A demon sat on my shoulder breathing lies and flinging thoughts that had no place in a child of God. Ownership was his goal. I had enjoyed many victories. Reading the enemy’s text was easy. “Come unto me and I will shut you up. Heed my resentment and I will halt the work of God in you. Bow before me and you will be pitiful and powerless.”
As the glory of God shone through the trees in my backyard, the Lord spoke softly. “How much of my glory do you want? How much of my Spirit do you desire to flow through you? How many miracles do you want to perform in my name? And how many people do you wish to impact with my gospel?” Surrender came easily and I bowed my knee to the King of Kings.
Today I share an article by Kenneth W. Hagin, which I stumbled upon by divine accident.
“The High Cost of Offense.”
My father often said that he never prayed a prayer for himself that wasn’t eventually answered. However, he taught that when he wasn’t seeing answers to prayer, the first place he would look was his love walk. He asked himself, “Am I holding a grudge or harboring bitterness and animosity toward anyone? When he got those answers straight, he’d go back to what he was believing for and refuse to budge in his stand.
Dad always said, “I refuse to permit the least bit of ill will in my heart toward anyone.” He told me at an early age, “Son, if you will refuse to take offense, you’ll never be out of the will of God, and you’ll never fail to receive His blessings.” There’s a great lesson packed into that statement.
When you’re tempted to become offended, ask yourself, “Is this where I want to get stuck in life? Is this the level of blessing I want to walk in, or do I want to go further with God?”
Harboring offense will harm us more that it will others. We must count the cost of harboring offense and weigh the consequences. Will our harboring offense be worth the price we will eventually pay?
It’s been said:
Sin will take you further than you want to go, keep you longer
than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.
This is certainly true of the sin of offense. It will bring you needless suffering and cause you to say and do things you never thought you would. Offense will deter you from your divine destiny. That’s too high a price to pay.
I hope this has spoken to you as it did me.
Go for the gold, daughter of the Most High!
Soar with the eagles and watch the Son of God arise with healing in His wings!