Are You Offended?

Blessed is the person who is not offended by Christ. (Mat. 11:6, KJV) Heavenly Father I praise You for being my salvation and my King. Help me to never be offended by You, Christ or the Holy Spirit. Help me to stand for Your reputation and not my own. 

Holy Spirit, we live in a time when everyone is offended for whatever reason is presented each day and this is the devil’s tool to deceive us making us think we are more than we are. Help me to be like Paul and say in my own defense, “Herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward man.” (Acts 24:16, KJV) Help me to have a heart of freedom through forgiveness so that I do not offend easily. Help me to be so focus on my purpose that I was created for that I do not let this world affect or stress me. Help me to live my life so that Jesus shines through and people see His affect on my life instead of my failures and inabilities. Let me live a life where I am more focused on the soul of a person that the words or actions, they may take against me. Help me to realize that my battle is not against flesh and blood but against the spiritual battle that Satan has pitched against me and my brothers and sisters. Let me remember what wisdom comes from Proverbs when it was written, “A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.” (Prov. 19:11) 

Therefore, by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you. For we are confident that we have a good conscience, in all things desiring to live honorably. But I especially urge you to do this, …. Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen (Hebrews 13:14-21)