Although we hate Satan, God continues to use him….We see from such portions of the Word as Revelation 12 and the book of Job that Satan has access to God’s presence in heaven. If we were God, we would use our power to immediately cast Satan into the lake of fire. At the very least, we would force him to stay out of heaven. God’s way, however, is higher than ours. According to His way, He uses Satan for the accomplishment of His own purpose. In the same principle, God used Pharaoh for His glory, hardening his heart and the hearts of the Egyptians (Exodus 14:8, 17).
Baptism requires faith [Hebrews 11:29; Colossians 2:12]….The children of Israel needed faith in order to cross the Red Sea. At first, however, they had no faith at all. Seeing a mass of water in front of them and the Egyptian army behind them, they cried out to the Lord and complained to Moses: “Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you done this to us, bringing us out of Egypt?” (Exodus 14:11). Although the people had no faith, faith came when God came in to speak a word. The Lord was not angry with the people for their lack of faith, even though they had just witnessed His mighty and miraculous acts in Egypt. To Moses, who as a human was no doubt troubled by the situation, the Lord said, “Why do you cry out to Me? Tell the children of Israel to move forward. And you, lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea, and divide it; and the children of Israel shall go into the midst of the sea on dry ground” (14:15-16). When Moses received this word from the Lord, the children of Israel spontaneously had the faith to cross the Red Sea. (Witness Lee, Life-study of Exodus, msg. 29)