For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. | 2 Timothy 1.7


Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope… | Zechariah 9.12a


I can’t always control the place I’m in…

  • But I can control the kind of person I will be in that place


Last week, we looked at Daniels story

  • He was a member of the royal family – taken captive and taken to Babylon
  • He excelled in preparation in service to the king


The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the king’s table.  | 1.5a


But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine | Daniel1:8


* Not Meat/Wine issue But Idol worship issue

* He didn’t seek comfort – Didn’t give in to the temptation of comfort


Daniel determined that he would not defile himself with the king’s food or with the wine he drank.


So he asked permission from the chief official not to defile himself. | Daniel 1.8b


* This is was a huge ask – great courage

This was really risky, but he was gonna be good because…


Now God granted Daniel favor… | Daniel 1.9


* God’s favor –  Came after Daniel’s obedience

* Daniel had the favor of God on him


Favor  is not “Favoritism” God shows no favorites

* His favor is equally available, but few find it

* He greatly desires to favor all of His children

* But He favors those who walk in His commands



Effortless – You can’t make it t happen


Not void of hurt, heartache – Daniel certainly had that

God works through humility and obedience – Not manipulation, Prov 25…


“Do not put yourself forward in the king’s presence or stand in the place of the great, for it is better to be told, ‘Come up here,’ than to be put lower in the presence of a noble” (Prov. 25:6-7).


* It’s about the supernatural intervention of God

* Daniel didn’t exalt himself at all, he started a resistance!

* Prov 27 says…


“Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips” (Prov. 27:2)


He opens doors that no one else can

* Opens doors and allows you to walk in the company of those that have the ability to bless you

* God opened the door with the commander…


Now God granted Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the commander of the officials, Daniel 1.8-9


“In the sight of the commander”


* In other words he didn’t  see Daniel in the normal way

* Gonna drop something on you I want you to remember…

*  “Favor Filter”

* Like a filter on your phone


* When God gives you favor with others, they don’t see you as you really are, they see you through the favor filter of God


Surely, LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield. Psalm 5.12


* Ever meet someone and you just wanted to be generous with them

* The favor of God is one them, you encounter the presence of God when you are with them


Now, listen not all favor is from God


* The enemy can bring things in your life that are trojan horses

* Remember the story of the Trojan (Troy) horse,


*Daniel knew that the “gift” and favor of the King’s table was a trojan favor, not from God!



Godly promotion comes from God – Trojan promotion comes from the enemy



A young woman under the favor of God with a big God mission from God

* The King was looking for a  Queen – Send word to send you best …


…many young women were gathered…Esther was taken to the king’s palace, into the care of Hegai the custodian of the women. Now the young woman pleased him, and she obtained his favor; so he readily gave beauty preparations to her, besides her allowance. Then seven choice maidservants were provided for her from the king’s palace, and he moved her and her maidservants to the best place in the house of the women. Esther 2.8-9


With God’s favor comes incredible opportunities


…you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield. Psalm 5.12


Esther was highly favored by all those she had met

* There was one last test of God’s Favor Filter…


So Esther was taken to The King’s royal palace…The king loved Esther more than all the other women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight…so he set the royal crown upon her head and made her queen …. Esther 2.16-17


The Favor Filter exalted her to the highest place she could be


For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. Psalm 84.11


This is what the Lord wants us to focus on this coming week


No matter what happens on the outside

*It doesn’t change what I have and who I am on the inside


 I can’t always control the place I’m in…

*But I can control the kind of person I will be in that place


I have the Spirit of Power – Love and sound mind in me

* I am a prisoner of hope!

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