Sometimes it can be difficult to recognize a manipulate spirit. A manipulative spirit is a spirit that seeks to control you. It seeks supremacy. It seeks to look spiritual while truly doing all it can to ensure that true spirituality is thwarted. A manipulative spirit is a spirit of witchcraft and must be dealt with.
Recently I had an encounter once again with someone who walks in a manipulative spirit. A few years ago this person began an outright assault on me. Recently this person re-injected themselves into my life and I again saw how this spirit tries to seduce people to coming under its control.
A manipulative spirit will do all it can to direct the focus off of what it has done and try to point out the wrongs you have done. A manipulative spirit will say it is sorry for the sin seen in your life. A manipulative spirit may adopt a victim mentality. It cannot take responsibility for its actions because it was someone else’s fault. A manipulative spirit will falsely accuse. It will seek to address your attempt at dealing with the problem as gossip. It will do all it can to ensure that it is right and anyone trying to correct it is wrong. A manipulative spirit will seek to hide wrongs done. It may say that you cannot discuss the situation. It will try to control your speech.
A manipulative spirit is motived by a desire to exalt the self and preserve the self. Jesus calls the self to die. Paul encountered a manipulative spirit. “When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”” (Acts 8:18–19, NIV84) Simon wanted to control the gift Paul had. Simon wanted to look more spiritual than he was. Simon wanted to use natural methods to look like he was accomplishing spiritual outcomes.
Paul rebuked Simon sharply. Paul called the manipulative spirit for what is was. Paul addressed the heart. Paul called for Simon to repent. “Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord. Perhaps he will forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.”” (Acts 8:20–23, NIV84)
We too must be direct and not afraid to confront the manipulative spirit. When the spirit tells us not to discuss a problem, we should clearly state that we will discuss it freely. When the spirit tries to point the finger at us, we are to refocus on what the problem truly is.
When you confront the spirit, there will either be repentance or the spirit will ignore the fact that you confronted it. Simon repented and that is our hope for all who chose manipulation. “Then Simon answered, “Pray to the Lord for me so that nothing you have said may happen to me.”” (Acts 8:24, NIV84)
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