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Setting a Trap

Two things needed to set a successful trap
Desguising or hiding it
An alluring bait
Baiting my cat trap
Satan uses both of these strategies to entrap people
He and his cohorts are cunning and resourceful
He disguises himself as an angel of light
We need to be trained by the Word of God and sensitive to the Holy Spirit to discern between good and evil. To recognize his traps for what they are.
One of the most deceptive, alluring and insidious baits that satan uses to entrap people is something we all experience, and will continue to encounter - Offense
Luke 17:1 NKJV
Then He said to the disciples, “It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come!
Greek word Skandelon - a trap, probably of the type which has a stick which when touched by an animal causes the trap to shut; cause for stumbling
Greek word Skandelon - a trap, probably of the type which has a stick which when touched by an animal causes the trap to shut; cause for stumbling
Skandelon - a trap, probably of the type which has a stick which when touched by an animal causes the trap to shut
Offended people often don’t even know they are trapped.
Some of the fruits displayed from the trap of offense are hurt, anger outrage, jealousy, resentment, strife bitterness, hatred and envy. The fruit often presents itself in insults, attacks, wounding, division, separation broken relationships, betrayal, and backsliding.
Many people (Christians) don’t even know
People carrying offense become oblivious to their condition because so focused on the wrong that was done to them. They often are in denial
The most effective way for the enemy to blind us is to get us to focus on ourselves.
Pastors often lose people when they talk about offense because they know forgiveness is required by God, and they do not want to deal with the offense in their life = They are trapped!
John Bevere wrote BAit of satan after observing all across the nation the effect of believers entrapped by offense.
Many are unable to function properly in their calling due to wounds and hurts in their lives. they are handicapped and hindered
2 Timothy 2:24–26 NKJV
And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.
2 Timothy 2:22–26 NKJV
Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.
2 Timothy 2:24–26 NKJV
And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.
Those who are quarreling, dividing, in opposition fall into a trap and are held captive to do the enemy’s bidding.
2 tim 2
Those who are quarreling, dividing, in opposition fall into a trap and are held captive to do the enemy’s bidding.
2 Tim
Often fellow believers are the ones who have hurt and offended them.
Psalm 55:12–14 NKJV
For it is not an enemy who reproaches me; Then I could bear it. Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me; Then I could hide from him. But it was you, a man my equal, My companion and my acquaintance. We took sweet counsel together, And walked to the house of God in the throng.
People we sang with, served next to, were led by, counselled by. Maybe a spouse or child, mother or father. Those we grew up with, confided in.
Assistant mgr
The closer the relationship, the greater the hurt, and the more severe the offense.
The possibilities for offense are as endless as the list of relationships,
Two types of offense
Those who have been treated unjustly
Hurting people hurt people
Those who believe they have been treated unjustly
Often Conclusions from inaccurate info, or accurate info with a distorted conclusion
They judge by assumption, appearance or hearsay
Story: A man named Jack was driving on a dark country road one night when he got a flat tire. He saw a cabin in the woods and began to walk towards it. He told himself that the person who answered the door would be angry and irritated for the interruption. In fact, the person would probably harm him. He was probably a truly terrible person. Who else would live out in the woods away from people? Jack convinced himself that the person who lived in the cabin was a menace to society, so when the door opened, Jack punched the man in the nose and ran away.
Point: We take situations and replay them in our minds. We have conversations in our heads with people, and build a case against them, though we don’t really know what they are thinking. We tend to “nurse, curse, and rehearse” stories like Jack. What things do you play in your heard all day? What are you meditating on? Get rid of the “oppressed and wretched” forecasts!
Point: We take situations and replay them in our minds. We have conversations in our heads with people, and build a case against them, though we don’t really know what they are thinking. We tend to “nurse, curse, and rehearse” stories like Jack. What things do you play in your heard all day? What are you meditating on? Get rid of the “oppressed and wretched” forecasts!
Point: We take situations and replay them in our minds. We have conversations in our heads with people, and build a case against them, though we don’t really know what they are thinking. We tend to “nurse, curse, and rehearse” stories like Jack. What things do you play in your heard all day? What are you meditating on? Get rid of the “oppressed and wretched” forecasts!
Point: We take situations and replay them in our minds. We have conversations in our heads with people, and build a case against them, though we don’t really know what they are thinking. We tend to “nurse, curse, and rehearse” stories like Jack. What things do you play in your heard all day? What are you meditating on? Get rid of the “oppressed and wretched” forecasts!
Either way offended people hurt
Either way they hurt

Hearts true condition

One way the enemy keeps us offended is by hiding the offense in our heart, cloak it with pride. Pride keeps us from dealing with an offended heart.
Congregation member who says they have forgiven, but continue to recount the offense
Offense toward and assistant mgr. Asked I cloak it.
Can’t repent (change my thinking) until I recognize the truth (problem) (sin)
Pride causes us to think of ourselves as a victim : “I am a victim, therefore I am justified” You believe you are innocent and therefore hold back forgiveness
Your pride can hide your condition, but not from God. Just because you were mistreated you do not have permission to hold on to an offense.
Whatever wrong was done to a human being, it will never equal the wrongs suffered and forgiven by God.

Solution - Refining fire

Revelation 3:14–20 NKJV
“And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked—I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.
Rev 3
Buy gold refined in fire
Gold refined in fire is soft and pliable
Metals in unrefined gold (iron, copper, nickel, etc) make it hard and corrosive
Pure heart is like pure gold - soft and pliable, free from impurities
If we do not deal with offense, it will produce more fruit of sin (bitterness, anger, resentment, hatred). This reduces or removes tenderness, producing a loss of sensitivity. We are hindered in our ability to hear the Holy Spirit
1 Peter 1:6–7 NKJV
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,
John Bevere - There was a time in my life when I went through intense trials such as I had never faced before. I became rude and harsh with those closest to me, My family and friends began to avoid me. I cried out to the Lord, Where is all this anger coming from? It wasn’t there before?” the Lord responded, “Son, it is when they liquefy gold to fire that the impurities show up.” He then asked a question that changed my life. “Can you see the impurities in gold before it is put in the fire?” No I answered. “But that doesn’t mean they were not there.” He said. “When the fire of trials hit you , these impurities surfaced. Thought hidden to you they were always visible to Me. so now you have a choice that will determine your future. You can remain angry blaming your wife, friends, pastor, and the people you work with or you can see this dross of sin for what it is and repent, receive forgiveness, and I will take my ladle and remove these impurities from your life”.
Jesus said our ability to see correctly is another key to being freed from deception.
When offended we see ourselves as victims and blame others. We blame others and carry bitterness, unforgiveness, anger , envy resentment.
Jesus counselled that “we anoint our eyes with eye salve, that we may see”
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you see: If He knows you have an issue with offense, he will always deal with you through conviction, not condemnation.
Conviction is a state of being convinced of error, or a strong persuasion or belief
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