Wonna Know If You Have God’s Favor?

Wonna Know If You Have God’s Favor?

1 Peter 2:19-21 HCSB “For IT BRINGS FAVOR if, mindful of God’s will, SOMEONE ENDURES GRIEF from suffering unjustly. For what credit is there if you sin and are punished, and you endure it? But WHEN YOU DO WHAT IS GOOD AND SUFFER, IF YOU ENDURE IT, THIS BRINGS FAVOR WITH GOD. For you were called to this, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in His steps.”

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“BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED”

Are you really, “Blessed and highly favored?” Are you suffering unjustly for doing what is good? And are you enduring it patiently? If so you are indeed favored by God the scripture says. Your endurance is commendable to God. That’s not something we hear often is it? Most folks think being, “Blessed and highly favored,” means all is well financially, or everything is going right in other areas. No, God says the blessed and highly favored ones are those who patiently continue to do good and share in Christ’s sufferings for it. These folks are UNCOMPROMISING in their faith:😊

Matthew 5:10-12 KJV “BLESSED are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. [11] Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. [12] REJOICE, and BE EXCEEDING GLAD: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”

See who Jesus says have God’s favor? Those who are being treated like garbage because they refuse to compromise in following Jesus’ teachings. If you do not suffer (NEVER EVER) as a Christian your faith needs serious repairing. This is not my opinion. I am simply agreeing with what God’s word says?

2 Timothy 3:12 KJV “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”

ALL who desire to live godly lives in Jesus will suffer persecution the Bible says. So if you NEVER EVER suffer persecution (persecution as a Christian that is) how can you be living a godly life?🤔

THE SUFFERING APOSTLES HAVE GOD’S FAVOR

1 Corinthians 4:9-13 HCSB “For I think God has displayed us, the apostles, in last place, like men condemned to die: We have become a spectacle to the world and to angels and to men. We are fools for Christ, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored! Up to the present hour we are both hungry and thirsty; we are poorly clothed, roughly treated, homeless; we labor, working with our own hands. When we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, WE ENDURE IT; when we are slandered, we respond graciously. Even now, we are like the world’s garbage, like the dirt everyone scrapes off their sandals.”

The apostle Paul was homeless and highly favored.😊 So are many others like him. The Bible says first in the church are the apostles (1 Corinthians 12:28), but they’re not first in the world, they’re last. (Matthew 19:29-30) These Jesus lovers are treated like scum. But they are indeed blessed and highly favored by God because they endure trials patiently, and joyfully:😄


1 Peter 2:19 HCSB “For IT BRINGS FAVOR if, mindful of God’s will, SOMEONE ENDURES GRIEF from suffering unjustly.“


Acts 5:40-42 HCSB “After they called in the apostles and had them flogged, they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus and released them. Then they went out from the presence of the Sanhedrin, REJOICING that they were counted worthy to be dishonored on behalf of the Name. Every day in the temple complex, and in various homes, they continued teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.”

The apostles were flogged, beaten in the worse way for teaching people about Jesus. They were indeed, “Blessed and highly favored,” not because they were persecuted, but because of their attitude in the face of persecution. They did not compromise their faith. After they were badly whipped they went out, “REJOICING that they were counted worthy to be dishonored on behalf of the Name [Jesus].”😊 They knew what their beating meant and focused on that. They knew they were blessed for having direct fellowship with the son of God through sharing in His sufferings. (2 Timothy 2:12 2 Corinthians 4:8-12 2 Corinthians 11:23-27)😊 They remembered and obeyed what Jesus says at Matthew 5:11-12: “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. REJOICE, AND BE EXCEEDING GLAD: for GREAT IS YOUR REWARD IN HEAVEN: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” The apostles were not deterred from their mission. They kept on preaching Jesus is the Messiah in spite of being severely punished for it. How unlike these fake preachers today who shut up (when it comes to the true gospel) and do what they are told.

Will we patiently endure harsh treatment for doing good when God permits it? Let’s be in constant prayer about such things not just for ourselves but for all of our brethren. (Ephesians 6:18) Will we even REJOICE when persecuted for Jesus’ name as He commands us to? Like the apostles did?

James 1:2-4 KJV “My brethren, count it all JOY when ye fall into divers temptations; [3] Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. [4] But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”

James 1:12 KJV “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.”

1 Peter 2:19 HCSB “For IT BRINGS FAVOR if, mindful of God’s will, SOMEONE ENDURES GRIEF from suffering unjustly.“

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