by Johnny Hunt

Satanic Opposition vs. Spirit Power
Johnny Hunt
Acts 16:16-24
March 26, 2006

INTRODUCTION: No sooner are lost people saved then Satan begins to hinder the work. It is so apparent that the work of the Lord progresses through difficulties and challenges. Sometimes the workers have problems with each other, and sometimes the problems come from the outside. Acts 16 carries the record of the Lord changing different people with different experiences, and yet all of them changed by the grace of God.

The sixteenth chapter of Acts records yet another illustration of God's turning bad circumstances into spiritual victory. Falsely accused, savagely beaten, and unjustly imprisoned, Paul and Silas saw God use those circumstances to bring salvation to an entire household.

Persecution is something God's people have always had to undergo throughout the centuries. A very reassuring aspect of God's sovereign rule over the universe is His ability to bring good results out of bad circumstances. That is especially true when His people undergo persecution.

Romans 8:28. "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."

Sold into slavery in Egypt by his jealous brothers, Joseph rose to prominence in Pharaoh's court. In that exalted position, he was able to provide for his father and brothers during the ensuing famine.
Genesis 45:5-8. "But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. For these two years the famine has been in the land, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt."

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