This past week, we completed the “Bait of Satan” bible study in our Sister Knot classes. I’d say that this last lesson was really an eye-opener for me.
I won’t pretend that as one of the leaders of the bible study I’m above being offended because that would be pointless. Even as the teacher of the class, I had let some offense in and it had taken a pretty firm grip on me. I remember preparing for this lesson and telling God how much of a hypocrite I felt like because I was holding on to an offense and I was supposed to be preparing this lesson on how not to let offense take a hold of you. So I stopped and prayed and asked God to help me see where I could let it go and not pick it up again.
Enter our video lesson. The video covered “Escaping the Trap” of revenge. (For those of you that haven’t studied this and plan to this summer, I promise I’m not going to ruin the study for you with this blog!) John Bevere compared physical exercise with spiritual exercise. He said that just like we exercise our physical bodies daily (or however often or not often you do that), we need to do the same with our spiritual exercise. He said that when we don’t have regular spiritual exercise, we open ourselves up to become easily offended.
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Did you get that? Here, let me say it again…”when we don’t have regular spiritual exercise (reading God’s Word, praying, worshiping, etc.), we open ourselves up to become easily offended.” Thank you God for making that abundantly clear…apparently that is EXACTLY what I needed!
I read God’s Word, I pray, I attend church regularly and I listen to Christian music and praise and worship music. But, when I let life get in the way, it can be hard to get back on track. And that’s exactly where the devil wants us to be…living life without God having a firm presence in our lives! John Bevere shared some scriptures on how to become spiritually fit and how to use these every day so the devil can’t get a foothold in our life. Let me share a few of them with you…
Psalm 34:14: “Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace and work to maintain it.”
Matthew 6:16-18: “And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get. But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face. Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.”
Ephesians 4:26-27: “And do not sin by letting anger control you. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.”
Ephesians 6:18: “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”
Ephesians 6:11-17: “Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
These are just a few examples of how we can be spiritually fit…seek peace, fast, deal with anger quickly, pray without ceasing and put on the full armor of God.
This lesson really helped me in the fight against being offended. Luke 17:1 says, “It is impossible that no offense should come…” but at least now I have my weapons to help fight against becoming offended.
When you feel yourself becoming easily irritated and frustrated, seek God immediately! I know I will.