When the Lord God has plans for His people, the evil one may try to counteract them, but it will only be for a short time, until God is victorious. People’s hearts may be corrupted because of the devil and his deceits, but it has no match to God and His people that trust in Him. God’s people will always want to continue in prayer and worship to Him, no matter how much bondage this world may try to put upon them. Laws and other strongholds may try to stop the movement of the Christian people, but in their zeal to serve and honor their God, their prayers to God will continue forth unceasingly until God steps in and takes charge of the evil situation at hand. As in times past, He still warns the wicked people with His faithful messengers and when they do not listen, His wrath is poured down upon them in different ways. This is made known, not just because I’ve seen God work in this way now, but because He has always done these things in this like manner since the beginning. Looking at the children of Israel, who were made slaves by the Egyptian Pharaoh, there cries were heard and therefore, God sent Moses and Aaron to rescue them. And until the Pharaoh would let God’s people go, he and the other Egyptians would have plagues from God put upon them. This was done so that the people would 1“know that there is none like unto the Lord our God.” (Exodus 8:10)
In the story of Moses, the magicians tried to mimic all of God’s plagues upon the Egyptian people, however, it came to a point where they knew that it was God’s hand working these plagues. It was after they failed to also bring forth lice upon people, that they realized that they could only do so much, where God was capable of all things. So 1“the magicians said unto Pharaoh, This is the finger of God: and Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he hearkened not unto them; as the Lord had said.” (Exodus 8:19) As you can see, the Pharaoh still didn’t care. Therefore the flies took over people’s houses, by the hand of God. It got so bad that the 1“Pharaoh called for Moses and for Aaron, and said, Go ye, sacrifice to your God in the land.” (Exodus 8:25) It seemed to them that the Pharaoh had enough of the plagues, so they agreed to go and make sacrifices to God, of which He then got rid of the fly problem all together. This seemed fine, but it was like other times, that when the problem was gone, the Pharaoh’s heart was hardened again. He would not get rid of God’s people that easy. This is the same way Satan works in people’s life’s. Once he has a hold of them, it is hard to break free. However, much like God’s people do, if these lost people would give their lives to Jesus, then every chain would be broken. We don’t have to suffer in life as long as God is with us.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that people will no longer suffer because of sin and the strongholds of the devil. He may have a hold of them now, but all this can be broken, as You come into their lives and set the lost souls free. As I’ve learned, it only takes a humble heart to become brand new, even overnight, because of Your mighty power. We may be weak to the things of the flesh, but in Your Spirit we are made strong to deflect the temptations of the evil one. What once had power over us is of the past, as long as we continue to seek You and do Your will. Every chain of addiction is broken, as lives that were once lost due to pornography, homosexuality, fornication, adultery, drinking and drugs, are no more. As You have put in me a clean heart, every person that once was wicked is purified in Your blood. Thank You Jesus for rescuing me and all the other lost souls that have made rest in Your presence. I had no way out of this darkness, but your light came over me and gave me hope. I have a new direction to follow, because of Your Words in the Bible and my prayer time with You, God. My sights have been set upon Your will and nothing else is able to come before it. Thank You for Your counsel, for I truly need it, in order to be on Your righteous path and be set apart from the world. It is not my desire to fit in with the people of this world but to stand apart. I wish to raise Your light, that all may know You, Lord, the one true God of the heavens and the earth. I pray that people of all ages will repent and give their lives to You, starting today. Then, will less people be condemned to hell and more people be blessed to go to heaven. This is my prayer Lord. I love You, Jesus. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.
1Exodus 8 (KJV)
1 And the Lord spake unto Moses, Go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Let my people go, that they may serve me.
2 And if thou refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all thy borders with frogs:
3 And the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into thine house, and into thy bedchamber, and upon thy bed, and into the house of thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thine ovens, and into thy kneadingtroughs:
4 And the frogs shall come up both on thee, and upon thy people, and upon all thy servants.
5 And the Lord spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch forth thine hand with thy rod over the streams, over the rivers, and over the ponds, and cause frogs to come up upon the land of Egypt.
6 And Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt; and the frogs came up, and covered the land of Egypt.
7 And the magicians did so with their enchantments, and brought up frogs upon the land of Egypt.
8 Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, Intreat the Lord, that he may take away the frogs from me, and from my people; and I will let the people go, that they may do sacrifice unto the Lord.
9 And Moses said unto Pharaoh, Glory over me: when shall I intreat for thee, and for thy servants, and for thy people, to destroy the frogs from thee and thy houses, that they may remain in the river only?
10 And he said, To morrow. And he said, Be it according to thy word: that thou mayest know that there is none like unto the Lord our God.
11 And the frogs shall depart from thee, and from thy houses, and from thy servants, and from thy people; they shall remain in the river only.
12 And Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh: and Moses cried unto the Lord because of the frogs which he had brought against Pharaoh.
13 And the Lord did according to the word of Moses; and the frogs died out of the houses, out of the villages, and out of the fields.
14 And they gathered them together upon heaps: and the land stank.
15 But when Pharaoh saw that there was respite, he hardened his heart, and hearkened not unto them; as the Lord had said.
16 And the Lord said unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch out thy rod, and smite the dust of the land, that it may become lice throughout all the land of Egypt.
17 And they did so; for Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod, and smote the dust of the earth, and it became lice in man, and in beast; all the dust of the land became lice throughout all the land of Egypt.
18 And the magicians did so with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not: so there were lice upon man, and upon beast.
19 Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh, This is the finger of God: and Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he hearkened not unto them; as the Lord had said.
20 And the Lord said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh; lo, he cometh forth to the water; and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Let my people go, that they may serve me.
21 Else, if thou wilt not let my people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies upon thee, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thy houses: and the houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground whereon they are.
22 And I will sever in that day the land of Goshen, in which my people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall be there; to the end thou mayest know that I am the Lord in the midst of the earth.
23 And I will put a division between my people and thy people: to morrow shall this sign be.
24 And the Lord did so; and there came a grievous swarm of flies into the house of Pharaoh, and into his servants’ houses, and into all the land of Egypt: the land was corrupted by reason of the swarm of flies.
25 And Pharaoh called for Moses and for Aaron, and said, Go ye, sacrifice to your God in the land.
26 And Moses said, It is not meet so to do; for we shall sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians to the Lord our God: lo, shall we sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians before their eyes, and will they not stone us?
27 We will go three days’ journey into the wilderness, and sacrifice to the Lord our God, as he shall command us.
28 And Pharaoh said, I will let you go, that ye may sacrifice to the Lord your God in the wilderness; only ye shall not go very far away: intreat for me.
29 And Moses said, Behold, I go out from thee, and I will intreat the Lord that the swarms of flies may depart from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people, to morrow: but let not Pharaoh deal deceitfully any more in not letting the people go to sacrifice to the Lord.
30 And Moses went out from Pharaoh, and intreated the Lord.
31 And the Lord did according to the word of Moses; and he removed the swarms of flies from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people; there remained not one.
32 And Pharaoh hardened his heart at this time also, neither would he let the people go.