ONE DAY | The Power of Offense | Pastor David Kalamen

Speaker: David Kalamen Date: Aug 13, 2017

Adam slept with Eve his wife. She conceived and had Cain. She said, “I’ve gotten a man, with God’s help!” Then she had another baby, Abel. Abel was a herdsman and Cain a farmer. Time passed. Cain brought an offering to God from the produce of his farm. Abel also brought an offering, but from the firstborn animals of his herd, choice cuts of meat. God liked Abel and his offering, but Cain and his offering didn’t get his approval. Cain lost his temper and went into a sulk.

God spoke to Cain: “Why this tantrum? Why the sulking? If you do well, won’t you be accepted? And if you don’t do well, sin is lying in wait for you, ready to pounce; it’s out to get you, you’ve got to master it.” Cain had words with his brother. They were out in the field; Cain came at Abel his brother and killed him.

God said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “How should I know? Am I his babysitter?” God said, “What have you done! The voice of your brother’s blood is calling to me from the ground. From now on you’ll get nothing but curses from this ground; you’ll be driven from this ground that has opened its arms to receive the blood of your murdered brother. You’ll farm this ground, but it will no longer give you its best. You’ll be a homeless wanderer on Earth….Cain left the presence of God and lived in No-Man’s-Land”
– Gen 4:1-6  

Mark 4 parable – offense leads to a superficial and fruitless Christianity

“It is impossible that no offenses shall come” (Lu 17:1) – the key is our response to them

Greek word for offense is scandalon, where we get the word scandal: it is a trap set to cause one to stumble and be snared (2 Tim 2:24-6)

“A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city…” (Pr 18:19).

Offendedness builds walls to protect ourselves, walls that become a personal prison, limiting our freedom to function

The longer you entertain an offense, the more ensnared we become and the heavier the weight of carrying it becomes

Biblical Illustrations

Cain (Gen 4)
Israel (Ex 14)
Elijah (1 K 18 – 2 K 2)
Peter (Matt 26:33)
Religious people in Christ’s day (Mk 6)

Unoffendable and Free

Don't allow the enemy to snare you
Don't open the door for second-hand offense
Guard over your personal destiny by refusing to entertain offense and allow it to move you away from the presence of God
 Decide to walk the walk of love
Decide to obey the Word and forgive

One Day Can Make a Significant Difference in our Life
Good or Bad

Just because we’ve been wronged and mistreated, we do not have permission to hold on to our offense

(two wrongs don’t make a right)