Offenses are the bait of satan to trap our life. Offenses are a stumbling block on the road of destiny. Offenses come deliberately to waste our time in unfruitfulness; stop us from being productive; and to get us to sever divine joinings. Offenses come to all of us. Controlling our emotions plays a major role in developing an unoffendable heart. Our emotions will always take us somewhere, either toward the will of God or away from it. We must control them and not let them lead us away from the will of God. “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them,” Psalm 119:165.
Offenses can cause a wound or breach in our spirit and lead to an offended heart which is a hurt we choose to hold in our heart. It happens like this: when the first word or action happens or the offense comes, that offense does not insult or hurt our spirit. It hurts our feelings and emotions. We receive it through our ears and eyes and it penetrates our soul where our emotions are housed. Suddenly we experience discomfort in our emotions. Webster’s definition of offenses is, “Anything that outrages the senses or ignites the emotions.” This is similar to what Paul said in Second Corinthians 11:29, “Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not? He mentions is the word “offended” then he mentions the word “burn” which means to kindle, glow, or be ignited. To be offended is to be ignited, to glow, to kindle or burn emotionally. We’ve all probably heard the expression, “That just burns me up,” that is someone who is offended.
If the offense dictates how we will feel and react instead of the Word of God it can will lead us to hold that offense in our heart. If allowed to stay there and not be dealt with and removed, it will cause a breach in our spirit and can become a root of bitterness (Hebrews 12:15). Our hearts can hold things as Jesus taught in a number of places. In Luke 6:45 the heart is compared to a “treasure” where you store stuff (treasure is the word “thesaurus” which can be what is deposited, stored but also place of storage, treasure chamber or treasure chest). In Mark 4:26 the heart is compared to the “ground” where things can be planted and roots form.
If offense gets in us and our emotions get enraged by the offense and stays that way, it can short circuit the spiritual flows in our life or the things designed to bring spiritual life to us. Notice all the things that flow from our spirit or inner man.
THAT WHICH SUSTAINS US
The Bible says, “The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear it,” Proverbs 18:14. The spirit will sustain; nourish; hold up; furnish the means of living one’s infirmity. Infirmity can be a disease; or a weakness that extends itself through the whole system; that which has been weakened or worn down.
THE FORCES OF LIFE
We are instructed in Proverbs 4:23, to “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Out of our spirit flow the issues or forces of life. It is our spirit that can sustain or have life flow out and give life to all our being.
KNOWING OR PERCEIVING THINGS SPIRITUALLY
“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God,” 1 Corinthians 2:12. We have a spirit that we might know the things that are freely given to us.
RIVERS OF LIVING WATER
“…out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water (v.38),” John 7:37-39.
THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT
All the gifts flow from our spirit 1 Corinthians 12:7-11.
THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT
All the fruit grows out of our spirit Galatians 5:22, 23.
THE ANOINTING THAT TEACHES, REMOVES BURDENS, AND BREAKS YOKES
1 John 2:20, 27; Isaiah 10:27 All of the burden removing, yoke destroys anointing flow from our spirit.
Proverb 29:18 Vision flows heart to heart. God gives vision for a group to leaders to communicate so people can run with the vision. If offense is in a believer’s heart, it will keep the vision from the spirit of our leader from being transferred to us.
Satan uses offense to stop the flow of God moving in our life. The Christian life is impossible to live without these elements that flow from our spirit or inner man. Proverb 4:23 tells us to, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it flow the issues of life.” We cannot afford to carry offense in our heart or anything besides Jesus.