Healed of Offense to Grow
I used to be very sensitive about what people said to me - many times they were just joking but it still hurt me.
God came and healed me of being hurt and offended about everything
Jesus does not want us to be walking around with our feelings on our sleeves
Historians date Abraham's Biblical story around 2,000 B.C., based on clues in Genesis Chapters 11 through 25.
Abraham rejected Ishmael as his heir to the Covenant Promises (God promised an everlasting Covenant with Isaac) about 4000 years ago and the Muslims are still walking around with the pain, the hurt of rejection and offense. They carry a spirit of offense.
Do you take offense to what people say to you?
People in this world will always speak offensive words to us because that is all they know
The pain that you go through every time someone hurts you is too much for you and you do not need to receive it.
The things that offend you make you weaker and yet, when you do not allow the offense to come - then it makes you stronger
Proverbs 18:19 “An offended friend is harder to win back than a fortified city. Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with bars.”
One of the hardest things to do as a Pastor is to speak with an offended person.
Luke 17:1-4 “One day Jesus said to his disciples, “There will always be temptations to sin, but what sorrow awaits the person who does the tempting! It would be better to be thrown into the sea with a millstone hung around your neck than to cause one of these little ones to fall into sin. So watch yourselves! If another believer sins, rebuke that person; then if there is repentance, forgive. Even if that person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive.”
to irritate, annoy, or anger; cause resentful displeasure in:
Even the hint of prejudice offends me.
The word ‘temptations’ here is the same word as ‘offenses’ - the King James uses the word ‘offenses’
If you are walking around hurt then how will you be able to minister to a lost world?
Jesus did not die on the cross so you could walk around with offenses in your life
In Genesis 4, We see that Cain got offended at Abel and that he killed his brother.
Jesus told the disciples of John the Baptist (when he questioned if Jesus was the CHRIST) in
Matthew 11:4-6 “Jesus told them, Go back to John and tell him what you have heard and seen – the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life and the Good News is being preached to the poor. And tell him, ‘God blesses those who do not turn away because of me.”
“Turning away” is “offended” in the King James Version.
You can overcome all kinds of offenses in your life through love and forgiveness
Colossians 3:13 “Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.”
Do you know how many medical problems result because of unforgiveness due to offences?
You have to choose to yield to the Holy Spirit - who enables you to just walk away from them and live offence free!
Jesus went back to the synagogue in the village of Nazareth, where he grew up, and was handed the scroll of Isaiah the Prophet and began to read:
Luke 4:17-19 “The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the LORD’s favor has come.”