Jesus said that we could prosper in His promises if we could avoid being offended. The word offense comes from the Greek word skandalon which means trap stick or stumbling block. Hunters in this particular region use a technique to catch primates. I don’t know what they do with these monkeys and it’s not the issue, the point is they are captured. The hunters will hollow out an oblong hole in a large stone. Then they will put a stick, a skandalon, in the hole. A monkey is a curious creature and they will reach in and grab the stick but they can’t remove it. They have too much pride to let go of the trap stick and so they are taken into captivity.
Jesus gave us this illustration so we could be wiser than the primates. The devil is the hunter and he puts out sticks, worthless sticks all the time and our curiosity leads us to take hold of them. We can be too prideful to drop the stupid stick and he takes us captive. The Lord says an offense has the same value as a stick and we won’t let go of it. So how do we get ourselves free?
John 8:32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Often times we struggle with the truth because we must admit we were wrong. Taking responsibility for our lives is like letting go of a stupid stick, something you really don’t need.
I have sown much seed,
and I will reap a harvest.
The devil cannot steal my seed, because God never forgets a seed sown.
He rebukes the seedeater for my sake, God has overcome the world.
The devil cannot discourage me because due season is coming.
PRAY FOR THE CHURCH OF AFGHANISTAN
“SO PETER WAS PUT IN PRISION, BUT THE CHURCH WAS EARNESTLY PRAYING TO GOD FOR HIM”!
BOLDNESS: Repeat the prayer of early church in Acts 4:29: “Now Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness!”
PROTECTION: For missionaries, pastors, and leaders trapped. Heavenly authorized jail breaks as in book of Acts. Heavenly and angelic interventions. Taliban - Saul to Paul encounters!
UNITY: Churches in America and world united in prayer. Kingdom issue revival across Middle East! Underground church will continue to grow and expand.
GOD GLORIFIED: He is the King of Kings/Lord of Lords no power or evil can match His might. He will be glorified as World watches.
“THE WORD OF GOD CONTINUED TO INCREASE AND SPREAD!” Acts 12:14