"But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew."(Exodus 1:12a)
"They multiplied and grew". I'm glad the Bible is a sure Word of prophesy that describes my future. I'm thrilled about the fact that "If God be for us, who can be against us". It doesn't say that people won't come against us or criticize us, it just won't do them any good. In spite of whatever comes against us we will multiply and grow!! "The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways."(Deuteronomy 28:7) It really doesn't matter who or what comes against you, it's just a matter of time until you are delivered from whatever or whomever satan is using to annoy you. I find it amazing that the more this verse comes true in my life, the more the devil is annoyed. There are several things you can count on, one of them is human nature. Human nature is basically a fleshly religious system in itself. Adam and Eve were religious in their behavioral patterns and there was no religion, no churches, no preachers, etc... The one thing you can do that you won't be forgiven for, by people, is be blessed and successful in your ministry or life or anything for that matter. People will forgive you for every sin in the book but don't dare be successful at what you do. The more bricks the Israelites made, the more it disturbed the taskmasters of their bondage. God doesn't want us to fail, He wants us to accomplish His purpose in the earth, which with His blessings we can. We the People of God are growing, multiplying and His Kingdom is spreading all over the world. God loved the world and gave His Son, Jesus Christ for it, He has plans for you. The more the prison system pressed down on God's people in the book of Exodus, the more they expanded on the horizon. I would strongly suggest that you not afflict any one simply because you don't understand them or because of your jealousy of them because the more you do, the more God will bless them. The afflictions of the taskmasters just caused God's people to flourish, your criticism is just like throwing gas on a fire. God comes the aid of His Anointed and Blesses them whether you approve or not. "The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee."(Deuteronomy 28:8). Blessed we are and Blessed we shall be!!!
Scott L. Boatner