The Bait Of Satan: Living Free from the Deadly Trap of Offense
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The Bait Of Satan: Living Free from the Deadly Trap of Offense

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Escape the enemy's deadly trap!The Bait of Satan exposes one of the most deceptive snares Satan uses to get believers out of the will of God--offense. Most people who are ensnared by the bait of Satan don't even realize it. Don't be fooled! You will encounter offense, and it's up to you how it will affect your relationship with God. Your response will determine your future...more
Paperback, 10th Anniversary Edition (Devotional Supplement Included), 255 pages
Published May 24th 2004 by Charisma House (first published 1994)
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This is a book that everyone should read... Seriously! It is about what happens when we take Offense and how Satan will use that against us in our own lives. It sounds intense but if you want some relief in your life and growth, this is a MUST READ! It's teaching me sooooo much and praise God for that!
Traci Alverson
Offense leads to sin, which leads to separation from God and others. We are so easily offended, but this book opened my eyes to the ways in which to overcome offense.
Tim Bariteau
May 24, 2012 Tim Bariteau rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christians, pastors, everybody
Deception is so...unfair!

A deceived person, by the very nature of deception, has no possible way of knowing they are being deceived. That is, unless someone shines a light onto the issue, revealing the truth to them and exposing the lies for what they truly are...lies and deception. I was given such a revelation this past week, when I read "THE BAIT OF SATAN: Living Free from the Deadly Trap of Offense” by John Bevere.

If you had asked me two weeks ago if I was offended by anybody, or if I was h...more
This book was so enlightening, revealing, empowering. It talks about the topic of offense and how to get rid of offenses in one's life to be unoffendable. I didn't realize how many things and people offended me.

God really spoke to me very loudly as I read this book, which took 2 weeks as I allowed God to let the words sink in and as I took action. It was very freeing for me to recognize how I was offended, to seek forgiveness and to extend it.

It released me from lifelong bondage I'd had of being...more
For me personally, this book held a great message. I read it in a group and also passed the book on to some friends, and I noticed that some people took issue with how he worded things, but for me the message that he had really spoke through whatever odd trappings might have surrounded it. At the heart of this book is a Biblical message which every Christian should hear and take to heart: we don't have the right to hold bitterness in our hearts, no matter how legitimately we've been wronged.
In war the enemy gets the upperhand by cutting off communication amongst the soliders. Without communication, one is often alone without any idea of what should be done next. Offense is the tactic Satan uses to cut communication and create separation. At that point, he can attack and destroy quickly, swiftly and without interference. This book gives tons of examples and situations backed by the Word to help us understand, recognize and reject the bait of satan.
Steven Jacke
This book is interesting. It is rare that I agree with the conclusions of a point so often, while not agreeing with almost all of the ways it got there.

I agree that being offended is bad. Too often, Christians get offended and then leave their church, their relationships, etc. Too often people get offended and hold onto it, not forgiving, and letting the offense consume their insides. Christians can refuse to speak truthfully out if fear of offending a donor or powerful person. Christians can be...more
John Weston
WOW! This is for anyone who has been hurt by anyone, or who has hurt anyone. It is not a sappy, feel-good book. It will rock your faith to the core. I didn't read at first because of the title, but offence, then the fruit of that, unforgiveness, keeps so many from a fruitful life, and even from Heaven. I wish so many in the church would read this who have been hurt by pastors and other Christians.
An excellent read. I always thought this book wouldn't be for me, as I'm not the type to hold grudges against people, but I found that there were little nooks where the devil had popped in some offense, and I was only not responding because I had blocked myself off to such offenses. An eye-opening read - definitely for everyone, even if you feel that you forgive easily.
Jan 05, 2013 Donna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: adults
Recommended to Donna by: my small group leader
There was not a person in our small group that did not feel blessed by this book and the workbook. The 30 day devotional supplement at the back of the book added to our education. Personally, I never realized how many wasted hours I spent being offended. This book broke through my denial and have me real hope for escaping the trap. Both books will be in my library read over section. One of my favorite quotes is "Often we judge ourselves by our intentions and everyone else by their actions. It is...more
Mar 07, 2007 natallybratally added it
Recommends it for: anyone who has been offended before
This book taught me the value of someones word. And that not to take their word for face value all the time..
Offense is a snare that, many times, leads to bitterness, even hatred. It taught me to look at myself and how I speak to others, what words that I choose, and to choose them carefully.. Think before reacating to anothers words..
It showed me, that I had unforgivness and offense, BOTH directly and indirectly related to me... Also, never to leave or end relationships on the basis of offense,...more
This is for sure a book for the convinced Christian. The title kind of says it all, really. I got this as a gift from Dale's sister and it speaks to forgiveness and freeing yourself for your greater purpose. That God expects us to work towards real reconciliation. Solid Biblical examples from the old and new testament back up each chapter and it could be used as a class exercise, if you re-worked the devotional section into class exercises.

