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Dealing With Difficult People

Week 3

 

The Critical   The Overly Needy   The Manipulator

 

The Manipulator

 

Biblical Examples of Manipulation:

 

Jacob & Esau

Genesis 25

 

Herod & Two Women

Mark 6

 

Samson & Delilah

Judges 16

 

How to deal with Controlling People:

Understand their tools

A. Threats
B. Guilt

 

Three Biblical Principles to break the power of Manipulation:

 

1. Recognize when you are being controlled.

 

Matthew 16:21-22

From then on Jesus began to tell His disciples plainly that it was necessary for Him to go to Jerusalem, and that He would suffer many terrible things at the hands of the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but on the third day He would be raised from the dead. But Peter took Him aside and began to reprimand Him for saying such things. "Heaven forbid, Lord," he said. "This will never happen to You!"

 

2. Verbalize & Show that this is not going to work any more.

 

Matthew 16:22-23

But Peter took Him aside and began to reprimand Him for saying such things. "Heaven forbid, Lord," he said. "This will never happen to You! Jesus turned to Peter and said, "Get away from Me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to Me. You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God's."

 

3. You have to redefine the relationship

 

Galatians 1:10

Obviously, I'm not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ's servant.

 

 

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