Scriptures are from the King James Bible.
Nothing goes on that escapes our Lord's radar. Our enemies are on assignment. Satan works in a controlled environment. GOD controls the environment.
Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above:...
When our Lord gives our enemies power over us, when we abide in our Lord intimately, persecution works to our advantage. It is used to strengthen us, to purge us, to prepare us, to equip us, and definitely to prove to us and to the devil that though he fights us, he cannot win. It's impossible to fight against GOD and win.
Truth be told, we need persecution to become holy soldiers and warriors in the army of GOD. The Word of GOD instructs us to count it all joy, to be of good cheer, and to think it not strange. It is for the scriptures to be fulfilled. GOD shows on through us when we conduct ourselves victoriously in the midst of all the wickedness of Satan. Satan shows off. GOD shows on and shines through us with His most High glory.
This is a great opportunity to extend thanks to those who oppose us. We need to pray for them, of course, to forsake their perverted and deceived lives. It's fitting to be thankful because what Satan uses them to do aids in our development in our Lord for His holy purposes. GOD is the MASTER of it all - forever.
The Holy Spirit led JESUS into the wilderness.
And JESUS being full of he Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness.
GOD hardened Pharaoh's heart because GOD always has a MASTER plan. Pharaoh foolishly believed that he was on top of the situations. In truth, GOD used Pharaoh's hard heart to show undeniable proof that GOD is Most High and always on top of it all. Even some of Pharaoh's servants recognized that Pharaoh was a deceived fool.
Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh, This is the finger of God:...
He that feared the word of the Lord among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and cattle flee into the houses.
And Pharaoh's servants said unto him, How long shall this man be a snare unto us? let the men go, that they may serve the Lord their God: knowest though not yet that Egypt is destroyed?
Also, we read in Exodus 6:12 about Pharaoh's magicians, "For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods."
2 Corinthians 12:9, 10
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
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