As we come to the last situation where God’s favour is manifested it is important to note that Jesus used three verses to explain this situation very clearly. Matthew 5:10-12 says: “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely for My name’s sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so persecuted the prophets who went before you”. I am challenged by this truth because it is something that I have never experienced, I am glad that I live in a country where I have the freedom to worship God and live His way without any interference from the government. I have read several books about people being severely persecuted for their faith in Jesus. One thing I have noted is that persecution brings great growth in the number of believers. A good example of this is China, after the second world war the communists controlled China and all missionaries had to leave the country. Many decades passed without information and the world wondered how the Christians were surviving under strict communism. When finally information became available, it was so good to hear of the millions of believers that had flourished in the underground church. The same result has taken place where the church has been outlawed and severe persecution has taken place. Jesus said the reward for being persecuted was those people were part of the Kingdom of God. This is very interesting for Jesus also said that where the power of God is manifested that is the kingdom of God. For the kingdom of God is evidenced by His power, not by words. Jesus is saying that we should not shrink back at the prospect of persecution, but it is an opportunity to rejoice and be exceedingly glad. While the thought of having to suffer is not pleasant, knowing that persecution is a God opportunity to experience His supernatural power and provision. While I prefer that not to happen I am not over-concerned if it does happen because I have great confidence in God’s provision. Jesus went on to say that persecution has been taking place for a long time and the bible records where prophets suffered for speaking God’s word. God’s favour is manifested to us when we experiencing suffering for His sake. It is good to look forward to life knowing that God is in control so we have nothing to fear. As we have looked at the eight different situations Jesus taught His disciples these are an opportunity to experience God’s favour. God wants us to use every situation we face to experience His favour in our lives. I am so thankful that my God is the God who blesses.