Beware of the Snare
by Bishop Archie L. McInnis, II
Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! (Luke17:1 KJV)
In the Complete Jewish Bible, the word, offences, is translated snares. In the New International Version,offences means- the things that cause people to stumble. The Common English Bible’s translation for offences is translated as the thing that cause people to trip and fall into sin. I used to think that being offended was just designed by the enemy to hurt your feelings or to discourage you in some way but I have discovered that it is much bigger than that. Offenses are sent from hell through people, sometimes unaware and in other various ways.
To be offended is a snare of Satan to trap you into a disposition that is contrary to the operations of walking by faith. Being offended can cause a pure heart to be tempted with all kinds of evil thoughts that are displeasing to God. The desire of the enemy is to keep the saints carnal-minded and operating in the spirit of retaliation. God intends for us to walk in love and forgiveness and He will fight our battles. Love your enemies, Luke 6:27. This love is a moral love; it’s a love out of regard to God who loves us all regardless to our faults.
Jesus is an example of that love and we know that Jesus rose from every offense victoriously. Faith worketh by love. Galatians5:6. Offences are snares to trap and stop the love of God from flowing out of us. Faith works by love and we know that all of the blessings of The Lord are received by faith. We must continue to walk in love so our faith is not hindered. A double minded person is unstable in all his ways, expect not that person to receive anything from the Lord. James 1:8.
Forgiveness keeps our prayers from being hindered. Mark 11:25-26. So don’t take any offense to heart because it’s designed to distract you so you will focus on where the offense came from instead of staying focused on your God-given purpose. Free your heart from all offenses today and walk into your destiny.
Praying for you,
Bishop Archie L McInnis, II