This post will be filled with notes and scriptures I have been able to take from a book I have just finished reading regarding the baits of offense, what they are, where we can encounter them and how to overcome them.
the book its self is title “The Bait of Satan” by John Bevere
Satan, along with his cohorts, is not as blatant as many believe. He is subtle and delights in deception. He is shrewd in his operation … Cunning and crafty. Don’t forget he can disguise himself 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 recognise his traps for what they are.
One of his 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. But if we pick it up and consume it and feed on it in our hearts, then we have 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 relationship, betrayal, and backsliding.
Often those who are offended do not realize they are trapped. They are oblivious to their condition because they are so focused on the wrong that was done to them. They are in denial. a
The most effective way for the enemy to blind us is to cause us to focus on ourselves.
Selfishness reigns in our society. Men and Women today look out for themselves to the neglect and hurt of those around them. This should not be a surprise. The bible is very clear that in the last days’ men will be “lovers of themselves” (2 timothy. 3:2).
One way the enemy keeps a person in an offended state is to keep the offense hidden, cloaked with pride. Pride will keep you from admitting your true condition.
Pride keeps you from dealing with truth. It distorts your vision. You never change when you think everything is fine. Pride hardens your heart and dims the eyes of your understanding. It keeps you from the change of heart – repentance – that will set you free. (2 timothy 2:24-26).
Pride causes you to view yourself as a victim. Your attitude becomes, “I was mistreated and misjudged; therefore, I am justified in my behaviour.” because you believe you are innocent and falsely accused, you hold back forgiveness.
Hearts are hardened through the deceitfulness of sin! If we do not deal with an offense, it will produce more fruit of sin, which as bitterness, anger, and resentment.
God refines with afflictions, trials, and tribulation, the heat of which separates impurities such as un-forgiveness, strife, bitterness, anger, envy, and so forth from the character of God in our lives.
Sin easily hides where there is no heat of trials and affliction.
Anoint your eyes with salve, that you may see. (revelation 3:18).
It is the revelation of truth that brings freedom to us.
When the Spirit of God shows us our sin, He always does it in such a way that it seems separates from us. This brings conviction, not condemnation.
And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. Matthew 24:10-13
You need to realize that when you sow the love of God, you will reap the love of God. You need to develop faith in this spiritual law, even though you may not harvest it from the field in which you sowed, or as quickly as you would like.
If I have no expectations about someone, anything given is a blessing and not something owed.
We set ourselves up for offense when we require certain behaviours from those with whom we have relationships. The more we expect, the greater the potential offense.
A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city, and contentions are like the bars of a castle. Proverbs 18:19
We construct walls when we are hurt to safeguard our hearts and prevent any future wounds. We become selective, denying entry to all we fear will hurt us. We filter out anyone we think owes us something. We withhold access until these people have paid their debts in full. We open our lives only to those we believe are on our side.
Without our knowing when it happens, these walls of protection becomes a prison. At that point, we are not only cautious about who comes in, but in terror we cannot venture outside our fortress.
If we don’t risk being hurt, we cannot give unconditional love. Unconditional love gives others the right to hurt us.
Love does not seek its own, but hurt people become more and more self-seeking and self-contained.
Life cannot be sustained if held on to: it must be given freely.
So an offended Christian is one who takes in life but because of fear, cannot release life. As a result, even the life that does come in becomes stagnant within the walls or prison of offense.
Offended people will be able to find scripture passages to back their position, but it is not the correct division of God’s word. The knowledge of God’s word without love is a destructive force because it puffs us up with pride and legalism (1 Corinthians 8:1-3). this causes us to justify ourselves rather than repent of the unforgiveness.
This creates an atmosphere in which we can be deceived, because knowledge without the love of God will lead to deception.
A minister or a Christian is what he lives, not what he preaches.
False prophets will tell people what they want to hear, not what they need to hear.
These people don’t want sound doctrine; they want someone to tickle their ears.
A betrayal in the Kingdom of God comes when a believer seeks his own benefit or protection at the expense of another believer.
When betrayal occurs, the relationship cannot be restored unless genuine repentance follows.
Betrayal then leads to hatred with serious consequences.
The Bible states clearly that anyone who hates his brother is a murderer and that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him (1 john 3:15).
How sad that we can find example after example of offense, betrayal, and hatred among believers today. It is so rampant in our homes and churches that it is considered normal behaviour.
We are too numb to grieve when we see minister taking minister to court. It no longer surprises us when Christian couples sue one another for divorce.
Ministry politics are played at an all-time high. It is disguised as being in the best interest of the kingdom or the church.
“Christians” are protecting their rights, making sure they are not mistreated or taking advantage of by other Christians.
Have we forgotten the exhortation of the new covenant?
Why do you not rather accept wrong? Why do you not rather let yourself be cheated? 1 Corinthians 6:7
Have we forgotten the command of God?
Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Philippians 2:3
We can no longer confidently commit our care to God when we are trying to care for ourselves.
When Jesus was wronged, He did not wrong in return but committed His soul to God, who would judge righteously. We are admonished to follow His steps.
1 peter 2:21-23
Offense can eventually lead to death. But when you resist the temptation to be offended, God brings great victory.
I highly recommend this book to purchase to everyone, to me its purpose is not only to inform but to restore how walk, faith in God, every day there is offense, everyday there is trials and test but with all of that being around does not mean that God is not present, may we truly live a life that serves Him and allow no space for us to fall into Satan’s trap, as we are free let us all truly live that life of freedom in His grace that truly reigns. there is so much more notes i was able to acquire but i would rather prefer you read the book yourself and receive your own notes and revelation through it.
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It is also on ibook and kindle for those who like to use tablets or phones.
God Bless you.
Pray for each other for we are fighting not against each other but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.