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.
Men have taught me the Word of God so, I sow into their ministry.
I am grateful to them,
I pray they help many others.
I put my trust in God,
He is faithful and just.
I will reap what I sow,
I will sow to the Spirit.
You will declare a thing, and it will be established for you
Declarations over our children:
I declare my child(ren) shall be taught of the Lord
I declare great is the peace of my child(ren)
I declare my child(ren) hear God’s voice and walk in truth
I declare my child(ren) serve God all the days of their lives.
Declarations over America:
We declare that the power of Christ’s redemption is greater than the power of sin and death in America
We declare that America will be saved
We declare that truth will win in America. Lord send revival
We declare that life and decency will prevail in the United States
We declare that the Supreme Court will honor truth and justice, not their own ideals and desires
Declarations over our church:
We declare that FOJ will have a platform for the Holy Spirit to work from
We declare we are making room for the gifts of the Spirit to flow
We declare the spirit of boldness is replacing the spirit of fear
We declare we are putting every distraction, anything that would entangle us and we run with endurance in our vision.
We declare and believe revival is coming