Distractions– temporal things with no eternal purpose. Those things we find our focus shifted to that has not eternal value and is not adding to the accomplishing of our work.
Compromise– your testimony will be effected there is no doubt. Having friendship with the world. Trying to disguise gratification of desire despite the blatant facts against your decisions.
Offense– one of enemies greatest weapons. It has knocked out some of the greatest people! No one is immune and all must be intentionally on guard.
Believing something that is not truth as a truth can create bitterness. Bitterness is the root of offense. It will knock you out of your purpose and can even away you into darkness.
Offense is a potent poison so make a decision “Is it worth it?” because we will all have opportunities to get offended, on a daily basis many times.
Satan will use people to offend you to knock you out of purpose but God will use people to reveal the truth of your heart-your heart condition.
You can’t get away from people. And people love to put their junk on you especially if they are offended.
Consider! Have you ever hurt someone’s feelings and you had not idea you did but instead of coming to you and telling you this person went to everyone else. Why?!
Many times hurt or offense is not the intent of the doer but it’s received and people run with it and even make a banner to carry concerning their offense.
We all have promises for God. If you are still here and still walking and working the promises will be fulfilled. The beautiful thing is God keeps His promises every single one… It is we who stray, doubt, or decide the long for promise is not worth it!
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalms 139:23-24)
People get offended. We get offended but we have a choice. Fight against offense. Actively disengage!
Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you; if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith. (2 Corinthians 13:5 NLT)
“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? But I, the LORD, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.” (Jeremiah 17:9-10 NLT)
Maybe it’s time for a heart examination. Often offense can creep in when we are not being true to who God has created us to be or when we are attempting to lift up another and be “like them” instead of being “like Him”.
“You’ll never operate in your anointing as long as you’re trying to copy someone else.” – Mrs. Karen
Where are our hearts? We have to keep our eyes on Jesus to move forward into all that is coming. We were literally born for the hour in which we live! (Esther 4:14 and Acts 17:26, 27) it is not Gods goal for us to be comfortable but to grow. There is comfort to be found in Him but comfort is not primary. Discomfort can be a facilitator of offense if we allow it. Whether we want to admit it we actively make decision to be offended every single time we find our selves offended. Offense is not thrust upon us it’s a choice.
Judas would have been one of those carrying out the advancement of the Kingdom but he betrayed Jesus and his purpose fell flat. It cost him everything. He tried to make it right. It was too late. He was mocked. He then took his own life. He had a purpose from birth given to him by God. It could be said he missed the mark and again, how much did it cost him?!
Judas is an example of how to destroy purpose effectively. He must have been a dear friend to Jesus, since Jesus knows and experienced all we experience in this life. How could Jesus know our pain had he not experienced it Himself.
It’s not legalism or condemnation but serving a God of mercy that deserves the greatest we can deliver. Those who have come before us like David and Peter… They could have had purpose destroyed but they got up and ran to Jesus! God does not wink at sin. Jesus died for holiness not happiness. Resigning us to happiness will destroy our lives. The cost of sign is the same for us as it was for Adam.