The skill of manipulation is good for a chiropractor, the child learning to build with Legos, and it even comes in handy when you play an intense game of Jenga; but, in the normal Christian life it really has no place. Why? Because engaging in manipulation displaces your faith and trust in God. It magnifies self-reliance.
Oddly enough, you might not even recognize manipulation because it often comes cleverly disguised as a plan do a couple of things to “make it work.” God does not want you to have to “make it work.” He wants you to trust him, follow his plan, and watch him work.
Learn to avoid manipulating the conditions of your life, instead, choose to trust God even it costs you some time, energy, or even money. You will find that you will soon experience greater peace, prosperity, and success.