The Bible is the most prominent book in my life and tells many stories. Many of these stories feature a prophet or prophetess sent to give a word from God.
In today’s society however, there are leaders who have honored the prophets of old but who fail to honor the prophets God is sending from among them to speak into their lives today.
When pride is in operation, it will cause them to disobey the word of the Lord, either because of the mightiness of their ministries or the strength of their talents and abilities.
However, there are always, please hear me, always repercussions and these repercussions flow from generation to generation.
Did you know that your mind is a powerful entity? What you put into it, is what comes out.
In Exodus 20: 2-5, God spoke all these words and I believe they still remain relevant today:
2 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
3 You shall have no other gods before me.
4 You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.
5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sins of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me.
Let’s look at the story of The Tower of Babel in the book of Genesis Chapter 11:1-9 which I believe demonstrates a form of idol worship.
The Tower of Babel
11 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2 As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.
3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 6 The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language, they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
8 So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babel-because there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.
Amaziah King of Judah
Let’s also look at King Amaziah of Judah in 2 Chronicles 25 as I summarize another story regarding idol worship.
Essentially Amaziah was twenty-five years old when he began to reign and he reign for twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. He did right in the Lord’s sight, but not with a perfect or blameless heart.
The scripture goes on to tell us how King Amaziah defeated those who had killed his father, however he brought back their gods and set them up to be his gods and bowed before them and burned incense to them.
This made the Lord anger and the Lord sent a prophet who asked, “Why do you consult these people’s gods, which could not save their own people from your hand?” 2 Chronicles 25:15
Continuing in verse 16 the King said to him, “Have we appointed you an adviser to the King? Stop! Why be struck down?”
Basically, King Amaziah was saying, “Don’t I own you? You can’t speak to me like that. I am the King and you’ll have to give me a good reason why I shouldn’t kill you right now. After all we put you in the position you’re in right now”.
Nevertheless, the prophet was under the hand of God.
You must never depend upon the strength of your ministry, your gift or your position and ignore the word of the Lord. You will lose every time.
Why? Because scripture says in Isaiah 59:19, “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him and put him to flight, for He will come like a rushing stream which the breath of the Lord drives”.
When your position becomes your central focus instead of obeying the Lord, you have come under the spirit of dictatorship and rigid control.
God will always bring down false authority. Why? Because when individuals are no longer letting the spirit of God direct them, God’s people can no longer respond properly to ministry.
Then the church basically becomes no more than a club or cult.
The spirit of control has silenced the mouth of God.
Please listen closely. When we begin to worship what we have established, how big our ministries have grown, how awesomely the church has been established, how great and grand the company we have built and so on-we have made an idol of what we have created.
Remember, God is a jealous God and as I stated previously from Exodus 20:5, He will punish the children for the sins of the father from generation to generation.
Unfortunately, rigid control and dictatorship can be created and maintained through psychological manipulation. Please see a few examples below:
Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or in members of a targeted group, making them question their own memory, perception, and sanity.
In order to gain more power, the person or entity makes the victim question their reality. It works much better than you may think. Anyone is susceptible to gaslighting, and it is a common technique of abusers, dictators, narcissists, and cult leaders.
It is done slowly, so the victim doesn’t realize how much they’ve been brainwashed. For example, in the movie Gaslight (1944), a man manipulates his wife to the point where she thinks she is losing her mind.
A gas lighter will tell you that you’d be a worthy person if only you didn’t have such a long list of negative traits. They attack the very foundation of your being.
When dealing with a person or entity that gaslights, look at what they are doing rather than what they are saying. What they are saying means nothing; it is just talk. What they are doing is the issue.
Occasionally, they may throw in positive reinforcement to confuse you.
This person or entity that is cutting you down, telling you that you don’t have value, is now praising you for something you did. This adds an additional sense of uneasiness. You think, “Well maybe they aren’t so bad.” Yes, they are!
This is a calculated attempt to keep you off-kilter—and again, to question your reality.
Also look at what you were praised for; it is probably something that served the gas lighter.
Gas lighters know that confusion weakens people.
Gas lighters know that people like having a sense of stability and normalcy. Their goal is to uproot this and make you constantly question everything. And humans’ natural tendency is to look to the person or entity that will help you feel more stable—and that happens to be the gas lighter.
They often project their opinions on their “prey”.
Many times, they are drug users or cheaters, yet they are constantly accusing you the victim of that very behavior. This is done so often that you start trying to defend yourself, and are distracted from the gas lighter’s own behavior.
Unfortunately, they may even try to align people against you.
Gas lighters are masters at manipulating and finding the people they know will stand by them no matter what—and they use these people against you. They will make comments such as,
“This person knows that you’re not right in your head or have a tendency to ‘go crazy’” or “you’re always gazing off in space or daydreaming,” or
“This person knows you’re useless too” or “Everybody knows you’re a whore” or “This person does not trust you either” or “This person also does not believe you are capable of holding down a regular job consistently” or
“You’re just not smart enough, pretty/handsome enough or the right skin color for the job” or “You’re such a good actor/actress, nobody is going to believe you.”
Keep in mind, it does not mean that these people are actually saying these things. A gas lighter is a constant liar.
When the gas lighter uses this tactic, it makes you feel like you don’t know who to trust or who to turn to—and that leads you right back to the gas lighter.
And that’s exactly what they want: Isolation gives them more control.
Once again, they love telling you or others that you are crazy. This is one of the most effective tools of the gas lighter, because it’s dismissive.
