Our pastor loaned me this book last night, and just in the first few pages, I think it’s excellent. 

Selfishness reigns in our society.  Men and women today look out for themselves to the neglect and hurt of those around them.  This should not surprise us.  The Bible is very clear that in the last days men will be “lovers of themselves” (2 Tim 3:2).  We expect this in unbelievers, but Paul was not referring to those outside the church.  He was talking about those within it.  Many are wounded, hurt, and bitter.  They are offended!  But they do not realize that they have fallen into Satan’s trap. 

Is it our fault?  Jesus makes it very clear that it is impossible to live in this world and not have the opportunity to become offended.  Yet most believers are shocked, bewildered, and amazed when it happens.  We believe we are the only ones who have been wronged.  This response leaves us vulnerable to a root of bitterness.  Therefore we must be prepared and armed for offenses, because our response determines our future. 

The Greek work for “offend” in Luke 17:1 comes from the word skandalon.  This word originally referred to the part of the trap to which the bait was attached.  Hence the word signifies laying a trap in someone’s way.  In the New Testament it often describes an entrapment used by  the enemy.  Offense is a tool of the devil to bring people into captivity. 

Well, my breakfast is over, and I must get some things done.  I need to clean and do laundry and catch up on all the things I’ve been avoiding this week.    Blessings on your day!


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  1. CHOBLIT says:

    That sounds like a really good book. I like the thoughts you shared with us about it.In the early preaching of the gospel,it was referred to as “skandalon” i.e. “The offense of the cross”.So it is today ! As to personal offenses within the church, we are surprised when WE are the ones offended, that is for the WEAK person, Right ? Well, we can let it go by choosing to let Jesus have it,——–and He will ! P.T.L. [this we have experienced] Also, as to “Why Revival Tarries”. A small group of us went through that book in a study, I’m going to say 20years ago, ? [could that be?] and we began to get together and to pray, it led to revival in our lives and in our local congregation. We found that revival is not usually received well by those around who are not experiencing it. I am just Praising the Lord , He does not ever stop reviving us, even when we do get lukewarm at times. He is Soooo FAITHFUL.Thanks for sharing your encouragment.Bruce

  2. living4more says:

    my dad is reading that book.  🙂  i didn’t ask him about it, but i saw it laying on the coffee table.  it caught my attention though and i wondered what it was about….

  3. This is an excellent book! I watched the video that goes with it also.
    Revival must start within ourselves in order to spread to others. My motto for the day! :sunny::heartbeat:

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