Mostly I picked it up because of the provocative title, and to be fair, I had no idea what it was about until I started to dig into it a few weeks later. Anyways, it turns out that the bait of Satan is in fact offense… 2 Tim 2:24-26 makes it clear that when we bit the bait, there is only one outcome, and that is that we are doing the will of Satan.
Offense takes many different forms, so here are some common offense-producing situations to get your mind working:
- Someone says or does something against our sense of justice. We feel we are owed something as a result.
- Something good happens to someone else, and we feel the need to justify ourselves – perhaps finding something good that we’ve done or experienced as well, completely missing the opportunity to rejoice with our friend.
- Someone overlooks something you did, and you feel you deserve recognition
It is important to recognize that offense can be either real or perceived, but either way it is just as powerful in its hold upon our hearts. The other thing that we must recognize is that offense is always a choice. In the same way that two people can be in the same situation, and one feels humiliated and the other doesn’t notice, so offense is also an inward reaction to outward events. It is a decision of the heart. That means that is never beyond our control.
Another topic The Bait of Satan discusses is Jesus as the Rock of Offense. Jesus is called this in the Bible, and if you’re honest, there’s a good chance that you harbor offense against God, because of something that He’s either done, or that we blame Him for.
There’s a lot of good solid meat in The Bait of Satan… enough that I basically used the topic of offense for about 6 -7 weeks’ worth of material in the Bible study I lead.
Looking back a few months down the road, I know this book had quite a deep impact on me and my own life. As such, I highly recommend it for every Christian to read.
You can find The Bait of Satan on Amazon.