The only problem is that it could be too personal or ve...more
After finding myself wounded by my own Pastor and friend I reached for this book. This book was very helpful in understanding the dangers of holding to offenses that cause strife and divisions between our Christian family and the church. John Bevere guides you through scripture that will both encourage and convict you and in the end help you recognize the bait of Satan so you can move away from bitterness and back into a place of peace. Everyone will likely experience a deep offense at some poin...more
Ragy Nekhela
great book. If you are having problems with people in your church. If you are hurt from a believer like you. If you can't deal with the ones who hurt you. If you are STUMBLED... How to deal with your broken heart, how to forgive, to stay away from stumbling others. To act like what Jesus Christ did. Do not hesitate to tell the truth if the Holy Spirit tells you to do so even if it is stumbling, but never stumble the others for the sake of your personal interest. The importance of the act of forg...more

This was recommended to me by a friend from church, and is the book the church uses for a course on spiritual cleansing- I would actually like to study this with others to see if I would gain any more insight. Bevere's theme is on offense, and how taking offense and harboring unforgiveness are poisonous to us. Exercising forgiveness is like exercising any muscle: you have to use it all the time. The outline of the book was a little vague, so while there was a lot of valuable info and scripture...more
Bob Flores
I have had pieces of this teaching, but not the whole enchilada. Eye opening! I loved how he kept reinforcing the message as found throughout scripture.
Michelle R
Jan 24, 2014 Michelle R is currently reading it
Recommends it for: Anyone dealing with unforgiveness
Recommended to Michelle R by: Holy Spirit
It teaches you that offenses is the bait of satan. I recognized offense when it came and was able to make a decision by the power of the Holy Spirit. Will you take the offense, the bait of satan or will you release it and walk in forgiveness? The choice is yours!
I learned about offense and how to handle offense when it comes. I went through a process of coming face to face with my unforgiveness, resentment, retaliation, anger, hatred, violence, murder, down to the root of Bitterness! I was amaze...more
In The Bait of Satan, John Bevere shows how Satan uses offense to turn believers against those we are called to bring to Christ, and against each other. This is one of Satan's primary means of operation and, since offense is so prevalent, this book is an excellent resource. As usual, I tried to soak up everything Bevere was saying because it was just too good to breeze through. Some things in this book I knew already, but many things about offense and how to handle it were new. Once again, afte...more
Rock Rockwell
Aug 21, 2007 Rock Rockwell rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who have offfended or have been offended
Shelves: counseling
A challenge to push grace to the extreme! I particularly liked the prayer of repentance for people who offended me - I have inserted names regularly. Half the book is for reading, the last half is a workbook to follow along with each chapter. The workbook is good to use for personal study or small group discussions. There are some weak theological points that are a little out of balance with the whole of Scripture (antinomian arguments), but I enjoyed the push to act on forgiveness (as God has f...more
Evelyn Akilla
The book is powerful and i will recommend it to every child og God.
While this is a terrific book, I must admit following it isn't always the easiest. The back & forth from back to front is a bit much for me {and some other friends of mine too}I wish the book was done a little differently. Not the material but, how it is presented. I wish it followed an easier layout where all the reading & questions for that chapter were together.

Each chapter requires a lot of honest "introspective evaluation" and if you follow the recommended study, I feel it moves too...more
Jeannie Burkhardt
Excellent. This knowledge will set you free.
Fantastic book that gives one a lot to examine in your own life. Its amazing how Satan uses little everyday things to hamper our walk with God. Don't let offenses be one of them. Read this book!
Linda Brown
Loved this book. A lot to think about.
Jerry Huffman
This book helped explain many principles from the Scriptures that I was blind to, and definitely not applying prior to rededicating my life to Christ back on March 1st of 2010. The most important idea being that we can be walking in offense and unforgiveness and not even realize it. We can become like a poisonous spring of water which we keep drinking and not even realize it is killing us. I thank the Lord and John Bevere for helping with taking a few more steps hopefully in the right direction....more
Joe Parks
Wow! This book was mandatory reading during the Cleansing Stream course. Cathleen & I laugh because we would've never pulled this off the shelf... just the title alone makes us walk right by. Thank goodness it was required reading because this book is an eye eye opener folks!
I barely got through the prologue, introduction and 1st chapter when I was blown away.
Then the core message within the book hits you in chapter 2 "offended, me?"
I highly recommend reading this book. It wil...more
Cheryl Brinkley martin
Apr 16, 2013 Cheryl Brinkley martin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone on the Planet
Packed full of Freedom!
Every Single Person on the planet should read this book. Give it to Every person you love! Everyone gets offended. Even when we can justify it DON'T! Satan is smiling and you are losing. When we get offended we are refusing the opportunity to learn the truth. I have read this twice and have gifted it.
The freedom I have received from this truth can not be expressed! It's like the freedom of forgiveness, You are the one in control, and You are the one set Free.
Words can't describe the healing journey I have embarked through this book. Forgiveness, introspection and humility are together a healing and restoring process that takes an immense amount of courage to fulfill. Within the pages of this book, I have found vital tools and revelation that have built my courage to to resist the effects of offenses. Not only have I experienced more peace, but I have moved passed a blockade that has been set up in my life for a long time.
Dave Etherton
Great read. If you are Christ believer then you need to read this book and avoid giving but more importantly taking offence. At anything.
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