Matthew 18:7 says, “…For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!”
To be offended is a temptation to sin. However, just like all of satan’s temptations, we can choose to NOT take the bait and get hooked.
James gives us a very clear understanding of a temptation’s progression. James 1:14-15 says, “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.
Then, when the desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.”
At any point of the temptation we can choose to resist. If we don’t resist, that offense will grow in our heart and become FLAK to keep us from seeing, perceiving, hearing, and acting through the leading of the Holy Spirit.
When the temptation comes, He, the Holy Spirit, will alert us to follow Him out of the temptation through truth. John 14:17 says, “The Spirit of truth…you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”
1 Peter 5:8 says that the devil seeks those he can devour. Verse 9 says, “Resist him steadfast in the faith…” The Holy Spirit will lead us out of the temptation and help us to stand against the wiles of the devil. He is our Defense.
Psalm 71:2-3 says, “Deliver me in Your righteousness, and cause me to escape; incline Your ear to me, and save me. Be my strong refuge, to which I may resort continually; You have given the commandment to save me, for You are my rock and my fortress.”