Thursday, 24 July 2014

How satan tricks us (3): Emotional/Spiritual Manipulation

Emotions are powerful. While emotions are a gift from God, they certainly can be misused, abused and faked. Satan uses emotional manipulation to deceive people into acting out on something on the mere basis of their emotions. 

One's emotions do not determine reality. Rather, our emotions respond to reality based on what we perceived. Emotions dictate how we perceive things. This explains why people respond to the same text differently. My article at is only one example. I thank the person who identified himself or herself as Prayer Warrior for standing up for me when a very upset Roman Catholic woman made vitriolic false accusations against me. I thank God for his or her grace in dealing with that RC woman who continually attacked me in her anger. 

Emotions shape our perception of things, and we then act accordingly to how we perceive things. Emotions can be our friends when they direct us to act the way we should. On the other hand, emotions can also be our enemy when they lead us to sin. Anger is the one particular emotion in the Bible warns against. In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold (Ephesians 4:26-27). 

Our perception of things can be either right or wrong. The whole postmodern idea that everything is just an illusion is a lie. If everything is an illusion, then reality does not exist. If reality does not exist, then that means there is no logic or nature. However, nature and logic do exist. Having the right perception of things is to see things for what they really are. Only when one see things for what they really are can one act right in the moral sense.  Acting in right morally is to keep the Commandments of Jesus who said : "He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him" (John 14:21). Jesus is the only standard of goodness because Jesus is God in the flesh, and only God is good (Luke 18:19). 

Where one emotions cause one to be deceived, such that one cannot see things for what they really are, how can one act right? One cannot act right where one cannot see things for what they really are. This is why those who are spiritually blind cannot see things right, and therefore cannot act right.  If one allows one's emotions to darkness one's mind and deceive oneself, one wallows in iniquity because one acts in darkness. Anger has such an effect. 

A person either manipulates their emotions, or is manipulated by their emotions. A person who is manipulated by one's emotions, is one who has no self-control because to have self-control, one must not be manipulated by emotions, especially anger.