Let me address this: In this hour there are far too many persons in leadership positions dealing with the spirit of offense.
When leaders deals with this spirit, they often mistake suspicion, as the spirit of discernment.
They will think persons are hating on them, attacking them, or trying to destroy them, when in reality, what they are feeling and seeing is coming from a hurt and wounded place.
Offense causes you to be off balance Spiritually, because you judge everything from your place of pain.
A person offended, is always assuming people have agendas, or their imagination makes them see something derogatory in everything they hear or read.
I have watched offended persons lose valuable friendships, because an offended person carries a turbulent atmosphere around them.
They are easy to get angry and upset and they say and do things that sometimes gives you the impression that they are having mental issues.
One day they are all right, happy, laughing, showing love, and the next day they may go off on everybody they come in contact with, because the enemy is stirring up their imagination.
Having a relationship with a offended person is very difficult, because you have to walk on eggshells around them, because you never know what to do or say around them, or what can set them off.
I’m seeing so many leaders carrying this spirit and it is causing damage, because they wound the sheep, because they feel like they are attacking them, if they question them or if they disagree with them concerning something, or they don’t react to them like they want them.
I have seen ministry relationships destroyed because a leader was always suspicious of those whom God sends to work with them, and they would reject or run off those who were sent to connect with them.
This spirit is causing havoc in this hour, and it takes a lot of spiritual strength to work with an offended person to get them delivered, because they will justify their pain and wounds and won’t face the realization, that they have become angry and bitter, often from something that happen a while ago.
As I deal with leaders who walk in offense, I find my hardest struggle with them is getting them to admit that they have issues and that they are operating from a hurting place.
Their preaching and often even their prophesying, is done from that afflicted place and they lash out at the people bitterly in their sermons, or they always prophesying that people are going to die for coming against them.
Trying to get them to see that they not truly hearing the voice of God, but are operating from unforgiveness bitterness and hate, is sometimes a long process, because most persons in leadership positions have a hard time receiving correction and rebuke when they have been hurt and wounded.
Many times they will feel remorseful when they have driven someone away, but they yet won’t admit it and face the fact that they are the reason that the relationship with those they connect to, has collapsed.
When a person won’t admit they have issues, then they can’t receive the help they need to get free.
You see, offended people carry a strong spirit of pride and rebellion. Their pride won’t let them humble themselves to correction and so they rebel even against the word of God that tries to correct them.
It’s time now for us to deal with our REAL SELF, the person who needs deliverance, the person who yet is holding on to pain, hurt and misery, the person who has spiritually been wounded and can’t let go.
When we get real with ourselves, then we can be set free.
Today, let’s all take a good look in the mirror. Let’s not point the finger at anybody else. Let’s not make any excuses. Let’s not accuse anybody else, but let’s just work on ourselves.
Today let’s just say, it’s not anybody’s fault that we are holding on to toxic emotions that are causing us to act out in ungodly ways toward people.
Today, let’s really go before the LORD in prayer and say, “It’s me! It’s me oh Lord! standing in need.”
You see, no matter what we say, we can’t have a new beginning if we yet have the same issues and problems.
How can we go into our new, with our old yet operating in our lives?
It’s time for freedom. It’s time for victory. It’s time to be made free!
Today let’s decide we are not going to walk in offense and unforgiveness any more, but we are going to seek God, and also get help from somebody who’s not going to talk about us, but genuinely help us to be liberated from those things that have us bound to pains, hurts and wounds that came from situations and people whom we have not forgiven!
Today, start your process of deliverance and victory and know that it’s time for you to be who God has made you to be.
Deliverance is available. You just have to humble yourself and receive it.
~ Apostle Barbara R. Thomas
Apostle Barbara R. Thomas is founder of I Come to Heal Ministries, A Woman’s touch Ministry, The Next Dimension Global Outreach Ministries and Spoken Word School of Ministry and is on a mission, traveling the world, proclaiming the Gospel, for souls to be won to the Kingdom of God. She has life mandate to help bring others to their divine purpose.