LIFE LESSONS FROM THE BOOK OF MATTHEW 11:6 (Re-edited)
"And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me."
10 KEYS THE WILL HELP YOU AGAINST THE SPIRIT OF OFFENCE
1.Love - your love for God matters a lot . When you are truly in love with someone , even if He (God) doesn't deliver to you your expectations on time . Guess what ? True love sees beyond the offence. Gal 5:6(NIV)"For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.
2.Peace - When offence comes , peace will always stop it . How ? peace is like a door to receiving from God , once you pass the test . see how the book of Job 22:21 puts it "Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee."
3.Joy - Acts like a shield against the spirit of offence . When offence comes , if you have less joy in you , offence can easily overcome you , but a man that is full of joy will express the joy inside of him and give God praise . John 15:11(NASB)""These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full."
4.Scripture says for us to study the word - your ability to apply the word that you have read in scripture will always guide you against the spirit of offence . Why? simple , the knowledge of what you know , is the strength you need to overcome the spirit of offence . prov 24:5"A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength."
5.Prayer - Jesus warned us to always pray , so we would not be easy prey when temptation comes (offence) .Luke 22:46(NIV)""Why are you sleeping?" he asked them. "Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation."
6.Be spiritually sensitive at all times - Always know when you are outside of the Spirit . Why? Offence is always activated when you are walking with your flesh . Key - quickly make a switch into walking in the spirit again . Scripture says it better in Roms 8:6(Amp)"Now the mind of the flesh [which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit] is death [death that comprises all the miseries arising from sin, both here and hereafter]. But the mind of the [Holy] Spirit is life and [soul] peace [both now and forever].
7.Have a forgiving spirit - When you are always quick to forgive a wrong , offence cannot take a hold on you . Why? you are one step ahead .1 Cor 13:5 (NIV) Love "It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs."
8.Fasting and prayer for any believer who wants to keep his/her spiritual life fresh , should engage in fasting at lest ones a week . It keeps your flesh/emotions in check. Paul said it rightly in the book of 1 Cor 9:27(NLT)" discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.
9.Be Anxious for nothing , worry and anxiety will always stir up the spirit of offence . but when you commit it into God's hands in trust ,His peace becomes your anchor in the midst of offence .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.
10. Finally , faith - will quench any fiery dart of offence fired by the enemy .why? Faith believes God 2 Cor 4:17(NLT) "For our recent troubles are small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!", if it is not working something out in our lives , God won't allow it . That is the truth !
"Offence is like a thief waiting at the edge of your breakthrough , say no!"
PRAYER : Father help me to overcome the spirit of offence in Jesus name , Amen.
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