Trapped by Control
How to Find Freedom
by David Cross
Control can be godly or ungodly, depending on whose authority is in place. It’s harmful to us when it undermines our freedom to choose what is right. For many of us, the Lordship of Jesus is continually being challenged by ungodly controls that come from people, past and present situations, and even from within ourselves – fear being one of the key issues.
The enemy is seductive and deceptive. His primary aim is to gain control through our sinful beliefs and behaviours. When control is not in the hands of God it’s in the hands of the kingdom of darkness.
Wrongful control spoils relationships and seriously damages lives. This book takes a closer look at how and why people control. Controlling behaviour is always a symptom of a deeper issue; it’s a sinful response to inner wounding and insecurity.
As God reveals the roots of control we can choose to forgive those who have hurt us and receive His comfort, His acceptance and His healing at a deep level. This book is therefore ideal for those who want to understand ungodly control in their own lives or in others and find the keys to walking in freedom.
This book is part of Sovereign Word’s ‘Truth & Freedom’ series based on the renowned teaching program from Ellel Ministries International.
“This book will seek to explain the principles we learned in Ellel Ministries having the opportunity over the last twenty years to minister many people caught up in ungodly control. It taught us to take seriously the clear message given on this subject in the Bible.
Many of us have experienced the damage of wrong control over our lives, but equally we need to face the fact that many of us have learned to control others in a wrong way. Through the experiences of life many have come to believe, sometimes unconsciously, that being in control of each situation will be a place of protection. Actually it just destroys relationship. Some have also become experts at controlling their own responses to life, both past and present, only to discover that they have shut down from the truth of real relationship with others and even with God.
I pray that you will be excited to discover more of God’s truth about the issue of control as you read through this book. May the words speak clearly to you and lead you to a new place of healing in Christ Jesus.”
–David Cross, The Author
Table of Contents
1 What is Control?
2 What Harm does Control do?
3 What’s Wrong with Authority and Power?
4 Why do People Control?
5 How do People Control?
6 Who is Jezebel?
7 Is Self-Control Good?
8 Is Control a Problem for Me?
9 Finding Freedom
10 Leading Without Ungodly Control
About Ellel Ministries
About the Author