Offenses a stumbling block or a stepping stone


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.” Luke’s Gospel in Luke 17:1 added, “Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!”  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 offenses and develop an unoffendable heart. Satan uses offenses as his bait to trap us. Thank God, God’s Word if full of protection from offenses. Psalm 119:165 says, “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.” We have got to apply the offense protection factor built into God’s Word.
The word for offense 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 offense 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. Offense 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 offense. 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 cost Joseph 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. 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 offense out of his heart – did not take the bait of satan.

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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