
Knowing I had been caught in the act by the judging hand of God, I admitted I was Dea Warford; hung my head; walked over to a couch against the wall; knelt down; and repented before God for my sin (as kids nearby made fun and laughed). Rising from my place of prayer, I told Ken I couldn’t stay any longer and he needed to take me home, which he did.
I expected the curtain to soon fall upon me when the word got around, spread by that girl, that I had been at a forbidden dance that night. But, this never happen. Instead, somehow the word got around and back to me that I had been seen at a dance “handing out tracts and witnessing to kids.” (ha, ha!). Does God have a sense of humor or what! And, talk about unmerited favor and “ridiculous grace”! God, in His grace, looked beyond my sin and saw the day when I would no longer backslide for night, and so He covered my sin from the accusing voice of the devil with His precious Son’s blood (Isa. 1:18).
Once, while out of the ministry for a season; broke; without a job; desperate for help, I called my previous supervisor, Roy Hicks Sr. for counsel. He told me to get back in ministry right away and to go to the district supervisor and tell him I would take the smallest church on the district-anything to be back in ministry. I did what he said. But, I hadn’t been in his office very long until the supervisor talked me out of the idea. (On another occasion in his office, he said that I would make a good lead man for a road crew or some job like that. Was the devil ridiculing me through him?). When Kathy and I left his office that day (quite defeated needless to say), I was thoroughly convinced that I would never pastor again. I didn’t have the “stuff” of pastors. The “expert” had said so.
Months later, I called that same supervisor about unrelated business, and to my surprise, he offered me a church in his district. I accepted it gladly and ended up pastoring there a decade. It was a very important time in my life. The very mouth that had “ridiculed” me, promoted me to do what he one time thought I was ungifted to do. This was truly an example of “ridiculous favor”. Friend, it doesn’t matter what the devil or even man thinks of you. The only thing that really matters is what God thinks of you. And, God thinks you are worthy of ridiculous favor!
A man (a medical doctor) told my wife and me that it was “impossible” for us to have children without surgery. Kathy didn’t have the surgery and we have two children today. God again said, “Ridiculous favor!”
In the last days, Isaiah 60 predicts, “darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people” (v. 2). It’ll be terrible for people without Christ. But, during that hour, “the Lord shall arise upon thee”. Even kings will come to “the brightness of (our) rising” (v. 3). At that time also, God will give us such “ridiculous favor”, that even “the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the wealth of the Gentiles shall come unto thee” (v. 5). Kings will “minister unto (us)” (v. 10), and we’ll even “suck the breast of kings” (v. 16). With the way the media, government and judges treat the church, it may seem hard to imagine. But, believe it! Expect unmerited grace and “ridiculous favor” in even the last days.
Then, after Christ comes, throughout all eternity, we will continue to experience “ridiculous favor”. Eph. 2:7 proves it: “That in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace (a good definition of “ridiculous favor”) in his kindness toward us thru Christ Jesus.”
5). Though we should believe for and expect “ridiculous favor”, we must never take the grace and favor of God for granted. Sometimes seeds must be sown in order to reap “ridiculous favor”. Psalms 5:12 says, “Let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them every shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favor wilt thou compass him as with a shield.” . Before we see “favor” come to our lives, we should “put our trust in”, “rejoice” in, “shout for joy” (by faith) and be “joyful in (Him)”. Should a complaining Christian; stubbornly refusing to believe; never praising and rejoicing; and never learning to find his joy in Him rightfully expect undeserved favor? It happens at times, because: “When we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). But, we are still exhorted to. “Be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises” (Heb 6:12). Even David first had to slay his bears and goliaths and show loyalty to Saul and be a “sweet psalmist of Israel” to experience “ridiculous favor” in his life.
I have had my share of traffic tickets through the years (running a red light, speeding, driving without lights, illegal parking, and illegal passing). But, once I finally stepped out in faith and obedience to the Lord to become a full time evangelist: though pulled over by the police at least 3 times since; I have never gotten a ticket! My explanation? “Ridiculous favor!”
My daughter Carissa got very upset because her fellow Bible college students in one of her classes received undeserved favor when the teacher announced that everyone in the class would receive a passing grade (though most of them had not completed their required assignments). Carissa had worked hard; very hard for her grades; and felt they too should have had to have worked hard like her! But, later remembering that she herself had also been given favor by teachers in the past, she repented before the Lord. The next day, she was given a designer dress by an actress (a daughter of her employer). She had worn the dress only once to the Hollywood Academy awards. It Carissa beautifully! (It had cost $5,000!). “Ridiculous favor” indeed! (But, note that my daughter repented of her attitude first).
A district supervisor came to speak at a church I was attending once. He came to the meeting driving a Mercedes Benz. While in the men’s room, one of the church members asked me “what I thought about the car the supervisor was driving?” (It was obvious he didn’t like the idea of “a man of God” driving a nice car). I noticed that the man who said this was driving an old clunker. I thought afterward that I should have said, “If you would stop judging others for driving nice cars, maybe the Lord would give you a better one”. (I always think of great comebacks later on!)
I spoke earlier about the GMC that the Lord provided for our family to go on the evangelistic field. I didn’t mention, though, the fact that I sowed seed for my miracle before it happened! After I had been looking for a vehicle for weeks with no results, I finally said to Kathy. “We need a miracle. Why don’t we give the Buick Park Avenue that the church is giving us as part of our severance package to the new incoming pastor?” (Someone had given the car to the church. It was older, but drove real nice, and I really enjoyed driving it. The church council decided to give it to Kathy and me for our 10 years of service as their pastors). Kathy agreed with me to give it to the new pastors. So, we told the council of our decision. Soon thereafter came the phone call from the car salesman, our new Van, and God’s “ridiculous favor”.
Imagine a world where every Christian looked for opportunities to joyfully give “ridiculous favor” to others in need. Can’t we have faith that a God who enjoys pouring out His favor on us will surely take note of such sacrifices and will see that we too get our share of grace and favor?
“Give and it shall be given unto you.” (Luke 6:38).
“He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” (II Cor. 9:6).
Remember, I learned about “ridiculous favor” from a woman who had tragically lost her husband. Instead of feeling sorry for herself, she was investing in other people’s lives by interceding for them that they might experience “ridiculous favor”. That unselfish giving gave me this message to give to you.
Sow for your “bountiful” reaping. Learn to love, forgive, give to the needy and even give ridiculous favor to others; and then you will have a scriptural right to expect it for yourself as well. Pray “ridiculous favor” on your family, on me, on His church and on all America! It’s our best (and for some ONLY) hope!