More from “Bait of Satan” by John Bevere, who has much to say about taking offense and holding grudges.
“But ground will produce only what is planted in it. If we plant seeds of debt, unforgiveness and offense, another root will spring up in place of the love of God. It is called the root of bitterness.
“Francis Frangipane gave an excellent definition of bitterness: ‘Bitterness is unfulfilled revenge.’ It is produced when revenge is not satisfied to the degree we desire.”
“Many people have experienced hurts and disappointments that are less extreme and some that are more. Many become offended with the Lord. They believe He should take into consideration all they have done for Him.
“They are serving Him for the wrong reasons. We should not serve the Lord for what He can do but rather for who He is and what He has already done for us. Those who become offended do not fully realize how great a debt He has already paid for them to be free. They have forgotten from what manner of death they were delivered. They see through natural eyes rather than eternal.”
(Bait of Satan by John Bevere)
“Faith is about evidence. If our primary evidence that God is at work is based on our circumstances, then our faith is strained when we are blindsided by circumstance that fail to meet our expectations. God’s picture of redemption is not always the one we’ve imagined.”
(Redemption by Mike Wilkerson)
“Some think Peter was a big talker and cowardly. But in the garden, when the temple guard came to arrest Jesus, Peter unsheathed his sword and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear (John 18:10). Not many cowards attack when they are outnumbered by enemy soldiers. So he was strong, but his strength was in his own personality, not in God’s humility.”
“We are rooted and grounded when we…trust in God. No storm, no matter how intense, can ever move us. This does not come by strong will or personality. It is a gift of grace to all who place their confidence in God, throwing away the confidence of self. But to give yourself in total abandonment you must know the One who holds your life.”
“We can do nothing of eternal value in our own ability.”
(The Bait of Satan by John Bevere)