Luke 17:1 Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!
Psalm 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
We are living in the time period the Bible describes as the Last Days. The Last Days with reference to the Church are those days before Jesus comes for us. The Last days also speak of the days prior to Jesus’ physical return to the Earth. The Lord Jesus prophesied in Matthew 24:10, “And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.” I believe we are in the last seconds of the Last Days for the Church and ever so near the time of the Return of the Lord Jesus to the Earth.
If we are going to be blessed, be a channel of blessing, and be faithful to share the Gospel to others we are going to have to handle offences and develop an unoffendable heart. Satan uses offences as his bait to trap us. Thank God, God’s Word if full of protection from offences. Psalm 119:165 says, “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.” Just like people apply sunscreen lotions with certain sun protection factor ratings (SPF 15-100) to protect them from sunburn, we have to apply the offence protection factor (OPF – ALL OFFENCES) built into God’s Word.
The word for offence is a word that means a trap; bait; literally, the part of the trap that the bait is placed upon. So if you take the bait you get caught (springs the trap) up in offense. Satan uses offence to stop the blessing of God in our life to stop God’s fundamental way of bringing His will to pass in our life – Word of God (Mark 4:26-34). Offence also means anything that causes you to stumble or is a stumbling block. There are many Believers who never reach their destiny/dream of God for their life because of stumbling over an offence. Think about the process of the dream in Joseph’s life. God gave him a divine dream and promised future. There were three major stumbling blocks or opportunities to be offended:
(1) Envious brothers – Joseph ends up left for dead in a pit;
(2) Lying of Potipher’s wife – Joseph ends up in prison:
(3) Betrayal – The butler used him for his own gain and forgot Joseph in prison.
All three instances in total time of what others unfairly did to Joseph cost him about thirteen years of his life. The Good News is that the pit and prison did not stop God’s plan nor did it stop Joseph, a person with an unoffendable heart. We can get bitter or get better but we can’t get better when bitter. Joseph ended up in the palace and then became the prime minister – saved himself, his family, and his nation. Every stumbling block became a stepping stone because he kept the spirit of offence out of his heart. He did not take the bait of satan.