The Bait of Satan, John Bevere, Charisma House, revised 2004.
The back cover of this book greets us with the words, ‘The Bait of Satan exposes one of the most deceptive snares Satan uses to get believers out of the will of God – offence. Most people who are ensnared by the bait of Satan don’t even realise it.
This is a very readable book, with real connections into our lives. It gives explanations why we feel compelled to tell our side of the story. It also helps us to stop rehearsing our past hurts, and then begin to regain trust after someone has offended us deeply. Every one of us encounter offense, but our reaction to it can determine our future and our relationship with God. The author, John Bevere points out that when offense is handled correctly then we can become stronger rather than being bitter. It takes effort, he says, to stay free from offense, and notes that Paul compares it to exercising. If we exercise our bodies, then we are less prone to injury. So too, Bevere suggests, if we practise forgiveness, then we can handle offense without injury. The book also deals with some very taxing offences and assures that if we keep the love of God as our motivation we will not fail.
The subject of the book is challenging, but it is written in such as manner as to encourage us with the possibilities of success.