Monday, March 13
Then He said to the disciples, “It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come!
Are you trapped? Is there something keeping you from operating in complete freedom? That is exactly what an offense does. An offense is a trap set to ensnare you and keep you from experiencing true freedom. Sadly, many Christians have operated with offenses for so long that they don’t even realize they’re offended anymore. But who sets these traps? Your enemy, the devil, of course. Obviously, you would never deliberately walk into a trap, but the devil baits it by getting you believing that your rights have been violated and that you’re a victim. If you fall into this line of thinking then you easily take that bait. Life will bring you every opportunity to take on an offense…you must choose not to. Your freedom to be everything God has called you to be is at stake. Choose freedom today, be on the look out for areas in which the enemy may try to bait you…and turn away.
Tuesday, March 14
15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.
Too many Christians think too highly of the devil. They have been deceived into thinking that he is so much more powerful than what he really is. The truth of the matter is that he has been completely and utterly defeated and he has absolutely no power over a blood bought, born again believer. He has no power to make you do anything. He cannot create anything. He cannot read your mind. All of these are myths that keep countless Christians in fear of him. He knows your tendencies and knows just when to hit you with a lie or temptation. The only tool in his entire arsenal is deception. He is, and always has been, a liar. You have been given all authority over Him and the only power he has is the power you give him by believing his lies. Stay in the Word! Stay close to Jesus, who is the embodiment of truth, and you will stay free of the offenses that the enemy wants to bait you into.
Wednesday, March 15
14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Unforgiveness is the manifestation of an unresolved offense. As a Christian, someone who has received the greatest act of forgiveness possible, you shouldn’t have difficulty forgiving others. If you’re having issues in this area you have allowed yourself to become unappreciative of the forgiveness that you’ve received. You’ll find that when you develop an appreciation for what you have been given you’ll be much quicker to extend it to someone else. When you understand that Jesus didn’t allow your sin to offend Him, you’ll become a person who is hard to offend. A life that is free from offense is a life that the enemy cannot find a foothold in.
Thursday, March 16
10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,12 and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
Were you aware that the Kingdom of God is built on forgiveness? So, as a Christian who wants to see the Kingdom of God grown and His culture take place here on Earth, you must be someone who is familiar with forgiveness. Through Jesus sacrifice, God’s forgiveness has been extended to the entire human race. Everyone alive today has been saved but sadly very few accept that gift because those who do know don’t share the forgiveness they’ve received with others. Jesus wasn’t changing the subject when He went from talking about the Kingdom to talking about forgiveness in this passage. He was telling us how the kingdom would and should be established…on forgiveness. Be an active messenger of God’s forgiveness today.
Friday, March 17
13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.
Do you consider yourself a mature believer? The maturation process does not occur without overcoming difficulties and challenges; one of those being forgiveness. You should use every opportunity to be offended as a time of maturation. Any time you see an offense and don’t take the bait you automatically grow. Mature people are powerful people. You cannot be focused on the Kingdom when you’re staring at an injustice. Big fish become big fish by not taking the bait. Mature and strong believers become that way by not taking the bait of offense. Remember, no one can make you take the bait, you must choose to take it. Make plans today to live long and live strong by refusing to take the bait of offense.
Saturday, March 18
1 John 1:7-9
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
If left unchecked, unforgiveness can turn into bitterness. Just like you have to make the choice to take an offense you must also make the choice to release an offense that you may have taken on in the past. This begins by you first asking God to forgive you for becoming offended. Being offended is just as much a sin as the offense itself was. Many people have buried offenses that they refuse to deal with and those offenses have turned into bitterness within their souls. Now is not the time to be bitter, now is the time to be better! Just like removing a tumor or unhealthy growth, releasing an offense can bring up some unpleasant emotions and pain, but the end result is well worth the temporary discomfort. You can do it! Release any offense that is causing you pain now. You will experience the joy of an unhindered relationship with your Savior.
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