Monday, September 5, 2011

A Deadly Deception

Wow! It has been so long since I have posted a blog. No particular reason but I don't just want to say things to say them if they haven't really spoken to my heart as well.

On Sunday, Sept. 11 (9-11), I am going to speak on the topic "A Deadly Deception". It has to do with the deception of undealt- with offenses which has led to unforgiveness, which the Bible says is deadly. My wife Jeanne and I will then lead a study on Wed. evenings starting on Sept. 21 called "The Bait of Satan". We taught on this some years ago but I think it is even more relevant now.

So many Christians are missing out on grasping God's plan for their lives because of this area of deception. As John Bevere so clearly says, satan is not as blatant as many believe. He is subtle and delights in deception. He disguises himself as a messenger of light. One of the most deceptive and dangerous things that Christians can encounter is -- offense. And it is only deadly if we pick it up and feed on it in our hearts. . Offended people produce hurt, anger, outrage, jealousy, resentment, strife, bitterness, hatred and envy.

Some of the consequences of picking up an offense are insults, attacks, wounding, division, separation, broken relationships, and backsliding. Often many who are offended do not even realize they are trapped. They are in denial and they keep the focus on themselves.

Friends, Up North Wisdom says it is imperative that we recognize this most deadly of traps. Ask God to reveal to you any undealt-with offenses and any unforgiveness that you may have deep within you. Repent and ask God to forgive you as you forgive anyone who has sinned against you. Live free from offenses and watch God use you in incredible ways for the sake of His Kingdom. Then you will really know and believe: The Best Is Yet To Come!!

1 comment:

  1. I am looking forward to this Sunday :) I missed the Wednesday night study a few years ago, and even though I have the book, I want to come to it this time. I've been missing your blogging too!