Have you ever had someone say something to you that cut you to the quick? Something that wounded you deeply even though you knew they were wrong in their assessment.

I remember such an experience and it wasn’t fun. . .it fact, it hurt very deeply. This person is someone for whom I had helped and over time had made them a substantial amount of money.

These friends had listened to a third voice. . .one that sought to advance himself at my expense. These friends assumed the third voice was correct. Even though he was wrong. . .they believed him and their perception of the events he described. . .became their new reality.

I’ll be honest . . . the things said wounded me. . .and could have caused me to become deeply offended …until I realized what the enemy was trying to do. He wanted nothing more than for me to be offended and hurt. . .thus opening myself to further and greater attacks by him.

It is not an easy task … BUT Never give place to the enemy. . .never allow him to even stick a big toe in the door of your mental thought processes. Give him no place.

Offense is a foul trick of a mean devil. Instead of falling into offense…consider it a compliment. Yes, you heard correctly. The devil attacks those who have potential for good in the Kingdom of God.

According to dictionary.com the word offense means:

“an act of stumbling; a cause or occasion of sin: stumbling block; something that outrages the moral or physical senses.”

Julie Meyers, worship and prayer leader said:

“Offense never lets you go. You have to let it go.”

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Have you ever said, “Please Lord, help get me through this day. I don’t think I can take much more of this.”

Perhaps you were physically tired or mentally exhausted. . .but for whatever reason. . . you’re ready to close the books on this particular day.

On a spiritual dimension. . .if you’ve felt or ever feel that way don’t say it for several reasons.

First, your words can empower the enemy to continue tormenting your day.

The Word of God tells us that our words have consequences . . . we decide whether they are for good or for evil.

Proverbs 18:20 in the Good News Translation says:

“You will have to live with the consequences of everything you say.”

Think about that. . . and the depth of impact within that verse.

“<<YourName>> will have to live with the consequences of everything <<he/she>> says.”

Have you ever said something you wish you hadn’t said and you knew it just as soon as the words came out of your mouth?

Words from Harold and Bev

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Harold Herring

Never let your circumstances define your destiny.  Rather create the circumstances that will assure your destiny.

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Bev Herring

Never allow anyone other than God to determine your worth and value.