7 Things Every Christian Should Know About The spirit of Offense
BELOW ARE SOME OF THE NOTES THAT WERE COVERED INSIDE THE VIDEO ABOVE. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND WATCHING THE FULL VIDEO IN ORDER TO
GET A FULL BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE ON THE TOPIC OF OFFENSE AND TO LEARN HOW TO OVERCOME IT
(This teaching does not cover how to deal with emotional or any abuse for that matter that will take an entire different approach that I did not cover in this video and will have to cover in another video. Please do not take all the advice in this video to deal with emotional abusive relationship or manipulation that takes another kind of approach and strategy. Thanks 🙂
What is the spirit of Offense? The spirit of offense is a demonic spirit as we know any spirit that is not of God is a demonic spirit.
Like all demonic spirits, the spirit of offense is a counterfeit spirit of the holy Spirit and the way God works so pray for discernment and wisdom in your walk with God and others.
Matthew 24;10-12 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
Matthew 18;17 says, Woe unto the world because of offenses! For it must need be that offenses come;but woe to that man by where offense cometh.
Proverbs 18;19 says, A brother offended is harder to be one than a strong city; and their contentions (quarrels) like the bars of a castle.
Definition.net describes offense as A lack of politeness, failure to show regard for others, wounding the feelings of others.
How the devil uses this against believers:
The spirit of offense is one of the major tactics satan uses to attack a believer to try and take them away from their closeness with God and with others. The reason for wanting to take you out of your closeness with God is pretty obvious but the reason for the devil wanting to take you away from the closeness with people is to stop you wanting to pray for them or minister to them. In other words, he wants to stop your ministry.
Why you must overcome this demonic spirit:
-It will abort or handicap the plan that God has for your life because you can not fully serve God when operating under the spirit of offense. The main reason for this is because this spirit will manifest itself to bitterness, hate, and betrayal.
-It ruins marriages
-It ruins friendships
-It takes away your peace, joy and your rest. Because this spirit is an attack on your mind it will make you bitter, mad and sleepless from worrying about problems and others.
How this spirit operates and manifest itself:
-The root of this spirit is insecurity, unforgiveness, hate, and bitterness.
-It replays images in your head of things people did that you perceive as offenses. In other words, the action that was done or said may not have been an offense, but you perceived it to be.
-With bad preassumptions of others-Meaning before giving others a chance, you will just assume their intent is not pure. (Pray for discernment and wisdom with this).
-The spirit of offense will speak with your voice and it will paint pictures in your head that make allot of sense. In other words, this evil spirit knows how to make the offense seem very true. If it can make you believe the offense is true you will accept it and come into an agreement which gives it access to afflict you and others.
Here are signs you’re currently dealing with the spirit of offense:
-You have a strong desire to withdraw from others: Usually, you will sense a seed of bitterness and anger in your heart but you will still want to run away from others. Because this spirit says “no one wants to be bothered with me” OR ” I’m not accepted here or I’m not accepted doing this” so you will disconnect yourself from doing what God has called you to do which means the devils mission is being accomplished.
-You’ve developed an unrighteous mistrust for others. (so thinking everyone has a bad intent)
-You are quick to get angry over the smallest things that before this spirit of offense came didn’t bother you. This spirit searches for things to get offended over.
-You seem to always find yourself arguing with others. Not healthy debates or conversation but quarreling with others.
-You become critical and judgment of others. Again most of these behaviors would not have bothered you much before or you would have more grace for others before but now you don’t.
It’s better to avoid this spirit at all cost and we know that we have the power to trample over serpents.
Luke 10;19 says, Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
We also know we can do all things through christ who strengthens us.
Philippians 4;13 says I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. The key word is “ALL” things, this includes never having to be subject to this demonic spirit.
Here’s how you can avoid this spirit at all cost
1) Angry people: Angry people will rub off on you and make you angry or they will transfer the spirit of offense. So don’t become best buds with people who are constantly mad about things. It’s ok to pray and minister to them but don’t hang around these people.
Proverbs 22;24 says, Make no friendship with an angry man;and with a furious man thou shalt not go.
2) Quick to anger. James 1:19-20 says; Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, to wrath For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
3) Searching for an offense. Ecclesiastes 7;21-22 says, Also take no heed unto the words that are spoken, lest they hear thy servant curse thee. Stop judging unrighteously, stop being critical of others and treat people how you would want yourself or your mother, dad, daughter ext to be treated (consider others feelings).
4) Your heart:
Proverbs 4;23 Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.
In other words, don’t be quick to put your emotions or energy into conversations, topics or other people’s issues. Understand God is in control and after ministering to them give it all back to God in prayer.
-Also, don’t allow other peoples problems and emotions affect your state of mind. Pray to God about this and he will deliver and give you strength to overcome.
-Including on Youtube and in the Youtube comment section don’t enter into temptation by starting arguments with unnecessary comments and questions or by jumping into others discussion it’s unnecessary headache.
How to overcome a current offense
What to do if you feel you’ve been offended.
1). Dealing with it
Matthew 18;15-17 says, Moreover, if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou has gained thy brother.
+Telling others or talking behind others back ruins the person name and makes the problem worse. The fact is what you perceived to be an offense may not even be one, that’s why talking to the person first about it is important.
+Forgive the person quickly.
Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Till seven times?
Verse 22; Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee until seven times, but until seven times seven.
In other words, you must always forgive because if you don’t you cannot be forgiven, it will affect your prayer life and demons can attack you because of it.
No one has the right to hold anything against anyone because God has forgiven us and still does after we’ve continually offended him. He wants us to do the same for others.
3). Spend time in the presence of God
Spend time in the presence of God and allow him to develop the fruit of the Spirit in you and to free you from any unrighteousness including a critical spirit.
As much as offense hurts when it comes it does not have to be a waste, in fact, it can actually be used to grow more in the fruit of the Spirit. I’ve learned that God will allow offenses to come your way in order to use them to allow you to grow in the fruit of the spirit like love, patience, endurance,mercy, grace ext. So instead of looking at the offenses in a negative like look at them as an opportunity for you to grow and become stronger as a person.
You can’t change people and the way they choose to behave but you can change the way you process the behavior and how you choose to respond.
I believe in your God-given purpose,