January 19, 2011
“8Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt. 9 ‘Look,’ he said to his people, ‘the Israelites have become far too numerous for us. 10 Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.”
“11 So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh. 12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites 13 and worked them ruthlessly. 14 They made their lives bitter with harsh labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their harsh labor the Egyptians worked them ruthlessly.” (Exodus 1:8-14)
Storms will always come our way! In these verses, we see the people of Israel prospering and doing well. For four-hundred years, they lived at peace and harmony. They were still enjoying the blessings of the memory of Joseph. However, the Bible tells us, a new king came to power that did not know anything about Joseph and what he did for Egypt.
There is a place in our walk where the devil starts noticing who we are as we become a threat to him and his kingdom. So the enemy comes at us with oppression and he makes sure that he throws everything he can at us to make our lives miserable. However, notice in verse twelve, “But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread…” As long as we stay focus on God, there is no demon in hell that can take our blessing away! Has the enemy already noticed you? Is he throwing things at you left and right? I want to remind you that in the midst of your oppression, God is able; in the midst of your oppression, you can continue to be fruitful. No demon in hell can stop you from receiving God’s favor.