Study number 2 of Louise teaching on offenses. Started with unforgiveness and explained how faith will not work when one remains offended, and does not forgive.
In the list of areas of taking offenses (see Part 1), here is:
4. Unrealistic and unfulfilled expectations. You set yourself up for too high a goal, for example, and not one that God has set up for your. Louise employs analogies from rearing children and sports, and parents often living out their unfulfilled expectations by pushing their children.
5. Rebellion. Bible says a spirit of rebellion is like a spirit of witchcraft.
6. Critical spirit. Louise shared a story of her mother’s family, growing up with four sisters with a spirit of criticism among them which flowed into the children as well. Can you keep your moth shut when unforgiveness, hatred and a critical spirit all attack you, many inherited from her mother’s world.
7. Feelings that God has been unfair with you. The “blame game” started in the Garden of Eden. You have a free will. Neither God nor Satan can make you do anything. You are responsible for all your choices. God did not set you up to fail. God is for you, not against you. And he loves you so much.
Louise teaching on offenses in two lessons. First thing is forgiveness. With her girls in jail ministry, for example, they need to get past unforgiveness, bitterness, pain, etc. We all need to get past these hurts. Dr. Larry Ollison’s book on offcnses is very good. Great story about monkeys holding on to something, and calling down death on themselves. Just listen to teaching above. Do you have a chip on your shoulder? Need to throw it off. Offenses need to be set aside and than walk in love. Louise speaks that she has learned from her own experiences in getting offended and then walking in love. How do you get past offenses and then walk in love? “The girls in my jail ministry are surrounded by contentious, argumentative, condeming people.” How to deal with them? Ignore them as much as possible. God will defend you; you don’t need to have the last word in any argument. Seven reasons in the taking offenses lesson:
Insensitivity. What crazy things pop in your mouth without being filtered. If you can’t curb your mouth, just don’t talk.
Take authority over your thoughts. God isn’t going to jump in and correct you. You are the central guard of your thoughts and words.