The issue of offense is the very core of "The Bait of Satan!" It is often the most difficult obstacle an individual must face and overcome. John Bevere writes:
'The disciples of Jesus witnessed many great and notable miracle.They watched in am amazement as blind eyes were opened and the dead were raised. They heard Jesus command a life-threatening storm to stillness. They saw thousands fed by the miracles and wonders was so inexhaustible that, according to the Bible, the world of books could not contain it. " Never before had mankind witnessed the miraculous hand of God in such an overwhelming and tangible way. Amazed and awed as the disciples were, it was not these miracles that pushed them to the brink of doubt. No, that challenge would come later toward the end of Jesus's earthly ministry. Jesus had instructed His disciples, "If your brother sins against you..seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying."I repent,' you shall forgive him, "Their immediate response to Him was, "Increase our faith" (Luke 17:3-5).
In other words, they were saying, that is a hard saying, talk to the hand, because the ear and the mind is having some difficulty computing that! Lol.
The miracles had not inspired a cry for greater faith, or for the raising of the dead, or for a calmed sea; but the simple command to forgive those who have wronged you!" Jesus said, "It is impossible that no offenses should come" (Luke 17:1). It is not a question or opportunity to be offended, but what your response will be when it occurs. It is an unfortunate fact that, not some, but many in the Body of Christ are offended and held captive! Anyone who has trapped or hunted animals knows a trap needs one of two things to be successful. It must be hidden, in hope that an animal will stumble upon it, and it must be baited to lure the animal into the traps deadly jaws.
Satan, is the enemy of our souls. he is the accuser of the brethren.according to the Word of God. (Revelations 12:10). He uses both of these strategies as he lays outy his most deceptive and deadly traps, which are both hidden and baited. Satan, along with his imps and demons, is not as blatant as many believe. He is very strategic and subtle because he delights in deception and perception. He is shrewd in his operations....cunning and crafty as the saying goes. "Like a fox." Don't forget he can make himself appear as a messenger of light. If we are not trained by the Word of God to divide rightly between good and evil, we won't recognize all of his trappings. He won't look or appear to us like a "wolf in sheep's clothing." There are those who labor among us, pray for us, pray with us, minister and prophesy to us or about us, who the Apostle Paul calls some of these individuals: "Enemies of the Cross." They hate Jesus and they hate anyone that represents Him.
One of the most deceptive and insidious kinds of bait is something every Christian has encountered-offense. Actually, offense itself is not deadly- if it stays in the trap, according to Bevere. but if we pick it up and consume it and feed on it in our hearts, then we have become offended. I often call that: "Nursing and Rehearsing." We fail to let the offense go, and we regurgitate and chew on it, and talk about it, bring it up to others who will listen, again and again!
When we pick up offenses and nurse and rehearse them, it gets into our hearts, then we become offended. Offended people produce much fruit, such as hurt, anger, outrage, jealousy, resentment, strife, bitterness, hatred and envy. Some of the consequences of picking up an offense are insults, attacks, wounding, division, separation, broken relationships, betrayal, and backsliding!
Often those who are offended do not even realize they are trapped! They are oblivious to their condition because they are so focused on the wrong done to them!Tthey are in denial. The most effective way for the enemy to blind us to the truth is to have us to focus on ourselves. I know what I am talking about because I lived trapped in the spirit of offense for years. I felt like the victim. It was everybody's fault but mine. I have fought spiritually and intentionally to stay free from the spirit of offense! When I feel satan trying to take me back to hurtful incidents from my past, I purposely try to pray and remember that I have forgiven myself and the individual who I was holding captive, whom I believed owed me an apology. For many years I refused to let people off the hook. But today, I am trying to live in the liberty in which Christ has made me free.
I believe this book will help me to pin point areas where I am still on the fringes of being offended.It will expose self, pride, false humility, un-forgiveness, etc. I hope to be able to share this journey with you, as I read, journal, pray, cry, say, "Ouch that Hurts," to the truth.tthis book is written to expose the deadly trap and reveals how to escape its grip and stay free from it. Freedom from offense is essential for every Christian because Jesus said, "It is impossible to live this life and not have the opportunity to be offended."
So stay tuned as I walk further into the light of His Word through this spirit awakening book.
Have a Blessed Day and:
Don't Forget To Say Your Prayers!