How many people have noticed the increase in ‘CONTROL’? Not only is the government becoming more controlling but so are employers, PREACHERS, FALSE PROPHETS, and people in general. It seemed to sneak up on us. The “controllers” are taking advantage and scooping up all the hurting, wounded, and jellyfish.
Does this sound familiar to anyone?
These people come along and begin a relationship with you by agreeing with everything you say. They flatter and make you feel like they are a good friend. Then they begin to ease in on the control. Often times followed by or initiated by jealousies and leading to intimidation and manipulation, or even witchcraft. They might tell you something about one of your friends that will convince you to back off from them. They might persuade you to go to places that you are not comfortable going to, or associating with new people that you find out later are not very good examples of what a Christian should be. Maybe people are shacking up, drinking alcohol, smoking pot, telling dirty jokes, or wearing lewd attire while attending church and calling themselves “Christians.” Maybe they even listen to heavy metal music, read horoscopes or other occult material, or visit psychics, play ouija boards or the like.
The control starts with small things and then grows into bigger things as the relationship continues. The government, for instance, continues to dictate on a very large scale what products we will use, where we are allowed to buy them, how we should live, what we should eat, what we should believe, what we should wear, and this list goes on and on for pages. Employers have increasingly been tightening control over employees in negative, unproductive, and discriminating ways- they seek knowledge of who you associate with, what your religion is, what race you are, and what your political beliefs are. People are eliminated from jobs not usually based on poor working skills anymore but based on a person’s individuality which at one time was considered illegal. Many preachers are being caught using control and intimidation over their congregation in order to keep the money flow coming in. Some are even implementing witchcraft because it works. Control from the pulpit or leadership of the church is also rising in other ways like verbal or sexual control over certain members of the church. Sometimes the controller is a coworker. Sometimes it may be someone within your circle of friends. The slickest way people appear to be gaining control over others is by gaining people’s loyalties through false flatteries and false prophecies. How quickly we tend to believe and follow a person who speaks well of us.
For when they speak great SWELLING [words] of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, [through much] wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. 2 Peter 2:18-19
These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great SWELLING [words], having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage. Jude 1:16
The moment that anyone says to you “The Lord told me…” and then they begin telling you this “word” they claim the Lord has for you then you had better RUN! They might say that they have very good spiritual discernment and feel or believe such and such about you, and this is what you should do.
I entirely believe that in Bible times God called certain men to be His prophets in order to bring messages to people, but this is not what is happening today. We have people all around us who are calling themselves prophets of God when they are not, or people who believe they are hearing messages from God to give to others when they are not. Most often these messages they claim to hear comes from their own mind or dreams, or the Devil himself. In this way these people will try to control you. The Lord does not speak to people in the same way these fakers and controllers are trying to convince others that He does. And for those who are sold out to believing that such people are hearing from the Lord it is because their eyes have been blinded to the truth. Satan has stirred up strife and continues stirring up strife speaking lies into people’s ears to get people fighting against each other.
I may be slow at picking up on this stuff but I have learned the hard way that all of these people who come to us like this are not of God. Rather, a few of these people may have good intentions for you and not realize their error but the majority of these people have been planted by Satan to mislead us. I am certain that some people have gifts of discernment or knowledge from the Lord but this does not give them the authority to hand out instructions to others about what they think the Lord wants someone else to do with their lives. Anyone in this position needs to give themselves fully to the Lord and seek HIM in what He would have them to do with the gift given to them.
How easy it is for us to follow someone who tells us things that makes us feel good. Or, if we are wounded, or hungry for a healthy relationship then the Devil sends someone in our path who begins to feed upon just what we want to hear. Much like when Jesus went into the wilderness to pray and the serpent (the Devil) kept coming to Jesus trying to tempt Him, but He always responded with Scripture never giving in until the serpent finally left Him alone (Luke 4:1-13). Satan is doing the very same with people today. He is whispering in people’s ears luring people into taking a bite of that forbidden fruit but he is making it sound so much like it is coming from God. When the Bible says that even the “elect” will be deceived so it has come to pass.
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Matthew 24:24
For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if [it were] possible, even the elect. Mark 13:22
“Elect” here refers to those in leadership positions. It is very frustrating for those of us who see the truth and what is happening to watch the people we care about and love and have trusted falling for all of these lies of the enemy. They have reacted with their flesh instead of with the Word of God.
The Bottom Line
The bottom line here still comes down to our personal relationship with the Lord. It is something like this. Junk food always looks enticing but is it what our body really needs? I would say not. Flattery is bad for the spirit. It is junk food. Junk food will destroy you. It is the same with flattery. Whatever the Lord has for us He will say it to us directly whether through His still small voice in our spirit (1 Kings 19:12), or through His Word, the Holy Bible. He is NOT going to go tell someone else so they can tell us like we are too dumb to hear, or not special enough to hear. I know there are denominations and preachers who teach people that no one can hear from the Lord except for the preacher. I have been in a such a church before. Such teaching is all lies. The Bible says that if we have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ that we will know His voice. Therefore the Lord speaks to us directly, not through someone else.
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any [man] pluck them out of my hand. John 10:27-28
So many people today prefer to be led by someone. They seem to enjoy being controlled by other people because they do not know how to make their own decisions, or are too afraid of standing alone. These people are prey for the Devil and his demons to lead them astray. So many people today only pretend to have a personal relationship with the Lord and the voice they hear they believe is God but it is actually the Devil whispering to them what they want to hear. When the Lord speaks it will not be flattery. Neither will it be anything that will bring glory to ourselves.
One of the things I have noticed is that once I recognize the person is attempting to control me and I address them about it then they have little to say and they disappear in a hurry. It is as if the Devil keeps sending people on occasion to see if he can trick me or not. When this happens it is best to follow Jesus’ example and say,
Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Luke 4:8
All of this CONTROL is becoming claustrophobic. To those who have eyes to see how the days we live in are nearing the end of another age, it is easy to see how this increasing control all around us is preparing the way for the Antichrist to make his appearance.
Feed on the Word of God and give Jesus Christ all control over you and He will lead you into all truth and eternal life.