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The Bait of Satan: Living Free From the Deadly Trap of Offense (10th Anniversary Edition with Devotional Supplement) Paperback

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 263 pages
  • Publisher: Charisma House; Revised edition (May 24, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159185413X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591854135
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (316 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Bevere is the author of ECPA and CBA top sellers, Thus Saith the Lord?, Breaking Intimidation, The Fear of the Lord and The Bait of Satan. John is dedicated to seeing this nation brought to revival and restoration. To pursue this purpose he founded John Bevere Ministries in 1990. John and wife, Lisa, live in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with their four children.


More About the Author

John Bevere and his wife Lisa are the founders of Messenger International, an organization established to teach, reach, and rescue. A minister and best-selling author, John delivers messages of uncompromising truth with boldness and passion. His desire is to support the local church and resource leaders regardless of location, language, or financial position. To this end, his resources have been translated into over 60 languages.

John is father to his four boys and adopted daughter-in-law and g-daddy to Asher and Sophia. He is (almost) a scratch golfer, and his favorite sports team is the Detroit Red Wings. When he's home, you can find John playing cards with his family or trying to convince Lisa to take up golf. To connect with John, be sure to follow him on Twitter (@johnbevere).

Customer Reviews

John Bevere's "The Bait of Satan: Living free form the Deadly Trap of Offense" is a great book that all Christians need to read.
Sean Flaherty
Learning to apply the Godly principles included in this book by forgiving and loving unconditionally as God does wil help us stay in the will of God.
Terri Lynn Pierce
This book will wake you up and it will open your eyes to the sneaky ways the enemy can come in and destroy your life and relationships.

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132 of 140 people found the following review helpful By Linda S. Whitesell on January 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
I loved this book so much I purchased the curriculum. This book teaches that unforgiveness springs forth from being offended at any number of things, but it does NOT teach that we can not be indignant of actions, words, or authorities that go against the Word of the Lord. Neither does the book teach that we are to blindly accept those in authority over us. There's a difference between being offended and holy indignation.

Here's where I WAS: "I am smarter than you, stronger in character than you, and farther in my Christian walk than you are. What you say bears no relevance because I have already marked those in whom I place my earthly trust, and you are not one of them." What a dangerous place to be!

Here is where I AM NOW: We all say things and do things that are not in complete obedience to God, even if our walk with Him has been long and fruitful. At the very least, we might commit small sins of pride or vanity, regarding ourselves as indignant in a holy way, but we are really self-righteously indignant. Because of the teaching in this book, I have come to recognize that I can not affect how others behave, but I can affect how I react. I can CHOOSE to take the bait or I can CHOOSE to forgive, to learn, and to move on.

I'm such a different person now - like night and day. I had no idea that my being offended at so many little things was standing in the way of achieving my full potential as a Christian. Now I do.

For those who feel condemned when reading this book. Don't. Conviction in your heart isn't condemnation, for there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus. Let the Holy Spirit minister to you!
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72 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Gerald Khoo on May 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
Every single person has been offended one time or other. How do I know? The Bible says it is so! No one who lives in a time like this is free from offense, but the offense does not need to color the way we see things, how we view life, and how we perceive the people who have offended us. The offense can grow to become bitterness and take root in our lives. This book helps us identify that we have been offended, and the great need to forgive and release the offense.

"Offended people produce much fruit, such as hurt, anger, outrage, jealousy, resentment, strife, bitterness, hatred, and envy. Some of the consequences of picking up an offense are insults, attacks, wounding, division, separation, broken relationships, betrayal, and backsliding." (pg. xiv)

Why is the book entitled "The Bait of Satan"? Well, Bevere explains that the Greek word for "offend" in Luke 17:1 comes from the word skandalon, which originally referred to the part of the trap which the bait was attached. Hence, the word signifies laying a trap in someone's way. In the New Testament it often describes an entrapment used by the enemy.

The following are some quotes from the book:
- Our response to an offense determines our future.
- An offended Christian is one who takes in life but because of fear, cannot release it.
- When we filter everything through past hurts, rejections, and experiences, we find it impossible to believe God.
- There is only one person who can get you out of the will of God, and that is you!
- It is righteous for God to avenge His servants. It is unrighteous for God's servants to avenge themselves.
- Acquiring an offense keeps you from seeing your character flaws because blame is deferred to another.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
I buy copies of this book to give to new Christians, old Christians and people I sponsor in recovery programs. I strongly recommend this to anyone who is seriously following after God. Satan wants to destroy you, and this is his common "M.O." laid out and exposed.
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157 of 206 people found the following review helpful By Ginger Taylor on August 10, 2007
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Forgiveness is important, vital to the Christian life, but this book does not give an accurate picture of the forgiveness taught by Jesus.

The premise of the book, stated in the first few pages, is this: Jesus forgives everyone, so we must forgive everyone.

Except that Jesus does not forgive everyone. Unlike love, forgiveness is conditional. He OFFERS forgiveness to everyone, but only gives it to those who have repented of their sin.

Forgiveness in the church is to work the same way. If someone who claims to be a Christian is in sin, (overlooking the small stuff) we are to confront that person in love. If they repent, then forgiveness is to be offered immediately and their offense is to be completely wiped off the books. If we can't forgive properly after someone has properly repented, then we are in sin and have our own idols to confront.

If however, the offending party does not confess their sin and clean up the mess they made (the biblical description of repentance found in Numbers 5:5-6), other Christians are not supposed to just forgive him and move on. Matthew 18 teaches that they are to confront him again in a larger group, then again by the local body as a whole, and then if they still will not make things right, they are to be turned out of the body. Those in the body are to continue to go to him and encourage him to clean things up and return, but Christians are not to be in good standing in the body of Christ when they will not repent of their sin. (1 Cor 5) Period.

This is an important process for weeding out the tares. If someone claims to be a Christian, but refuses to be held accountable after repeatedly being confronted lovingly from scripture, then he just might not actually be a Christian.
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