“You are of your father, the devil, and it is your will to practice the lusts and gratify the desires which are characteristics of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a falsehood, he speaks what is natural to him, for he is a liar himself and the father of lies and of all that is false.” (John 8:44)
“And that they may come to their senses and escape out of the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him, henceforth to do his will.” (II Timothy 2:26)
“Put on God’s whole armor that you may be able to successfully stand up against all the strategies and the deceits of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:11)
In days gone by, the primary marketing strategy for companies was door to door sales. These sales people were very high pressure and hard sellers. They had to be to make a living like this. They eventually got the reputation for being hard to get rid of once they got in your house, so people began to just not answer the doorbell when they saw a salesman.
Just recently, I let a vacuum cleaner sales person come in for what I thought would be just a few minutes to demonstrate. Once I let her in, her high pressure sales switch was flipped and I had a hard time getting her out the door! From now on, I won’t let them in again.
The enemy is like this. He whispers words that he knows or believes will trigger a negative response so he can accuse you in the Court of Heaven. I saw this in action just yesterday, when I was eating lunch with my mother. We were just having a good conversation, when this person’ name came into my mind. I have struggled for quite a while against offense with this person so the enemy knows it’s a trigger for me. The awesome thing for me is that I recognized it was the voice of the enemy and NOT my own thought!
This ability to distinguish between your own thoughts and the thoughts of the enemy comes from the level of intimacy you have with God the Father through Jesus Christ. So what do you do when a trigger is fired into your mind? You don’t answer the door! Instead of letting the evil imagination trigger you to speak negative words over that person, let it trigger you to pray for them instead. After a few times of it blowing up in his face, Satan will move on. That’s what he did when he couldn’t get Jesus to open the door to him. He left it alone.
But what if I mess up and let the trigger fire off negative words? Go to God and repent and let the Blood of Jesus cleanse you from all unrighteousness. THEN pray blessings on that person right then. Overcome evil with good.
Jesus said to “do good” to those who hurt and offend you. Doing good has nothing to do with your emotions because emotions change all the time. You can be up one day and down the next emotionally, so don’t let evil thoughts bring condemnation because of the way you FEEL. The best thing you can DO for a person who has hurt you is not to try and interact with them, although, sometimes God will say to reach out, is to PRAY for them. Pray good from your heart . It is a healing balm to the wounds in your soul. Some people don’t want to be reached by you, so leave them alone and move on with God.
TRUTH: As a child of God you are living in the Kingdom of God right now in your every day life. Your eternity with God began when you accepted Jesus into your heart. Being offended is illegal in the Kingdom of God. The standard of TRUTH set forth by God in His Word tells us to love those who hate and hurt us. We MUST forgive from a pure heart of agape LOVE. If we don’t we are outside the Kingdom and have become targets for the enemy. God rules His Kingdom with a rod of iron. There are no “buts” in the Kingdom. There are no grey areas. All behavior and words are measured against the Word of God, so if we want to continue to experience His blessings in our lives, we must do what we have to do to remain holy and pure in heart as He is.
Are you offended at someone today? Has someone deeply wounded you and you can’t seem to get over it? You can get free of it and stay free of it by faith. Here’s what you need to do:
- Go boldly to the Throne of Grace and acknowledge that you are offended at someone and that you know you have sinned. Then repent and ask God to forgive you for allowing this to remain in your heart.
- Then forgive that person to God in prayer by FAITH, not feelings and pray God’s blessings in his or her life. Now you have a clean slate to start with. You are now back in right standing with God and inside the Kingdom!
- The next time the enemy whispers this person’s name to trigger a negative response, recognize that it is NOT your thought and let it trigger you to PRAY instead for that person. It will only take a few times and Satan will flee from this. As time goes on your emotions will line up with your faith towards this person.
God always has a path out of any thicket of sin we step into! Isn’t God good? God has put a high value on you, so don’t think He is mad at you for feeling offended. He doesn’t look at you like that. He looks at you with the eyes of FAITH…Always. He loves you regardless of how you feel about someone. Let His Word set you free today…