It was breathtaking exploring the people, food, and culture of Greece. A few years ago a teacher gifted me the gift of a trip to Greece. Yup you heard correctly Greece. Along the journey of touring, I bumped into a few language barriers. This stirred up feelings of discomfort, fear, lack of direction, hunger, and unconnectedness. When we don’t know our heavenly father’s voice we experience those same feelings.
In my last post, I wrote an introduction to this new Series. If you didn’t get a chance to read it here New Series Introduction: Spiritual Manipulation . Spiritual Manipulation is deception and control meshed together. It’s the illusion of someone appearing to be more spiritual and thinking they are the only ones with access to God. This access is used over a person for personal gain. A random example could be someone saying God told me to tell you to do my homework for me. Of course, God didn’t say that but because they are in need they use God’s word. And because the person doesn’t know the true voice of God they believe it. ( This is just a minor example.) Condemnation is used to make one feel guilty if the person says no. Or if you are not connected to a certain ministry you may be made to feel you’re falling away from God. It starts subtle and before you know it your signing over your life and allowing others to make decisions for you because you believe God told them to tell you to do it. God is personal with his children he doesn’t play monkey in the middle.
I don’t remember how I came across this great story in 1 King 13. But when I read it I knew I had to share it with you. You gotta read the story when you have time. Heres the short version. There was a man God sent from Judah to give a word for the people of Bethel. The Lord’s specific instructions were to refrain from eating and drinking in town and to leave the town in a direction than the way he came in. The man of God was done in the town. He began walking a different path out of the town and he was offered and tempted food and drink he resisted. Along his journey, he met an ” Older Prophet”. The older prophet’s sons told their father about how they offered the young prophet a meal and why he declined. For some odd reason, the young prophet’s connection with God sparked the older prophet’s attention and he made it his business to mislead him. He found the young prophet and told him ” The Lord told me to tell you its okay to bring you back to my home to share a meal” The only issue with this is the lord gave him specific instructions not to eat nor drink.
Something very intriguing about this story the misleading was done by a PROPHET. I feel God used this to show us anyone can mislead us. A spiritual title doesn’t exclude poor judgment or poor behavior. The ending of this story resulting in the young prophet losing his life. To someone people, this may just be some random story; but God is saying loud and clear not following his word can lead to us losing our lives. Because God is our protector and our shield and if we don’t listen to him we are placing ourselves in harm’s way. So many of us are like this young prophet have heard God’s instructions and instead, we choose the voice of the person we placed above God. Leadership is great but not greater than God. The young prophet was slain by a lion; it sounds harsh God didn’t spare his life maybe so ours can be spared. And to teach there are consequences when we place others above God and when we don’t fully trust God. I’m writing this all from personal experience of years of misleading and manipulation. But I’m no victim because many times I knew I heard the voice of the lord yet because of wanting to be liked I just did what others told me to do. I handed over my power. But not anymore. The best thing we can do for ourselves is to HEAL. When we are not emotional stables we are easy targets. I pray this series informs, supports, and encourages you to build a personal relationship with God so you are no target.
So many of us are handing over our power and are blinded by deception because of the following inner battles:
Lack of Identity: When we don’t know who we are we willingly for anyone without caution to prophesies into our lives.
Lack of Trust In God: We still don’t believe we can lean on God. We trust Youtube, Google more than God.
Lack of self-esteem: We don’t believe God would want to talk to us,
Lack of Patience: Because God may not answer when we want the answer so we go to people who will answer our questions right away verse seeking God and trusting Him to give insight.
Lack of Intimacy and fellowship with God: We don’t know God’s voice because we don’t read his word, pray, worship
Lack of Christian community ( Isolation): We are just out here with no community to intercede for us and pray together.
Lack of Reverance of God: We respect people who have big platforms, not God. So many of us turn to people with big followings before we go into the presence of God.
I just want to say these things above arent to make anyone feel condemn trust me every one of these has been a battle or I’m still overcoming but God’s people need to hear this.
Thanks for reading. Love you but God loves you more.
If you haven’t accepted Jesus in your heart and you would like to, here’s a prayer you can pray and get connected to a local church.
Lord Jesus, for too long I’ve kept you out of my life. I know that I am a sinner and that I cannot save myself. No longer will I close the door when I hear you knocking. By faith, I gratefully receive your gift of salvation. I am ready to trust you as my Lord and Savior. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for coming to earth. I believe you are the Son of God who died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead on the third day. Thank you for bearing my sins and giving me the gift of eternal life. I believe your words are true. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus, and be my Savior. Amen. This prayer is from Dr.Ray Pritchard found