Don’t look now, but there’s a lion look-alike hot on your trail.
I know he’s not a real lion because the genuine article doesn’t set traps for his prey. This one does. He goes about “like” a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”
What is his bait?
If he can get you offended, you’re on your way to becoming his dinner.
Check this out:
In Luke 17:1, Jesus said, “It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come.”
So what does this so-called lion use as bait?
“It is not an enemy who taunts me – I could bear that. It is not my foes who so arrogantly insult me – I could have hidden from them. Instead, it is you – my equal, my companion and close friend. What good fellowship we once enjoyed as we walked together to the house of God.” (Psalm 55:12-14 NLT)
Other sheep, that’s what he uses.
The end result:
“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.” Matthew 24:10-12
It is easy to forget that we don’t fight against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Their ring leader wants to steal, and kill, and destroy us. Did you know he also has a will for our lives? You can bet that’s not going anywhere good.
He wants us “in him” – not “in Christ.” In the end we’ll become a steaming pile of “wannabe-lion poo.” Is that really what we want?
Our fight isn’t with flesh-and-blood people
…although they may be the “front man” – and are rarely aware that they are being used by the enemy.
Divorce, ended friendships, church splits; these begin with one party or the other being offended. Without an understanding of what’s going on behind the scenes, or any tools to work with, the “right” thing to do seems to dust off one’s shoes and move on.
I dare say this is a huge issue in the Christian community today. People are leaving the church in droves because of offense.
The question we must ask when the opportunity to be offended is, “Who will benefit most if I take this bait? God? Me? The other party? or my enemy?”
I want to run the race well, and arrive worn out and used up, exclaiming, “What a ride!” This will not happen if I allow myself to be taken captive by the enemy of my soul.
“But, I’ve already been offended. I’ve got bitterness, anger, and unforgiveness – you don’t know what they did! I have a right to feel the way I do,” you may be thinking. I understand that line of thinking – I’ve been there for many years, and for “good” reason. There isn’t room to address this here, so I would like to recommend a resource that will help you through the process of healing – and possibly restoration.
There is a 12-week study by John Bevere entitled, “The Bait of Satan.” This study has a book, and a workbook. If you’ve been offended, you’ll need both. The book will give you understanding. The workbook is where healing comes. (A DVD series is also available.)
Here’s a quote by John Bevere:
“When you make the decision that you are going to go with God, the flow of the world is contrary to the flow of the Kingdom, and you’re going to meet up with resistance and opposition.
How you handle that resistance and opposition will determine your future because God’s Word, His promise, will always come to pass as long as you don’t get offended.”
(Bait of Satan, Session 2)
The bottom line is this: We can get free, and stay free from offense, or we can go on as we have…
…and become “wannabe-lion poo.”