Do you find yourself having a hard time forgiving someone who has wronged you? Do you have a current relationship you are struggling to navigate? If so, you may be stuck in the trap of offense.
Spiritually speaking, we have an enemy who prowls like a lion waiting to devour and destroy our marriages, our families, our relationships, us. I recently read a book, which made me think deeper into what that might mean.
The Bait of Satan by John Bevere is one of two books I have read in the past decade (besides my Bible of course) with a life-altering message. A message I hope I will not soon forget. From the first chapter I knew it was going to be profound yet challenging.
For instance, consider the following example, “Anyone who has trapped animals knows that a trap needs two things to be successful: It must be hidden in the hope that an animal will stumble upon it, and it must be baited to lure the animal into the trap’s deadly jaws.”
The book, written story-style, is packed with examples and Scripture-stating. It describes how our enemy, Satan, has a tactic he uses against us regularly, and it is effective. He states the trap of offense “imprisons countless Christians, severs relationships, and widens existing breaches between us.” The devil is cunning and crafty. He thrives in deception, he is the master of treachery.
At first, the idea sounded a bit simplistic. I wasn’t sure the argument would hold up through an entire book. The further into the book I read, the more I saw the truth behind the trap of offense, and the more I wanted to know. I was surprised and a bit shocked how many times the Bible deals with offense and the dangers of it.
The first several chapters explain the main concept of the book using real life examples and Scripture. It does not leave you in despair! Again, using examples and Scripture, The Bait of Satan leaves you with the weaponry needed to win the battle, spot and avoid future traps, and “stay free from offense.”
Each chapter begins with a testimony from previous readers. At the end of each chapter is a section called “Declarations,” which is a mixture of prayers and Scripture.
The epilogue is a short chapter packed full of helpful actions including a prayer and more Scripture. The 10th anniversary edition closes with a complete 30-day devotional written to help your heart dig into Scripture. Honestly, I did not do the devotionals.
Navigating this world can be hard. Knowing our enemy’s tactics and aligning our minds and hearts with God’s Word helps us live in victory and gives us the freedom to love well.
Two words of caution concerning The Bait of Satan
First, I never, ever, recommend anything I read without checking out the author. During my research of this author, I discovered he has past affiliation with Benny Hinn. Without going into detail, I am not a fan of Benny Hinn, and I did not know this before I read this book. I’ll confess had I known this in advance, I probably would not have read it. Saying that, I would have missed a fantastic read. My advice: don’t throw out the baby with the bath water. It’s a great book.
Secondly, I rarely agree fully with anything I read, and I’m sure no one who listens or reads my content ever fully agrees with everything I say. In one section of Bevere’s book, he pushes, rather strongly, what I consider an unbiblical view of being filled with the Holy Spirit. He’s clearly Pentecostal, and I have many Pentecostal friends. Bevere believes speaking in tongues is evidence of being filled with the Holy Spirit. I do not. This would mean Billy Graham, Warren Wiersbe, John MacArthur, Charles Spurgeon, and many other mighty men of God were not/are not filled with the Holy Spirit. That’s nonsense. You may believe differently than I, and I’m good with that, but I feel it necessary to share that although I may recommend a book, I still may not agree with or endorse everything in it.
Overall, The Bait of Satan is an excellent read, and I’m a better man for applying it to my life. I highly recommend The Bait of Satan by John Bevere. It will help you with challenging relationships, forgiveness, and conflicts. I was surprised at how many stories resonated with me and how the Holy Spirit worked to unearth areas in my heart where I was harboring bitterness, painful memories, and resentment instead of releasing them to the Lord. I pray this book is as helpful to you as it was to me.