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.
March 29, 2020
I am not afraid to give, I am not afraid to cross the Jordan.
My faith is in the promises, God is not a man that He should lie.
My prosperity is on the other side, God will help me get across.
Nothing can oppose me, because God is on my side.
GOD’S EXPECTED END
2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
GOD’S WILL IS TO HEAL: Matt 9 Jesus traveled healing every sickness and disease.
Matt 10 Jesus gave his disciples (us) the authority to do the same and sent them (us) Luke 10 Jesus sent out 72 others to do the same.
Mark 16 Jesus said signs would follow: “Lay hands on sick they will recover”!
John 14:12 Those who believe would do greater works!
PRAYING FOR THOSE WHO ARE SICK
PRAYING FOR PROTECTION OVER THOSE WHO ARE NOT
PRAYING IN AGREEMENT FOR MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGH
PRAYING FOR GOD’S EXPECTED END
PRAYING AGAINST FEAR (OUR OWN AND OTHERS) FEAR OF GETTING SICK/ FEAR OF LACK DURING AND AFTER
Romans 4:21 “And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he is able to perform it.”
Jeremiah 33:6 "I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security”