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Summary: People go to Egypt mainly because of ignorance, unbelief or pressure from others.

Isaiah 19:3-4,14: And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst thereof; and I will destroy the counsel thereof: and they shall seek to the idols, and to the charmers, and to them that have familiar spirits, and to the wizards. And the Egyptians will I give over into the hand of a cruel lord; and a fierce king shall rule over them, saith the Lord, the Lord of hosts. The Lord hath mingled a perverse spirit in the midst thereof: and they have caused Egypt to err in every work thereof, as a drunken man staggereth in his vomit.

Isaiah 31:1: Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the Lord!

The Bible shows us that help can be found in Egypt but it is against the help obtained from the Almighty God- the Holy One of Israel and it is different from seeking the Lord. Egypt signifies bondage and worldliness.

Whilst the Israelites were there, they were slaves, even though they had food to eat and drink, and they had shelter, even though they worked hard to earn their living.

Difficult situations and circumstances are a part of life. No human being can ever be useful without overcoming some obstacles. Olden - day - saints used to say: “There is no crown without a cross.” That is, for you to win a crown, you have to carry a cross.

To get to the Promised land, you have to go through the wilderness, pass through thorns and thistles, mountains and valleys, overcome Amalekites, Amorites, Hitites, Goliaths, etc.

However, it is certain that no matter how tough a situation is, it won’t last; if one knows what to do.

Elisha had a problem: he knew that his master Elijah was going away, and for him to do exploits, he needed power. As they were going on a journey, Elijah asked him to stay in Gilgal; but he refused. They got to Jericho, he asked him to stay, and he refused, they got to Jordan and crossed over after Elijah divided it with his mantle This was an examination for Elisha and he passed. The final stage was for him to see Elijah depart and he saw the chariots of heaven.

Psalm 34:19-22: Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. [20] He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken. [21] Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate. [22] The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.

The Bible makes us to know that the righteous could have afflictions and they could actually be many; but the Lord will deliver him from them ALL He will keep all his bones and not one will be broken but evil shall slay the wicked.

There will surely be oppositions, obstacles, problems, adversities, attacks, contrary views, people will gather against you but the Bible says there shall be deliverance.

A sister was praying the prayer points under the message: Prayers of the Psalmist.” She prayed them from 12 midnight till 3 am. She said as she was praying, she felt a touch on her shoulder but she looked round and did not see anyone. Immediately, she felt a great heat all over her. She did not give up; rather, she intensified her aggression until she finished all the prayers.The following day, she came to ask me what it meant and I told her that if a convict has been kept in the custody of a policeman, he will make sure that the convict does not escape. If the convict makes any attempt to break loose, the policeman will tighten his grip on him because he does not want to be held responsible for any mistake.

The same thing applies to any man or woman, who is in bondage, under the custody of a family strongman. If the man or woman prays aggressive prayers that touch the bondage, the strongman would want to tighten his grip on the person. The person too should get more aggressive and not give up, otherwise, the strongman will gain all the grounds. The Bible says: “They shall fight against you but they shall not prevail.”

The trouble is this: many people like to be pampered; many parents pamper their children into failure. What will make a person great sometimes, is the very thing that hinders him or her. When there is an obstacle to face, and he wakes up and starts to fight, he will start moving forward.

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