Suggested Bible Reading: Genesis 2:15-18 Genesis 3:1-6, Ephesians 6:12, John 10:10
Gaslight– to manipulate (someone) by psychological means into questioning their memory or sanity.
Deceiver -a person who causes (someone) to believe something that is not true, typically to gain some personal advantage.
🔴 Master Manipulation
Who wants to be scammed? No one wants to lose out on luxury or have it swapped for something less glorious; however, it happens every day and more quickly since the invention of the internet. We are all susceptible to manipulation and deception.
The Thief can concentrate on our doubts, fears, desires, hopes, and dreams. That gives the Thief access into our minds. When we talk about how scared we are or how badly we desire something, eventually, the opportunity to overcome it or acquire it becomes obvious. The Thief may use this tactic to coerce us out of our regular routines and onto his playing field. By manipulating us psychologically, the Thief will steal time. The time God desires us to have to develop a relationship with Him.
There was one rule in the Garden of Eden.
Genesis 2:16-17 By obeying this rule, everything would be kept in order. The Thief sought to destroy this order. The serpent disguised himself as a fictitious friend and had Eve question the sanity of God’s one rule and manipulated her desires by giving her false hope. Genesis 3:1-5. The serpent was a master manipulator; unfortunately, we have many “people” here on earth that do just that; they manipulate, befriend, and make us question our sanity.
They believe they are working on their behalf, but they are just underlings fulfilling an evil agenda orchestrated by Satan.
Ephesians 6:12 When we take control and give our minds over to God, He will help maneuver us through the schemes we may not recognize. We are not to let one or even several catastrophic events land us in mental turmoil. Take heed and pay attention to the patterns of the enemy. What has he killed, stolen, or destroyed in your life?
This devotional was written and edited by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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