Skip to main content

MANIPULATION

Manipulation is a strong word or subject in this generation yet we sit and watch the degeneration it causes to our generation everyday and in our everyday situation.
- To manipulate is to negotiate, control or influence for one’s advantage.
It’s all about using people to achieve the desired outcome.
Manipulation is more than being selfish or being self-centred. It is self-seeking!

On a daily basis even the best of us is manipulated spiritually, emotionally, financially and beyond, yet we seem to be satisfied claiming to find our way around it.


This post aims to open your eyes to the very tricky ways manipulations take effect in our Emotional life through relationships, Financial life through money(the most common and least means of exchange)  and the very spiritual manipulation you do not think exist.
 
There are instructions that should guide how a believer should act morally(take note) and if we will look deeply into this, we will see the simplicity that manipulation can result from self and not necessarily witchcraft as popularly alleged.

The scriptures give a basic instruction to every individual:
Philippians 2:3 – let nothing be done through strife/vain-glory, but in loneliness of mind let each esteem others better than theirselves.
- this is a revelation anyone of us can fall into the trap of manipulation and become the manipulator unknowingly.
The Bible further taught us how to judge moves by men, you have just refused to see it.  See the simplicity in this and don’t confuse this with discernment(the gift of the Spirit; discerning of Spirits).
- Galatians 2:4 – and that because of false brethren(men that refused to follow the scripture above but are yet spiritual: tongue talking, consistent in church activities)  unawares brought in,  who came in to privily spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus,  that they might into bondage. [emphasis added]
- For ye suffer, if a man bring you into bondage, if a man devour[you], if a man take[of you], if a man exalt himself,  if a man smite you on the face. (2 Corinthians 11:20)      

And for those among us(men) that have chosen manipulations, to be manipulators:
1 Thessalonians 4:6 – and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things,  just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you.

Manipulators: This is who they are!
- Manipulation is the act of insisting on getting it’s own way,  regardless of what the other person needs.
Manipulation is an unwillingness to let go and let God. It is utilizing the power of the flesh rather than trusting in God’s power.  It seeks ones glory, vindication or some similar benefits for self rather than the wellness of the other person.

Thus, the only evidence of a manipulator is: Self-Centredness leaving the other party with a lack of choice!
Even Jesus Christ our Lord gave us a choice.
- I set before you life and death,  choose one ( Deuteronomy 30:15-20)

He further advised or admonished that we choose life. The choose life here shouldn’t be confused. It’s an advice and never a force on you. That’s the power of choice. This is what proves the absence of manipulation.
- We are constrained in the Kingdom but not by legalism. It’s the love of God that constrains us.
So when we give ourselves uncomfortable boundaries e.g. fasting and prayers, it is a resultant effect of the Love shed abroad in our hearts. It is not as if God took away the power to choose. After all,  the proof of obedience is when you are given the opportunity to disobey!



Emotional Manipulation: The test of all relationships to see the signs of manipulation  is to give a man or woman access into your life and see if they trample on the power of your choice.
- Give them your love with a choice: see if they come back or not.
This define who they are!

Therefore, any relationship whether marital, love relationships, business relationship or employer-employee relationship that attempts to extract the power of choice is a manipulation!


It becomes witchcraft when you are aware and still choose to control the other person!

To prove an emotional life free of manipulation, at every point of  your relationships, the power to choose must remain intact!

Financial Manipulation: Avoid jobs/business relationships that exploits you till you are used. NOT till you feel used. (it’s normal to feel used once you are in active use). I am talking about employments or businesses that do not cause you to appreciate NOT ones that do not appreciate you.                   
This is a clear sign of financial manipulation.

Spiritual Manipulation: is a technique used by some abusive churches and preferably cult groups to control individuals and acquire gain all the while giving the impression that their teachings are based on the Bible.
- Churches in this category take scriptures out of context in order to support their beliefs without a witness in your spirit not the testimony of Jesus Christ.
- Churches in this category launch half truths; scriptures are most times lifted to authorize their messages and not God’s idea nor the Kingdoms portrait on such subjects.
- The leadership in this category tells you what to give (offerings, seeds etc.)

Spiritual manipulators during a conversation between Christians, will say: “The Lord has told me this and that....... “. This phrase is potentially positioned to shut down the other party in the conversation because since God has spoken a word,  there shouldn’t  be any further discussions.

Do not be fooled, be wise to know when it’s manipulations and avoid manipulators at your best.

With Kingdom love,
Oluwatobiloba Oshunbiyi.


--------------------------------- Information Desk ------------------------------------

Have you been blessed by this article?
There's more to Covenant of Life than this blog.


Why don't you see a list of our initiatives and look through which is best designed for you here.

Feel led to give to us or you want to partner with us? Click here.

Join our fellowship every 2nd Sunday, 3rd Friday & Sunday of the Month if you close to our Matogun Centre in Ogun State, Nigeria.
We will be glad to have you as you will be glad you came. Click here to read more about the Fellowship.

Have you seen our new blog post?
- Topic: The Kingdom
Click, read and share with others.




Popular posts from this blog

THE 7 DISPENSATIONS IN THE BIBLE

Dispensationalism is a method of interpreting history that divides God’s work and purposes toward mankind into different periods of time. Usually, there are seven dispensations identified, although some theologians believe there are nine. Others count as few as three or as many as thirty-seven dispensations. 

In this article, we will limit ourselves to the seven basic dispensations found in scripture.

THE MYSTERY OF HIS PRESENCE

Have you ever wondered why God will not honour the words of certain men and honour that of another?
Have you ever thought about something  like this or experienced this:
The Bible says .....You shall lay your hands upon the sick and they will recover(Mark 16:18b). You laid your hands and instead of a recovery, you found a discovery – that the man is not healed and the sickness/disease has back-fired. This can be painful......  until a young man comes and at the sound of his voice, the infirmity flees.
Has this ever bothered you?
Or that a man speaks into existence instantly what you have been begging God for with fasting and prayers.




I bring you a mystery today!

THE REVIVAL AND THE MOVES OF GOD

Genesis 2:4-6
[4]These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,
[5]And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.
[6]But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

God had not caused it to rain upon the earth because there was no man. God is helpless without a man and will never be able to send down His rain(move) on earth without a man.

Thus, there are two elements that makes up the move of God:
1. A man
2. Territories

What is the Move of God?
The move of God is God moving men through roles in His agenda which births events called Revivals.
A revelation of Alignment!

Kingdom advancement is territorial and not just personal. The value system of the kingdom must translate from you and be reflected in your…

GOD'S UNIVERSAL AGENDA: THE EVERLASTING KINGDOM.

There is a kingdom which transcend beyond kingdoms that are bound by time, which is ruled by vanity. This Kingdom is void of human corruption, absent of pain and hatred. This Kingdom is eternal and sovereign.
It is known as the Kingdom of God.

THE 21ST CENTURY MIRACLE

Isaiah 8:17-18
[17]And I will wait upon the LORD, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him.
[18]Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.


God hides himself from a generation that they may seek Him. And only those that seek Him in a generation finds Him. These ones become Signs(Systems of Reference) and do Wonders!
It is only those that know(have found) their God that are: Strong(a sign)and do Exploits(Wonders)!


Thus, you are the miracle your Generation needs!

You are a sign for signs; you're supernatural.
You are a sign for wonders; you're a miracle.
You are for signs and wonders.
But do you know the miracle this century needs?


As a miracle for you to happen, you have to understand the difference between signs, wonders and miracles. The illustration attached above explains this.

Having seen thus;
1. Do not confuse the signs for all believers as mi…