by Todd Bentley

We live in the most exciting age of all time. We are closer now to experiencing the greatest spiritual harvest since Pentecost. Friends, this is the hour of God's favor. It is the season of holy commissioning, destiny, empowering, and sending--the day of a mighty move of the Holy Spirit without measure.

The dew of the Lord is coming down, and when it lifts there will be manna--lots of it. God is releasing showers of blessings on His chosen saints. The former rain and latter rain have converged for the harvest. The dew of Heaven is resting on the seeds--seeds that have been on your heart, the seeds of destiny that have fallen upon dry ground. The dew--the latter rain and the spring rain--are coming. The seeds are budding and soon they will yield much fruit.


Many have walked faithfully in the Spirit but haven't come into the day of increase, favor, and authority. But this day is coming, as it did for Jesus and many great Biblical saints. Scripture says that Jesus increased and kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men (see Luke 2:52).

John the Baptist, the son of Zechariah and Elizabeth, grew in wisdom, knowledge, and fortitude in his soul and was in the desert "till the day of his manifestation [the day he commenced his ministry and declared his commission as Messiah's forerunner] to Israel" (see Luke 1:80).

God's favor increased over King David. The Spirit of God came upon David when he was appointed king over Israel (see 1 Samuel 16:1-13), but it took years before his kingship manifested--where he actually ruled and reigned over all of Israel. David received more measures of favor and authority when he reigned as king and even more as he grew as king. Every stage of his faithful, intimate walk with the Lord manifested more favor.

The fullness of the Spirit of God comes upon us when we accept Jesus into our hearts, and He gives us that initial measure of gifts and Holy Spirit power. However, these measures of gifts and blessings also increase as we seek to increase in favor with God.

The Spirit of the Lord says that God is placing a crown of manifestation on the heads of His faithful, diligent, chosen saints--a crown of great favor and authority with God and men--a new and greater installment of the fruits and blessings of the Spirit. Another measure, and another, and another. God rewards those who diligently seek Him (see Hebrews 11:6). To those He calls His friends are greater measures of authority and favor.


Favor is God's "pleasure." When God takes pleasure or delights in people, He distinguishes and delights in them, showering down His spiritual blessing, goodwill, and grace. He wants to bestow on us His unsearchable riches and enrich us with all spiritual blessings, in faith, with the riches of grace and of glory, and with no sorrow accompanying them.

We have entered into a time of increased favor, when God will empower and commission believers for harvest with greater authority, grace, spiritual blessing, faith, and supernatural provision. It is a season of birth--a season when His saints step into the fullness of His grace and birth great fruit, a season when God births and releases ministries and destinies.


The fruit we bear glorifies God, and He says that He will anoint His diligent saints with an even greater manifestation of spiritual riches! He will favor the faithful with His riches. "The blessings of the LORD, it maketh rich, and He addeth no sorrow with it" (Proverbs 10:22). He will literally pour His blessings upon the hands of the diligent (see Proverbs 10:4). They will receive a new installment, an anointing of incredible depths of spiritual riches. His favor will cause them success. They will be the head and not the tail, because of the favor He will pour over them. Experience won't be necessary because they'll have His favor, which empowers and therefore qualifies them to accomplish great feats.

God is commissioning His saints upon whom His favor rests, with grace to do the impossible. God's glory will fall upon those in whom God delights.


Moses placed Aaron's rod before the ark, and it miraculously blossomed and bore almonds--a symbol of God's favor in choosing Aaron as high priest. In the culture of the Israelites, the rod symbolized authority. It was a tool used by the shepherd to correct and guide his flock (see Psalm 23:4). Both Aaron and Moses' rods were symbols of authority and were endowed with miraculous power. With Moses' rod, God parted the Red Sea, and brought forth water from a stone. God used Aaron's rod in His dealings with stubborn Pharaoh.

This is the season of choosing. God is placing the rod of kingship, favor, and authority in the hand of the chosen, and it's going to bud, man--it's going to blossom. It's going to bear fruit!

God wants to favor you. Consider Esther. He gave her everything she needed to receive the favor He desired for her. God gave her favor with Hegai who provided what she needed and advanced her to the best place in the king's harem (see Esther 2). This was a supernatural provision of grace.

Years ago in an encounter, the Holy Spirit spoke to me and told me that I was one of many "first fruits sons and daughters" that would birth a ministry in a day. It was that quick. God's favor was upon me, because I sought Him with all of my heart--I pursued Him and prepared myself to be chosen. So too, the Lord is choosing, giving authority, power, and favor with men. Doors will swing open as God supernaturally provides in this day of manifestation. But the Lord says, that you must have the grace to receive His favor, "There's a seed time, and there is harvest time. There is a time to sow, and a time to reap. There's a time to labor in intercession, as Elijah did, and then there's manifestation!"


