Pastor E.A. Deckard
by Pastor E. A. Deckard
Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.”- Vince Lombardi

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.”- Booker T. Washington

The Road to “Greater Favor”

Forward Thinkers, as we enter into the second month of 2015, many have already experienced some form of setback and disappointment, but today I want to encourage you to keep your head up and press forward on the road to greater favor.

Forward Thinkers, for those of you who have already broken your New Year resolutions I encourage you to get back up and recommit yourself to becoming the best you possible and get back on the road to greater favor that awaits you in 2015.

Joshua 1:7-9 New International Version (NIV)

7 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:7-9Amplified Bible (AMP)

7 Only you be strong and very courageous, that you may do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you. Turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good [a]success. 9 Have not I commanded you? Be strong, vigorous, and very courageous. Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Forward Thinkers, I want to encourage you this season to remember that you may be successful if you get on the road to “greater favor”. It is not too late to win. God has a plan for your life and if you follow that plan it will guarantee success.

Forward Thinkers, we all witnessed the Seattle Seahawks suffer a major defeat in the Super Bowl when they chose to option out of the play that has produced success for them over and over again. I encourage you not to panic under pressure but to stick with the plan God has in place for your great success. Forward Thinkers, your current situation does not change the success rate of God.

Forward Thinkers, the bible is so certain of the success rate of God’s plan on the road to “greater favor” that it promises you will then be prosperous. Forward Thinkers, during the Super Bowl we saw several commercials promoting this and that but I didn’t see any company bold enough in its product to promise you guaranteed prosperity.

Forward Thinkers, in the year 2015 it’s time to produce. On the road to greater favor the goal is to be and not just talk about it. For years we have sat in church being emotional about what we were going to do but this year it’s time to stop the pep rally and start producing the type of victories God has promised us on the road to greater favor.

Forward Thinkers, let’s analyze the directions on the road to greater favor.

Be Strong: Forward Thinkers, mental toughness is required over physical strength to travel on the road to greater favor. Forward Thinkers, we must obtain the will power needed to keep going no matter the obstacles facing us in 2015. Forward Thinkers, newly elected Baseball Hall of Famer Craig Biggio was quoted as saying “I never gave up on myself no matter how big the odds were against me making it into the Hall of Fame.”

Forward Thinkers, did you commit to getting stronger in 2015? Forward Thinkers, it’s time to build your faith muscles in 2015. Forward Thinkers, it amazes me that in January the fitness centers are full but by February the crowds have already gone back to their bad habits.

Forward Thinkers, I encourage you to stay strong and remain on the road to greater favor.

Be Very Courageous: Forward Thinkers, I read a quote from Motivational Speaker Jim Rohn, “don’t wish it was easier but wish you were better” and today, I want to inspire you to “Faith Up” to the challenge and be courageous on the road to greater favor.

Forward Thinkers, I believe faith equals courage and the bible declares that faith comes from the Word of God. Do the math; if faith equals courage and faith comes from the Word then the result of obeying the Word is you become very courageous.

Forward Thinkers, a lion walks through the jungle with confidence because he knows he is a king. The lion in the story of “The Wizard of Oz” is so interesting because, the lion lacked courage and that goes against the nature of being a lion. It’s against a Believer’s nature to lack courage also because our belief system is based on our believing the Word of God. Forward Thinkers, the Word says we are “Winners”.

Be Careful To Obey: Forward Thinkers, we are encouraged not to turn to the right or to the left but to stick to the directions God has given us on the road to greater favor. Forward Thinkers, how many times have we altered the directions from our GPS system only to end up lost? Forward Thinkers, this season I encourage you to lean not on your own understanding but trust the GPS system being received from heaven.

Speak The Word: Forward Thinkers, do you remember this line from the sitcom Different Strokes “what you talking about Willis?” Forward Thinkers, in the year 2015 it is very important we control the words coming out of our mouths. Here is a quick lesson on how to build your faith vocabulary: Remember for every negative word there is an opposing positive word.

Forward Thinkers, for every “good” word there is a bad word, for every holy thought there is an evil thought, and for everything that can go up there is the possibility of it coming down. We must get in the Word of God so that we can respond with a Word from God whenever the enemy declares a word from hell.

Forward Thinkers, while you’re growing in the Word here are a few weapons you can use to reply to any negative word spoken to you: I can do all things – I’m more than a conqueror – I’m blessed coming and blessed going out.

Meditate on the Word: Forward Thinkers, I recommend that you find at least twenty-one minutes of your morning to change your life and drive on the road of “greater favor”. There is a plan of success which is to focus on a scripture for seven minutes daily; find a motivational quote and spend four minutes reading it out loud; follow that by praying ten minutes using the scripture and the quote as the foundation of your prayer.

Forward Thinkers, here is an example: Read Joshua 1:8 over and over again for seven minutes then declare this quote “My mind is my greatest strength, I lock myself in my head and tell myself; I’m invincible and nobody can beat me”. Read “Undefeated American”, by Kevin Gastelum, mixed martial artist, for four minutes.

Forward Thinkers, pray for ten minutes using words like, “Lord, today I meditate on your word day and night and I thank you for making me successful. Lord, I praise you for giving me countless victories in my finances, my family, and my ministry. Lord, I pray as I continue to meditate on your Word, You will continue to grant me “greater favor” in all that I do in your name. Amen.

Don’t Be Terrified: Forward Thinkers, the Lord didn’t give us the spirit of fear, therefore; on the road to greater favor we can’t afford to allow ourselves to be terrified by what we see or experience. Forward Thinkers, on the road to “greater favor” we must focus on the promise of the grapes existing and not on the fact the giants will appear along the way.

Don’t Be Discouraged: Forward Thinkers, I encourage you not to be discouraged, because as you travel the road of “greater favor” God will be traveling with you the entire journey.

Pastor E. A. Deckard is the Senior Pastor/Founder of the Green House International Church located, 16711 Ella Blvd. Houston, Texas, 77090. To contact Pastor Deckard for speaking engagements contact him at or the church website

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