Spiritual Non-Fiction posted June 11, 2016


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Satan's Bait

by MelB


Animal trappers need one of two things to catch their prey. One, the trap must be hidden, in hopes of catching an animal. Two, it must be baited to lure the animal into the trap. Satan uses both of these strategies, hidden and baited, to lure us into his most deceptive and deadly traps. The enemy is subtle, shrewd, cunning and crafty and delights in deceiving us.

One of the most deceptive kinds of bait is something every Christian has encountered--offense. Offense is not deadly--if it stays in the trap. But if it is picked up, taken in, and fed on, then we have become offended. Offended people produce much fruit, such as hurt, anger, outrage, jealousy, resentment, strife, bitterness, hatred, and envy. Some of the consequences of picking up an offense are insults, attacks, wounding, division, separation, broken relationships, betrayal, and backsliding.

Those who are offended do not even realize they are trapped. They are in denial. Focused on the wrong done to them and oblivious to their condition. The most effective way for the enemy to blind us is to keep us focused on ourselves. The Bible tells us in the last days men will be "lovers of themselves" (2 Timothy 3:2). It is expected of those outside the church, but in 2 Timothy, Paul is actually referring to believers. So many are mad, wounded, hurt, and bitter (I've heard Joyce Meyer say she asks at conferences how many Christians are mad at someone and it is never less than 80%). They are offended! The problem is they don't even realize they have just taken the bait and fallen into Satan's trap. This leaves them open to a root of bitterness.

If we don't deal with an offense, it produces more fruit of sin, such as bitterness, anger, and resentment. This in turn, hardens our hearts, creating loss of sensitivity and hinders our ability to hear from God. Now, Satan has us exactly where he wants us and we are in the perfect situation to be deceived. We can remain angry or we can choose to forgive, repent of any sin ourselves and receive forgiveness.

Often when we are offended, we see ourselves as victims and blame those who have hurt us. We justify our bitterness, unforgiveness, anger, envy, and resentment. When we blame others and defend our position, we are blind. The revelation of truth brings freedom. When we can clearly see our own sin and repent, we are able to let go of the offense.

And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved (Matthew 24:10-13).



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Please don't take this as a "preaching session". I've fallen prey to this many times myself. I truly hope to help with this info. It has been on my heart to write on this subject for quite a while. Taking offense has become rampant, not only on this site, but throughout the world. The points in this writing come from the book "The Bait of Satan" by John Bevere. It's a fantastic read and will alert the reader to the deceptive snares of the enemy. We all know the truth sets us free! Let's all stop taking the bait and laugh in Satan's face!
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