There are seasons in which God ordains seed time and seasons where God ordains harvest. There are times to throw your bread upon the water and times it multiplies back to you. This is the season of multiplication, of manifestation, of God giving you what you desire. Even if you've asked a hundred times for one thing, in the season of favor, the Heavens open, and He grants what you ask of Him. Esther prepared and positioned herself to be pleasing before the king. So pleased was he, that he held out a golden scepter to her, signifying his favor, and an invitation into the palace. The king asked her, "What do you wish?" This is the day that God selects those pleasing to Him and asks, "What do you wish?"


Favor depends on friendship. Through intimacy, the Lord calls us His "friend" (see John 15:15). In friendship with Him, we are no longer servants. When we abide in Him we can ask anything we desire, and it shall be granted to us (see John 15:7). Favor depends on preparing ourselves and positioning ourselves to be pleasing before the King. It's time in the tabernacle, in the tent of meeting, meeting with God, worshiping, and spending intimate time with Him. It moves God when we prepare and delights Him to respond to our desires. Hosts of angels await the Lord's command in Heaven to release and manifest His blessings.


In a vision, the Lord showed me the budding rod. An angel placed it in my hand, and God said, "I want to show whom I have chosen." God is going to witness the call on your life. Those in the tent of meeting will move into the tent of witness. In the tent of witness, God releases authority, influence, and favor. When Moses placed the twelve rods of the Father's houses in the tent of witness, Aaron's rod sprouted, put forth buds, blossomed, and yielded ripe almonds, while the rods of the rest of the princes remained dry and void of fruit. God bestowed a great deal of honor upon Aaron, anointing him high priest, and providing him with an abundance, authority and blessings, all by reason of favor!

Because of His favor, you will receive a holy commissioning, backed by Heaven, backed by God, and the fullness of your calling and breakthrough will manifest.


You will become a man or woman approved by God with His seal, His evidence, and His witness upon you. The gifts and the power manifesting through you will bear the witness of God.

"Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know" (Acts 2:22).

Jesus Himself often traced His power to do great things to His commission from the Father, and He did it in such a way as to show that He was closely united to Him (see John 5:19, 30). Peter says that God did these works by Jesus Christ, to show that Jesus was truly sent by Him, and that therefore He had the seal and signs of God's approval. Jesus Himself said in John 5:36, "...the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me." The evidence of favor will be on everything you touch. The rod will produce. It will bring forth.

"And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all. Nor was there anyone among them who lacked" (Acts 4:33-34).


Many Christians have lacked the favor of God. Favor does away with lack! Those with the rod will not lack! Great power brought great favor, and favor brought provision because of great grace upon the apostles. They had great grace because there was a great witness. They gave witness with great power to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Because of favor, the apostles didn't have to preach about the resurrection or proclaim it. They gave witness to it--PROOF--a demonstration of their divine authority to heal the sick and cast out demons.

This is where the Church is headed, to that place of giving witness--a demonstration, manifestation, proof, evidence and testimony of personal experience and of victory. God is going to prove and back up your calling. He's going to place the rod in your hand, and you will have the right and the authority to use it. Before you had the power, but you didn't have the "right." You will now have influence, a platform, and doors will open you never dreamed possible. You are called, just as the disciples were, but Jesus selected twelve to send out with authority over sickness and demons (see Matthew 10:1). Will God select you? Has God told you to "Go therefore?"

Choose to prepare your life to receive the increase of favor. Prepare yourself to go before the King. Wait for the favor of God on your calling, on your dreams, and on your visions. Anticipate the golden scepter, the invitation to advance.


Moses waited years in the desert for the day of manifestation. He had the promise. He had friendship. He had favor. Even though his call existed before the foundation of the world, just as ours does, it wasn't time for commissioning until God gave him the rod, the right, and the privilege to advance. The rod represented influence, authority, and Divine backup; witness from God that He sent you, a witness that no man can deny.

Many are called but few are chosen. There is a calling. God is choosing. He's going to bestow an impartation of authority and favor. You'll have the "right" to use dunamis power. Things will accelerate. Doors will open. The blessings of the Lord will multiply. Your destiny, visions, and dreams will birth. The latter rain and former rain will converge for harvest. I call forth the seed and the promise that are already there. Let the dew of Heaven fall upon you. Favor is coming. With the impartation of authority, chains and shackles will fall off. You'll break free of tethers. The anointing will break the yoke. You shall make decrees that set the captives free, to proclaim liberty for those who are oppressed. God will give you what you desire. You will plunder the Egyptians and experience spiritual breakthrough. You will have the spirit of an overcomer--a victorious, triumphant spirit. The tide will change and release the spirit of the overcomer. God will fill up the holes of lack, for the blessings of the Lord maketh one rich.

The rod of the one whom God chooses blossoms. As our ways please Him, He will increase His favor, measure by measure. This is the season of manifestation of His favor. Will you wear the crown of manifestation? Will you advance into the tent of witness? Position yourself for the dew of the Lord--the anointing of favor. Pursue intimate friendship with the Lord. Let yours be the rod that blooms, and then expect an open Heaven over your life as His glory comes down and manifests His supernatural, astonishing blessings on your life. Let the almonds come forth!