What the Sin of Offense Does in the Spirit

Has someone wronged you and left you feeling offended? Many don’t know about the sin of offense or what it does in the spiritual realm. Offenses will come, and we have a choice. Will we choose to get bitter and angry, or will we choose to forgive?

We must be careful when someone offends us and understand that they are part of God’s creation. Does this mean you will always agree? No. But it is an opportunity to go to the cross and see the situation from a heavenly perspective. 

Join Rabbi Curt Landry as he explains how the sin of offense allows the enemy to come against you in the Courts of Heaven, hindering your prayers. He answers questions such as…

  • Why is an offense such a “bad thing?”
  • What does walking in an offense look like?
  • What do you do when someone has wronged you, and it seems impossible to forgive?

Don’t miss this powerful podcast. It could be the key to your breakthrough. 

Transcription from Podcast (Revised for Readability)

Rabbi Curt Landry here with Ancient Principles, Kingdom Authority.


One of the reasons for this podcast is to restore the integrity that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. It’s not about legalism, but rather this is our history. This is who created us. And if you believe God’s Word and that He is faithful and true, the more you know about Him and His ways, the more prosperous you’ll be in this life. 

And that’s been my experience, and I share that with you in biblical principles authenticated with actual results and honest testimonies. The scripture says in the book of Revelation that they overcame him, Satan, by the blood of the Lamb and the Word of their testimony, and they love their lives, not onto death.

So I want to bring you real practical things that you can start to adapt and adopt into your habits and patterns and in your life to get better results. So let’s answer your questions about the sin of offense. 

You say, “Can you help us to understand the legal right of the enemy in regard to the offense? Does it affect our authority and our mind, will, and emotions if we choose to walk in or ignore offenses?” 

Well, the answer is yes, yes, and yes. 

The scripture says offenses will come. Let’s take marriage, for example. I’ve done marriage counseling in years past. And there is a legal term used in divorce: incompatible. So if you’re legally incompatible, then you can legally dissolve a covenant contract that you made with man.

Now, with God, it doesn’t work that way, but I think it’s interesting that the word used in divorce is incompatible. Listen, I’ve been married 48 years, and I met Christie, and it really was love or lust or whatever you want to call it at 19 years old, at first sight. And it was for both of us. That was it. 

We dated one time, and we weren’t saved, and we have been together ever since. So listen, I’m not recommending it. I’m just telling you that the attraction was so powerful, and it’s still very powerful. We’re much more powerful together than apart, and we very seldom travel or even go anywhere without each other. And it’s not because we have to need each other; it’s that we actually want to be with each other. So we enjoy that. 

And are we compatible? Absolutely not. She’s almost the polar opposite of me. And so, technically, we could get divorced. I could say, well, we’re incompatible.

  • I’m always on time. 
  • She’s always late. 
  • She’s into the finest detail of things. 
  • I am not.

We may rent a house for a vacation, and she says, “Oh, this is great!” We go into a house, and the first day or day and a half before the kids get there, she’s going to clean the house. 

It could have already been professionally cleaned, and she will still do the Nana thing and clean. Before her grandchildren and her children get into that house, she’s going to go through the whole house, and that’s who she is. She’ll say to me, “You go ahead. Go out and rest on the beach. Do what you’re going to do. Sit by the pool, but I’m going to clean.” She wants to clean the house. We are not the same. We’re not compatible. We are opposites.

So How Does the Marriage Work?

Why do we love each other and want to be together? It’s because we’ve learned how to be compatible with each other. 

  • What’s your strength? 
  • What’s my strength? 

So while she’s cleaning the house, I ask, “What’s my strength?” I go to the store, and I go crazy at the grocery store getting all this food because my love language is food. So I’m going to fix for everyone before they get there, the best meal possible. I know what everybody’s likes are, and I’m going to get an apron on. And while she’s spending five hours cleaning the house, I’m spending five hours usually cooking and preparing the meal and marinating and making sure the grill works, etc. 

So there are two different things, but if you put a wonderful meal and a clean house together, you have a family. But they’re two opposite things.

So the key is what you have to do is you have to learn how to do that outside your marriage and outside your family. 

  • You have to do it with your employees. 
  • You have to do it with co-workers. 
  • You have to do it with the people you network with. 
  • You have to do it with the people you go to church with. 

And the key is don’t get offended by somebody because they don’t agree with you. 

