Summary: We love and serve each other, we influence and restrain one another, but we must become aware of the whys and motives. Control over another is a strange phenomenon; I observe many people are unaware of who is pulling their strings!Control is usually done by invoking fear!

What Is Controlling You? A Conditioned Stimulus? By Kelly Durant 5-17-15

Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage 5:13 For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

2. Have you heard the expression that when someone says, Jump!” that one shouldn’t ask, “Why” but rather, “How high? We love and serve each other, we influence and restrain one another, but we must become aware of the whys and motives. Control over another is a strange phenomenon; I observe many people are unaware of who is pulling their strings! This is an important topic to cover as many people are submitting to outside controls and influences not being aware if these controls are of good or evil. Today the minds of the uniformed of the gospel of Jesus are being seduced into the bondage of the world as never before! God is not allowed in the schools, workplaces, and government and consequently these powers now want to reign as the only gods of authority, but they are failed systems, corrupted, and unworthy! Too many people are being controlled by hypocritical, self-destructive, liberal, double-standard philosophies from agendas devised to control human behaviors into submission. How does control work?

I never liked the comparison but it can be observed that people are comparable to Ivan Pavlov’s experimental dogs. Do you recall that the psychologist Pavlov would ring a bell at the same time he would feed the hungry dogs to conclude later that if he rang the bell even without food, the dogs would salivate anyway? This is a conditioned stimulus. It is the combining of a normal daily action with another outside stimulus in order to get a predetermined outcome. It is the attaching of an expectancy, position, or emotion to a normally unrelated event. Why do I mention this? Because many people are unaware of how they emotionally, not logically, respond to the current matters of today! The media and peer pressure is brainwashing people who are not truth seekers into being someone they did not use to be! Truth is the new enemy!

Speaking of a ring, I have seen some people cringe their teeth when a certain person or their spouse is ringing the cell phone! It is almost as if the cell phone ring invokes fear and nervously they answer fearing that a communication could be to ask for money, or to get yelled at over some imaginary wrong doing of theirs. People precondition and control other people and often neither one analyzes how they have been preconditioned to the other! Don’t be guilty of dishing out abuse or of permitting yourself to receive abuse as these types of controls are “opportunities of the flesh” to manipulate and are not of the spirit. Another example of conditioning is this, some people when hearing the word, Christian, or conservative are cross-wired to not take the words for their intended meanings (as something good) but rather they have been conditioned by movies, college professors, and the media to envision a bigot, racist, or a deceiver. Most all of the time Christians and conservatives are good contributing much to society contrary to what accusers and maligners say! Don’t be a preprogramed dog! Don’t respond irate overriding what a normal response should be!

3. Control, or managing the behavior of another, may be employed for good or for evil. Control is usually done by invoking fear! God wants us free from all fear but one, the fear of Him! One verse that stuck with me for a long time is this, Matthew 10:28 “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell”. In other words, fear God only as only He is the ultimate one in control of your soul and the universe and He decides if your soul will be saved or go to hell according to your heart!

There are so many verses against fear such as 1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love”. Proverbs 29:25 “The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe”.

God alone should be the only one in control of anyone! (repeat) The problem is that people who do not know God’s word and obey it fall victim to being dominated by fear, or being in the flesh living an out-of-control life unaware of the truth of that. Dominating or being dominated are both “opportunities of the flesh”. A person without God may allow another person to be in control of them (by intimidation), or in a worst case scenario allow a demon to be in control of their spirit! If it is not God’s rule dominating your heart controlling your behaviors, then it is someone else’s perverted precepts. This is a usurping of God’s statutes, which is a grave sin!

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