LIFE LESSONS FROM THE BOOK OF LUKE 7:23(Re -edited)
"And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me."
10 KEYS - LIVING ABOVE OFFENCE
1. Let the word of God dwell richly in your spirit . why? God created man a spirit being and gave us his word as our spiritual food . the more you feed on the word the richer your spirit becomes .So anytime , the temptation to become offended comes , guess what happens ? The word springs out of you like a shield and puts off the fiery darts of the offence . Eph 6:16(NIV)"In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one."
2.The joy of your expectations - when you walk constantly in joy , is like walking on water (the offence) to meet Jesus . How do you throw arrows of offence against someone whose spirit is already full of joy . (John 15:11) Am not saying is easy to do , but when you know this is what you ought to do to step above it , it becomes easy .Key- the joy of the lord is our strength (Neh 8:10) we become easily offended when our strength is weak . prov 24:10"If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small."
3. I share my testimony to encourage you , I use to be easily offended in the past , but as I grew up spiritually , I prayed to the lord to give me a remedy for the offence and I was led to ask him , that anytime the offence comes , he should make me laugh. would you believe , He answered me !Pray and ask him for the grace not to be offended . pray it sincerely from your heart and I tell you , you would be amazed at the level of calmness that will always come upon you whenever an offence comes. Phil 4:6,7(Amp)"Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition ([definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."
4.Live a life of thanksgiving - A man that appreciates God always for the good things he has done , will always see more good things happen in his life . 1 Peter 3:10 "For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:"
5. Remembering the blessing and not the offence , keeps you above always . If I know I am going to be blessed for it , I rather remind God of the blessing , than taking the offence as my reward . Zech 9:12b(NLT)"I promise this very day that I will repay two blessings for each of your troubles."
6.Whenever offence comes , God speaks . be patient and listen for that still small voice . And when God speaks , better be sure is good news . 1 Kings 19:12(NIV)"After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper."
7.Offence normally comes to steal and rob you of your blessings . From experience I have learnt God sends his Angels to bless us every now and then every day, and I have come to realise too , that at that point , the demons are also on stand by to see that you don't get it . watch it . Key- learn to always hold your peace and receive that which is coming . Job 22:21"Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee."
8. God is the father of all comfort - He is the only one that can give you that needed comfort at the time of the offence . So talk to him first and fret not .2 cor 1:3 (NLT)"All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. "
9.Be a master of your thoughts . Offence comes as a thought , and it is within your power to reject that thought or accept it . Reject it and deliberately think on things that are lovely , truthful , beautiful and good and in no time , you will find yourself smiling again . Amen. Phil 4:8(Amp)"And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. "
10.Walk away from the offence - most times we are tempted to stay there . the atmosphere you create matters a lot . change scenery . go to another room , create a new atmosphere for your self . call a funny friend . deliberately change it . Jesus walked away .Luke 4:30(NIV)"But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way."
Offence Quote :
Of fence is like a man standing in front of your door of blessing , smile at him and open your door " Anthony Daniel Oritse -buwawa.
PRAYER : Father help me to live a life , that is above offence in Jesus name , Amen.
you will make it !