What would happen if I would go to your school or your work and start telling everyone that you were a liar? I’d tell them that you lied to me, my family, your friends, your family. I’d tell them that you lied about this and that, big and small. And I would do this day after day after day.
Now I’m choosing lying because it’s so simple. I could have chosen a lot worse, but I’m trying to be nice. But what would happen? What would people think? What would you think?
I can tell you. People that really know you, they’d know that most of what I was saying wasn’t true, if none of it at all. But there would be some of those that really know you – they would start to wonder if what I was saying was true. Then there would be those that don’t know you that well. They’d think that some of what I was saying was true, if not all of it.
Your life would be ruined probably, at least at work or school. And the thing is, none of it had to be the truth. All of it could be lies. But here’s the thing, I told those lies over and over and over – day after day. Eventually that’s going to do something.
If you follow politics at all, you’d know how much hate President Trump gets. Some of that may be deserved. But one thing that is constantly in the news is that he is a racist and a white supremacist. I have never seen one fact to back any of that up. I have seen the opposite though. I’ve seen him take pictures with people of all colors. The statistics for African Americans and Latinos on unemployment show that he (or someone) has been working to get those numbers to the lowest point ever. Basically, there’s no hard evidence that he is racists. And yet, day after day, news story after news story, tweet after tweet, someone is calling him a racist.
There’s a reason for that though. It’s called politics and it’s called hate. People hate him because he stands against what they stand for. So the best way to try and ruin him is to get others to hate him, even if they hate him based on a lie. And that’s what many people have done. It’s evident when you talk to a lot of people that don’t like him. They don’t know why they don’t like him really or they don’t like him for reasons that they have no grounds for. Basically, they’ve believed a lie that has no evidence.
You see, if you tell a lie long enough, people will start to believe it, even if it is a lie. Or if you mix a little bit of truth with it and keep saying it – even better. Let’s take this one step further though.
The devil will continually feed lies to you. He’ll speak to you, to your mind, and tell you all sorts of things. All sorts of lies. He’ll tell you that you’re a sinner. He’ll tell you that you’re ugly, no one likes you, you’re a bad person. He’ll tell you all sorts of junk and lies. He’ll have other people telling you too. He’ll do it over and over and over. Sometimes it will last for years. And then one day you buy into that lie and start to believe what he’s been saying. You’ll even take that thought as your own and speak it out of your mouth.
That’s you taking the thought as your own – speaking it. That’s what the Bible says.
Therefore take no thought, saying…. (Matthew 6:31)
Until we take those thoughts and speak them out, they’re just thoughts. Thoughts that are never spoken out of your mouth will die. But when you speak them out, they’re given life. That’s how powerful our words are. Our words are more powerful than most of us realize, otherwise a lot of us would keep our mouths shut most of the time.
So how do we deal with this? How do we deal with this constant barrage of lies being spoken to us by the devil? The Bible gives us the answer to that as well.
…casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ… (2 Corinthians 10:5)
Those ‘arguments’ and ‘high thing’ that are exalting themselves against the knowledge of God – one of those those that’s included is thoughts. We are to cast down every thought that comes against the knowledge (or Word) of God. If it’s contrary to what the Bible says, it’s from the devil. You take authority over those thoughts by rebuking them in Jesus’ name and then you confess what the Lord says about you. If the devil keeps calling you a sinner, every time he does, you just say, “I rebuke you in Jesus name. That’s not the truth. I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. I’m redeemed. I’m holy. I’m set apart. I’m God’s beloved son. God loves me.” You say exactly what the Word of God says. If you keep doing that every time those thoughts come, they’re going to stop coming (it may take some time though). Not only that. You’re going to build yourself up in your faith because you’re speaking the Word of God out of your mouth.
Use your authority. Use your faith. Use your words. Don’t believe those lies no matter how often they come. Believe the Word of God. Believe what God says about you and you’ll be a success in all you do.