This is What Happens in the Spirit…

People might ask, “Well, why is an offense such a bad thing?” The reason is that God created that person. Now, I don’t know who they’ve become, but God created that person in His image. And so, when you get offended with another human being, you’re getting offended with something God created. And so, the enemy will use that offense in the Courts of Heaven, and it cancels your prayers. 

The Word says when you bring your tithes or offering into the house of God, don’t bring it offended or hold onto it. 

  • “’Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.’”—Matthew 5:23-24

Why is this a principle Yeshua taught? Because when you sow a seed, your offense can cancel the blessing. 

Here’s an example… 

For all my friends in the political mountain, listen, you’re patriarchs and patriots. I’m a patriot. I mean, I’m not called into that mountain. I worked into it for a season. But one of the challenges I faced, and I tried to tell leaders this, is that you can’t verbally curse the other political party because you don’t like them

Many, many years ago, during the intifada in Israel, the Lord said, “You’re not coming back to Israel until you learn how to pray because you’re endangering yourself in spiritual warfare.” We went to Israel 3 to 5 times a year then. And asked Him, “What do you mean…?” He said, “The reason is that you’re cursing Yasser Arafat.”

I thought, “Well, of course, I’m cursing Yasser Arafat. I’m a Jew, and he kills my people.” And the Lord said, “No, I made Yasser Arafat. You don’t have a right to curse him. You’re cursing him, and Satan is accusing you in the Courts in your prayers when you go to the land. I don’t care if you go to Beth-El or Mount Zion, you’re not effective, and you’re suffering sickness and backlash. So you need to pray for Yasser Arafat.” And I thought, “Wow. The Lord’s not going to let me go back to Israel.” 

At that time, we were going regularly. So I had to search my heart, and I said, “Lord, help me to learn how to pray for leadership.” 

I won’t go into all the scripture, but it is very clear. Paul gave a command. He was going to Rome. He said, “Make sure you pray for the leaders.” 


Because when you get offended by the leadership, you must pray for them and repent of offense because it will affect your prayer life. Listen, you don’t have to like their policies or the people, but you do need to pray for them.

What Does It Look Like to Walk in Offense?

People get bitter and angry, have high blood pressure, their cortisone levels go up, mental, emotional, and stress, and dysfunction happen. We have a book we’ve written on emotional healing.

This is What Happens in the Spirit…

Usually, right before a promotion in the spirit occurs, an offense will come. The cortisol kicks in, your brain shuts down, usually you do or say something that can’t be undone and can cancel you from that next promotion or that next place. Praise God for forgiveness. 

However, sometimes, what is said can’t be undone, and you may not be able to fix it. That’s kind of real life. So then, what do you do? Try to get away from saying anything and be calm and ask the Lord to forgive you, and don’t say something you’re going to regret.

What Do I Do When It Seems Impossible to Forgive?

What do you do when it seems impossible to forgive? Go to the cross. Think of Yeshua. Here’s a man who came and did nothing but good. He did not sin. He understood His assignment. And because of this, His skin was torn. His hands were torn apart from the weight of His body hanging on them. He suffocated. He died. He bled and was full of pain all over His body. 

And what does He say? “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”—Luke 23:34

So, how do you forgive when it seems impossible?

When someone wrongs me, and I’m tempted to get offended, I look at my hand. I think, “No hole.” I look at my feet, “No hole.” I have no crown of thorns. I am able to breathe deeply. The skin on my back and my muscle and sinew are all there. No one took a cat o’nine tails and ripped the skin off my back down to my bones. So if Jesus can do that for me, then what this person said, stole, or did to me is nothing in comparison. And if Jesus is asking me to forgive them, He loves them. I’m learning to love them, so I need to follow His path. As a Believer, you can’t afford to be offended. I just know this. You can choose to be offended and bring a curse upon yourself or forgive and receive a blessing. The choice is yours.

Closing Prayer

“Father God, we come to you in Yeshua’s name. Let us never go to bed putting our heads on our pillows without praying for forgiveness for all those who offend us. Scripture says offenses will come, and they’ll even get more and more as the day approaches. It’s just part of life. So, Lord, I choose to release all who have offended and will offend me. And I choose to have a lifestyle of forgiveness. I understand I’m going to have ups and downs, be hurt and mad, but I choose not to stay there. I always choose life. I choose to forgive, and I bless those that curse me, in Yeshua’s name.”

God bless you, and I’ll see you in the next podcast.


Curt Landry, founder of Curt Landry Ministries, and his wife, Christie, travel extensively, preaching and teaching about the Jewish roots of the Christian faith. Together, their passion is to empower families to live and leave Kingdom legacies and understand their own personal heritage.