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Matthew 2:7-12

7Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him."

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. 12And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

(New International Version)


Who are the controlling people in your life? What do the Magi teach you about responding to manipulation? 

Journal Thoughts from Others

When I keep my heart and ears tuned to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, attempts at manipulation barely scratch the surface of my being. I do have one particular friend who loves to try to walk me on "her" path. Generally my response is that I try to live in synch with what God is teaching me. So far that works!