The gas lighter knows that if they question your sanity, people will not believe you when you tell them that the gas lighter is abusive or out-of-control. It’s a master technique.
The more you are aware of these techniques, the quicker you can identify them and avoid falling into a gas lighter’s trap.
Other Forms of Manipulation
See additional articles regarding other forms of manipulations:
What is the definition of a Narcissistic person?
The hallmarks of Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) are grandiosity, a lack of empathy for other people, and a need for admiration. People with this condition are frequently described as arrogant, self-centered, manipulative, and demanding.
Ironically, as I continued to study the terminology, I realized that in an age of selfies and social media, it’s easy to see why the term narcissist is abundantly tossed around. But just like other personality traits such as kindness or empathy, narcissism isn’t something you either have or you don’t. Instead it’s a trait that apparently lives on a spectrum, with one end being fairly benign and the other end being categorized as a full-blown disorder. Wow!
Research shows that it’s a spectrum that almost everyone falls on at some point, and the very fact that we even brush our hair or get dressed in the morning shows that each of us at least cares a little about how the world perceives us. That’s true.
Almost everyone knows someone who carries themselves with an air of superiority or who feels entitled to certain things. In fact, according to psychiatrist Dr. Ayo Gathing, most successful people in history can attribute their accomplishments at least in part to narcissistic traits.
But what happens when a person has too many of those traits, or they have narcissistic tendencies so severe that their lives or personal relationships are impaired? There’s a big difference between someone who loves to hear themselves talk, and a person who actually has what’s called Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
Narcissists often exploit other people to get what they want. They might even enter a relationship with someone they aren’t really interested in just for the money, fame or status. But then after a while they have no problem ditching that person as soon as they get what they want, or if those selfish expectations aren’t being met — regardless of how it makes the other person feel.
They are users, draining people of resources without regard to that person’s well-being, often leaving a shell of the former person in their wake.
Narcissists truly think they are deserving of everything that is yours, whether that means your resources, your time, your physical body, your possessions or even your energy. They use people up like objects and toss them away once they’ve been reduced to a shell of their former self.
Unfortunately, the narcissist is merely trying to use other people to fill a never-ending void within themselves.
However, my bible tells me in Ephesians 6:12 (New International Version)
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
The New Testament’s extensive language concerning malevolent spiritual forces is never humorous.
Apparently, the terminology varies and some texts speak of the Devil or Satan, while others speak of demons or unclean spirits which represent powers and principalities.
There are also such descriptions as the Ruler of the Power of the Air and the Dragon or Ancient Serpent.
Regardless of the description, when taken together, these terms point to a conviction, broadly shared by the writers of the New Testament, that a cosmic power, lesser than God but greater than humans alone, inhabited the world and worked against human good in a manner that was far from funny or creatively orchestrated like in the movies.
Satan hates ALL humans and he does not discriminate!
At the personal level, the bible says that Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, speaks of Satan as a constant threat, one lying outside the community yet capable of causing damage within.
More cosmically he envisions “powers and principalities” which, though conquered by the death and exaltation of Christ, remain capable of opposing believers, who must continue to do battle “against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Once again, as I mentioned from Ephesians 6:12).
Similarly, Peter pictures the Devil as a ravening beast out to destroy unwary believers, and counsels them to “be sober and watch, because your adversary the Devil goes about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
In the bible, Luke imagines Satan as the arrogant ruler of a kingdom counter to God’s own, capable of granting great power to those willing to worship him, and commanding a vast army of demonic spirits.
John declares that “the whole world lies under the power of the evil one.”
King Uzziah of Judah
Another story illustrating a generational curse is the story of King Uzziah of Judah, who was King Amaziah’s son.
King Uzziah was just a “fresh face” young boy of sixteen when he began his fifty-two-year reign. He also initially did right in the sight of God, however the cord of disobedience from his father had been planted deep in his son Uzziah’s soul-and he eventually repeated what he had seen from his father.
In 2 Chronicles 26: 8-15, King Uzziah did many exploits, built many cities and won many wars. His fame spread far and wide and he became very powerful.
But continuing in verse 16, it says, “But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the Lord his God, and entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense.
At the beginning of his reign, King Uzziah was under spiritual authority but over time he became so great in his own eyes that he stepped over his spiritual authority and was attempting to operate in a spiritual office that was not his.
When Uzziah entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense he was at that very moment trying to operate in a spiritual office that was not his.
Only the priests who were descendants of Aaron and who also had been consecrated were allowed into the temple to burn incense.
Scriptures says that Azariah, the chief priest and eighty other courageous priests followed King Uzziah in and confronted him.
2 Chronicles 26:18 says, “It is not right for you Uzziah, to burn incense to the Lord. That is for the priests, the descendants of Aaron, who have been consecrated to burn incense. Leave the sanctuary, for you have been unfaithful; and you will not be honored by the Lord God”
When you become so great in your own eyes that you think you can operate in a spiritual office God has not anointed and appointed you for, you are putting yourself in a dangerous position.
King Uzziah was not a priest, he was a King.
He stepped out of his place and perverted God’s divine order and while he was in rage towards the priests broke out in leprosy.
I strongly believe God has a purpose for each and every one of us as His children. It is clear from the story about King Uzziah that he was simply to be a King and nothing more. The Lord had not anointed him to be a priest.
In this story we see how strength sometimes breeds pride which then leads to disobedience. King Uzziah became a diseased king under a false anointing.
We must be careful when the Lord begins to strengthen us, because as we mature in Christ, it can be very easy to become arrogant.