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Manipulate: control or influence (a person or situation)

While watching mindless videos on the internet, I came across a video speaking on manipulation.

The man in the video was talking about how we often give advice to others saying, “Put a worship song on and drive around and worship God.”

But, he said, we can often manipulate (control or influence) these moments, whether through our feelings or otherwise. However, the one thing we can not manipulate is the Word. This is why, he said, we need to dig into the Word and find out what God says.

And when he said that, I thought wow. That was good! And, he’s right.

We, as humans, are so easily led astray by feelings and emotions. But, we can’t be led by that. According to the Bible, we should only be led by the Holy Spirit.

That’s not to say that you can’t worship God. Those moments are important too! But, we can’t let those be the only moments. We need to read scripture, dig into His Word, and find out what He says about us and different situations. We need to know what is biblical and how we ought to act, and we only get this from the Word.

So today, I encourage you to play that worship music. Praise Him. But also read your Bible. It’s just as important.

Maddisen Sauls is the smile and voice behind the Everyday Joy blog as well as the author of the Word of the Week posts and the editor of by leaps and bounds. Throughout her life, Maddisen has worked as a reporter for small town newspapers, a School Age and Preschool teacher, and has acquired her ministerial license. 

An avid book reader and lover of the written word, Maddisen is passionate about using her favorite medium to reach the lost and the hurting, and to offer encouragement and hope to those struggling through life. 

Following her battle with depression, Maddisen has made it her mission to help other people through this journey and to bring joy to the lives of the people around her. 

You can find Maddisen on Instagram @maddisen.paige

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