I am here to tell you that there are other ways of binding a man other than with a rope, tape or chains.
When we think of the normal binding this is what we think of how to tie someone down.
But I am here to tell you, that you can bind someone emotionally. You can have their feelings so tangled up and confused that they're caught in the tangle of manipulation.
I had a woman come to me, and she told me the story. Where, her and her husband took a homeless woman in because they felt sorry for her.
The husband winded up getting so caught up in the tangle of manipulation, where he thought he could fix her life and make it better, that he walked out on his wife and kids for another woman.
The woman manipulated him with: she was the victim. He felt sorry for her and wanted to fix her life. He didn't realize that she enjoyed playing the victim. She used it to her advantage. The more people she could get to feel sorry for her, the better it made her feel. He was caught in her web.
I also heard another story, where adopted parents took girls in thinking they could make their lives better, and the girls manipulated the father. He got so caught up in their instant behavior changes that he blamed it on the wife. It got to the point where the wife couldn't take it anymore. They divorced. The girls thought if they got rid of her, there would be more for them. They used manipulation and trickery to pull his emotional strings. It got to the point when he would see one of them upset, he instantly blamed his wife. She had nothing to do with their bipolar mood swings.
Do you see, how the devil uses trickery and manipulation.
1 Peter 5:8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.
Acts 13:9 Saul, also known as Paul, was filled with the Holy Spirit, and he looked the sorcerer in the eye.
10 Then he said, "You son of the devil, full of every sort of deceit and fraud, and enemy of all that is good! Will you never stop perverting the true ways of the Lord?
11 Watch now, for the Lord has laid his hand of punishment upon you, and you will be struck blind. You will not see the sunlight for some time." Instantly mist and darkness came over the man's eyes, and he began groping around begging for someone to take his hand and lead him.
12 When the governor saw what had happened, he became a believer, for he was astonished at the teaching about the Lord.
We have to realize when we see manipulation going on that it is from the devil. And we can take the same authority as Paul, where he would bind the devil's schemes. Paul called it out for what it was, deceit and fraud. How do people deceive us, with fake emotions. They can pretend to like or love you, and you do things to earn their acceptance, until you're caught in the vicious emotional web. Where the feelings aren't even real. Unfortunately, a lot of people don't realize it until it's too late and the damage has already been done.
The problem happens when we think we're God. Only God can change people, not us. And only God can change them when they submit themselves to him. They still have free will. It's not God that sends people to hell, it's people that send themselves, by rejecting His Son!
I don't care who the person is as soon as they accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior there is a heart change. And that heart change produces love, not envy. It produces joy, because it sees and realizes the new hope that comes with the gift of salvation. The best thing we can do for the unbeliever is pour God into them. We know that they have went through pain and rejection in their lives. We can show them God's love and with God's love comes new direction. But that new direction comes with taking correction. And sometimes the correction comes under the mold of a goldsmith's fire. God is the one who reshapes and remolds to fit into a new life. We don't have the same power as God.
We have to be careful of who is pouring into who!